Welcome to Year 5


In Year 5 there are three classes. We start the morning with a ‘Daily Mile’ to get the children warmed up and ready for learning. The pupils’ timetable is structured for the morning into Spellings, following the RWI scheme; Maths, following the NCETM planning; and English, which is based on fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topic themes. Reading Master lessons are based around a variety of genres where we encourage children to explore vocabulary, use inference, make predictions, explain, develop retrieval skills and summarise events. The wider curriculum subjects are taught through a whole school creative and connective approach.


To see more of the learning and activities we do in Year 5, see our Year 5 blog below.


Below are some information sheets for parents and carers outlining English and maths expectations for each year group.


English writing handouts year 5


Year 5 Maths


Home Learning Apps


Year 5 Blog Posts


Y5 Reading – Black history

As part of our Reading Masters lessons this half term Y5 texts will focus on Black history. We will read and unpick the poems: The British (serves 60 million) by Benjamin Zephaniah and Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. Windrush Child will be used as our half termly class reader as well as being part of our Reading Masters lessons. Through this heart-stopping adventure, Benjamin Zephaniah shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation. Our non-fiction selection is Black and British: an illustrated history by David Olusoga. This book takes us on a stunning visual journey through 1800 years of Black British History. We look forward, as a year group, to explore the stories that have bought us all together in this country. https://youtu.be/Aq13dvtZjP4 https://youtu.be/5L-kKxePGqA

Y5 off to a smashing start!

We have had such an amazing week getting to know our new classes. Our afternoons have been jammed packed with creativity and all the children have blown us away by demonstrating just how artistic they are. They have created their very own beautiful crown sun catchers and included an image related to climate change ready for our new geography topic. They have also drawn their self portrait and then recreated it in the style of artist Frank Auerbach.


The Rotakids have been out in the local community completing a litter pick. The children were shocked with how much rubbish they found but are happy knowing that they have made a positive impact on their local community.

Y5 Eaton Vale

Y5 had an amazing time on their 2022 residential at Eaton Vale. They took part in lots of sport and adventurous activities and were able to enjoy being outside and running around. The children faced their fears head on with the heights of the trapeze and the confined space of the cave bus. Luckily the sun shone on the last two days so when it came time to jump into the river we were able to dry off in the sun. The food prepared was delicious and we even got to celebrate with a bbq on the last night.

Roundnet Taster Session

Y5 were given the opportunity yesterday to take part in Roundnet taster sessions run by Zero Bounds. The children and teachers absolutely loved the game! It was simple to play and inclusive for all but it was an incredible workout with its fast paced gameplay.

Y5 Writing

This half term in Year 5 we have been using the text 'Who let the gods out' to inspire our young writers. Children have taken on the role of reporters, writing their own articles about the escape of Thanatos - Daemon of Death. We look forward to sharing these with you once completed.

Fractions, fractions and more fractions

Y5 ended Spring 1 with a fully immersive week on 'What is a fraction?' and have continued that theme into Spring 2. We started our new topic with a chocolate challenge to see if children could figure out where to sit to ensure they got the most chocolate. We created pizzas from menus that showed the ingredient amounts in fractions - of course we ate them as we are not a wasteful year group. We went outside and created fraction walls and fraction models out of what we could find and we designed posters to celebrate what we have learnt. We have created stories about ninja children stealing fraction amounts from Mrs Pascoe's secret cake stash (perhaps not so secret anymore) and have chopped up numerous fruits to demonstrate that fractions are equal parts of a whole. The children have really embraced the topic and have made amazing progress in such a short amount of time. We look forward to delving deeper this term.

Read Aloud Day

Today we shared books with our class buddies. It was lovely to hear the children reading aloud and discussing books. The Y5 children took their mentoring roles seriously and were questioning their buddies to ensure understanding. We even had some acting as a Y5 student demonstrated what it meant to stroll through the rainforest as an elephant.

Y5 Math Competition

Boys from Year 5 bravely represented Queen's Hill Primary School at a recent mathematics competition. They worked in pairs, completing 6 different activities in 8 minute blocks. They didn't crumble under the pressure, they stood tall and managed to get a top ten place, which out of 34 was a significant achievement. We were so proud of the boys we stopped off for ice cream to celebrate.

British Values Curriculum Day

Today we looked at what are British values and how our values shape us as people and as a society. We introduced the topic of democracy and the role of the UK parliament. We set up our own parliament in class and debated the introduction of a new bill. The children quickly understood that passing a new bill was not quite as a easy as first thought and that in order for anything to progress compromises were needed. In the afternoon we got to buddy up with our Y2 class where we discussed the importance of tolerance and respect. The children in pairs made their own 'Respect Super Hero' and explained what their hero's superpower was.