Year Five

Autumn Term 2019

Welcome to Year 5

We are really happy with how well your girls have settled into a new year group. We are looking forward to more independent and challenging learning this year.

Cross-curricular topic: Victorians

We will be covering different aspects of the curriculum through this topic.


What life was like in the Victorian times; Famous Victorians; Queen Victoria; Florence Nightingale; visiting the Merchant’s House at Jersey Museum; looking at the Victorian features around St Helier; Victorian School Day (more details to follow)


Creating work inspired by William Morris.


Non-fiction research; reading ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty; drama; writing a letter from the Crimean War to Florence Nightingale.


Understanding children’s rights and living conditions.


Cooking Victorian recipes and creating a model of a Victorian room, inspired by our museum visit.


 We will continue to develop our skills in spelling, handwriting and grammar. One of our main focuses this term is to improve the quality of the vocabulary by using Alan Peat style sentences and locating adventurous language from personal reading.


We have an extensive range of books for the girls to read in the class library and the school library where they can choose their own book. We encourage them to choose and read from a range of different genres. They should be reading independently at home for at least 20 minutes.


In Maths this term, we will cover place value; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division. They will explore various challenges that encourage them to apply a range of skills to solve problems across different contexts.

Times Tables

This term we will be ensuring that the girls are secure with their times tables facts up to 12 x 12 using the Times Table Rockstars APP and know the corresponding division facts. 


Our topic will be Earth and Space – Understanding our Solar System and the effect of the Sun, Earth and Moon. After half term we will be learning about Forces.


We will be using the whole school mindful approach called ‘Jigsaw’. This will initially include sessions on ‘Being me in my world’ and ‘Celebrating Differences’.


Both classes will be partaking in PE on Mondays and Thursday. On Monday 5 James will be doing netball until half term and 5 Killick will be doing athletics. On Thursday both classes will be doing gymnastics. Please ensure that all kit is clearly named.


We will be following the whole school scheme called ‘Discovery RE’ and learning about Sikhism and aspects of the Christmas story.


Mrs Smith will take music every Friday for 1 hour. She will be teaching the recorder, composition and performance. Pupils will be focussing on the Christmas and Eisteddfod performances and improving their vocal skills.

We are looking forward to teaching such a full curriculum with many exciting learning opportunities!

If you would like to contact us, please feel free to see us before or after school or alternatively send an email.

Kind regards

Mrs James                                Mrs Killick