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Abbeystead – 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 further developing skills such as word reading, comprehension, inference and prediction, which will be explicitly taught using fiction and non-fiction texts to help develop a love of reading.

As writers… in our first unit of work this term, we will be using Sherlock Holmes’ classic novel – The Hound of the Baskervilles. This is a fantastic book which will inspire writing an exciting cliff-hanger story and formal report.

After half-term we will be using the book Promise to inspire a character narrative and newspaper report.

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

  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • 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.

As artists… we will be developing our sketching skills. Looking at texture, tone and shading. Our work will focus on some of the many Victorian buildings around Chester. Our dedicated Art teacher, Mrs Cowley, will also be working with us this term.

As designers… we will be weighing and measuring ingredients to make Victoria sponge cupcakes. In the second half term we will turn our skills to cutting and shaping materials in order to create an annotated model of a river from source to sea.

As computer technicians… we will continue to develop our coding skills by working with Digital Wizards to create our own animations using Scratch.

If you would like to download a version of this and start practicing, it is freely available at https://scratch.mit.edu/

As geographers… we will be using mapping skills to locate and plot buildings of historical significance from the Victorian era. We will also be learning about the features of a river and looking at maps to identify how and why the River Dee has changed over time.

As historians… we will be investigating Victorian Chester with an emphasis on crime and punishment. Our historical adventures will be enhanced by taking part in a walk around Victorian Chester and a visit to Grosvenor Museum.

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.

Swimming will take place each week where will will practice different swimming strokes, building up stamina, life saving and water-polo.

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 – Mr Lewis Tomsett

Music – Mr Rob Benson

PE – Miss Shona Valentine

Art – Mrs Erica Cowley

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 First 4 Maths, 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.

Abbeystead – Year 5 Blog


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… we have been getting up to some exiting shenanigans. This week’s blog has been written by Evvie and Leah. ENGLISH This week in English, we have been learning about King Kong! We finished the story, not to spoil it but it was very sad. Anyway, we were set into to two groups to debate […]


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This week in year 5…

The year 5 blog has been written by Lydia and Thesha this week… Good afternoon Grosvenor Park! This week in year 5 English we’ve focused on the book King Kong, we have been describing King Kong’s emotions and actions, and arranged some pictures of the story in order. On Thursday we had a unique visit […]