Year 5


The staff and pupils in Year 5 welcome you to our page, please come back for our weekly up-dates, including some of the letters that go out and photos of what we have been doing. We hope you find it useful and if you have any ideas on how it could be improved, please speak to one of the teachers.  Our Year 5 team include Mrs Nash (year group leader), Mrs Sexton (year group leader), Miss Steenhuis and Mrs Keane, supported by Mr Bond, Mrs Cuffley, Mrs Allen, Miss Brown and Mrs Walmsley.

Being Year 5 we aim to help the children to be ready for Year 6.  Our aim is to be the best we can be by working hard every day, supporting each other, and most of all, enjoying ourselves. It will be a challenging and busy year, but we want to make it the best year yet!

Key information



Maths Parents Talks 2017


PTA Powerpoint for Year Group Meetings

Year 5 – Hever Castle – 21 February 2018



Every night your child will be expected to spend around 20 min. on homework, in addition to reading, spelling and times table practice.

Written Task:

Monday – Arithmetic

Tuesday – Comprehension

Wednesday – Maths related to class work (maybe an online or physical game too)

Thursday – Grammar, punctuation or spelling related to class focus.

For online Abacus games the children will need to use their log in:
Username: first 4 letters of their first name followed by first 4 letters of surname.
Password: password
School code: t7jg


Each task should take about 20min and will be expected to be brought in the next day. It will be corrected together in class, and checked by an adult once a week.  Any outstanding homework will need to be completed over the weekend.

If there is a valid reason or a circumstance arises when your child cannot complete their work within the given time please write a short note or see their teacher to explain.

Children are expected to read every day, but we will be checking an adult has signed the reading record once a week.  Spelling lists are given to children at the beginning of the week; they should bring their Clued Spelling book (small red book) home to show you so you can practice with them.  Note: children only have to learn words they can not spell.

Please read our parent information evening PowerPoint, which will be shared on here after the presentation, for more useful information.



This term the focus of our work will be the Ancient Greeks. Please see the link below for more details.

Please click here for the latest curriculum overview


Year 5 Updates

02/02/2018:  Very interesting alien characters are being described this week in our literacy work. The children have utilised our recent grammar work to make their descriptions come to life.  They have been using expanded noun phrases, precise vocabulary and the thesaurus to find synonyms that they can use in their writing.  In spelling, we continued to learn words that they find challenging, ready for our termly spelling test next week on: -able, -ably, -ibly, -ible and tricky plurals words.  In reading we have started to explore an extract from JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ as we as our class novel ‘Northern Lights’.

In maths we have challenged ourselves with problem solving with area and perimeter as well as testing our times tables.

After learning last week about how why and how we have day and night we explored how this occurs internationally this week.  Children enjoyed using time zone maps, atlas and IPads as well as Google Earth while developing their understanding of this concept. We painted our planets this week and wrote our descriptions of our planets, so it is ready to show the parents next week at our Express event. Please do join us in the Junior Hall on Thursday 8th February at 2:45pm.  We will also be performing our dance that we learnt this week in the comprehensive.

Thank you to those parents that join us at Mass on Thursday.

We have had auditions for the Easter Liturgy and will be letting the children know their parts on Tuesday afternoon at their first rehearsal.  Please remember to put the Thursday 22nd March in your diary, as all children are expected to attend for the 7pm performance at St John’s Church in Gravesend.

Please make sure all money and letters are returned for our Hever Castle trip.  The deadline for this is next Wednesday 7th February.  A letter is attached to this page.

26/01/2018:  This week we have worked hard to write our Myths set on the Moon, we have some very imaginative writers.  To improve the descriptive nature of our writing, we have focused on expanded noun phrases in our grammar work.  Our reading this week has been focussed on understanding poetry and we have continued to read our class novel, ‘Northern Lights’.  In spelling, we have given our last list for this term: -able, -ably, -ibly and -ible.  The general for these are if the root word (the part that isn’t the suffix) is a word on its own we add -able or -ably, if not -ible or -ibly.  When we add -ible or -ibly suffixes to a root word that ends with an e it is dropped before the suffix is added.  However, there are always exceptions to rules so they should check the dictionary (book or online) if they are unsure.

The children were very lucky to watch a pantomime theatre production of ‘Jack and the Bean Stark’, everyone had a great laugh Tuesday.

In Maths, we have worked on improving our core skills of multiplication and division, mostly using the short written method.  These skills have been used to solve word problems.  We have also revised Carroll diagrams.

Science has helped us to understand how we get day and night, and that it is the Earth that rotates not the Sun.  Our paper mache models of planets are coming along nicely.  These will be used to make a group Solar System display, which we will be showing you at our celebration event on Thursday 8th at 2:45pm in the Junior Hall, in addition to our Mars (not Moon) dance.  I letter informing you of this went out on Friday.  We have been exploring the ‘Mars’ part of the music of Holt’s planets in music, which we will be using during the performance.

In religion, we have continued to explore inspirational people.  This week we have looked at people who have shown great love towards others and we have researched Saints.

Please continue to send in money and permission slips for the Hever Castle trip on the 21/2, and payment for Arethusa.

19/01/2018:  Buzzing after last weeks virtual reality workshop we are all full of interesting ideas for our myths in literacy.  We revised word classes this week: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, determiner and pronoun. Continuing on from last week we have worked though to the end of our movie trailer ‘The Dragon Slayer’ in reading, working on our visual literacy and are enjoying our new class novel ‘Northern Lights’ by Phil Pullman.  We have used clued spelling to practice our tricky plurals.

In Maths, continuing on from perimeter last week we worked out the area this week and calculated with measures with word problems.

We have begun to make our Solar System models by using paper-mache this week in our topic work, which we hope to show you at the end of term.  Thank you for all the newspapers, we know have enough and sorry for the messy children we send home after this fun activity.

In religion, we our exploring how we can follow in Jesus’s footsteps and be more inspirational in our lives, while learning about others who have done so.

We sent out a letter about our up-coming trip to Hever Castle on the 21st February.  You will find a copy to download here if your child has misplaced theirs.  The trip will be during school hours, for the full day.  It is to start our new topic next term of Tudors.  This is the only major trip this year, that is part of the school curriculum, out of school that will incur a cost to your selves.  Please, do speak to a member of staff if you have any issues paying the £15 towards this trip, we want all children to attend.

Please note, we will soon begin to practice for our Easter Liturgy, which is annually performed at St John’s Church in Gravesend.  This year it will be on Thursday 22nd March at 7pm.  We expect all children to attend, if at all possible.  They will all have a part to play to make this a memorable evening leading up to Easter.  Please do keep this in mind when making plans and do let as know as soon as possible if your child is unable to attend this evening.

11/01/2018:  So the moon is made of cheese’, one of the myths we explored in this weeks Literacy, before we begin to write our own set on the moon.  We used the thesaurus to find suitable more interesting synonyms and looked at tricky plurals in spelling. Our reading has been based around a movie trailer ‘The Dragon Slayer’, to work on our visual literacy.

In Maths, we have been working out perimeter and calculating with money in addition to continually revising what we have already covered.

Our topic/ science work started this week with an exciting Virtual Reality workshop.  We blasted off onto a journey into our Solar System.

In religion, we have continued to find out about inspirational people and how they follow Jesus’s footsteps.

A reminder, if you wanted to pay the money for Arethusa in smaller chucks to do so.  Please make sure children have a winter PE kit at school everyday, as many lessons are outdoors and we do have the occasional extra session not on our normal PE day.  This week we enjoyed a taster session of ‘Power Wave’ a new after school club being offered to Year 5 children.

15/12/2017:  This week we explored poetry, reading and performing the classic ‘The Highway Man’ and writing our own limerick.  In grammar, we learnt what determiners are and in spelling we looked at words with silent letters.

Note there will be a spelling test of 20 words at random from those given out this term next week.  Most children have stuck their lists in the back of their reading records, but do ask if you can’t locate them.

Maths multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, including arithmetic revision and  problem solving.

In Science, we continued our study of plants and the different ways they reproduce including research.

For Religion, we had Mass and begun our Christmas activities which include making paper chains, hats for our lunch on Wednesday, decorating a bauble and making a card.  We will finish these next week.

We gave out the holiday homework on Wednesday, which is a choice of project to prepare for our next terms unit of work.  This means your child has some time before the holidays begin to do it, so it does not interfere with your holiday celebrations and rest.  These will be due on the first day back Thursday 4th January.

If you haven’t sent your child in with £2 towards our Virtual Reality Workshop, please do so ASAP.

On the last day of school, Wednesday 20th December we will have a small year group party.  Children are asked to bring some small food item to share.  Please keep it small and reasonable, as we will do this just before their lunch.  Full school uniform is required and no toys or other items are to bought from home. Children need to be collected on this day at 2pm.

This will be the last update for this term.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

The Year 5 Team.

08/12/2017:  This week we completed our end of term assessments.  We have completed: a  three part reading test; a grammar and punctuation test based on what we have covered so far; an arithmetic and reasoning maths test.  We have spent time reviewing our tests and trying to correct our misconceptions.  In addition to this, we also completed our Accelerated Reader Test, online and some of us have a new ZPD range to read in now.  All assessments are only being used to inform our teaching and learning and are not for external agencies.  To give us some down time with all this testing and revision we have continued to read our class novels too.

In Religion we wrote poetry about the Christmas and started thinking about the new year by making new year promises.

Science has been the start of a new unit of work on ‘Animals and their Habitats’ and be began by revising the part and functions in a flower and the different ways plants reproduce.
In Design Technology, we further explored the art of origami and made our own mini-beast butterflies, which we are very proud of.

Due to it being assessment week, there will be no homework given out this week.

Can I please remind you that all outstanding £2 towards our Virtual Reality Workshop please need to be handed in before Christmas, so if you haven’t sent it in yet, please do ASAP.  The deadline for a £25 deposit for our weekend away was Friday 8th, but if your child is really desperate to go and you can pay a deposit before Christmas, we will still except it.
We have Mass on Thursday 14th December at 9am, please do join us in St Mary’s Church, across the road from the school.

01/12/2017:  As part of our unit of work on animals (Beast Creator) we have written our final instructions for how to make a mini-beast hotel.  We have focused this week on adverbs of possibility: likely, certain, maybe, definitely; and on how spelling changes when words are made into plurals.  Our reading work has been using an extract with Mark Twain.

In Maths, we have continued using our times table knowledge to identify prime numbers and working out square and cubed numbers.  In arithmetic we have been revising one an two-digit multiplication, division as well as addition and subtraction.

We had an exciting Tuesday afternoon in a Science workshop observing fun experiments and learning more about materials and chemical changes.

Our art work has been inspired by Darwin’s detailed observational drawing.

In Religion, we continued to look at the 10 commandments by exploring what we think of them.

Thank you very much to those of you who have paid £2 towards our next exciting virtual reality space workshop.  It is unfortunate that we have had to request the Arethusa deposit before Christmas, I hope your child will be able to attend this thrilling weekend.  If your child would like to attend but money is an issue, please speak to their teacher to discuss what can be done. We will be planning one more expense, our class trip to Hever Castle in mid February.  A letter about this will be sent out after the holidays.

Can you please make sure your child is wearing navy or black tracksuit bottoms, joggers or leggings for PE lesson please.  As it is now too cold to be outside in shorts.  On Thursday 5A loved being out in the quick snow shower.  Make sure your child has a water bottle at school every day too please, as the heating makes us all thirsty.

10/11/2017:  A very exciting start to the new term, especially with our animal encounters workshops on Tuesday. We’ll share photos with you soon.  We have used this event to start our writing off and we are creating a leaflet for the Kent Owl Academy.  The best ones will be sent to them to be considered for future advertising.

We have been tested on last terms spelling words and have continued to learn words we have spelt wrong in our writing this week. In GPS we have worked on improving our precise vocabulary, by replacing boring words with more specific interests ones.

In maths, we have begun to work on statistics looking at reading and drawing line graphs. We have also revised basic short divisions and have started to work with remainders.

Continuing our changing material unit in science, we separated mixtures after a supermarket fell into chaos. We used a sieve, filter, magnets and evaporation of a salt solution to separate everyday liquids and solids.

We enjoyed attending Mass this week and finished off our creation unit by completing our end of unit assessment, in religion.

20/10/2017:  We finished off our last week of term one with a celebration assembly for all the junior children. We wore our Egyptian Death Masks, like the pharaohs of ancient times, to perform a song, short play and dance. We also some of us read out bits of our extended writing too. We hope you enjoyed the masks coming home.

This wasn’t the only exciting activity this week; we also made ancient Egyptian flat bread with yeast and ate it with honey and dates. We discussed the non-reversible chemical reactions which happen when yeast is mixed with the other ingredients in bread and looked at the tools that have been used to grind flour in ancient times (also pollutants that damaged to Egyptian teeth). Photos will be shared here.

Science we worked in small groups and performed our own dissolving investigation.

Maths included arithmetic and reasoning test, which we reviewed together in addition to problem solving.

In literacy, we completed a GPS test and reviewed it in class, as well as editing and writing our final play scripts set in ancient Egypt based on the Cinderella story.

This week was Islam week, so in religion we learnt about who was Muhammad and why is the Quran important to Muslims. A reminder, it will be our class Mass the Thursday when we return, so please do attend St Mary’s Church (across from the school) if you are able, start 9.10ish.

We gave out holiday homework projects at the beginning of the week, to give children a choice to do it before the holidays; they are due back on the first Monday back. We will then revert to our usual homework schedule, of a piece every night expect over the weekend in addition to reading and revising spelling. Children will have a spelling test in the first week back on 20 words randomly chosen from those we have learn in class over term one. Children should be bringing a copy of these words fortnightly in their reading records (maybe at the back).

All children should now have navy or black tracksuit bottoms or leggings for PE, please. Please make sure the permission letters for the animal handling workshop on the first Tuesday back are returned asap, so your children is able to handle the animals that are coming. We hope everyone has a relaxing, safe and fun filled two week holiday over half term.

13/10/2017:  Cinderella has lost her slipper, no wait isn’t that a golden amulet instead.  In Literacy, we have started to write our play scripts based on this story, but set in Ancient Egypt. We have continued our focus in grammar on commas, this time for embedded clauses.  This included how they can be replaced with brackets or dashes too. While reading and improving our comprehension, we have been using an extract from Matilda.

Maths has challenged us to apply what we have learnt so far in solving word problems and to check our answers using rounding.

After evaluating previous investigations and graphing the results we began to plan our own dissolving investigations, which we will complete in small groups next week.

During Topic work we have been looking the importance of the Nile River to Ancient Egyptians, exploring seasonality and beginning to look at how bread is made.  This is to get us ready to make Ancient Egyptian flat bread next week!  Let’s hope it rises.

This week we finished up our religion unit on creation by exploring how St Francis looked after God’s creation and researching how charities do the same.

We will be having visitor in for Year 5 on the first Tuesday back.  They will be bringing a variety of animals and birds for the children to see to introduce the new topic of ‘Beast Creator’.  This will be instead of our planned trip to Hall Palace.

With next week being assessment week we will be giving everyone their holiday projects to start on instead of the usual homework that is set.

29/09/2017:  We transported ourselves to Ancient Egypt in our imaginations this week, when we began to explore and write our own adventure story set back in Egyptian times. We have continued to learn spellings with suffixes and prefixes and learn their meanings as well. Continuing our use of commas we have edited text, in addition to our own, making sure it is punctuated correctly overall. To better understand our class novel we have used a chapter out of it to study in reading for the next two weeks. Our class library sessions have also now begun. 5B and 5C go to library on Tuesday and class 5A on Friday. Children are encouraged to pick a book in their reading band to borrow, but this is not essential. They have plenty of time to enjoy reading during this hour and will also be reading to an adult (similar to the old Guided Reading in groups, but on their own). Can I please remind parents that children will not be allowed to borrow a new book if they haven’t returned the previous book; there are some outstanding books from the previous academic year. Lost books needs to be replaced or £5 or the cost of the book needs to be paid to their class teacher or office, for them to be allowed to borrow again. Please, see the class teacher to discuss this if needed.

In Maths, we have continued our revising and improving number basics with ordering, negative numbers and counting in multiples of 10. We have also continued to revise the times tables, children should already know to 12 x 12.

We solved a scientific problem for a football club this week, by experimenting which metal is the best conductor of electricity. We’ll hopefully post some photos of this soon on here.

In our topic work we researched information to create a tourist leaflet about Egypt. We also began to make out pharaoh masks in art.

We are continuing our study of creation in religion, this week trying to convince a de-creator to change their ways by writing them a letter. We also researched scientific creators, to better understand the qualities of a creator.

In addition to our basketball and regular PE sessions, this Wednesday we had a go at Boccia, similar to curling.

Please make sure any outstanding medical forms are handed back, even if there aren’t any changes. We have started collecting dry in date unopened packaged food for our Harvest Mass next Sunday, please send it in with your child. Thank you.

15/09/2017:  We got back to our normal routine and timetable this week.  We are all working very hard to get use to the very full timetable and enjoying being in routine.

We have started our first topic for this year, Pharaohs, which will see us learning about Ancient Egypt even further than last year.  The mummy hiding in the cupboard, who had to have his heart weighed, scared us all.  We are using this to write and research a Non-chronological report over the next few weeks.  Spelling has been -ar and -are words.  Grammar – relative clauses.  In reading, we have begun our class novels and have been reading and working with a biographical text based after WWII.

In Maths, we revised and expanded our understanding of place value, which we will continue for a few weeks.  We also used our knowledge of place value to help us understand Roman Numerals.  In arithmetic, we have revised our seven times tables too.

Science, has started with us exploring the properties of everyday materials, we tested for their transparency, permeability, hardness, magnetism and flexibility.

Religion has begun with writing a poem or prayer to celebrate God’s creations all around us and the making of the class candle and prayer book, which we blessed in assembly.

We hope the children have enjoyed this week.


  • Please try to send all dinner money on a Monday.
  • We still have many medical and contact forms outstanding, we need all returned even if there are no real changes, please.
  • Our parent information talk is coming up this Thursday 22nd 6-6.30pm.
  • The weather has started to turn already, please send in navy track suit bottoms for PE and a coat every day.

22/09/2017:  We have worked hard this week to finish our non-chronological reports on Ancient Egypt, while continuing our focus on relative clauses as embedded clauses in grammar.  In spelling we have looked at the meanings and origins of suffixes and prefixes and have finished our study of a biographical text in reading.

Geography and history has had us use atlases to find Egypt in the world and to map its interior.

In science, we tried to solve the teacher’s problem of cold coffee, by investigating which material is best used to insulate their drinks.  Even though the best material was polystyrene we discussed that the environmental impact didn’t make it a good recommendation.  The experiment gave some of us a change at practicing reading scales on a thermometer too.

Now that we have revised and extended our knowledge of reading and writing numbers, including Roman numerals, this week we focussed more on rounding numbers, eight times tables, addition and problem solving.  We hope the children enjoyed having a game for homework, please do let us know if there are any issues with your child accessing Active Learn online.

It was lovely to celebrate school Mass all together and on Friday afternoon we also put on a year group assembly about forgiveness for the Juniors.

Thank you very much to those of you who attended our year group information evening on Thursday, we hope you found it informative.  For those of you who could not attend we will be posting the presentations on here shortly, please do have a look.