Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 class page! Year 5 is an important year as it is our penultimate year of Rice Lane and we start to prepare ourselves for the big jump in to year 6.

Mrs Williams (5W)

Class Teacher

Mrs Smith (5S)

Class Teacher 

Mr Kendrew (5K)

Class Teacher

Mrs Ingram

Teaching Assistant

Important Year 5 Information

PE Kits

  • Class 5S, please wear your PE kit to school on: Thursday
  • Class 5W, please wear your PE kit to school on: Wednesday
  • Class 5K, please wear your PE kit to school on: Friday


  • Please make sure you are reading regularly with your child at home and recording this on their Seesaw home reading log.
  • Homework is given out on a Friday and is due back on a Wednesday. A reminder will be posted on Seesaw of the correct pages. If you are unsure, please check the class announcements.
  • Spellings are set weekly on spelling shed after they are taught. The spelling test then takes place on a Monday (Friday for 5K). Please ensure your child practises these at home.

Other Information

  • To stay hydrated, you need to bring a reusable water bottle into school every day.
  • Children do not need to bring a pencil case in, all stationery is provided in school
  • The school day will start at 8:45am and will end at 3:25pm.
  • Children should not wear any unnecessary jewellery or accessories to school. Children may be asked to remove them and place them in a bag inline with the uniform policy.
  • Mobile phones should only be brought in if essential e.g walking to school. The phone should be taken to the office first thing before entering the classroom and collected at the end of the day.


Year 5 Curriculum


English skills are used in all of our subjects and so we practise many of these skills every day through handwriting, reading, writing and spelling.

This half term we will be looking at the book ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies. We will start by building up to writing a character narrative and then writing a newspaper for our non-fiction unit of work. Both of these texts are driven by ‘The Promise’. Throughout this unit we will be building on our knowledge of formal and informal language, modal verbs and adverbs, using paragraphs including adverbials and using hyphens to avoid ambiguity in our writing.

To fit in with our Geography topic based around North America, we will be reading ‘Hatchet’ by Gary Paulsen for our class reading for pleasure book.

We have a big focus on reading in Year 5, through daily whole class guided reading sessions and 1:1 readers. We would ask that you support your child at home by reading with them each night for just 10 minutes and signing their reading log on Seesaw so they can earn dojo points and rewards.


This term, we will continue to focus on fractions, including adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We will also then move on to decimals and percentages, looking at their place value and being able to order them.

It is so important that children continue to recall their times tables fluently. We will give time to practise this in class through regular chanting and games but we recommend that children are given the opportunity to practise at home as much as possible as well as accessing TT Rockstars.

Children in year 5 also take part in regular, short basic skills sessions where they are able to practise and apply their times tables knowledge as well as revise and revisit areas of maths, applying their knowledge to solve a range of problems.

Across the Curriculum

We have covered so much in year 5 already but still have so much more to learn. This term we will learn about Forces and Materials in Science, we will then have the opportunity to put this knowledge in to action by making catapults for our ‘Mechanisms’ topic in DT.

We get to look at other cultures in Art through Frida Kahlo portraits and our French topic ‘les vêtements’ where we learn to talk about our clothing. We also take our study of Hinduism further, moving on from Autumn term, by looking at Hinduist beliefs before moving on to Christianity in time for Easter, questioning whether God intended Jesus to be crucified.

In Geography, we travel upwards and beyond as we look at Mountains and North America. In computing, we are building on our important knowledge of keeping safe online and in PSHE we learn about our dreams and goals for the future as well as ‘Healthy Me’ which looks out how we look after ourselves. In History, we are looking at Britain’s Settlements by Anglo Saxons and Scots. In PE we will be practising our athletics skills with one eye on Sports Day! In Music, restrictions permitting, we will develop our singing abilities.

 Year 5 Overview 


Keep checking the Year 5 twitter account for more activities we have been up to this term

Year 5 Twitter – @Year5RiceLane