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 embarking on a new strategy of whole class reading. Reading skills, such as word reading, comprehension, inference, prediction, will be explicitly taught using fiction and non-fiction texts giving children the opportunity to build their reading skills.

As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be using a book entitled “Where Once We Stood”. This is a beautiful book which combines the factual detail and transcripts from the Apollo moon landings with a narrative. We will be using this to inspire writing an exploration story and formal report.

After half-term we will be using the book “Father” to inspire a setting description and letter writing.

As mathematicians… we will be covering; place value, including negative numbers, addition, subtraction, statistics, multiplication , division.

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.

In RE… throughout the term, we will be investigating how stories of Jesus encouraged his disciples to live the good news, for this we will use the story of Jesus calming the waves. We will discuss how Christians use symbols to explain what God is like.

As artists… we will start of the term with some modern artwork based on ourselves. To complement our topic, we will be using marbling techniques to create a colour palette to represent some of the planets in our solar system.

As designers… we will be designing, making and refining our own stomp rockets. For this the children will need a 2L pop bottle and a length of flexible tubing each, so if you have any old hose pipes you no longer want, please let me know!

As computer technicians… we will be perfecting our ability to log on and use a number of programmes used regularly within school.

We will also be refining our typing skills and improving typing speed by using ‘dance mat typing’ in order to present pieces of written work in English and Context 4 Learning.

As historians… we will be compiling a timeline of events in the race to be the first nation into space and land on the moon. We will also be looking in detail at a famous astronaut and researching their personal history to write a biography.

As geographers… we will be investigating images taken from the International Space Station to identify human and physical geographical features back on earth.

As scientists… we will be traveling into space. Investigating our solar system, the sun, moon and its phases and some of the physical forces involved in space travel.

After half term we will be looking at gravity, air and water resistance and mechanical forces.

As musicians… we will be developing our knowledge of notation; reading, writing music and being able to tell the difference between a crotchet and a quaver.

As sports people… we will be working with Miss Valentine, our PE coach, to focus on agility, balance and coordination. Our PE session is on Wednesday, please can children attend school in their PE kits.

As linguists… we will be extending our French vocabulary, learning how to respond and give classroom commands, use basic conversational phrases to tell people where we live and sing a few French songs along the way.

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.