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Year Five (Miss Bickerdyke)

 Welcome to Year 5!

(2020 - 2021)

Welcome back to Year 5!

We are looking forward to seeing you after such a long time! I'm sure you have missed being in school and missed seeing your friends.

I would like to make sure you all feel comfortable about coming into school (and, for parents, sending your children into school). As a school, we have worked incredibly hard to ensure all the government advice and guidelines have been followed in order for us to re-open as safely and normally as possible. 




We will be continuing to use Class Dojo this year, I will be using it to reward positive behaviours such as helping others, persistence and an amazing piece of learning. I will also share learning from the children and photographs of what the children are doing in class.

Class Dojo also allows parents to comment on their child’s progress, what their child is particularly enjoying in class and to inform us of upcoming events that could be discussed in school in preparation.

If you are reporting absence or an appointment please can you ring the office rather than message on Class Dojo.


This year we will having a big push on vocabulary in all subject area. We will be spending one Guided Reading lesson a week focusing on new vocabulary and the meaning of these words. 



In Autumn 1, we will be focusing on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis. . We will be using the "Talk for Write" approach, we will be learning lots of new vocabulary, making predictions based on the text, infering details about the characters and justifying our own opinions. We will be creating our own story based on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, the children will be creating their own mythical creatures and writing a non-fiction report about the creature. Through this unit we will recap some of the Year 4 objectives that children may have missed due to the closure of school and I will introduce Year 5 objectives alongside.

During Guided Reading we are going to be focusing on a variation of different texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry), we will do one lesson focusing on vocabulary, one lesson on reading and one lesson where the children answer VIPERS comprehension questions.

We will be doing a short spellings session each day, where the children are learning, practising and applying the new words. During these sessions, the children will be focusing on Year 5 words and spelling rules. I will also be sending home weekly spellings, these may come from rules taught in Year 3 and 4 also, we will have spelling tests weekly.

We will also be incorporating grammar lessons into our English when we are learning about The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.




For Autumn 1,  we will begin by focusing on number and place value and then addition and subtraction. At the end of the half term we will look at how to interpret data from tables.
We will be building on the number, addition and subtraction knowledge the children have from Year 4.

We will do this learning through practical, concrete and abstract learning, where the children will use a range of objects, mental strategies, jottings and formal written methods.

The objectives we will look at are:

- Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit

- Round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000

- Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to

1 000 000.

- Interpret negative numbers in context, count on and back with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
- Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M); recognise years written as such.
- Add/Subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits and including using formal written methods (columnar addition/subtraction)

-Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

- Solve addition and subtraction problems involving missing numbers
- Complete and interpret information in a variety of sorting diagrams (including those used to sort properties of numbers and shapes).

- Complete, read and interpret information in tables and timetables.

- Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in all types of graph including a line graph.

- Calculate and interpret the mode, median and range



It is really important that children are confident with their times tables and can recall multiplication and division facts quickly. The children can practise this in a range of ways at home - orally, writing it down, using Times Table Rockstars or using other websites to play maths games:



At Sacred Heart, RE is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything we do and say. This half term in Year 5 we will be exploring The Dignity of the Human Being and Stewardship.

We will continue our journey together as disciples of Christ by considering how we as Christians believe that the diversity of the world and its people is God’s gift. Jesus in his life and gospel, challenges people to appreciate diversity and to create with it a harmony that reflects the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

When we are learning about Stewardship, we will look at what our role is on Earth. We will look at how our actions affect the world that God created for us, we will learn about how we can teach others about how they should treat the Earth.




As the children missed their summer learning for science in Year 4. We will start by covering the Year 4 objectives for Living Things & their Habitats. We will then move onto the Year 5 objectives in Autumn 2. 
The children will learn how to identify and classify living things. We will learn about different plants and trees that grow in our local environment and we will classify animals depending on their features.

We have also got a surprise being delivered at the beginning of September - we will be watching something grow and change in our classroom!


History - Preston City Centre

This half term we will be learning about how Preston has changed. We will learn that Preston was first mentioned in the Domesday book in the 11th Century, it then became a market town before eventually becoming a city in 2002.

We are going to look at how trade changed in the area and what this meant for the citizens. We will learn about Henry VIII's appointment to the throne affected Preston. At the end of the half term, the children will have a chance to show what they have learned through a presentation.



This half term we are going to focus on colour mixing, we are going to learn about primary, secondary and tertiary colours. We will experiment with these colours. We will then look at complementary colours, warm and cool colours. The children will then have chance to experiment and create a piece of art based on this learning




PE will take place every Friday afternoon, therefore on a Friday children will wear their PE kit all day (plain red t-shirt, black shorts and black PE pumps/trainers). For the first half term we will be looking at traditional dance, focusing on the Haka which originated in New Zealand.



This half term we will be game developers. The children will be creating a game on Scratch suitable for Year 2. They will have to create a background, character, music and sound effects. To extend their game the children can add a score and a timer to provide a challenge.



The children will be learning French on a Thursday morning with Mrs Bragg, they will be following Language Angels. This ensures that the children have lots of repetition and oral teaching of the French language before then applying this into discussions with peers and then written sentences.



The children will be learning Music on a Thursday morning with Mrs Bragg, they will be following Charanga. The children will be singing and playing rhythm games. They will also use xylophones to create a piece of jazz music.


PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)

This half term is dedicated to 'We're All Stars' In this unit, the class will be encouraged to think about their rights and responsibilities as we develop our own Class Charter based on mutual respect and inclusion. We will explore everyone's gifts and talents and learn about how to communicate appropriately. We will learn about role models in our society and in our own school and family community. 

General class information


  • Reading is one of the most important skills we teach our children, whether it is a non-fiction text to help them research, a set of instructions to help them make something or reading a fiction to improve their imagination and provide them with amazing vocabulary. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to atitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them.  We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week and it can be recorded in a reading/homework diary that we will send home.


  • Toast is available for snack but children must bring £1 at the beginning of the week and they will get a slice of toast each day. Children can bring cereal bars, fruit or veg from home for a snack too. 
  • Water -  We encourage children to bring in their own water bottles each day.  This ensures that they are able to have a drink regularly and not having to use the schools cups.  Although we will ensure cups are cleaned regularly and only 1 child is using each cup it would be more beneficial if each child had access to their own bottle.  Please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.

If you have any queries or want to chat about your child’s progress, feel free to catch me after school on the playground, send me a message on Class Dojo or make an appointment with Mrs Thompson in the school office.

Curriculum Overview