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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 first half of summer term, PE will be change to be on Mondays and Fridays. Can we please remind parents that PE kit should include tracksuit bottoms worn over shorts? 


Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 22nd May- Leeds Book Awards ceremony.

Wednesday 20th June- Sports Day (backup date 27th June in case of adverse weather)

Friday 22nd June- Year 5 visit to Star Centre, Keighley.





Latest News:

UPDATED- Year 5 Non-chronological reports.

As well as our non-chronological reports on Rivers, children in Year 5 have now written a second report on a topic of their choosing. These are now attached further down the page. 




Next week (w/c 21/05/18) children will have a spelling test on all of the Orange Words covered this year, as well as the spelling rules that have formed the basis for the spelling units covered. 



Leeds Book Awards

Having now reached the deadline for reading all six of the shortlisted titles in the Leeds Book Awards 2018, it was brilliant to see such a fantastic response to the books from the Year 5 children. We have now submitted our votes and have selected the five lucky children who will be attending the awards ceremony in Pudsey on May 22nd and hopefully having the chance to meet some of the authors. 


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:

Homework survey update:

Thank you to all parents who took the time to complete the Year 5 homework survey. Following a clear preference for children to be set maths and English homework alongside the longer Learning Log projects, there will be a short online homework set for either maths or English each week, using either Purple Mash or abacus maths. Purple mash  can be accessed at or by downloading the purple mash app. Abacus can be accessed at Your child should have recorded their login details for both in the front of their learning log. 


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 Topic this term will be continue to be Rivers, which we will expand to take in a study of the geography and history of our local area. We will cover:

  • The course of a river as it flows from its source to the sea
  • The impact of rivers on the surrounding area
  • The reasons why people chose to live near and build cities near rivers
  • Details of some of the more famous global rivers
  • How and why rivers flood, and what we can do to prevent or limit this
  • The impact of flooding- locally and globally



Writing: This half-term we will be writing non-chronological reports, newspaper reports 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 inference skills, which requires children to find clues and read between the lines, as opposed to finding information directly in a text.


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.


Marking: Reading Records will be checked fortnightly.



This term, we will be focusing mainly on measurement and geometry- properties of shapes



  • convert between different units of metric measure [for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre]
  • understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints
  • measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres
  • calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), including using standard units, square centimetres (cm²) and square metres (m²), and estimate the area of irregular shapes
  • estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm³ blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water]
  • solve problems involving converting between units of time
  • use all four operations to solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass, volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling


Geometry- properties of shapes

  • identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D representations
  • know angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles
  • draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (°)
  • identify:
    • angles at a point and 1 whole turn (total 360°)
    • angles at a point on a straight line and half a turn (total 180°)
    • other multiples of 90°
    • use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles
    • distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles





In Science, we will be learning about the properties and changes of materials. Lessons covered will include:

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda







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



The children will be following the new Understanding Christianity scheme, and this term will be focussing on God and Incarnation.