Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 5


Teacher : Miss Randles

TA: Mrs Phillips 


Welcome back!

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and happy new year! Our first term has been a fantastic one and I hope this continues through 2020.

For the first half of the term our topic is ‘Changes to our local environment’ where we will look at the different regions of the UK and discover how some of these areas have changed over time. After February half term our focus will be ‘a study on the Alpine region’ where we will look into how the Alps were formed and homes adapt to the climate.

The rest of the curriculum for the spring term is as follows:

English: Our first unit is looking at narrative poetry focusing in depth the work of Michael Rosen and Charles Causley. ‘Oranges in no man’s land’ by Elizabeth Laird is our fiction focus in the second part of the term.

Maths: We are continuing to follow the Herts Essentials maths planning. Throughout the term we will be covering fractions, measure, percentages and shape.

Science: Properties and changes of materials.

R.E: Christianity and Judaism.

Computing: Coding and computing skills.

MFL: Spanish

Music: Year 5 will continue with their ukulele lessons until February half term.

P.E: Year 5 will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Please ensure your child has their PE kit on both of these days.


Home work is set every Thursday to be handed back in on a Monday morning along with their signed reading records. This will consist of two pieces; most often one English and one Maths.

Spelling tests will be every Wednesday this term.  


All children will read with an adult during their guided reading sessions once a week within small groups. In addition to this, children will be given as school book to read at home with an adult or older sibling. Reading records are checked every Monday and children are expected to read a minimum of three times a week at home where it is recorded and signed by the adult. If children have read three times they receive one merit point, if they have read five times they will receive five merit points.

It is the children’s responsibility to ensure their book is changed. The children have the opportunity to do so every day during early morning work, guided reading and break time.

A library book will also be taken home which they may swap in the key stage 2 library at any point during the week.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Miss Randles and Mrs Phillips


Year 5 Spring Overview

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.