Year 5

There‘s an ancient Chinese proverb: ’A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.‘ Most people don’t walk a thousand miles, or 2,500, but what it really means is that we all need to take that first step to get something big done. If I‘ve helped even one homeless child, I hope I’ve accomplished that – Zach Bonner, founder of The Little Red Wagon Foundation.

Welcome to Year 5!

My name is Miss Doroftei and I will be your child’s/children’s teacher this academic year. I am currently being supported by Mr. Beckett, Mrs. Parkin, Mrs Basu and Miss Hanlon throughout the week.

The children are encouraged to aspire to learn and live by the school values. We aspire to create a strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement and develops children’s social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives.

Year 5 Spring Term – Our Current Topic

Raiders and Invaders

Curriculum coverage

Our topic this term is ‘Raiders and Invaders’ – The Vikings and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England up to the time of Edward the Confessor. We will be exploring historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

This will include:

  • A complete picture of Viking culture
  • The shift from raiding to conquering and settling
  • The struggle for England including the role of Alfred’s children
  • The complexity of succession during this period
  • The link between the Saxon and Viking conflict and the Norman Conquest

In Science we will be learning about living things and their habitats including life cycles and reproduction as well as animals including humans from birth to old age.

In English we will focus on adventure writing and the key feature of the genre. We will take the children on an adventure with Pie Corbett’s short story – ‘The Caravan’ then use his Talk4Writing process to help them write their own adventure stories. Later in the term, we will study Viking legends and ‘Just so stories’.

In Maths we will continue working on Fractions; Decimals and Percentages. The final unit is based on geometry including Properties of shape, Position and direction, and Measurement. Times tables will be practiced twice a week in class and once a week we will focus on mental maths work.

Our Year 5 Gallery

Come back soon to see how the new Year 5 Class are getting on.

Y5 – Class Information

Please see below for guidance around the Y5 timetabling:


The homework grid is now uploaded on the Google Classroom page. Please  choose a task from the grid every week on Fridays. Remember to write a title for the task that you choose to complete. On the weeks that you find Maths difficult there will be worksheets to be completed instead of the grid tasks. Homework is due back in school the following Wednesday.

You should complete the matrix over the term and choose a balance of activities across the grid.

In addition to the above, you are expected to learn your 5/8/10 key words each week from the Rising Star school scheme. These spellings will be given out on Monday. You will have time to practice them at school but you can take them home to practice further if you wish. Each weekly spelling list will be uploaded on Google Classroom page.

Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) is available for you to consolidate your tables knowledge. Tables will be tested regularly. As with your spellings, a little a bit of practise each day will make a huge difference!


Your aim is to read/share a text 3 x per week (at least) to an adult. Record when you have done this in your homework diary and hand your diary into school on a Monday to be checked.  There is a house point on offer for all those who have completed the task! If you are looking for some book inspiration, use the links on this page for some suggested titles.


PE will take place on Tuesday pm Thursday pm and you will change in school. Competitive sports will continue to take place every third week on Friday.

Forest School

Our outdoor learning sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings. You have been placed into either Team Awesome or Team Brilliant. Your forest school session will be every other week and when it is your team’s session, you should come to school in your forest school clothing.

Y5 – Supporting Your Child’s Learning Journey at Home

Below, please find a guide to learning spellings,  the Statutory Spellings for Y5/6 and a booklet covering  the grammar covered in Year 5.

Spelling Guide for parents


Grammar Year 5 parents guide

Grammar Year 5 parents guide

Take a look at our writing non-negotiables.  Make sure  you use these to help you with proof-reading.

Year 5 writing


Parents often tell us that they struggle to find age-appropriate books that  appeal to children as they reach upper KS2.

Please see our suggested reading lists to get your children inspired.

Year 5 Books

We have also added some helpful prompts to use when hearing your child read.

Reading question prompts

How to support your child with reading

We have compiled web links that we feel would be useful for children and parents. Have a look at our Useful links document for ideas.

The Department for Education have also compiled a list of links for all children. Have a look at the DfE web links 

The link for Purple Mash

BBC Bitesize is a fantastic site for all subjects

Online safety at home for ages 8-10

Online safety at home activity 2 for ages 8-10

Online safety at home activity 3 for ages 8-10

Online safety at home activity 4 for ages 8-10