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.


Have a restful half term break after or school journey this week!

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 TRADE

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.


What are we reading in class?

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


We took part in our Bikeability levels 1 and 2


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.

What are we learning this half term in Year 5 ?

In English

Within English we will be looking at a story called ‘The Journey’. During our work on this text we will be relying strongly on our inference skills and our ability to respond to illustrations. We will spend time developing what we know and what we are looking to understand more clearly. We will take time to write from the perspective of characters while also looking at how other authors and poets structure their writing.

As a class we will be taking steps to make our writing more cohesive while also working on writing speed. Within our work on grammar and spelling we will be looking at verbs: prefixes, auxiliary verbs and adverbs specifically for sequencing events.


In Maths

We will be looking at the properties of triangles and 4-sided shapes. This will involve looking at angles within shapes and the features of shapes that we can use to identify them. We will also look at Geometric Construction focusing on how to correctly draw shapes when only given certain information. This will allow us to revisit the use of protractors from our last topic of Angles in Spring 2.


In Topic

During our creative learning, we will be learning about ‘Trade’. This will range from the history of trade and how trade routes have changed in more recent times. We will also look at the UK’s relationship with the USA. The class will also have the chance to design a fair trade product 

In Science

During science we will be looking at the forces once again. This term we will be focusing on water resistance and the use of pulleys and gears. This will involve lots of hands on experiments that will peak interest.


This term in RE we will look at Sikhism. Having previously done Christianity and Hinduism this year we will be looking at how Sikhs show respect to God. This will provide children with an insight to another religion.



Within PSHE we will be continuing to looking at how to stay healthy. We will think about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We will also be looking at food and how to keep a positive relationship with food while keeping healthy.  



Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please note that Tuesday is now PE. 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













At home

Log on to TT Rockstars and set yourself a target and keep practicing till you beat it!

You can login to TT Rockstars here 

At home

Please read every day 20-30  mins.

Discuss what you have read with a family member. Please read a text that you feel challenges you.


At home

Log on to Spelling Shed and have a go at the activity I have set for you .

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

You can login to Spelling Shed  here 

At home

At home


Summer 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.