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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

We are visiting Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in the Summer term

Year 5 Ash and Oak

This year, we will become theatre critics

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.  

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.

To find out more about our class long term curriculum planner, please click here

What are we reading in Year 5?

The Matchbox Diary


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.

Reading In Year 5

If you're looking for a new book to read or stuck for inspiration take a look here at 100 books to read for Year 5


What are we learning this half term in Year 5 ?

Welcome back to the new school year! We hope you had a lovely summer break. This year, Mrs Brady will be teaching the Ash class Monday – Wednesday and Mrs Moore will teach on Thursday and Friday. Mr Robertson will be teaching Oak class.  We are also lucky to be working with Ms Reese this term and we are sure they will be producing some more fabulous artwork this year. For information about our learning this half term, please see the curriculum map on the left of this page.

Home learning

Home learning will be added to the class page of the website each week. This will include a spelling shed activity and Times Tables Rockstars. There will also be information about the work we will be doing in class over the coming week and some questions/ activities for your children to complete.


Please ensure your child is reading at home for 20 minutes every day. Reading books should come into school every day and there will be opportunity in the week for children to share what they have been reading.


Ash class P.E. days are Wednesday and Thursday and Oak class are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit including suitable footwear on these days.

Drop in

If you would like to catch up with us, there will be an opportunity for an informal drop in every Tuesday from 3.30 – 4.00. If you would like to meet with us at a different time, please arrange an appointment with the school office.


We are looking forward to an exciting and busy half term ahead.

Kind regards,

Mrs Brady, Mrs Moore and Mr Robertson

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.


Our Focus For The Week Ahead And Our Home Learning

Maths English Spelling Grammar Learning journey

Next week we will be looking at mean averages.





Next week, we will be writing a biography for one of our characters.





This week we have been focussing on the ee sound spelt “ei”.





Our focus will be on verbs. We will be looking at how verbs can be made up of more than one word.

The wreckage was floating in the harbour

In this sentence the auxiliary verb “was” is combined with “floating”.



In Geography we will start looking at biomes. We will be answering the question What are the Earth’s biomes?







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With an adult, can you research the statistics for a sport’s team or sportsperson?


Maybe try: for football for Olympic sports

Wikipedia for individuals


Where can you see averages being used? (For example, average number of goals scored per season) Why do you think this information is useful?

You can also use TT Rockstars too, of course.  You can login to TT Rockstars here 


Can you find any examples of biographies at home? What are the key features of a biography?

What information can you find out about someone from a biography?

Complete a Subject, Purpose, Audience and Text Type analysis for a biography that you have found.

The task I have set you on Spelling Shed will help you to practise words with these words.

Remember to use some of the games too.

You can login to Spelling Shed  here  . 


With an adult at home, can you identify the two words that form the verbs in these sentences?

The ships are sailing in the harbour.

The candle has burnt very low.

The picture was hanging on the wall.


Watch the introduction to the first episode of Planet Earth 2 (can be found on YouTube)

How many different biomes can you name? What features can you identify that might help you distinguish between them? 



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.