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Year 5: Johnson class



We are already in the full swing of learning in Year 5. We’ve settled brilliantly after Christmas and are determined to achieve great things!


Our English work begins by taking us on a journey into the land of Narnia! Along the way we will meet mythical creatures and of course the White Witch. We will begin the unit by exploring how mythical creatures are used in the narrative and their relationship with human characters. We will focus on language used and how we can apply this in our own writing. As we progress, we will focus on a non-fiction text; The Atlas of Monsters: Mythical Creatures from Around the World by Sandra Lawrence and Stuart Hill. We will explore the features of non-chronological reports and gather ideas for our own mythical creatures which we can link to our extended narrative at the end of the unit.


We will be looking at Salford Diocese in our RE lessons and how they contribute to the mission of Jesus. We have learnt about the Bishop and who was special is spreading the message of God in our world. We have thought about who this applies to now and how we can continue to build the community of the parish. Following this, our next topic will be ‘Memorial Sacrifice’ which links to the Eucharist and Body of Christ. We will think about the importance of the Eucharist in the action of Mass. It is a time when the parish family gathers to give thanks to God, most of all for the gift of Jesus, his Son.  This will prepare us for Easter, one of the most important events on the Christian calendar.


The focus of our Science work will be changing materials.  Before Christmas, we focused on the properties of materials so now we are going to apply that knowledge to reflect on how materials change and if these can be reversed. We love our Science experiments!


In our History work we will be learning about Anglo Saxons.  It will be interesting to build on our knowledge of Romans and their invasion of Britain. In Geography, we will begin to look at South America! We will be thinking about settlements in South America and comparing it to the United Kingdom. We will start to think about the longitude and latitude of the Earth and different climate zones.


Our computing work this half term will focus on game creation. It is safe to say we have loved working on a project and been extremely creative!


For our PSHE work we will be studying the theme of Living in the Wider World.  This will involve focusing on the environment and how we can protect it for the next generation. We will then move onto our hopes and aspirations, what jobs are available to us and what we would like to do.


It’s going to be a busy term but I am sure we will have lots of fun along the way!


Mrs Thompson, Mrs Naylor and Mrs Sumner (Year 5 Teaching Team)

Some of the fun we've had in our classroom...

Our Behaviour Charter

Our school Behaviour Policy is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Overview of Themes

English Overview

Year 5 Recommended Reading Books

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes

Year 5 White Rose Maths Overview

Useful Reminders

- PE will take place on a Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure your child has their correct (Summer/Winter) kit in school on these days. Please ensure your child's kit is labelled with their name.

- Homework will be set each Friday on SumDog. Your child will have maths, spellings and grammar homework to complete by the following Friday. A 'little and often' approach is expected.

- Reading books will be shared once a week and reading records are updated by parents and teachers regularly.

- Regular maths challenges/class competitions will be set on SumDog. These tend to run for half a term and the competition winner will be awarded with a special prize.

Meet the Teacher

It was lovely to meet some of you at Meet the Teacher. Here is the presentation which tells you some more about Year 5.