Welcome to Year 5

               Mrs Fox - Class Teacher  Mrs Burns - Class Teacher  Mrs Holgate - Teaching Assistant

We have had a very successful Autumn Term in Year Five. The children have responded well to the focused outlook needed in Upper Key Stage Two.  We have enjoyed our Victorians topic although I’m not sure they would like to be a child in Victorian times! Street Child was a very enjoyable book and we are now looking forward to our new core text.

We are very lucky this term as we will be taking part in Forest Schools with Miss Luttrell on a Friday. This is a great experience for our children to be a part of where the children will take part in a range of activities. The children will go out in all conditions so please ensure they have appropriate clothing as discussed on the letter previously sent out.


Over the Autumn Term we looked at Narrative writing, Poetry, Explanation Texts and Biographies using our Core Texts Astronaut Academy and Street Child.

During Spring Term we will use the core text Running Wild as our stimulus for writing. We will be following the adventures of Will as he gets lost in a rainforest. Our writing genres will be Narrative writing and Poetry.

We will also be completing a range of writing linked to Forest Schools and our topic of Rainforests.


The children made great progress over Autumn Term with Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Divisions and Statistics. During Spring Term we will be focusing on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. 

The children will be taught to learn competency by using concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches.

 Concrete will allow the children opportunities to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial will allow children opportunities to build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations which can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract will allow opportunities to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.

We will also be focusing on Mathematical fluency, having a quick recall of mathematical facts that we can apply to solving problems.


Our topics will be living things and animals including humans.


Our topic for Spring term will be rainforests and our learning will be centred around this. We will be learning all about rainforests through a series of challenges. We will be looking at where rainforests are using maps and atlases. We will look at the features of a rainforest and why they are often in the news. We will also look at endangered animals linking to our Science topic of animals. We will conclude by creating a survival guide to discuss how we would survive in the rainforest.

Timetable for useful information





Commando Joe’s – Appropriate clothing needed



Forest School - Appropriate clothing needed

Spellodrome and Matheletics homework


Our Learning Challenge topic: Why should the rainforest be important to us all?

Spring Term 1 Homework - Year 5 homework - Rainforests - Due in 1st March 2018

Please ensure children have appropriate clothing for Commando Joes on a Wednesday and for Forest Schools on a Friday. Thank you.

Please continue to ensure children are reading every night and have their Accelerated Reading books in school every day. Spellodrome and Matheletics homework will continue to be set on a Friday.


Class Assembly

Friday 20th April 2018 at 9am


Useful websites

BBC Bitesize KS2 The Solar System - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zdrrd2p

European Space Agency - https://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/

NASA Kid’s Club - https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

KS2 Bitesize Grammar –




Mrs Fox & Mrs Burns - Class Teachers

Email - office.sunnybank@visionmat.com 

Please address emails to the school office email and put FAO Mrs Fox in the subject line.  Thank you.

Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Year 5

Year Five Long Term Planning 2017-2018