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Year 5

Year 5

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

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 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.

  • Sacriston Academy classroom
  • Sacriston Academy classroom

What the teacher says:

I am both thrilled and excited to welcome a new class into Year 5! I can’t wait to see the amazing and creative work that you will produce around our fun and engaging topics.
Miss Paul

The autumn term

In the first half term we will be travelling back in time to the 1500s and meeting the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history. We will recreate a Tudor timeline, visiting some of the main events from Tudor history. We will then compare Tudor London to modern London, using mapping and our knowledge of physical and human geography. After that, we will identify all of Henry VIII’s marriages. Alongside this, we will investigate into Anne Boleyn’s alleged crimes, before researching the gruesome and horrific Tudor punishments. Finally, we will learn all about Henry VIII’s children. 

In the second half term, we will be again travelling back in time, however, not as far as the Tudors. We will be exploring our new topic ‘Firedamp and Davy Lamp’. We will learn how it felt to work down a coal mine, before learning how the mining industry changed over the years. We will research the need for coal, as well as exploring the misery in the mines. Based on this, we will take time to learn about a local area mining study, before learning about the work of the pitmen painters. Additionally, we will hear about the mining strikes and how it became an end of an era. Finally, we will recreate a landscape painting using ink-washing. 

Download our Year 5 topic knowledge organisers

What the children say

I really enjoy art lessons and learning art skills such as sketching.(Darcey) I am really looking forward to learning about space and all of the planets (Thomas)