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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 Spring Term, PE will be continue to be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Can we please remind parents that PE kit should include tracksuit bottoms worn over shorts? 


Upcoming Events:

Friday 2nd March - World Book Day celebrated in school with non-uniform day.

Friday 2nd March- d:side visit.

Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st March- Parents' Consultation Evenings. 

Tuesdays in Spring 2 half term- Squash lessons at CALSA.

Friday 27th April- Leeds Book Awards voting deadline.





Latest News:


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. 


Leeds Book Awards

This year, year 5 children from Collingham School are joining over 80 other schools from across Leeds in participating in the Leeds Book Awards. Each year, six books are shortlisted by librarians, teachers and other experts from across Leeds. Children are asked to read the books, leave a review online and, once they have read all six, vote for their favourite. Each school has been allocated four spaces for children at the awards ceremony, where they will have the chance to meet the authors and submit questions to ask. In our school, every child who reads and reviews all six books will have their name entered into a draw and four children will be chosen to attend the awards ceremony. 


Currently, school has purchased three copies of each book. Additional copies can be borrowed from local libraries or purchased from any good book store or online. 


You can check out the reviews of the books, find further information about the authors, or have a look at previous winners on the Leeds Book Awards website at 



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 focussed on Rivers- details to follow.






Writing: This half-term we will be studying character and setting descriptions and non-chronological reports. Our composition focuses will remain:

  • I can use a wide range of clause structures, sometimes varying their position within the sentences.
  • 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 calculating and fractions. The strands we will cover are:


  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
  • multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
  • recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (²) and cubed (³)
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates



  • compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
  • recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number [for example, 2/5 + 4/5 = 6/5 = 1 1/5 ]
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, and denominators that are multiples of the same number
  • multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams
  • read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71/100 ]
  • recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • round decimals with 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number and to 1 decimal place
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places
  • solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places
  • recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per 100’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal fraction
  • solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of 1/2 , 1/4 , 1/52/5 , 4/5 and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25




In addition to our work on Growing Up, we will be learning about Living Things and their habitats, including:

  • Sexual and asexual reproduction in plants. 
  • Parts of a flower and their role in reproduction. 
  • Different types of mammals and the ways they reproduce
  • The role of Jane Goodall in conservation of chimpanzees. 
  • Comparing life cycles of different animals
  • Study of the gestation periods of different animals
  • Comparison of life expectancy in Britain throughout history and comparison with other countries. 
  • Metamorphosis in different animals







This half-term, we will be looking at Microsoft excel. We will be inputting, analysing and presenting data using MS Excel and will produce a fact-file about gestation periods with graphs and charts. 



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










PSHE/British values: