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Welcome to Year 5

5CF - Mr Fletcher, Mrs Sidhu

5CT - Mrs Southwell, Mrs McCreesh

Learning Mentor - Mr Strong

Year 5 have been creating sculptures based on the work of Veronica Richterova using recycled plastic. 

Learn more here - Veronika Richterova

 Year 5 Long Term Plan 2023-24.pdfDownload
 Year 5 Aut 1 Plan A 23-24.pdfDownload
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Welcome to Year 5 and hopefully the start of a brilliant year ahead. Your teachers are really happy to have you in our classes this year and we know how amazing you will all be! We have got lots of exciting learning, trips and experiences planned throughout the year and can’t wait to share them with you!

This terms topic will be The Vikings. 

The children will learn about where the Vikings came from and why they came here. We will learn about Scandinavia and how its physical features shaped the lives of the people who lived there, causing them to settle in other countries. We will also explore how they lived and the cultural, social and religious ideas that controlled their daily lives. Pupils will be taught about: their religious practices, hierarchy, buildings, settlements, fashion and daily life. We will consider how they have influenced our lives today.

In Art we will explore Viking artwork and use this to create a variety of items including shields.

During Science this term, we will be investigating a variety of materials and their properties. We will test different products and evaluate one in detail to assess whether it is an effective use of materials. We will use our findings to give recommendations and feedback to users.

PE will be Gymnastics on a Tuesday.


We will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topic of the Vikings. We will be developing our predicting retrieval and inference skills. We will be reading and learning about the features of persuasive texts to help us with our writing.

Did you know you don’t need to be an expert in reading to help with your child’s reading?

Look at a range of adverts with your child (posters, billboards, TV adverts, social media posts). Talk to them about the features and language that makes you want to buy the product.

Writing Focus

This half term we will be learning about persuasive texts. We will be reading persuasive texts and learning about the features. We will use this learning to write adverts to encourage people to visit our Viking Huts.

Did you know you don’t need to be an expert in writing to help with your child’s writing?

Scrabble, word searches, and crosswords are all excellent ways to help with spelling and vocabulary. There are lots of free games available online.

Maths Focus

We will be consolidating our knowledge of multiplication and division with a focus on 3 and 4 digit number before moving onto fractions.

We will learn about fractions, including: comparing and ordering, equivalent fractions; changing improper fractions to mixed numbers (and vice versa); and to add and subtract mixed numbers.


Did you know you don’t need to be an expert in maths to help with your child’s maths?

Fast times table recall is a key skill for maths fluency. Please continue to practice of TTRock Stars.

Year 5 Upcoming Experiences

Global Warming Topic (Autumn)

-Local area walk (15th September)

- Global warming expert visitor

Vikings Topic (Spring)

-Murton Park Trip

Tudor’s topic (Summer)

-Kirkstall Abbey Tudor workshop

-Local area walk (seasonal changes)