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 fiction and non-fiction books related to North and South America.

As writers…  in our first unit of work, we will be using ‘The Lost Book of Adventure’ to inspire a survival narrative and survival guide. After half-term we will be using a very exciting book, that I will be keeping a secret, to write a balanced argument and dilemma narrative.

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

  • Decimals, and percentages
  • Properties of shape
  • Position and direction
  • Converting units of measure

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… inspired by the ancient Maya civilisation, we will be producing a colour palette to reproduce images in the style of stone carvings, body paints and masks.

As designers… we will be product testing some of the culinary delights, first discovered by the Maya civilisation.

As computer technicians… we will be working alongside Digital Wizards who will be running a workshop in year five to further develop our coding and programming skills.

As geographers… we will be mapping and investigating eco-systems, biomes and climate zones within North and South America.

As historians… we will be looking at the life of an ancient civilisation of people living in South America – The Maya. Here we will learn about their life, customs, religion and legacy.

As scientists… we will be investigating the properties of materials and changes in the state of matter by working scientifically to undertake a range of investigations.

After half-term, we will continue to look at plants and what they require to grow strong and healthy.

As citizens of the world… we will be using the fairy tale – Happily Ever After – to explore same gender relationships,  equal marriage and inclusive relationships.

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 Summer term, we (including me) will continue to run a couple of laps of Grosvenor Park. This will take place each Friday morning.

Swimming resume throughout the Summer 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 creation, alongside elements of Islamic and Jewish faiths.

As forest adventurers… we will continue to develop our survival skills and develop new ways to learn alongside the natural environment with Mr Holland from Treemendous!

Teaching Team

Class teacher – Mrs Charlotte Gill

Assistant Teacher – Mrs Jo Bargery

Music – Mr Rob Benson

PE – Miss Shona Valentine

Forest school – Mr Al Holland

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.