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Welcome to Year 5 2021/22

Welcome to the class page for 5GK! 


Dear children and parents of Year 5,


Hello! My name is Miss Kentish. I am so happy to be teaching Year 5 this year! I’m new to St Edward’s so I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you and your families! I’ll be teaching the children for most of the week but Mrs McGowan will teach on Monday afternoons and all day on Tuesdays. 


I feel so lucky to have such a lovely class! The children have already shown how kind, hardworking, and mature they are and I think we are going to have a fantastic year together! 


We’re kicking off the term learning about the Victorians, as our first class text is ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. We’ll spend the rest of the term learning about Ancient Greece! We’ll also be reading the book ‘FArTHER’ by Grahame Baker-Smith.


If you ever have any questions or concerns I am always here to help in every way I can. You can contact me via or by speaking to me at the end of the school day.


I really look forward to getting to know you all! 


Best wishes,

Miss Kentish


Curriculum Overview:


During the Autumn term, we will be using our inference skills to pull apart the books we read and will share our points of view about the texts. We will compare 'FArTHER' to the Greek myth 'Icarus and Daedalus' and we will be reading more amazing myths throughout this half term and will even write our own!



In Maths, we will work on the following objectives in Place Value:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit  
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
  • round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals


Religious Education

In Religious Education, we are studying Creation, including the stories of Genesis and creation stories of other cultures. Thinking about God's creation, we are coming to realise how important our role is within the world, being responsible for caring for his creation. We are also thinking about the gifts and talents that God has created us with and how we can use them to care for the world around us. Also this half term, we will focus on our Gospel values, which are 'Eloquent and Truthful', and will be thinking about how we can live these values out in what we say, what we do and how we treat others. 



In Science, we are studying Properties and Changes in Materials! 



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.   



We have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays so please ensure your child is wearing the correct kit on these days. 

Indoor kit: Blue shorts, white t-shirt with school logo 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 at all times in school (boys and girls).


Spelling booklets will go home on Mondays and the children need to bring them back by Friday ready to be tested on the following Monday. Please help your child to learn the spellings by using the 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' method. 


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.


English and Maths homework will be set on a Friday and is to be returned on a Thursday (to allow for the work to be marked).


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.

Year 5 Curriculum Overview 2021-22

5GK have been doing lots of fun activities this week in celebration of Coding Week!

5GK had lots of fun at the African Dance Workshop this afternoon!

This week 5GK had fun investigating how long different materials would take to dissolve in water!

This week 5GK came to school in some brilliant costumes inspired by the book ‘Street Child’!

5GK have been busy making some incredible Greek temples at home!

5GK Celebrating 100 years of The Legion of Mary by praying the Rosary together.

Loudmouth Theatre Visit

The Loudmouth Theatre Group delivered some really important messages about anti-bullying through their fantastic performances.  We learned how to spot the signs of bullying and how to stop it in its tracks.  The workshops reinforced the ways in which we can deal with bullies and we talked about how to help others too.

Loudmouth Theatre Recount by Ezekiel

Here's what we thought about the Loudmouth Theatre's visit:


'My favourite part was when they said to 'Be a friend, not a bystander.' (Kitan)

'I liked Mo because he was such a funny character.'  (Aaryan)

'The show was about how to spot and stop bullying and it was done in such a funny and memorable way.' (Ezekiel)

'Loudmouth Theatre was so inspiring.' (Krish)

'Loudmouth Theatre was exciting and also inspirational.' (Oskar)