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Year 5 – 5O

Welcome to Year Five!  This is the third year of Key Stage 2 which sees the children becoming more established members of the school. They are expected to set a good example to the younger children in terms of behaviour and attitude throughout each day where students become increasingly independent and have many new opportunities to take on extra responsibilities in their learning behaviours and in school life.   During Year 5 children will refine and build on skills taught during Year 4.

Children in Key Stage Two are required to be in lessons for longer and therefore do not have a daily afternoon playtime but will continue to take part in The Daily Mile with adults and other children.  All of the children will also be involved in a Class Assembly, a class lunch and at least one performance during the academic year.

The Curriculum

See the Curriculum page on this website (on the Learning and Teaching tab) for more information on Collingwood’s Curriculum and for a breakdown of what children in each year group will learn about in each National Curriculum Subject.

During Year Five, English and Mathematics skills need to be developed and extended in preparation for SATs at the end of Year 6.  Excellent working and study habits are expected at all times as pupils growing independence, rapid recall and mastery of skills allows them to take more control of their own learning.


See Key word lists in your child’s homework folder and spelling books and the end of year “age related expectations” statements for reading in your child’s communication book for more information.

Daily whole class lessons take place in English, including reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Throughout the year we will be reading, analysing and writing a range of different genres and types of literature including longer fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Joined, legible handwriting should be the “norm” in Year 4 when the majority of children achieve their “pen Licence”.  Please encourage this at home.

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation continue to be very important and are tested in a separate national paper at the end of Year 6.  Vocabulary still has a very high priority, which some children will find challenging, including giving definitions; exploring all key grammatical terms and uses eg a knowledge of prefixes and suffixes, improving the children’s understanding of changing the word correctly, adverbs, adjectives; past, present, future tense use; sentence construction and effectiveness and punctuation skills (; : – , “ “ etc) Children are required to demonstrate knowledge on sentence types and their differing punctuation.

Daily phonic work will continue for those children who need it, in small, groups with adults.  Please see the charts in the back of communication books to see which phonics your child needs support with at home.  Your child’s spellings, and Key Words, which relate to national age related expectations,  can be found in their homework folder and spelling book.

Each child will be heard read as part of a Guided Reading Group but will also take part in weekly Whole Class Reading sessions where a text is analysed in greater depth for a longer period of time with the aim of fine tuning comprehension and vocabulary skills.  Children will also be heard read in school individually and may participate in paired reading with other children.  Most children are “Free Readers” before Year 5 but their ability to read and understand the texts at a given number of words per minute is still monitored and recorded. 

Reading at home is just as essential at Year 5 as it is for younger children.  During Year 5 children are still required to read daily at home but most choose to read to themselves.  Please continue to ask questions about the story, characters etc to check understanding, define words etc – all vital comprehension skills which is a focus throughout Key Stage Two.   Please continue to make comments on the age related reading statements pasted  into your child’s communication book.  You can support your child by ensuring that you encourage “wider Reading” to include harder texts and a greater range of authors, such as classic fiction or non-fiction designed for adults eg newspapers.


All children continue to participate in daily maths lessons and those who need to,  will continue to participate in daily FAST Maths sessions aimed at rapid recall of multiplication and division facts to 12 x 12.  An important school focus is problem solving and reasoning, (explaining how and why using mathematical terminology,) and developing  formal written and mental skills.  Pupils will be presented with many opportunities to apply skills and knowledge to ‘real life’ problems in different contexts. Areas where you can support your child at home include:

  • Fractions – Use % and know decimal and fraction equivalence for ½ ¼ 1/5 4/5 1/10 4/10 etc
  • Add and subtract and multiply numbers with 4+ digits using formal written methods
  • Read, write and order decimals to 3 decimal places.
  • Find area and perimeter of shapes using cm and m
  • Find Co-ordinates on grids.
  • Continue to convert, estimate and use measures – estimating and measuring mm/cm/m/km, g/kg, seconds/mins/hrs/days/weeks/months ml/l/kl etc
  • Data – compare and read information represented in timetables and as line graphs.

Topic work

Details of work to be covered this term in National Curriculum subjects other than English and maths can be found by clicking on https://sites.google.com/collingwood.essex.sch.uk/class-50/home


Homework is a method of strengthening and consolidating children’s skills and knowledge, allowing opportunities for personal investigation and study.  All homework should be completed to a high standard with good presentation, joined legible handwriting and the same, punctuation and spelling that is required of children in class.  Please support your child in meeting this expectation.  Weekly homework will be set each Friday and will need to be in school by the following Wednesday so that it can be marked and returned.  This will have an English, Maths or topic focus.

You will be able to find lots of information in your child’s Communication Book and Homework Folder.  Please let me know if there is anything more that you need.

Important information:

  • Our class teacher is Mrs Outhwaite
  • Homework is given out on a Friday and will be collected by the class teacher on Wednesday.
  • PE takes place every Tuesday afternoon, with a sports coach – Mr Radley.

If you have any further questions, please pop in for a chat – the door is always open!    Mrs Outhwaite

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Other useful documents:

pdf Meet the Teacher presentation yr 5 and 6

pdf Topic Web Yr 5 Autumn term 2019

pdf Year_5_6_Spelling_Appendix

pdf Developing self esteem and resilience KS2

pdf Curriculum Overview for Year 5

 pdf British Values at Collingwood – KS2

pdf  The Book Trust’s 100 Best Books for 9-11 yr olds

pdf Home Farm Residential Visit display