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Year 5

We have many exciting topics planned throughout for Year 5 pupils this year.

We are starting the year with a historical based topic, the Tudors – ‘Off with her head’. The following term we will be focusing on the topic ‘Alchemy Island’. After that, we will be travelling back in time studying ‘Time traveller’ and then off to the stars in ‘Stargazers’. In the summer term, we will be learning all about insects and the outdoors in ‘Allotment’ and ‘Beast creator’. Each topic covers a wide variety of different national curriculum objectives, taught in an imaginative and creative way.

Our new maths scheme, ‘Maths No Problem’ is a real hands-on approach to maths, with children using practical equipment to represent, replicate and solve problems. With a variety of different stages to the lessons, the children are able to develop a wide range of skills, including the ability to achieve a greater understanding of maths.

English lessons are based around rich and engaging texts covering a wide range of genres. Through the study of such genres, the children will gain an invaluable collection of skills to embed within their own writing. This foundation, alongside regular grammar, spelling and handwriting lessons, is the perfect combination to further enhance English skills and knowledge. 

Reading at Sacriston Academy is focused upon the individual child. Each child in Year 5 will receive a reading book which will be matched to their ability. From this, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the texts. Reading lessons will also be taught to enhance skills such as vocabulary.

  • Sacriston Academy classroom
  • Sacriston Academy classroom

What the teacher says:

I am most definitely looking forward to another year of teaching at Sacriston Academy, a school embedded with high expectations and aspirations. By teaching such determined children, I am eager to guide and educate them, not only academically, but to become creative, resilient and innovative learners.
Miss Paul

What the children say

We have really fun clubs at school and you can also apply to our school job vacancies, such as librarian, rights-respecting monitor and playground leader (Annabelle). I really enjoy learning maths with our Maths No Problem scheme because we always use our toolkits and counters to help us learn (Ellie).

What the children say:

This school is very good for playtimes. We have a MUGA space and star island where we can climb and have fun! (Jack) I really enjoy PE lessons because the lessons are very creative and the sports coaches help us improve our skills (Ben).

The spring term

This term we will be travelling back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. We will be exploring the opening of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and the significant finds inside. We will then cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. After that, we will find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Furthermore, we will unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts as well as finding out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! As a competition, we will see who can build the biggest pyramids and use our teamwork skills to decide on which material will be best to use.

With working on our maths scheme, Maths No Problem, for the second year now, our children are thriving from the pace of the lesson, as well as using different equipment to help assist their learning. The scheme is a real hands-on approach to maths, with children using practical equipment to represent, replicate and solve problems. With a variety of different stages to the lessons, the children are able to develop a wide range of skills, including the ability to achieve a greater understanding of maths.

English lessons are based around rich and engaging texts covering a wide range of genres. At the moment, we are currently basing our English lessons on the Michael Morpurgo book – Kensuke’s Kingdom. The children travel through the journey of the book, as well as demonstrating their understanding through writing. Through the study of such genres, the children will gain an invaluable collection of skills to embed within their own writing. This foundation, alongside regular grammar, spelling and handwriting lessons, is the perfect combination to further enhance English skills and knowledge. 

Reading lessons are based upon the chosen book linked to the writing lessons. Children are learnt vital skills each day in order to gain a broader understanding of the text. Skills include inference, retrieval, vocabulary etc. Alongside this, we follow Accelerated Reader, which is focused upon the individual child. Each child in Year 5 will receive a reading book which will be matched to their ability. From this, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the texts.