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Year Five (Miss Bickerdyke)

 Welcome to Year 5!

(2021- 2022)

Happy New Year, Year 5! I hope you had a lovely break and are ready to come back to school for the new half term!




We will be continuing to use Class Dojo this year, I will be using it to reward children for showing one of key driver words - being an achiever, being an explorer or being a problem solver. Children will also receive dojo points if they show the gospel values. I will also share learning from the children and photographs of what the children are doing in class.

If you are need to speak to me or pass any messages on, then you can email or ring the office and they will pass the message on. I can then contact you if necessary.


This year we will having a big push on vocabulary in all subject areas - key vocabulary will be displayed around the classroom for each subject so that we can keep referring to it.
Each guided reading group will be spending one guided reading lesson a week focusing on new vocabulary and the meaning of these words. 



In Spring 1, we will be looking at Myths and Legends from the United Kingdom, particularly focusing on a welsh legend – The Legend of Gelert.

Throughout this unit we will:

- infer character's thoughts and feelings
- explore themes within texts
- use -ed openers to start our sentences
- use relative clauses using “who”

By the end of the unit, the children will write their own legend using The Legend of Gelert as a template.

During Guided Reading we are going to be focusing on a variation of different texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry), each child is in a small guided reading group and each week they will:

- pre-read a text, study vocabulary and answer questions.

- read with an adult and discuss the text 

- answer comprehension questions with support from a TA

- complete a follow up activity based on the book - it could be a prediction or a summary for example.

- Complete a SPaG activity – this will be related to previous learning.


We will be doing a short spellings session four times a week, 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 and we will have spelling tests each week.

We will also be incorporating grammar lessons into our English lessons, as well as a separate SPaG session where we will practise previous learning.



At the beginning of this half term, we will be looking at area and perimeter -the children will learn to measure and calculate these measurements.

We will then move onto learning the formal methods for multiplication and division, we will look at multiplying 4 digits by 2 digits and dividing 4 digits by 1 digit.

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.

It would be really useful if children continue to use TTRS and Numbots; this will ensure they important that children become confident with telling the time in Year 5, I will be doing lots are recapping previous learning and practising mental strategies. If children are confident with mental strategies they are more likely to be able to answer arithmetic questions quickly and confidently.
It is really of practising of this from the start of the year - if you can practise this at home it would be brilliant! Even just starting with the very basics of quarter past, half past, quarter to and o'clock.





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 learning about some of the different Sacraments We will begin the year by looking at the Sacrament of Marriage and then we will move onto the Sacrament of Reconciliation.






This half term we are learning about Properties and Changes of Materials.

We will focus on:

  • Comparing and grouping together everyday materials on the basis of their properties.

  • Knowing that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.

  • Using knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated.

  • Giving reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.

  • Demonstrating that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.

  • Explaining that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible.


History – Britain’s Settlement by Anglo-Saxons & Scots.

During Spring 1, we are going to focus on settlements and what happened in Britain from 410AD. We will look at why the Romans left Britain and who invaded next and how this changed Britain.

We will do this by looking at a range of sources, creating timelines and sequencing important events.


Art – Printing and Collage


During our Art lessons this half term, we are going to look at 2 different art medias. We will begin by studying Roy Lichtenstein’s art and through this we will look at printing and we will create our own prints using relief and impressed methods. Afterwards, we will look at Frida Kahlo’s art and create a collage based on her work. At the end of the half term, we will combine printing and collage to create a final piece of work.



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). Please ensure children are in appropriate clothing because we will be outside for PE if the weather is dry.



On a Wednesday morning, Mrs Eddleston will be teaching you. You will be doing computing.



The children will be learning French on a Wednesday morning with Mrs Eddleston, 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.




For our third music unit, we are going to be focusing on singing again, we will be focusing on Adele – Make You Feel My Love.

We will learn to:

- Identify and move to a pulse.

- Compare two songs in the same style and discuss similarities and differences.

- Sing in unison and solo.


PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)

This half term is dedicated to "Daring To Be Different." We are going to look at how to share your opinion with others appropriately and stand up for what you believe in, in the right way.

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. You can use Oxford Owl to listen to ebooks and read along.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 pay online 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 in the school office.

Curriculum Overview