Welcome to Year 5

Where learning is fuelled by creativity

What to expect in Year 5

We are the first year group in upper Key Stage 2. We’ve really grown in maturity and are ready to take on even more learning challenges with a positive attitude and a ‘can do’ mindset. Although we’re not yet the oldest children in the school, we understand the importance of leading by example through our excitement and enjoyment of learning.

What we’re learning this term

Year 5 2018-2019 overview

Autumn 2018

This term our topic is ‘The Terrible Trenches’ and we will be learning all about WW1 and the events surrounding this major historical event. As part of the centenary celebrating the end of the war we will be making clay poppies. Additionally we be linking science learning by exploring filtering mud and we are also hoping to invite parents in to sample the trench soup we will be making!

Year 5 Learning Letter Autumn 2018

Year 5 visit

Spring 2019

Year 5 Learning Letter Spring 2019

Engineering letter (parents)


The children will be swimming every Friday in the Spring term, so children will need their costume, a towel, hat and goggles in school with them on a Friday.  There is a £1.20 a week charge to cover the cost of transport to the pool which will be payable via parent pay.

Letter to Parents – Year 3&5 – Re-swimming 2019

Summer Term 2019

Year 5 Learning Letter Summer 2019

Porthpean Outdoor Adventure Camp – This year’s residential

8-10 May 2019

In year 5 our children have the opportunity to take part in an amazing residential camp at Porthpean Outdoor Learning Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to participate in range of activities including:

  • Climbing and abseiling
  • High rope
  • Archery
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and coasteering

Support your child’s learning at home


Your child should be reading every night, aloud to an adult as well as reading to themselves. Children should have both a non-fiction and fiction reading book at all times and please remember to sign the reading record when you hear them read!


Spellings are assessed on a daily basis through games and in their writing, and it’s great to practice these at home whenever you get the opportunity too.

Statutory spelling list for Years 3 and 4

Download and print Y5 Autumn Term spellings

Download and print Y5 Spring 1 Term spellings

Download and print Y5 Spring 2 Term spellings


Children having a rapid recall of times tables and associated division facts is also a must. Periodically we’ll send home activities or signpost resources that will support children with mathematics, particularly ones that help children feel prepared for their end of KS2 tests.

STAR learning at home

Your child will be given a STAR learning homework grid at the start of each term, with a range of project-based learning activities for your child to do at home. This is to give all children the opportunity to shine and get excited by learning, in whichever area their strengths are. You can help as much or as little as you like – even grannies and grandads can get involved!

We ask children to bring in their STAR learning throughout the term so that we can celebrate and share it in the class. Many star learning projects are so brilliant they even get a Head Teacher’s Award which will mean five additional tokens for their team class award.

Year 5 Homelearning Autumn 2018

Year 5 Homelearning Spring 2019

Year 5 Homelearning Summer 2019

Have a look at these documents to help you at home!

Spelling Menu

Times table Menu

Anything you need to know?

PE will be an important part of our week  – please have your PE kit on you at all times, in case we have an extra lesson!

Any adults to hear readers will be welcomed until 9.10 everyday. Please let us know if you are interested in supporting the year group.


Art shirts

If you have any old shirts you could donate to the art shirt box we would be very grateful.


If you have any concerns about your child at all,  please do not hesitate to come in and speak to us. It is always best to talk to us as soon as possible if you or your child are unhappy about anything  as it will enable us to resolve any issues quickly. We have more time available after school than before school to speak to parents, but in an emergency of course pop in anytime.

Year 5 News