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Welcome to the home page for 5A, Mrs Casey. UKS2 teaching assistants include Mrs Agnello, Miss Akhtar, Mrs Cronin and Miss Phipson. We have many exciting learning opportunities planned for spring 2018.


Year 5 have made a truly impressive start throughout the autumn term; they have proved themselves to be hard working, conscientious and polite members of St Edward’s school.


During the spring term, we will be studying the modern novel, ‘Wolf Brother’, by Michelle Paver. Through ‘Wolf Brother’, we will explore characterisation, manipulation of vocabulary, sentence structure and figurative language. We will also study the author’s style and recreate this in our own writing. Based upon key issues of Paver’s novel, we will look at argumentative writing. This term, we will also expand our understanding of poetry through a detailed poetry study including ‘Cosmic Disco’ by Grace Nichols and ‘Journey to the centre of my brain’ by James Carter. Our focus will include performing, reciting and writing poetry.


In Maths, we will work on the following objectives:

  • recognise the percent symbol (%) and understand that percent relates to ‘number of parts per 100’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal
  • read and write decimal numbers as fractions (for example, 0.71 =71 ⁄ 100)
  • compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • identify, write and name equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables 

In Religious Education, we will hear about the story of Christmas from St. Matthew’s Gospel. The children will explore the difficulties faced by Mary and Joseph and the tensions that arose in King Herod. The concept of the Kingdom of God will be explored from the teachings of Jesus and the ways in which Christians respond to this teaching today through their belonging to the Church. During Lent, we will be thinking about the concept of ‘temptation’ as we study the temptations of Jesus. At this time, we will have the opportunity to reflect on what nurtures and damages human relationships. We will study some important texts from the New Testament about Christian living and will learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a Sacrament of Healing and God’s forgiveness. Holy week is an important time of year for Christians and, during the spring term, we will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the last week of Jesus’ life and how the Church celebrates this through liturgy and prayer. 


In Science, we will explore the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants, creating clones of the parent plant. They will learn about different types of mammals and their different life cycles, making life cycle wheels to present their learning. Furthermore, the children will find out about Jane Goodall and her work with the now-endangered chimpanzees in Africa. They will explore metamorphosis in insects and amphibians, comparing their life cycles. Space will be our main focus during spring 2. We will be learning about the movement of the earth, and other planets, relative to the sun in the solar system. This movement will also include the movement of the moon relative to the earth and how the earth’s rotation explains day and night, and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. 

Our historical unit of work will focus on one of the most fascinating civilisations in history as we discover who the ancient Greeks were. We will learn about when the ancient Greeks lived, how they lived in their separate city states, how their armies lived and fought, the gods they worshipped on Mount Olympia and much, much more.  Art links will include Greek pottery design and comedy and tragedy masks.  Through Design and Technology, the children will get lost in the world of ancient Greek labyrinths as they design, make and evaluate their own labyrinths to house the Minotaur. 


Reminder for parents:
In Year 5, P.E./Outdoor Games will be on a Monday morning. 

Please ensure your child has a full kit in school.
Indoor kit: Blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.
Outdoor kit: Blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers.
All clothing and footwear should be clearly named. All jewellery must be removed for P.E. and long hair must be tied back.


Y5’s homework rota is as follows:
Your child has a home reading book and record. Please hear your child read at home on a regular basis. When your child has finished their book, please sign your child’s reading record and they can change their book.

Spellings will be handed out on a Thursday and will usually follow a pattern / rule or may be from the National Curriculum word lists. Please help your child to learn the spellings by writing them into sentences and by using 'LSCWC' (Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check). They will be tested on a Thursday before the new list is handed out.

English and Maths homework will be set on a Monday (to be returned on Friday).
Please also encourage your child to learn all of the times tables (up to 12x12) and their related division facts. This will help your child in several aspects of mathematics.


Optional Y5/6 Homework Menu

Look what we're reading...

Look what we're reading... 1 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver

Look what we have been reading...

Look what we have been reading... 1 Street Child by Berlie Doherty



The children in Y5 went on a visit to Safeside.  Read Emilee's report of the visit:

On Tuesday, Year 5 went on a trip to Safe Side - we had to go on a coach.  It was fun, my partner was Arooj; we all had partners.  The first thing we did was go into a special room that said 'Do not enter without a member of staff'.  So a member of staff came in with us and talked about a quiz that we would do at the end.


Later, we went downstairs and talked about the rules.  After that, we went into a building and talked about things we needed to keep away from.  We spotted lots of things.  Later, we watched a film about a fire and soon after that, we went downstairs to exit the building.


After, we went to a phone and said that there was a fire - I got chosen to talk on the phone!  It was fun.  I hope to go there again soon.  After a long time, we went upstairs and we were asked what we had learned.