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Welcome to the Year 5 class page. On this page, you will find information about our curriculum, details of any homework assignments and any key information that children and parents need to know. Additionally, there are some key resources to support with learning in Year 5, including the calculation policy, the year 5/6 spelling words and examples of questions that you can ask your child while reading. If you have any questions, please get in touch via the school office and we will be more than happy to answer them or help in any way that we can. 


Mr. Duffy and Mrs. Grange



Homework will be added on Thursday afternoon/evening so that it is ready for Friday. Most homework tasks will be due on a Friday, but spelling tests will usually take place on a Tuesday and times tables tests will vary days throughout the week. This will hopefully ensure that children practise tables regularly (and not just the night before a test) thereby building up their knowledge and embedding it more deeply. 


In year 5, in addition to the basic skills work on reading, spelling and times tables, we also often set online homework. This will usually alternate between maths and grammar. Maths is frequently, although not exclusively,  done on the website and grammar is issued through Purple Mash. This year, we will also be using the CGP 10 minute workout booklets for maths and English alongside our normal homework. 


For the time being, the longer learning log tasks have been put on hold until we can find a safe way for children to share and showcase their learning, as they will not be able to bring this into school. 

Our Curriculum


In English, we will be initially looking at the moon Pandora from the movie Avatar and creating a non-chronological report about it. We will include features such as technical vocabulary and formal language to ensure that our writing is suitable for the intended audience and that we manipulate clauses to make our writing more interesting. 

Following this, we will look at the book A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo. Using this book as the basis for our writing, we will look at examples and write our own version of biographies and narratives, focussing on developing characters and actions through dialogue.  



Our grammar and punctuation focuses for this half-term will be phrases and clauses, including relative clauses and punctuating direct speech. 



Our maths this half term will be mainly focused on place value and addition and subtraction, which will be covered using the White Rose Maths schemes of work. The objectives that we will cover are:

Read, write order and compare numbers to 1,000,000

Rounding numbers up to one million to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 or 1,000,000.

Negative numbers

Roman Numerals

Add two four digit numbers (including exchanges)

Subtract two four digit numbers (including exchanges)

Column method for addition

Column method for subtraction

Rounding to estimate and approximate

Inverse Operations

Multi-step addition and subtraction problems. 



Our Science topic this half-term will be Earth and Space. The children will learn the names and key information about the eight planets. We will also discuss the heliocentric and geocentric models. We will look at how these theories have changed and developed over time and the role advancing scientific methods played in determining how they were viewed. 



Our art for this half term will focus on the work of Peter Thorpe. We will create an abstract space picture using watercolours for our foreground image and oil pastels for the background. 



In PE, we will cover multi-skills in our outdoor lessons, looking at different techniques and skills required in a range of different sports. In our indoor lessons, we will have Dance sessions taught by the dance coach from Leeds Rhinos. 

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Long Multiplication for Y5 at CLEH

As per our calculation policy, this is the method that children from year 5 onwards must use for long multiplication.