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Year 5


Teacher : Mr Tipton

TA: Mrs Cato


News from Year 5 


Hello and welcome to Year 5!

As a new member of staff at Monksmead School, I am really looking forward to getting to know my students, their parents, and of course my colleagues within the school. Year 5 is an important, as well as amazing, year in Primary Education. The children are now in Upper Key Stage 2, and in their penultimate year before moving to Secondary School. While the pressure of learning is building, so is their growing maturity and their desire to achieve. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to share in their journey during this exciting year. We have some interesting topics of learning that will be covered this term. Although things may change (the children have already told me that they want to learn more about climate change and natural disasters), here is the current outline of what we will be studying:


Our first English focus will be a fiction unit based on a book set during the war called ‘Friend or Foe’. Children will have the opportunity to role play and explore various writing styles. In addition, we will work on a non-fiction unit titled ‘Animals’ as well as exploring poetry.


The first half term will be focused on securing and developing knowledge of place value as well as written and mental addition and subtraction. Children will be encouraged to justify, reason and problem solve.


Our first Science topics are based on ‘Living things and their habitats’ and ‘Animals including humans’.

Other subjects

In Topic our focus for this term is Brazil. We will be learning about the landscape, buildings, popular cultural traditions and many more. The children will have opportunities to test their creativity by using clay and other resources to create famous Brazilian statues.


Children will swim on a Wednesday morning and have “Game On” PE on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct kit.

I hope to get to know you all better through ‘Meet The Teacher’ and throughout the term.

Mr Tipton


In Year 5 we learn to:







  • Summarise main points of an argument or discussion within their reading and make up own mind about issue/s.
  • Compare between two texts
  • Appreciate that people use bias in persuasive writing.
  • Appreciate how two people may have a different view on the same event.
  • Draw inferences and justify with evidence from the text.
  • Vary voice for direct or indirect speech.
  • Recognise clauses within sentences.
  • Explain how and why a writer has used clauses to add information to a sentence.
  • Use more than one source when carrying out research.
  • Create a set of notes to summarise what has been read.
  • Our reading scheme is Bug club from Pearson






  • Add phrases to make sentences more precise and detailed.
  • Use range of sentence openers – judging the impact or effect needed.
  • Begin to adapt sentence structure to text type.
  • Use pronouns to avoid repetition.
  • Indicate degrees of possibility using adverbs (e.g. perhaps, surely) or modal verbs (e.g. might, should, will).
  • Use the following to indicate parenthesis:
  • o   brackets

    o dashes

    o   comma

  • Use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity.
  • Link clauses in sentences using a range of subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.
  • Use verb phrases to create subtle differences (e.g. she began to run).
  • Consistently organize into paragraphs.
  • Link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time (e.g. later), place (e.g. nearby) and number (e.g. secondly).
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed.







  • Count forwards and backward with positive and negative numbers through zero.
  • Count forwards/backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 1,000,000.
  • Compare and order numbers with 3 decimal places.
  • Read Roman numerals to 1,000.
  • Identify all multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs.
  • Use known tables to derive other number facts.
  • Recall prime numbers up to 19.
  • Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers.
  • Recognise place value of any number up to 1,000,000.
  • Round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 or 100,000.
  • Round decimals with 2 decimal places to nearest whole number and 1 decimal place.
  • Add and subtract numbers with more than 4-digits using formal written method.
  • Use rounding to check answers.
  • Multiply  4-digits by 1-digit/ 2-digit
  • Divide up to 4-digits by 1-digit
  • Multiply & divide whole numbers & decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000
  • Recognise and use thousandths.
  • Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one to another.
  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.
  • Identify and write equivalent fractions.
  • Solve time problems using timetables and converting between different units of time.