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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 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 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:

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 autumn term

In our first autumn half term, we will travel back in time and imagine what it was like living in the Tudor times by reading 'Off With Her Head' set in 1485 Tudor Britain just after the Battle of Bosworth. We will look back and identify key events on a Tudor timeline, as well as becoming artists and sketching portraits in the style of Hans Holbein – a famous Tudor artist. From a range of maps, we will be investigating where Henry VIII lived and how prestigious his homes were. Furthermore, we will be investigating the gruesome punishments which occurred previously in Tudor times.

This term will also see us study out Sow, Grow and Farm topic. Throughout this topic, we will be learning all about harvesting, including where foods come from, where they can travel to and how they grow. We will be improving our gardening skills and geographical knowledge by deciding where is best to locate plants, thinking about the location of the sun and access in order to look after them. As scientists, we will be identifying the life cycle of plants and understanding the pollination process of how plants reproduce. Finally, we will be comparing the growth and trade of foods in Britain with several other countries.

Our English lessons in our autumn term 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 in Year 5 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions.

Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. 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. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

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.