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Year 5 - Jaguar Class

Welcome to Year 5!

 Teachers: Mrs Kruber and Mrs Womack 

Teaching assistants: Mrs Hanley and Miss Chilvers


Here we will regularly post information and pictures of the children's learning in Year 5. Remember to check the Class Dojo page too - this is where you will find the most up to date information and news, as well as helpful learning links.

There is a useful 'messenger' function on Class Dojo, so you can communicate easily with us. You will also get notifications when your child is awarded Dojo points!

                                         Important things to remember

At 8.40 am Year 5 children should enter the supervised main gate independently and they will be met by the class teacher at the classroom door. They will need to sanitise their hands on entering the classroom.


We will have PE lessons on Wednesday afternoons each week, please bring your PE kits on this day and get changed in school. 


The school day ends at 3.30pm and Year 5 children can be collected from the playground. If your child is allowed to walk home alone then you need to sign a form available from the office to give permission. 


We have our own class 'tuck trolley' at breaktimes, there are a range of snacks, fruit  and drinks available all for 40p each.  Alternatively you are welcome to bring in water, fruit or healthy snack for yourselves.


What to expect in Year 5

Year 5 offers the time to embed all of the knowledge learnt in lower Key Stage 2 and a year to start the preparations for transition to secondary school. Children in Year 5 are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning: to do their homework, to pack their school bag, to remember their PE kits. And they develop and grow as a result. It is about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.


What will my child do in Year 5?

1. Maths

In maths, there is an emphasis on fractions, decimals, and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

2. English

For English, new punctuation is introduced (such as hyphens, semi-colons, and colons). There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too (for example, modal verbs like wouldcouldmight, and must).

3. New topics

There are some fantastic topics this year: Romans, Space, Brazil, Vikings and a Science materials topic which investigates removing salt from the sea!  

4. Educational visits

We regularly have educational visits or have visitors to school to enhance the children's learning experiences. We will let you know in plenty of time if there will be additional costs involved. 


How can I help my child in Year 5?

Keep doing all of the usual things that we say each year. Continue to hear them read as much as possible, practise times tables, help them with homework, talk to them about their day, and encourage them to read by visiting the local library, bookshops, or using eBooks from MyOn.

Reading with your child and listening to your child read are possibly the best things you can do to help your child’s education.

Take time to discuss the text your child is reading, ask about the book, what do they like about it? Is it similar to anything else they've read? Can they tell you about the characters? What do they predict will happen?

Share reading at home - you can be a good role model by reading too!

Here are a few extra ideas for can try on top of this:


1. Encourage them to take responsibility

Just like in school, give them some independence and responsibility for their learning at home. Here are a few ways you can start giving them some responsibility at home:

  • Ask them to pack their own bag for school so that they get into the habit of thinking for themselves about what they need and what they will be doing that day.
  • Allow them to make mistakes. If they forget their homework, make them tell the teacher themselves (they learn more quickly from their mistake and they are taking responsibility for it too).
  • Get into the routine of doing homework at a set time each week if possible. By all means help them, but make sure they make their own decisions about presentation, for example.

If your child is not very organised, then taping a list by the door or to a lunch box works well, as does getting equipment ready the night before.

2. Be encouraging

Another simple thing that you can do as a parent is to be a good example. Children need adults to show them that learning is fun, relevant, and enjoyable – and difficult sometimes. Does it matter if you don’t know the answer? Of course it doesn’t. Instead, look it up together and show that you want to find things out too.

3. Take it easy

Finally, remember that even in Year 5 your child will still need some freedom to play and rest. 





Autumn 1- What did The Romans do for us?

After a week of transitioning into Jaguar Class, we will be learning about The Romans.  We’ll research Celtic and Roman warriors and write soliloquies as soldiers. Using different source materials we’ll investigate the growth of the Roman Empire and  it's impact on Britain. During our trip to the Time and Tide museum we will practise formations, have a battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. We’ll learn about gladiators, write a commentary of a battle and design and make our own mosaics. Using maps, globes and information books, we’ll compare Britain (the home of the Celts) and Rome (the home of the Romans). At the end of the topic, we’ll reflect on what the Romans did for us.

Our Romans educational visit

Our Roman project homework

Autumn term 2- Will we ever reach infinity and beyond?

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky. During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun. We’ll make a model of the Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We'll investigate friction and gravity, and watch the first moon landing to help us to write poems about weightlessness. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. Finally we’ll complete some space themed art and design and make a new mars rover, testing the materials for durability. Perhaps NASA will be interested in our designs!

Spring 1

Our new topic for this term is: Is Brazil your perfect holiday destination?
During this topic you will be introduced to the diverse and unique culture of Brazil. We will be finding out where Brazil is located in the world and finding out about it’s interesting human and physical features. We will also investigate differences between urban and rural Brazil and compare the communities living within them.


What are the main geographical features of Brazil? Have a look through these pictures and see if you recognise any. What can you see? What do you think about them?

Spring 1 newsletter

Spring term 2- Our topic is Brazil- Flora and fauna flourishing or floundering?

We will continue our learning about Brazil and this time we are focussing on the rainforest. Who or what lives there? What grows there? How do they survive in the rainforest climate?

In science we will be comparing animal’s life cycles and parts of plants, including the pollination process.

In maths we will begin by focusing on time. Then we will look at percentages and finally 2D and 3D shapes.

In Literacy we will be completing our holiday brochures for Brazil and focus on the text- The Great Kapok tree.





Spring term 2 newsletter and homework project ideas

Farm trip March 2022

Summer 1- Our learning focus this half term is How can we get salt from the sea?



This is a science based topic focussing on states of matter. We will be looking at materials that dissolve in liquid to form a solution and learn how to recover different substances from a solution including evaporating, filtering and sieving. We will also explore reversible and irreversible chemical changes. Later on in the term, we are hoping to have a visit from an expert in Bushcraft to show us how to purify dirty water.


In Literacy- We will be looking at amazing landscapes and using the text- Instructions by Neil Gaiman to help us think about a fantasy portal. We will then be reading a fantasy narrative called The Dragon Slayer and writing a new adventure for the main character. 


In Maths- We will continue our work on angles, we will begin the term by using a protractor to measure them accurately. 

Our final topic for the year is- “Were the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons good or bad?”



Living in the East of England our history and our geography has been very much shaped by its links to the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Towns and villages with their names ending ‘ton’ such as Hunstanton or ‘burgh’ such as Happisburgh show Saxon links. The 13 Flegg villages ending in ‘by’ e.g  Hemsby show Viking links. Saxon and Viking artefacts are still being discovered in the area today and if you have watched ‘The Dig’ you may have been amazed that an Anglo-Saxon ship was painstakingly discovered in Sutton- Hoo and is now on display at the British Museum in London.

Who knows – perhaps you are a descendent of an Anglo Saxon farmer or Viking warrior!

In previous years the children visited the recreated Saxon village of West Stowe – sadly  they will be unable to do so this year but the children will still find out about : -

The changes in Britain between the Romans leaving and the defeat of Harold.

How and why the Anglo –Saxons and Vikings migrated to Britain.

What daily life was like for Saxons and Vikings and what their settlements may have looked like?

How the Anglo-Saxons converted from Pagans to Christians and how Christianity spread throughout Britain, focusing upon the importance of Saint Bede and his historical relevance.

They will investigate a Viking burial mound identifying and discussing the objects discovered and what they tell us about the person who was buried there.

Anglo-Saxon and Viking similarities and differences particularly when living with each other in Danelaw and fighting for control over Britain, focusing upon the reign of King Alfred the Great and comparing him with the legendary King Arthur.

The topic will end with the children considering the achievements of both the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, deciding whether they had national or international impacts and what they left behind in Britain before the Norman Conquest in the Battle of Hastings, 1066, led by William of Normandy


In literacy - part of our studies will be looking at the poem of Beowulf, - the great hero who fought and killed the monster Grendel and his mother, became a great king and met his death fighting an enraged dragon.

In maths, we will be focussing on percentages, measures and time.

In computing we will continue to practice creating algorithms using Scratch and the use of multimedia to present children’s work.

Art and Design will be used to research influential designers and their recognisable styles.

PSHE and RSE will continue to combine the curriculum from years 4 and 5 to ensure the children are ready to understand the mature and adult concepts introduced in year 6.


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