Year 5

Welcome to Year 5, a year packed full of new experiences and exciting ways of learning.

All children learn differently; in Year 5 we celebrate this and treat all pupils as individuals. With our guidance, each child has the opportunity to shine!

Our curriculum is bursting with opportunities for children to learn, express themselves and develop into well-rounded individuals ready to make a positive impact on the world. We take a thematic approach to our curriculum to help deliver relevant and thoughtful learning opportunities. As a city centre school, we draw inspiration from our unique location, learning in Grosvenor Park, the River Dee, the Grosvenor Museum, Storyhouse, and many other local treasures; the City of Chester is truly our playground!

As readers… we will be practicing our comprehension and understanding skills by looking at examples of modern fiction and non-fiction books.

As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be using a very exciting, classic novel – The Hound of the Baskervilles, to support writing a cliff hanger narrative and formal report. We will examine the structure of these genres and writing features that the author has used to replicate these styles of writing.

After half-term we will be using the book “The Promise” to write a character narrative and Newspaper Report.

As mathematicians… we will be covering the following areas throughout the Spring term:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and Percentages

Your child will have the opportunity to apply their skills across a range of mathematical areas and to continue developing their mental maths skills. This will include continuing to learn their times tables. Please support your child with this at home as sound knowledge of multiplication tables will help improve their speed and efficiency in all areas of maths.

As artists… we will be developing our sketching skills. Looking at texture, tone and shading. Our final piece of artwork will be drawings of Anglo-Saxon stone carvings which are located in St John’s church across the road.

As designers… we will be using traditional Anglo-Saxon methods to weave wool into fabric. If you have any balls of wool you no longer require, any donations would be gratefully received.

As computer technicians… we will continue to perfect our typing skills by producing final pieces of written work using the Word programme.

We will also be delving deeper into the world of algorithms and coding.

As geographers… we will be using mapping skills to locate Saxon settlements, identify where the Anglo-Saxon’s originated and looking for evidence of Anglo-Saxons in place names which remain today.

As historians… we will be looking at the Anglo-Saxon era. A day trip to Tatton Park will be an immersive experience to find out how Anglo Saxons led their daily lives. We will cook outdoors, build shelters, track deer and investigate some aspects of farming.

As scientists… we will be studying the changes that the human body goes through from conception to old age. After half-term we will be looking at living things and their habitats.

As sports people… we will be working with Miss Valentine, our PE coach, to focus on agility, balance and coordination. All PE sessions will take place outside, so please ensure your child has suitably warm clothes (black/grey tracksuit bottoms and hoodie).

Throughout the Autumn term, we (including me) greatly improved our stamina in running a couple of laps of Grosvenor Park. This will continue throughout the spring term each Friday morning.

Swimming will continue throughout the spring term each Monday.

As linguists… we will be extending our French vocabulary using the programme Salut!

In religious education,

Throughout the term, we will be investigating the Kingdom of God, forgiveness, resurrection and salvation.

Teaching Team

Class teacher – Mrs Charlotte Gill

Assistant Teacher – Mrs Jo Bargery

Music – Mr Rob Benson

PE – Miss Shona Valentine

A Typical Day in year 5 involves:

Collective worship, an opportunity for the whole school to reflect and prepare for the day ahead rejoicing in cheerful songs and talking to God through prayer.

English. Our English curriculum is mastery, text-based and linked to our thematic approach to learning. Each term children are introduced to a new text from which specific skills are taught.

Playtime and snack

Maths.  Mathematics across the school is supported by White Rose, a learning approach that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject. Every child is expected to develop a firm understanding of maths, founded on three key principles: progression, understanding and control.


Reading.              A carefully tailored whole class activity designed to develop and enhance individual reading skills. The children are encouraged, through questioning, to develop their competency of interrogation, inference and deduction.

Wider curriculum.           Our wider curriculum is taught through our cross-curricular approach to learning. This incorporates science, history, geography, religious education, music, art, drama, modern foreign languages (MFL) and social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC).


May we take this opportunity to remind parents that it is imperative that all pupils have a suitable water bottle in school. At this stage in our pupils’ school careers, we would expect our children to be taking responsibility for putting letters and homework into book bags, collecting water bottles and ensuring that all their clothes and property are taken home at the end of the school day. To help them with this, please make sure all personal items are labelled clearly.