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Butterfly Curriculum - Moving forwards

Year 5 are now embarking on their first new topic of the year, including their first Power of Reading text. We have enjoyed the Butterfly Curriculum over the last two weeks, but the children will now be supported to get back into their more familiar subjects, lessons and routines. Please do let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's well-being. 

Welcome to our Year 5 page!

Mr Brett - 5BMs Lyon - 5LWMr Williams - 5LWMiss Young - 5Y

 Mr Brett - 5B

Ms Lyon & Mr Williams - 5LW 

Miss Young - 5Y 

Here you will find aspects of our academic content, homework, websites for learning and useful information such as trips and forthcoming events.

We are all looking forward to an awesome year!

Mr Brett, Ms Lyon, Mr Williams & Miss Young


Once a fortnight, we'll be on our PPA time out of class for planning, preparation and assessment. On these days the following people will teach in each class:

5B = Miss Markaki (Every other Tuesday)

5LW = Ms Lyon and Mr Williams will cover each other (Every other Wednesday) 

5Y = Miss Markaki (Every other Monday) 


Currently, we're following government advice and trips (including overnight camps) are not going ahead in the Autumn term (September to December). We hope this will change in the coming terms and of course we'll keep you posted. 

Year 5 camp to Kilve Court - LATEST NEWS

We are really aware that the children are currently in limbo with regards to camp and we are working behind the scenes with Kilve Court to see what the best outcome is. We will of course update you as soon as we possibly can. 

Class Assemblies 

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to invite parents and carers in to school at this time.  

Curriculum Overview in Term 1



This term our text is called Shackleton's Journey by William Gill, which a beautiful non-fiction book that tells the fascinating tale of the Endurance expedition. We will be focusing on writing cohesive paragraphs and using conjunctions and expanded noun phrases.

It links directly to our Exploration topic.

SPELLINGS are taught weekly and contain a mixture of common exception words and year 5 spelling programme words. Please find a copy of the words on ClassDojo every week. Please find a copy of the Common Exception words at the bottom of this page. 

READING should happen daily! Please ensure that your child has a reading book, is reading at home and can share what they're reading with you. It's so important that the children are supported to become life-long readers. In school, we offer quiet reading sessions, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in their text, as well as reading skills teaching.  

HANDWRITING in year 5 is usually joined and fluent. We ask the children to present their work neatly and to take pride in their work and how it's presented. The children write in blue ink pen or pencil and edit in green pen. For maths, they record in pencil so that rubbers can be used if needed!


These are the Place Value objectives that we will work towards over the year, starting this term. This term, we will revise our knowledge of the Year 4 curriculum using the White Rose Maths programme. 

Number - number and place value

Pupils should be taught to:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
  • 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 forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0
  • round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals


Our EXPLORERS topic sees us learning about the period around Shackleton's journey, this being the early part of the 20th century! We'll be looking into what life was like in those days while considering the not insignificant challenges that a trip to the Antarctic presented. We'll research using primary and secondary sources of information. We'll make comparisons between life 100 years ago and life now. We'll compare significant individuals and their contributions nationally and internationally. Finally, we'll link our learning with our Power of reading text and make connections between the historical events.

This is a good website about Antarctica and its natural and human history: www.coolantarctica.com 


PE is carefully organised now to ensure that classes have solo use of playground Zones or the hall as a last case scenario if it's raining. This term we're focussing on Basketball and Dodgeball.

*** PE kit in all year groups is a white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers / plimsolls / daps. You may want to bring a tracksuit and gloves as well as your coat for outdoor PE as the weather gets colder! Due to Covid-19 measures we will be outdoors unless it's wet. ***


Watch this space...

Art and design / Design Technology

We will look at the artwork produced by William Gill in our Power of Reading book. We will also have a go at building a moving model of the Endurance using cams and gears.


This term we're answering the question: 

What is the Qu'ran? 

We'll learn facts about Islam and then focus on the holy book called the Qu'ran. 


Being Me in My World 


French - En route pour l'école

Updated 21/9/20

Home Learning in Year 5


My Maths - at least one online task will be set per week. We have sent home a reminder letter of the log in details in the children's new home learning books. Please talk to Mr Brett, Ms Lyon, Mr Williams or Miss Young if you need your login details again! If you have any trouble logging in or completing the tasks, please let your teacher know ASAP - we're here to help!

Every Friday, new tasks will be set and should be completed by the following Thursday evening. The questions and challenges will reinforce learning that has taken place during the previous week.

If your child is not yet fluent on the recall of their times tables, please could you ensure that regular practice of them is taking place at home. You can also help your child by reading the time regularly on an analogue and digital clock, and using money to pay for things in real life.


Spelling - Spelling word lists will be sent home every Friday and should be learnt using the Look, Say, Cover, Write spelling strategy as part of home learning. The children will be tested on these words the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to practice the words on a daily basis as this is proven to help children retain spellings in the long term. We offer two levels of spellings - Core and Support. If your child is a confident speller, they should learn the Core spellings. If your child is still developing their confidence or struggles to retain spellings and patterns, they should choose Support. We may even provide spellings that are specifically tailored to their needs. Please find a copy of these spellings on ClassDojo every week. 

Reading - Aim to read once a day at home. You could read:

  • Before school if there's time before you leave home
  • When you get home as a way to relax
  • Before bed / in bed as a way to unwind before you go to sleep - this is far healthier than screen time before bed! 


A topic wall will be issued at the start of each new topic. This contains a selection of activities to try over the term. You do NOT need to complete them all. Try to complete one a week or once a fortnight if you're particularly busy. Please find a copy of the sheet on ClassDojo - we will also send home a paper copy at the start of each term. 

Learning Highlights