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Welcome to our Year 5 class page, where you will find out about all of our exciting learning and any upcoming events. I hope you enjoy reading our page. Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event. 


In the second half of summer term, PE will return to being on Tuesdays and Fridays. Can we please remind parents that PE kit should include tracksuit bottoms worn over shorts? 


Upcoming Events:

Transition week- week commencing 09/07/18

Year 5 Parents sharing afternoon- Wednesday 18th July 1:00pm-2:00pm



Latest News:

Pupil work-

A selection of pupil work can now be viewed at the bottom of the page. 


Star Centre visit-

On Friday 22nd June, Year 5 visited the Star Centre in Keighley. Photographs will be added to this page shortly. 



End of year spelling test will take place week commencing 16th July



Year 5 Reading

Children in year 5 should still read to parents as often as possible, and should aim to record any questions that are asked of them in their reading records at least once per week. They will also still need to record any reading done each day. Guidance on questions that parents can ask is attached in the documents section at the bottom of the page. There are no set texts for pupils to read in Year 5, although we do ask that children read as wide a range of text types as possible. 



Homework expectations

In addition to the online homework and learning log tasks, children are asked to continue reading daily, practising times tables and learning spellings. In addition to six new orange words to learn weekly, we will be recapping four that we have previously learned. Each half-term, there will be a test on all of the orange words learned so far. The full list of Orange words (year 5/6 statutory spellings) is attached at the bottom of the page. 




Our Curriculum 



Our Topic for the final half-term will be continue to be Earth and Space. We will cover:

  • describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky
  • the way that ideas about the solar system have developed, understanding how the geocentric model of the solar system gave way to the heliocentric model by considering the work of scientists such as Ptolemy, Alhazen and Copernicus.
  • Locating many of the world's countries and major cities in an atlas
  • Study of the geography of the UK, including knowing where cities, rivers and mountain ranges are located.  



Writing: This half-term we will be writing play scripts, persuasive letters and poetry.  We will look at the features of each type of text and try to achieve the following in our writing:

  • I can use a wide range of clause structures, sometimes varying their position within the sentences.
  • I can use commas, dashes and brackets to add parenthesis
  • I can use commas to mark phrases and clauses and to provide clarity or avoid ambiguity.
  • I use a range of sentence starters to create specific effects.
  • I can use relative clauses within my sentences. 
  • I can use and punctuate speech correctly.
  • I can use modal verbs and adverbials to provide degrees of certainty or possibility.
  • I can use adverbs, preposition phrases and expanded noun phrases to add detail, qualification and precision.


Reading skills and comprehension

Please continue to read a variety of different texts at home. Once you have read, write down the questions you have been answering (but not the answers) in your Reading Record.


As the children progress through school, the level and type of questions that they are asked in reading tasks increases in difficulty. This term we will be spending a lot of time focusing on authorial technique, which requires the children to think about why authors make specific vocabulary and phrasing choices and the intended impact on the reader. 


A good tool to help support this skill at home can be found at

Although the questions on this site can be a bit basic, they introduce the concept quite well so that parents can help support by asking these types of questions when reading with children.




This term, we will be focusing mainly on geometry- properties of shapes, position and direction and statistics. 



Geometry- properties of shapes

  • identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D representations


Geometry - position and direction

  • identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed.



  • solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables.





See Topic information.




This half-term, we will be looking at coding. This will be taught through Purple Mash 





Leeds Book Awards.


This week, five children from Year 5 accompanied Mr. Cook and Mr. Duffy to the awards ceremony for the Leeds Book Awards. The children were some of the many children in year 5 who had read the six shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite. Although the overall winner wasn’t the book chosen by our children, the awards ceremony was lots of fun and it was brilliant for some of the children to meet one of the authors and get some autographs. All of the children, including those who weren’t chosen to attend the ceremony, were incredibly vociferous in their praise for the books and they all approached the task of reading and reviewing each book with refreshing fervour and enthusiasm. We were very impressed with the number of children who took on the challenge of reading all six books. A video from the winner of the award, Emma Carroll, has been uploaded below. The event was recorded by the Made in Leeds tv channel and links to their Facebook pages showing the video can be found by clicking here.

Video from Emma Carroll

Still image for this video
Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse, was unable to attend the Leeds Book Awards ceremony, where she won in the age 9-11 category. However, she has sent a brief message to accept her award and offer some advice to children.