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Year 5

Hello and welcome to the Year 5 page!


Here you will find information about our topic this term of


Whispering Waters


A few bits of general information:

  • Homework will be set and completed online this year. It will be set on a Wednesday and will need to be completed by the following Monday.
  • Reading is to take place each night and reading diaries are to be signed daily.
  • PE is on a Thursday. Children need to bring in their kit on this day and take it home again.



In RE this half term we will be focusing on the unit of Creation. We will be exploring the uniqueness of God and how we, as His creation are created in his image. 

We will learn Maths through our mastery approach. The children will gain skills in fluency and apply these to problems daily. They will reason about ideas and explain the Maths behind it. We will revisit ideas daily and the children will learn to look for and make connections between their learning. Please see our Mathematics page to see the overview for the term.


We will learn with a text based approach to our lessons. Immersing ourselves in the wonderful Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell.

Year 5 National Curriculum Spellings

This term the children will be looking at the properties of different materials. They will carry out scientific investigations to work out why certain materials are used for certain items. The children will discover how materials can be changed if we apply heat, pressure, coldness etc. 


In the second half of the term, the children will investigate Forces. How forces act upon us daily and how we use forces to our advantage to make things go faster/higher etc.

In Design and Technology this half term, the children will be looking at pulleys and how these can be used to lift heavy weights. Through this learning we will create a wishing well. 


In the second half term, we will use our learning from History about Viking boats and from our Science on Forces to design and make our own working model Viking boats - who's boat will be fasted/strongest?

We will begin the term by studying the artist David Hockney as inspiration to create our own paintings of water.


In the second half of the term, we will use water for our tie dye project.

In Music, we will study three pieces of music inspired by water: ‘The Moldau from Ma Vlast’  by Bedrich Smetana, Debussy’s “La Mer” and Handel’s “Water Music”.  We will compare and contrast these pieces and use them as a stimulus to compose our own Music.

In History, we will focus upon the time period of the Vikings - discovering why and when they came to Britain and where they settled. We will investigate what life was like during this time period and how they survived from 793 – 1066 BC. We will compare their way of living to others times in History and how they impacted our lives today. 

In Geography, we will learn about water in and around the UK. We will learn how water moves through the water cycle and how Rivers are formed. We will link this to our project on how important water is to our society and the past! 

Curriculum Plans for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and RE

Year 5 and Year 6 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 5  and Year 6 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The year 5 document that can also be downloaded provides year 5 expectations. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at our parent evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.


Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.

End of year expectations for year 5