St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.


Year 5


Welcome to Year 5.  Our class value is RESPECT

In Year 5 we take on new and exciting challenges in our learning, taking an active approach and finding new ways to move our own learning forwards. We have lots planned, so keep an eye on this page for updates and information.  

Our topic this half term is  STORMBREAKER

You can find out all about Year 5 on this page - including what we are studying this half term, your home learning for the week, information on any half term projects and lots of great resources for parents and children.

Our School Book Challenge

To take part in our book challenge or just to find another book you might enjoy reading, take a look at the some of these suggestions here

You can download a book review form here


Walking Home and Mobile Phones

In order to be able to leave school by yourself - either to walk home or meet your parents at the gate, you need to fill out a form here and hand it into the School Office.


If you are bringing a mobile phone to school you must fill out this form here and hand it into the School Office at the start of each day.

We've been on our residential school journey to Bushcraft where we slept in tents, learnt to make shelters and cook our own food on campfires.  We learnt about camouflage, tracking, how to survive in the wilderness and first aid.


We took part in our Bikeability levels 1 and 2

What are we learning this half term in Year 5 ?


Within English we are looking at Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is a book many of the Year 5s may have already read or at least be familiar with. During our work on the text we will focus on engaging with the characters and building up profiles of them. We will engage in a variety of writing, from diary entries to job advertisements. We will take time to look at first person narratives and how we can make an audience empathise with a characters situation. We will also be linking our Bush Craft Experience to the story and explaining and advising a character on how they could stay alive. We will also use the opportunity to look at a graphic novel and its features. Within our work on grammar we will be looking at verbs, adverbs and relative clauses, punctuation- specifically commas and how we can use them to make our writing clear and finally brackets and dashes.



In Maths we will finish our work on how to draw trapeziums and move on to finding the volume of cubes and cuboids. We will finish the year looking at ratio and revisiting certain areas that we have found challenging this year.



During our creative learning, our topic is named ‘Stormbreaker’. During this half term our key question is ‘Can a spy gadget last a lifetime?’ During this topic we will design a gadget, making a prototype, design and advertisement for our gadget and then evaluating this product.



During science we will be looking at the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. We will also look at the reproductive process in some animals and plants. 



This term in RE we will look at Hinduism. We will be looking at the impact certain beliefs have on a Hindu’s life. We will be specifically looking at Karma, Samsara and Moksha and how they help Hindus to lead good lives.



Within PSHE we will be moving on to ‘Relationships’. This will look at how to make friends and solve disagreements when they occur. We will look at how to show respect to each other and how to help ourselves when we feel upset, hurt or down. We will evaluate our own friendships and relationships so we can show what makes a good relationship and be role models for others.


Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. ALL children must have the appropriate clothing to participate. Please remind your child to leave their PE kit in school. It should not go home till the end of term!

Parents - helping at home with Maths

If you would like to know more about how we teach Maths from Reception to Year 6, you can click here.  There are some useful downloads and videos to watch.


In the Autumn term, we had a workshop with the Young Shakespeare Company and learnt all about A Midsummer Night's Dream which we went to see performed at the Millfield theatre

 Our Focus For The Week Ahead And Our Home Learning


We are learning about volume.


Next week we will be looking at how we can express and justify our views to others. We will also be looking at the graphic novel version of Stormbreaker.








In grammar we have been looking at how to expand our sentences to give more information using adjectives, adjective phrases, relative clauses, adverbs, adverb phrases and adverb clauses. 

Next week we will be looking at reading through writing and improving our vocabulary. We will also be revisiting relative clauses and how we can develop description using them


Can a spy gadget last a lifetime?


At home

Can you create a word question of your own to do with volume? See if you can make one and then challenge a family member to work through it. If they can’t, explain to them how they would solve it step by step.

Log on to TTRockstars and complete the 1-12 times tables.

Set yourself a target and keep practising till you beat it!

You can login to TT Rockstars here 

At home

Please read every day 20-30  mins.

Take a look at a graphic novel. What do you think is the most important thing? See if you can identify the features of a graphic novel with a family member. You could even have a go at making your own!

At home

Log on to Spelling Shed and have a go at the activity I have set for you on ‘adverbs of possibility’.

You could also practise any words you see in your reading that you might find challenging. Test yourselves!

Remember to use your red books.

You can login to Spelling Shed  here 

At home


At home

Think about your gadget. If you had the chance to design it again what would you improve?

How could you make your product as user friendly as possible? Are there any improvements you would make to the user interface?

Find a ‘spy gadget’ online and read some reviews to see what people have said.

 Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

Coming soon



Other Great Resources For Year 5 Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Spelling -  If you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here

Reading - You can click here to learn more about your child's developing reader skills.  Please make sure you log all your reading at home in your reading log books and don't forget to take part in our School Book challenge.

Maths - For a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun.  You can also try testing your times tables here

ICT Games - To practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games 

Topics - If you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics


Tests and Assessments


National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find out more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here


Where should your child be at the end of Year 5?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Summarise main points of an argument or discussion within their reading and make up own mind about issue/s.
  • Compare between two texts
  • Appreciate that people use bias in persuasive writing.
  • Appreciate how two people may have a different view on the same event.
  • Draw inferences and justify with evidence from the text.
  • Vary voice for direct or indirect speech.
  • Recognise clauses within sentences.
  • Explain how and why a writer has used clauses to add information to a sentence.
  • Use more than one source when carrying out research.
  • Create a set of notes to summarise what has been read.


In Writing

  • Add phrases to make sentences more precise and detailed.
  • Use range of sentence openers – judging the impact or effect needed.
  • Begin to adapt sentence structure to text type.
  • Use pronouns to avoid repetition.
  • Indicate degrees of possibility using adverbs (e.g. perhaps, surely) or modal verbs (e.g. might, should, will).
  • Use the following to indicate parenthesis: brackets, dashes, comma,
  • Use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity.
  • Link clauses in sentences using a range of subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.
  • Use verb phrases to create subtle differences (e.g. she began to run).
  • Consistently organize into paragraphs.
  • Link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time (e.g. later), place (e.g. nearby) and number (e.g. secondly).
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed.


In Mathematics

  • Count forwards and backward with positive and negative numbers through zero.
  • Count forwards/backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 1,000,000.
  • Compare and order numbers with 3 decimal places.
  • Read Roman numerals to 1,000.
  • Identify all multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs.
  • Use known tables to derive other number facts.
  • Recall prime numbers up to 19.
  • Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers.
  • Recognise place value of any number up to 1,000,000.
  • Round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 or 100,000.
  • Round decimals with 2 decimal places to nearest whole number and 1 decimal place.
  • Add and subtract: numbers with more than 4-digits using formal written method.
  • Use rounding to check answers.
  • Multiply: 4-digits by 1-digit/ 2-digit
  • Divide: Up to 4-digits by 1-digit
  • Multiply & divide: Whole numbers & decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000
  • Recognise and use thousandths.
  • Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one to another.
  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.
  • Identify and write equivalent fractions.
  • Solve time problems using timetables and converting between different units of time.