Adel St John The Baptist

Welcome to Year 5

Year 5 Curriculum Map

Year 5 Essential Information

 Below are some brief details about our learning this half term and some key information to help the half term run smoothly. Please do keep an eye out for regular information about our class on the new school and any last minute information or changes on the school app.  

English: In class we will continue to follow the Jane Considine scheme which proved successful last year. The children will  finish reading the Explorer and write of their time at Ingleborough for the first few weeks. From mid-May the children will embark on their Egyptian based topic and write a diary based on their new class reader - The Sun King ; a biography of Hatsheput and finally some food based cooking instructions. 

Reading: Children are still expected to be reading at home and should all have their own book to take home or one of their own choice, that is at the expected standard for their age . We ask that the children read at home at least 3 x per week. They have been issued with their own Planner in which a parent/guardian should sign to say your child has completed the required reading. The children are also expected to write down 5 new words they encounter during their reading each week and define them in the planner. The planners will need to be checked in school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In class we have whole class guided reading on a range of fiction and non fiction texts, 3 x per week as well as daily story time. Some children requiring extra assistance will be heard regularly in class. You can help your child’s progress by hearing them read for at least 5 minutes every day or questioning them on what they have read. It really is the key to all their future success.

Maths: We will continue to follow the White Rose Maths programme of study and will revisit  and extend multiplication of fractions and decimals to thousandths. Children are also set 3 mathletics tasks each week which should be completed at home. Please email me if you require their login details. We also recommend they keep practising their multiplication tables on TT Rockstars at least 3 times a week, at home, as this will benefit their division and fraction work immensely. They will also continue to use TTRS in school on a regular basis. This term the children will tackle angles inshapes ; position & direction ; more fun with decimals ; negative numbers and converting units of measurement.


HISTORY: Learning about the ancient Egyptian civilisation.

GEOGRAPHY: Map and fieldwork based around their residential to Ingleborough.

Science oo There will be a stand alone unit on Living things and their habitats in the Amazon rainforest..

RE: In R.E. the children will be learning about Islam


Computing: We will be looking at selection in quizzes using Scratch



ART: This term the children will make waistcoats in D&T. In art children will be studying artistic facets of architecture. 

MUSIC: We have started using a specialist music site called Charanga and are fortunate to have Mr Gleeson the music lead taking the lessons. 


PSHE – As part of their SRE children will be looking at managing risk ; first aid ; and handling money.

P.E. – This half term in P.E. we will focus on badminton and  athletics in readiness for sportsday. PE days have changed and it is now on a  Tuesday and Wednesday so please send your child to school already dressed in their P.E. kit.


 Things to remember:


  • All children should bring a flask or bottle of water to school. This should be taken home and washed every day.


Please read with your child for 5 minutes every day or questioning them on what they have read. It really is the key to all their future success.


  • PE is on a Tuesday and Wednesday for this half term. Children should come dressed in their P.E. kit and will stay in it for the rest of the day. A change of clothing is not necessary. Children need to come to school in a white t-shirt and black shorts or black tracksuit plus trainers.
  • Planners should be brought into school on a Monday, Wednesday & Friday, signed by a guardian to say they have heard their child read and with 5 spellings + definitions each week.
  • Spellings are sent home on a Friday evening. The subsequent spelling practice of the words is the following Thursday. Spelling practice will take the form of dictated sentences. The children will receive a score out of 10 for the practiced words and another score out of 10 for the correct punctuation in their sentences and correct spellings of common words they should already know.
  • Mathletics homework will usually consist of 3 tasks I have set the children. Please ensure the children attempt these before playing on other areas of Mathletics as their scores are fed through to me and allow me to target any areas the children might be struggling with. If you have lost your login, please contact Mr Routledge
  • Children access TTRockstars 3 times a week in school, However, it is recommended that they spend 5 minutes on it every day to get super secure and quicker.
  • Children should not bring anything to school other than book bag, school book, planner, packed lunch and a water bottle.

 May I remind parents and carers to ensure that all of your child’s clothing is named as it makes finding the right owner so much



. Thank you for your continued support.

Should you need to get in touch, please contact the school office or my email address


                Mr Routledge     


Year 5 Class Blog

Week ended 10th February

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 5 Class Blog


 Well we’ve made it through the darkest half term and now spring is in the air, summer is coming and the children are half way through their time in Year 5 already. Where does the time go? This week the children had their final visit from Jenny Leng, got to grips with decimals and fraction equivalents and read about how the Industrial Revolution affected Liverpool in the 19th Century. They have written a Victorian set piece of historical fiction, completed their investigation into levers and played dodgeball in P.E. This week has also been ‘internet safety week’. The children had a special collective worship and then a series of daily lessons on the pleasures and concerns on the internet. They even taught me what the point of Tik Tok is (though I’m still not convinced). We were supposed to end the week constructing bridges but the website hasn't let us view the videos so we have postponed it until the start of next term. Instead we finished off our Lowry pictures from last week.

There are no spellings for the holiday.

Have a great half term.

week ending 3rd February

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 5 Class Blog

Well, we made it through January. Spring is just around the corner and the children are looking forward to half term next week, the mid point of their time in Year 5. This week we have started writing our historical fiction story based around Ruby in the Smoke, a girl from Victorian London. In maths we have finally completed fractions and will shortly be moving onto decimals (I have based some of this week's mathletics on decimals to help them prepare, so they might be a bit confused at first). In computing we continued to program our Sparkles using the IF and THEN commands for Selection within a conditional loop. In guided reading we have been introduced to the character of Phileas Fogg from Around the World in 80 days. Science saw us continuing our look at simple mechanisms used in machinery. This week we had a look at levers. Ask your child to explain what one is or to spot some in the home.. For art we dived into the world of Lowry and his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs to discover how to replicate perspective in his pictures of industry. Jenny Leng continued telling them stories from the Old Testament and in P.E. we continued to work on fitness with skipping.

This week's spellings are more homophones so again it is important to learn the context for use.(be careful with the last two)











week ended 27th January

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 5 Class Blog

Hello again. This week we have enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year in guided reading and more fraction multiplication in maths. The children also planned, completed and edited their persuasive letters to the owners of Harrods, no less. The children learnt more Bible stories from Jenny Leng and played volleyball in P.E. In computing the children learnt about conditional loops (ask them to explain) and how to program them into their sparkles with an off switch. In history the children learnt about the Factory Act of 1833 and working conditions for children in the factories during the industrial revolution. The children were quite shocked at the hardships endured and promised never to complain about having to tidy their bedroom or what's for dinner again! On Friday we used the VR headsets to explore Victorian London in anticipation of our new writing unit this week.

There are several children with many outstanding and incomplete assignments on Mathletics. Mathletics is a chance for your child to put into practise what they have learnt in class and should only take around 15 minutes each week. If you have lost your child's login, please feel free to email me so I can reissue it. I'm just thinking ahead to Wednesday, should you want something to keep them occupied for a while without need of supervision during the day.

This week's spellings are homophones and near homophones so it is vital you learn the meaning so you know when to use which one:











week ended 20th January

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 5 Class Blog

Hello again, how is it Friday already?

This week the children began planning their letters to Harrods and revisited long division and fractions. They managed to program their crumbles to dance to a light show ; practised netball in P.E. ; learnt how the location of Leeds played a part in its rise during the industrial revolution ; and in science made their own pulley systems in order to rise (ha ha) to the challenge of lifting a weight from the ground without 'lifting' it by hand. We finished the week with some more relaxing sewing and cross stitching

Spellings for next Thursday 26th Jan











Week ended Friday 13th January!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 5 Class Blog

We've certainly covered the full spectrum of activities in Year 5, this week. In R.E. the children were lucky to be visited by Jenny Leng who told them stories from the Bible. In PE we started the fitness program (Hey, if we have to make an extra effort in January...) and learnt quick cricket with YMCA. In writing they continued writing a persuasive letter to Scrooge and in keeping with the Dickens theme, read the opening chapter of Oliver Twist in Guided Reading. On Tuesday we attempted, and failed, to program a crumble but in true ASJ resilience we tried again the next day with far greater success. On Thursday the children became historical detectives to collate evidence to show what effect the Industrial Revolution had on Leeds and today we followed up on that (Leeds was a textiles behemoth) by finishing the day with some relaxing sewing!

Apologies for last week's errors in the spelling list (I double checked them as well!). Hopefully the ones below are correct. If you ever spot an error do let me know. Just to clarify, one word each week will be upon them to base a sentence, of their choosing, around. So it is important the children look up the meaning of any they are unsure of. This week's spellings focus on the suffix -ness and how it turns an adjective into a noun.











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