Year 5

The staff and pupils of Year 5 would like to welcome you to our page. We hope you find it useful and enjoy browsing through the different school pages to learn about the different events which take place in our school. If you have any suggestions about how it could be improved, please contact a member a staff.

St Augustine

Mrs Collins (Teacher)

Mr Bunker (TA)

St Bartholomew

Miss Smart (Teacher)



Welcome to Year 5! We have many interesting things planned for the next few months. Year 5 will be buzzing with the sound of Space exploration, problem solving, investigating, exercising and much more! There is much to experience this term including themed weeks, interesting

As always in year 5 we will be looking forward to approaching our challenges with resilience and enjoyment and we are excited to discover all of the amazing things that lie ahead!


The topic is ‘’Gifts from God’. We will be using the Bible to explore the story of Creation and the fall, which will help us to understand the importance of respecting nature and helping one another. Throughout this topic we will also learn how to be good stewards of the Earth and how to understand and use the special gifts that God has chosen to give us. To learn from example we will be studying some very important saints such as St. Francis and St. Vincent de Paul. We will be researching charitable organizations to discover how their work is still carried on today.

In term 2, we will be exploring the 10 Commandments and how to live a good life. We will discover why God gave us these commandments and how we can use them to help others and show care and concern.


In Computing we will begin to look deeper into the world of programming. We will understand algorithms and how to use them effectively to create an interactive computer game. First, we will focus on the importance of simple and clear instructions when programming and how to find an error within an algorithm. We will continue to develop sprites and use them to explore different aspects of programming such as motion and sound.

As always, a focus of our will be E-Safety. We will be learning about being safe online and how to use computing equipment responsibly and effectively.

Art: Creating texture and movement

We will be studying Catherine Hyde’s atmospheric paintings, we will be experimenting with oil paints to create texture and movement. Using dabbing combined with smooth strokes, we will be able to produce different textures and clever use of smudging allowing us to achieve the illusion of movement.


Music: Soundtrack

We will be evaluating a variety of soundtracks, working in groups to compose and perform a class soundtrack to accompany the Secret Garden’s blanket. We will use our knowledge of pitch, tempo, volume and tone to create a positive mood which will enhance our written descriptions.

English: The Princess’ Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy and Clockwork by Philip Pullman

We will be studying ‘The Princess’ Blankets’ in Term1. This is a take on a traditional fairy story by the poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.  In the story the princess is always cold, and nothing her parents, the king and queen, do, can make her warm. During this book we will be studying the following:

We will be studying ‘Clockwork’ in Term 2.

During these texts we will be studying the key structural, vocabulary and grammatical features in the following genres:

  • Descriptive writing– Taking on the role of a character and describing the feeling and thoughts that may be experienced. This will have a focus on first person narrative, using figurative language, ambitious vocabulary and a range of punctuation.
  • Newspaper reports– We will be working as journalists to: gather and summarise key information from interviews; correctly using reported and direct speech; accurately structuring a Newspaper report and providing evidence using quotes from witnesses.
  • Diary entries– We will be encompassing characteristics of the characters in the story, writing in the first person to convey their thoughts and feelings throughout different sections from the book and using features directly related to diary entries
  • Persuasive Writing– We will be using facts and evidence from out text to put forward a persuasive point of view with a focus on formal language and the punctuation that goes alongside.
  • Explanation texts– We will be learning about clocks throughout time and in doing so write an informed explanation text, using specialised vocabulary that is topic specific.

History/Geography…                                                                              In history our topic is ‘The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain’. We will begin by looking at Britain at the time of the Roman invasion and learn how Britain changed as a result of it. Boudicca’s rebellion, roads, baths and beliefs are just some of the interesting areas we will focus on as we go back in time to experience a changing Britain. By the end of the term we will be able to identify features of the Roman Empire that are still visible in today’s society! In term 2 we will swap to Geography and we will describe and understand key aspects of human and physical geography in the locality and around the world. We will also explore compass and fieldwork.

Science…                                                                                           In science our topic is ‘Earth and Space’. We will be working scientifically to discover more about the solar system using evidence. We will learn about day and night, the names, order and movement of the planets in the solar system and GMT. Gathering factual evidence will help us to develop our understanding of the shape and Earth and how theories on the order of the solar system have changed over time.

In term 2 our focus will be on animals, including humans. We will be discovering more about animals and humans throughout their life journey as they develop into old age.


This term our focus will be on number and place value. To begin we will revise last year’s work to ensure that we have consolidated our learning and are ready to face the new challenges of the year 5 curriculum.

We will be focusing on:

  • Number and Place Value:-Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0-Solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above


    • -Round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000
    • -Reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1, 000,000.
  • Calculations:-Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why-Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context- Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these


  • -Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000
  • -Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
  • -Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)

We will have a focus on real-life maths and ensure that we can confidently use maths in the real world.

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