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Year Five (Miss Bickerdyke)

 Welcome to Year 5!

(2021- 2022)

Welcome to Year 5! I hope you've had a lovely six weeks off where you've been outside in the fresh air and spend time family and friends! I can't wait to see you all back in school for the first half term of Year 5, I am looking forward to being your teacher this year.





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.

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 Autumn 1, we will be focusing on a novel from a significant children's author and our focus will be "Narnia - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis.

Throughout this unit we will:

- predict what is going to happen

- infer character's thoughts and feelings

- use dictionaries and thesaurus' to find the meanings of new words

- use a range of sentence openers

- edit and improve our own writing.

By the end of the unit, the children will write their own scene from Narnia where Lucy enters the wardrobe and meets a mythical creature of the children's choice.

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 and answer questions about the text.

- read with an adult and discuss the text 

- look at the vocabulary in the text and discuss meanings

- 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.


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 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.




For Autumn 1, we will begin by focusing on Place Value, we will focus on:

- Reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.
- Rounding any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 or 100,000.

- Interpreting negative numbers in context.

- Reading Roman Numerals to 1000 (M).


After our Place Value unit we will move onto addition and subtraction where we will look at mental methods as well as formal column addition and subtraction for numbers with more than 4 digits.

We will end the half term looking at line graphs and tables - we will learn how to draw them as well as interpret the data.

 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 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 important that children become confident with telling the time in Year 5, I will be doing lots 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 Stewardship. By the end of the unit, children should be able to:

- make links to show how their own feelings and beliefs affect their behaviour.
- compare their own and other people's ideas.

- make decisions about how they care for the Earth.

- express a point of view.

- express a preference.

- show knowledge and understanding of some scripture passages.




This half term we are learning about Living Things & Their Habitats.
The children will focus on:

- describing the differences in the life cycle of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

- describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

The children will work scientifically by:

- using secondary sources and observations to learn about life cycles.

- pattern seeking when comparing the size of an animal and it's life span

- growing and observing plants growing asexually.


History - Transport in Preston.

In Autumn 1, every year group is focusing on a piece of local history. In Year 5, we will be looking at how tranport has changed in Preston since the 1700s. We will start by looking at the canals before looking at how important the train station and bus station became and how they changed life for people in Preston - you may have family members you can ask about this as the bus station opened in the 1960s.

We will focus on:

- using dates and appropriate historical terms to sequence events.

- describing links and contrasts between different periods of time.

- debating historical issues.

- constructing responses to historical questions.

- recognising that we must use sources to learn about the past but we need to evaluate these sources for their usefulness 

- presenting historical findings. 



Art - Painting

This half term we are going to be focusing on painting skills and our focus is going to be Leonardo Da Vinci.

We are going to look at:

- developing a painting from a picture.

- using acrylic paint.

- trying different media and materials.

- mixing appropriate colours.

- creating imaginative work from different sources e.g. music.

- mixing and matching colours to create atmosphere and light effects.

- being able to identify and work with complementary and contrasting colours.



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 and in Autumn 1 you will be using Scratch to create a game.



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.



Our first unit is a singing unit - we will be focusing on rock music and learning "Livin' On a Prayer" by Bon Jovi.

We will learn to:

- identify and move to a pulse.

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

- listen carefully to other people's thoughts about the music.

- sing in unison.

- listen to the group when singing.

- sing solo - if anyone wants to try! 


PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)

This half term is dedicated to "We're All Stars." We are going to start by looking at our own gifts and talents, then we will move onto looking at feelings and how to express feelings appropriately and how to communicate tricky feelings.

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