Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 with Mr Filby and Mr Batchelor

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English The children’s writing will be linked to their topic and will build upon their prior learning.They will research and write a non-chronological report, showcasing their knowledge of mini-beasts.

They will be exploring how speech can develop narrative and character, focusing on the punctuation required for dialogue.

Other genres that they will explore with their writing will include poetry and comics, all building and developing the skills they acquired in year 4.

In the second half of the term the children will writing emotive diaries, persuasive letters and historically-accurate newspaper articles.

  • Encourage your children to share their new knowledge of mini-beasts (first-half) and Tudors (second-half) at home.
  • Ensure your child reads every night
  • Visit the local library and explore the relevant non-fiction section
Spelling/Vocabulary There will be regular spelling, grammar and handwriting activities to develop technical skills that will then be applied in their writing.
  • Children are sent home with a spelling list weekly. Explore ways to help your child learn these.
  • Celebrate new and undiscovered words in books, adverts and TV shows. Expand their vocabulary as much as possible.
Creative Curriculum Beast Creator

D+T – Designing, making and evaluating shadow puppets

Geography – Locating places on a map

Science – Habitats, classification, life cycles, food chains.

PSHE – Discussing topical issues in relation to mini-beasts and other environmental concerns

Off with her head

History – Tudor England

Art – Portraits

Computing – Research and using a computer to present written work effectively

PSHE – Rules and consequences

Encourage your child to read more widely to gain more information about the topics.
Maths Multiplication and DivisionThe term starts by continuing with their multiplication and division skills. This is largely based around written methods for multiplying and dividing. The children start by recapping what they know, then moving onto visual representations of large multiplication problems. They work towards multiplying 4 digits by 2 digits and dividing 4 digits by 1 digit, with and without remainders.


Next, the children start their fractions topic. After recapping what they know about equivalent, improper and mixed number fractions, they will move onto number sequences, comparing and ordering fractions, adding and subtracting multiple fractions and multiplying various types of fractions by an integer, followed by finding fractions of amounts. Finally, the children learn how to use fractions as operators.

Decimals and Percentages

Building on what they’ve learned about fractions, multiplication, division (including multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000), the children start working with decimals and percentages. They will reacquaint themselves with tenths and hundredths and how to represent a decimal as a fraction. They then move onto thousandths and thousandths as decimals. The skills they learn are based on rounding, ordering and comparing decimals. Once learning this they will move onto understanding percentages, using percentages, seeing percentages as fractions and decimals and finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.

Children are expected to know ALL of their times tables by the end of year 4. They are still tested weekly on the times tables tests.

Discuss as much real-life maths as possible – prices, time, probability, fractions etc.

All the maths topics during the spring term are highly reliant on knowing times tables and knowing factor pairs for each number. The best way to rehearse this is to review their times tables back-to-front. E.g. showing the factors of 30 by knowing that 5×6=30 and 10×3=30, but also that 30÷5=6 and 30÷10=3. (Times Tables Rockstars is a fantastic resource for this and their progress on it is easily viewed by their class teacher.)

PE All for Sport on Thursdays

Swimming is on Tuesdays

Please ensure your kit is in school at all times.  It MUST be clearly labelled!

Children are expected to have a swimming hat when swimming.

Spanish/Music The children will receive a 5-week block of music this half term with our specialist teacher Mrs Folen.

Your child will continue to broaden their Spanish experience with weekly lessons

Encourage your children to listen to a wide range of different music styles.

Have you thought about joining the wonderful Monkfrith choir – who meet on Thurs 8:15am?

Ask your child what their learning has been.  Can they recite the days of the week and months of the year?  Are their counting skills up to scratch?  Can they encourage you to hold a simple conversation about how you are?

If you have any questions or queries, make an appointment via the office to see me during the drop-in time.  This is Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.

Mr Filby and Mr Batchelor