Year 5

Welcome back to the new academic year! We hope you had a restful Summer break and your children are ready for a busy year ahead. Year 5 is a fantastic time; it is full of hard work and good fun. We are looking forward to working with you and your children and we know that we will have a brilliant year together. We at Trent recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team, so thank you in advance for your support.  This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year 5 this term. 

Throughout the Autumn term, we will be covering the following:



Links to previous learning

How you can help

Topic: ‘Stargazers’ 

(history, geography, art and design, design and technology) 

Our big question for our topic this term is ‘Is our universe the only universe out there?’

In Art, we will continue to learn about creating texture and form but using different materials. We will look at Georgia O’Keeffe’s Starlight Night to create our own constellation paintings using watercolours and masking tape.

In DT we will be getting very creative with a home for Mars project towards the end of the half term. We will use our knowledge of different materials from last term to help inform our choices and designs.

In Geography, we are linking our topic to Maths and will be studying time tables to think about the best and quickest way to travel to another part of the world (and maybe even to space!) We will also look at famous Rivers and Mountains in an atlas, and those you can see from space.


In History, we will create a timeline showing the life of Tim Peake and his adventures into space.

Year One – ‘Moon Zoom’ topic

Discuss lessons with your child, ask them questions and encourage personal research.

Topic ‘Scream Machine’

Our big question is ‘what is needed to make a spine-tingling ride?’

In History, we will discover the origins of the funfair in Britain in the Victorian era, and how it has changed over time.

In Geography, we will look at keys on different theme park maps that indicate how to get around.

In DT, we will learn about mechanisms and build creations using our new knowledge, e.g. a drawbridge.

In Art, we will look at creating movement through drawing and will focus on Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art to inspire us. 


Year 4 – studied the Victorian era in Britain 

Year 2 – ‘Towers, turrets, tunnels’ project looking at castles and draw bridges

Discuss lessons with your child, ask them questions and encourage personal research.


Linked to our stargazers topic, we will be exploring a range of quality texts to inspire our writing including ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce’

These class books will inspire our writing across a range of genres including informal letters, myths and legends, mnemonics and science fiction.  

In the first half term, we will be writing modern day myths about our solar system; sending emails to the International Space Station (linking to our computing curriculum) and creating a graphic novel based on our book ‘Cosmic’.

In the second half term, we will create our own ‘shape poems’ to represent the movement of a rollercoaster, and well as producing our own adverts for a new ride.

SPaG will be taught daily in order to support our writing in English lessons and children will be given a weekly spelling test on Fridays linked to the spellings set in weekly homework.

Guided reading will also be taught daily. It will be taught in whole-class and small focus groups sessions. A class book will be shared at the end of each day.



In year 4, writing Native American myths and writing emails.

Discuss the current topic with your child, ask them what their targets are and how they can improve their writing. Please encourage the use of a dictionary and thesaurus at home, and to take extra care with presentation when completing homework activities. 

Children will bring home a leveled book and should be encouraged to read every day and be able to answer questions about what they have read, as well as give their opinions about the text. Please ask children a range of questions about what they have read to help develop their understanding. A list of example questions can be found on the ‘Book Talk’ page in your child’s reading journal to help support you when reading with your child. Please sign your child’s reading journal on a daily basis so we can see that your child has been reading at home.



We will follow the National Curriculum objectives for year 5, with great emphasis on problem solving and reasoning skills. 

At the beginning of the Spring Term, our first topic is multiplication and division (including the formal methods for both for up to 4 digit numbers). 

Then, we move onto fractions including: fractions; improper fractions; mixed numbers; multiplying fractions; fractions of an amount; and adding and subtracting fractions.

We will then look at decimals and percentages, and relate these to our work on fractions.

During the term, children will complete mental maths and times tables tests in order to track progress.  There will also be opportunities to practice longer worded questions in order to prepare children for the tests.


Building on column multiplication by 1 digit numbers; and continuing technique of the ‘bus stop’ method for division.


Make sure your child knows all of their multiplication tables and support them with homework if needed. 

Every week, your child will bring home a piece of Maths homework linked to the topic we have covered in class.

If your child has Doodle Maths, we encourage them to continue using this at home to develop their Maths skills and fluency.


During Spring 1, our science topic is linked very closely to our ‘Stargazers’ topic – focusing on the Earth and Space.

Children will learn to: describe and explain the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun; describe and explain the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth; explain and demonstrate how night and day are created and describe the Sun, Earth and Moon (using the term spherical).

In Spring 2, we will study different forces such as: gravity, friction, air resistance, water resistance, and what happens when these forces are balanced or unbalanced.

We will also look at different mechanisms (pulleys, levers etc) which allow a small force to have a greater effect.


Discuss the topic at home and ask questions about what they have learnt. Encourage your child to read non-fiction books related to the topic and share new concepts.

Religious Education 

Our first half term looks at ‘What is the importance of the symbolism, beliefs and teaching in Hinduism?’

In Spring 2, we start with a 2-week mini project on the contemporary Anglican Church – and comparing practices in different churches.

After that, we are focusing on the Church during the period of Lent.


You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.


In outdoor PE this term, Y5 will be learning Netball, now using their skills in throwing and catching, and a range of passes to begin to play competitively in teams. They will start to deepen their knowledge of the rules of play, and strengthen their attacking and defending skills. In their indoor PE lessons, Y5 will be continuing to work on their Dance performance piece for the Barnet Schools Dance Festival, showing how dance has changed through the decade


Please support your child to become independent in ensuring they have the correct kit.


Year 5 will have weekly music lessons taught by Miss Aria on a Friday afternoon. 

Year 5 pupils will develop their technique on the ukulele.

They will develop their confidence and control on the instrument and perform both as part of a group and individually. Pupils will frequently appraise their own and others’ performances, focusing on aspects such as note accuracy and musicality. Pupils will learn to read basic ukulele notation including chord symbols and tab.


You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.


Ms Kenealy will teach French lessons during the Spring term where children will learn a range of French vocabulary through song, games and role play. 

This half term, the pupils will create their own board games in French based on our solar system.

French vocabulary learnt in previous years.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.


Year 5 will have PE sessions on a Wednesday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor). Please ensure they are wearing full Trent PE kit.


Homework will be set on a Friday and will usually consist of a piece of Maths, English (including spellings) and a piece of Topic homework. 

Homework is due in on a Wednesday.  Please encourage your child to get into the routine of returning homework on time as this will help prepare them for Year 6 and Secondary School. Talk homework will be set so that children can discuss their ideas before completing a piece of extended writing.


The expectations for speed and accuracy in reading in Year 5 increases from Year 4 so please make sure your child reads every night. Your child will have a reading record which should be signed each day by an adult at home. These will be checked at various times by the adults reading with your child. Please refer to the ‘Book Talk’ page in your child’s reading journal to help support you when reading with your child.


Thank you to all who have bought the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need for this term. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your child will need are: a clear pencil case, a pencil, a royal blue writing pen (no biros please), a ruler, a sharpener, a rubber, a glue stick, a purple pen and a whiteboard pen. 

Due to the volume of work completed in Year 5, children do need items in their pencil case replacing regularly. Please check with your child on a regular basis if they need any new items. 

If you wish to provide your child with earphones to keep in their tray to use when using the iPads then please feel free to do so. Your child is responsible for their earphones.  

Please provide your child with a water bottle every day and a healthy fruit snack to eat during morning break time. 

Wet Play 

If your Year 5 child would like to bring a puzzle or colouring book as a wet play activity, this may be kept in their tray.

Behaviour Policy 

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 5, we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who do well in a variety of ways.

Dates for your diary (more information to follow):

Class Assembly – Friday 28th February

Dance Festival – Friday 6th March

Trip to Greenwich Observatory – Monday 3rd February

Bikeability (optional) – Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April

Parents’ Consultations – Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th February

We look forward to working with you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

With Best Wishes,

Miss Bond and Mrs Kenealy 

Here you will find the Year 5 Topics Overview.

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