Year 5

Curriculum Overview

Meet the Teacher 2020

Meet the Staff

Mr D Chaplin

Team Leader

Miss D Taylor
Mr J Frame
Termly News

Please click on the links below to access the latest newsletter and topic web.

Year 5 Newsletter Spring 2021

Year 5 Topic Web Spring 2021

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 2020

Year 5 Topic Web Autumn 2020

Poetry Slam 2021

Autumn Term 2020

What a busy half term it has been!  After the trials and tribulations of last year, we have settled down to our learning with a renewed enthusiasm. Our routines have been learnt, expectations set and work being enthusiastically approached and neatly presented, we are ready for the year ahead!

English has been a particularly exciting subject with two books being studied that link to our Space topic. Our first book was the fantastic The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Reading through the text and imagery and identifying figurative language, we planned and wrote poems based on this classic.  We were also inspired by the text Space Bat Angel Dragon. This gave us lots of scope to be creative and explore powerful vocabulary and language choices.


Another text we focused on was the less well known but visually stunning book, Where Once We Stood by Christopher Riley and Martin Impey. Written to compliment Christopher Riley’s ink drawings of the Moon Landings from 1969-1973, the book is a recount as told by astronauts landing on the Moon. We used the book as a basis to write our own first-person narratives from the perspective of an astronaut.  Our efforts were collated to make class books of our work.

Of course reading has also been a focus during this half term and with guided reading sessions, daily reads and class readers (as well as reading 5 times a week at home!) we have all benefited from regular reading to develop our comprehension and reading skills. 

During our Maths learning we have been revising and consolidating key concepts from Year 4 to ensure that every pupil has a strong foundation for the Year 5 curriculum which has just started after half term. With a revision of number, place value, decimals, addition and subtraction strategies, multiplication and related division facts, time, shapes, angles and symmetry it is a wonder that we have managed to fit it all in, but we have!

We have also blasted off with our Science topic of Space! Starting with what we already know, we have enquired about how the rotation and revolution of the Earth creates day and night, seasons and yearly changes. Moving away from the Earth the pupils discussed and explored and modelled the different phases of the Moon and researched different planets’ properties and their position in order from the Sun. The half term was finished off with independent research to answer the big scientific theories of blackholes and the expansion of the universe exoplanets and galaxy forms – wonderous stuff!

Our other topics of Belonging in RE, Where in the World in Geography, Relationships in PSHE and Orienteering and Rugby in PE have all been enjoyed by the children and much fun (and learning) has been had this term so far.

Spring Term 2020

During a rather wet and windy half term, Year 5 have travelled into the past to learn about life in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era of British History. Existing was hard back then and our study of the life of children in Viking Britain showed how children lived a very different life to our lives today. Our English topics have enhanced our understanding of this time with a study of: Macbeth (who thought the Norwegians); the mighty Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon monster slayer; and the Trickster God Loki whose shape changing led to many a tale!

In Maths we have focussed much of our learning on fractions (we don’t do things by halves in Year 5!)

We have also started our bread topic by investigating the different types of breads around the world and we are looking forward to our tasting session! Our Apps For Good project is underway, with children working on ways that apps can help to solve difficult life situations. We are looking forward to our creative day with more activities linked to Anglo-Saxon life.

Autumn Term 2019

Our Autumn Term topic is, “Space, the Final Frontier”.  Year 5 have had a fantastic term learning all about the Earth in Space. Our areas of study have explored why we have seasons, the order of the planets and many planetary facts. Capping it off with a fantastic trip to the Winchester Science Centre, our knowledge of the Universe has expanded. In writing we have looked at the genres of recounts, sci-fi stories, Iron Man poetry, UFO newspaper reports and so much more. In our Maths lessons we have consolidated and extended our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction methods, multiples, factors and squares as well as the area and perimeter of a range of shapes. Our exciting DT topic of moving toys took us up to Christmas and after completing focused practical tasks to develop our skills we thoroughly enjoyed designing, making and finally evaluating our finished products.

Summer Term 2019

In the Summer Term we focused on Animal Magic. To start off the term, Year 5 went wild at Marwell Zoo.  As part of our Science lifecycles topic, Year 5 learnt all about the development of different animal species in a zoo environment. They got up close to many cute and cuddly animals, (and some not so cute!) during the day as the children learnt about conservation and how we can care for animal wildlife for future generations.

Spring Term 2019

During the Spring Term Year 5 went time travelling!  Dressed in Anglo-Saxon or Viking costumes (no fighting between the tribes) we had an excellent Creative Day based around the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The day held a plethora of activities including baking authentic oat cakes(yum), making card warrior helmets and crafting jewellery fit for a king (or Thane). The day was rounded off with a story telling saga session on the field around the campfire- just as the Danes would do. The pupils learnt about the mighty god Thor and his antics with the ice giants, whilst eating their delicious oatcakes!

Autumn Term 2018

Our Autumn Term topic is Space, the final Frontier. Year 5 have had a fantastic term learning about the Earth in Space. Our science topic has explored why we have seasons, the order of the planets and many planetary facts. Capping it off with a fantastic trip to the Winchester Science Centre, our knowledge of the Universe has expanded (or inflated!) In writing we have looked at the genres of recounts, warning stories, poetry, flashbacks and more. In our Maths lessons we have consolidated and extended our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction methods, multiples, factors and squares and the area and perimeter of shapes. An exciting DT topic of moving toys has taken us up to Christmas.

Trips and Events

For the following trips and events, further details will be communicated to parents in due course.

September 2020

07.09.20                   First day of term

14.09.20                   Whole School Reading Matters Week

15.09.20                   Virtual PAWS Welcome Meeting

17.09.20                   Cardwell & Simmons individual pupil photos

18.09.20                   Year 5 Virtual ‘Meet the Teacher Meeting’ live on website

October 2020

01.10.20                   Virtual Year 5/6 Parents Maths Workshop live on website

05.10.20                   Walktober (Walk to School Week)

06.10.20                   Year 5 PAWS Film Night

09.10.20                   Cardwell & Simmons (for children absent on 17.09.20)

16.10.20                   Christmas Card Order Deadline

23.10.20                   PAWS Mufti Day

 November 2020    

03.11.20                   Whole School Charity Fun Run

03.11.20                   Virtual Year 5 & 6 Parent SPaG Workshop – tbc

04.11.20                   Whole School Flu Immunisations

11.11.20                   PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)

13.11.20                   Time to Shine – be bright non-uniform day and road safety

16-20.11.20             Anti-Bullying Week (Theme – United Against Bullying/16th Odd Socks Day)

16-20.11.20             Road Safety Week

25.11.20                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

26.11.20                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

 December 2020                                    

03.12.20                  PAWS Christmas Pop-Up Shop

17.12.20                   Year 5 & 6 Christmas Lunch

18.12.20                   Last day of term

January 2021                                         

04.01.21                   Inset Day

05.01.21                   First day of term

February 2021

1/2/3.02.21             Auditions for Westfields Has Talent

02.02.21                   Year 5 PAWS Film Night (3.15-5.00pm)

09.02.21                   Safer Internet Day

12.02.21                   PAWS Mufti Day

12.02.21                   Westfields Has Talent

24.02.21                   Year 5 Virtual Parent Meeting regarding Year 6 Residential

 March 2021           

04.03.21                   World Book Day – dress up

23.03.21                   Year 5 Anglo Saxon Viking Creative Day

wc 22.03.21              Potted Sports Afternoon

26.03.21                   Whole School Poetry Slam (World Poetry Day – 21st March)

30.03.21                   PAWS Easter Raffle

30.03.21                   School Spring Disco (Year 5 and 6 from 6.30 – 7.45pm) postponed

31.03.21                   Last day of term

 April 2021

01.04.21                   Inset Day

26.03.21                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

28.03.21                   Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

tbc                           Year 5 Swimming (10-week course)

May 2021                                               

05.05.21                   PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)

14.05.21                   Inter-house Debating Challenge

20.05.21                   PAWS Film Night

21.05.21                   5DT Radio Show

28.05.21                   Inset day

 July 2021                                                

06.07.21                   Sports Day

09.07.21                   5JF Class Assembly (virtual)

07.07.21                   Celebration Evening (3.30-5.30pm )

13.07.21                   Reserve Sports Day

15.07.21                   School Summer Disco (Year 5 and 6 from 6.30 – 7.45pm)

16.07.21                   Year 5 Business Fair (3.15-4.15pm) All Welcome

23.07.21                   Last day of term


Whole school letters and newsletters can be found under the Parents tab (link to whole school letters)

Year 5 Newsletter Spring 2021
WJS Fantasy Football League Letter (Years 5 & 6)
Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 2020

Home Learning

Year 5 Home Learning

During school closure all home learning can be found under the menu Pupil\Home Learning, then select the appropriate Year Group.  Click here to go direct to page.  The home learning link can also be found on the home page under useful... read more

Year Group Spelling

The National Curriculum set out the spelling rules and patterns as well as spelling lists children in each year group need to learn. To help you spell these words, we set weekly spellings for you to learn and we provide spelling booklets which contains all your weekly spellings for the year.

Each week, you will learn a set number of spellings that follow a spelling rule or pattern and then you will have additional words which are words children in your year group should to be able to spell. To help you with your spellings, your teacher will teach you the rules and patterns and in your booklets, there is space for you to carry out the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ strategy at home. This will help you learn your spellings; you can also practise rainbow writing (writing out your spellings on top of each other in different colours, spell them out to an adult, be tested by an adult, write sentences with the spelling word in and you can also make mnemonics e.g. because – big elephants can’t always use small exits.

You will be tested on a Monday and on Tuesday, after your teacher has checked your spellings, you will tick the words you have spelt correctly in this booklet so you can keep a record of your progress. At the end of each half term, you will have a spelling test of selected words from the previous half term to see what you can remember!

Remember…Practise makes perfect!

Spelling Booklets will be handed out at the beginning of the academic year and need to be in school every Monday and Tuesday. If they are lost, please see your classteacher. You will need to bring 50p in for a replacement booklet.