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Year 5

Staff:  Mr Brendon Fallows and Mrs Gill Willson


In Year 5, we aim to further develop the children’s independence, allowing them to take responsibility for their own learning, in preparation for Year 6.


In the Autumn, we will study the Anglo-Saxons as our history topic and the Rainforest as our geography topic. Our science topics will be Space and Forces. This term will include a trip to The National Space Center in Leicester.


In the Spring, our topic focuses will be The English Civil War and the causes of The Second World War in Europe. Our Spring science drivers will be based on materials and their properties. In this term we will visit The National Civil War Museum, Beth Shalom Holocaust Center, and Southwell Minster as part of our history and RE curriculum.


Finally, in the Summer term, we will be looking at Ancient Greece and there will be a science focus on lifecycles and living things, including sessions on sex education.


We aim to enrich the topics, where possible, by visits and workshops, both in and out of school.  Homework is on a Friday to Friday cycle and will have a literacy, numeracy or topic focus.  


In school, the children regularly practise written and mental calculation strategies and are given the opportunity to apply their  skills during  mathematical  investigation sessions. Reasoning skills are also increasingly important in our maths curriculum.


Spellings are given weekly and tested on a Friday. Children are given new spellings, which they are responsible for writing into their Home-School Diary for practise at home. Spellings are practised daily in school using the "look-say-cover-write-check" method. Spellings cover a range of rules and word families, alongside the statutory fifty Year 5 words. These will be tested at intervals throughout the year as part of the children's writing assessment.