Year 5

Curriculum overview 2019/2020

Diary Dates:


Tues 10th Sept - Sunderland Point Visit

Thurs 12th Sept - Swimming starts

Fri 13th Sept - Dance workshop

Wed 18th Sept - Meet the Teacher at 15:15

Wed 9th Oct - Lakeland Oasis Visit

Tues 26th Nov - Rossall Space Visit



Welcome to Year 5!

Class Teacher - Mrs Wilkinson

Teaching Assistant - Miss Moore 




Welcome back to a busy autumn term in year 5.


I hope you have all had a good holiday and are ready to be active members of year 5 who are developing a growth mindset as a St Mary’s learner. We have lots of exciting things planned for this term.



RE will see us learning all about creation and we will identify what it means to be a part of God’s world and what we need to do to look after it. Our value for this half term is all about compassion.



In maths we are starting by focussing on number work and especially the idea that a digit means something different depending on its place. We will be using lots of games and practical activities to investigate place value in class.


As well as using mathletics  we have access to Timestable rockstars Your children have their own passwords and have been enjoying using these sites in school.


Some good websites for maths:




In English we are focussing on a variety of books with a jungle theme. We are reading the classic story “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. To help us write our own story set in the rainforest we have looked at “The Shaman’s Apprentice” and “The Great Kapok Tree”



Science will see us finding out about the changes from infanthood to old age and learning about plant life cycles. Next half term we will be learning all about space.



Our topic for this term is the AMAZON RAINFOREST.  We will be learning all about the biomes of the rainforest and who and what lives there. We will also be debating the moral issues of destroying the rainforest and the impact this has on the environment.



We will be drawing and painting in the style of HENRI ROUSSEAU.



In DT we will be creating our own carnival masks using the rainforest as our inspiration – please collect any recyclable items that you could use to help with your mask. Next half term we will be investigating Cams.




Please help your child by encouraging them to read and discuss books daily. Remember to encourage your child to write a sentence in their diary to score points on the reading challenge. Also continue practicing times tables. Your child will also have spellings and mathletics tasks weekly. Each term a selection of activities will be sent home based around the current topic.

Please work with your child at home on the following:

  • Reading (10 minutes daily)
  • Spellings ( Monday to be completed by Friday)
  • Mathletics (Monday to be completed by the following Monday)
  • Topic (variable dates depending on project)




PE will be on a Monday and Thursday afternoon. Monday will be with Coach Kyle and Thursday will be swimming. Please ensure you have shorts, T-shirt and pumps in school. For outdoor PE tracksuit trousers can be worn.



As the Year 5 classroom is very warm please ensure your child has a named jumper (for when they remove it) and a clear sport bottle of water.


I look forward to working with you and your child over the year. Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any queries or concerns, please make an appointment to see me through the school office or contact me via e-mail.


 Sarah Wilkinson



Year Five - School Councillors


Sarah and Ella