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Year 5 Mr Taylor

Welcome all to Class DT.


Summer term already! I hope everyone is well rested and ready for the term ahead. We have lots of learning to complete in all subjects and by continuing to work on growing our brains and developing new skills: I am confident we will all have a successful summer term. Keep up to date with our class by following us on Twitter @firsprimarysale.


I will attach our newsletter with full details below, but curriculum highlights this term include:


- Maths-


  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams.
  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.

Place Value and Written methods

  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes.
  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign.
  • Practise being able to order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • Solve number problems and practical problems that involve rounding, Roman numerals and negative numbers.

Measures, Geometry and Statistics

  • Convert between different units of metric measure.
  • Solve problems involving converting between units of time.
  • Estimate and identify angles around a point and on a straight line.
  • Identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation.
  • Estimate volume and capacity.
  • Draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (°)


- English-


  • Letter writing, looking at form style and content. Read a range of quest stories, exploring structure and language choice.
  • Exploring Greek Myths.
  • Exploring historical fiction through selected extracts of the book ‘The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas.
  • Using short (silent) films to expand vocabulary and encourage expression of emotions.
  • Creating a Film or Play script.


Non Fiction

  • Creating a Newspaper article focusing on use of reported speech and detail of accounts.


  • Looking at Syllable poetry including Haikus and Tankas.
  • Looking at Narrative Poetry through examination of ‘The Highwayman’.



Our topic this term is Ancient Greece. We will be doing all manner of exciting things including learning about:

  • Mapping skills will be developed during this topic with a particular focus on Greece.
  • Comparing and contrasting time periods, climates and land use.
  • Study of historical events and the features of Greek architecture.


We expect children to read at home on a regular basis in year 5 and keep practising the rapid recall of their times tables up to 12x12. Each week, children will receive a piece of literacy homelearning, a piece of maths homelearning and fifteen spellings to learn. Homelearning is usually given out on a Friday and should be returned no later than Wednesday to enable us to mark and feedback.


Thank you for your continued support

Mr Taylor, Mr Tumilty and Miss Leigh


Spring Term Newsletter

Year 5 Autumn Newsletter 2017

A trip down memory lane


New year 6 students are sometimes sad that their memories are lost (from the website) when a new class moves up to year 5.  So that their hard work and effort is not lost and so that you have a sample of the types of things and activities that you may have in store this year, please see a taster of these below....

Scrooge Character description: Talk for Writing activity

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Below are three Class DT girls who performed a song they wrote as part of a whole-school home learning task for anti-bullying week.


Click on the link below to watch their (nerve-wracking) performance in front of the whole school in Assembly.

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Sort it out: Lyrics

Our class display that we did during transition day

Our class display that we did during transition day 1

Mindset Madness: Class DT

As a school, we have been doing a lot of thinking, talking and learning about how to grow our brains. We know that our brains are muscles that can be exercised like any other: if we want to become smarter, we have to work hard and try challenging things.

Class DT on Roald Dahl Day

Class DT on Roald Dahl Day 1

Here is a copy of the Year 5 expectations - this covers what children will be learning throughout the year in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Here is a copy of the new Numeracy Framework for Y5 to help you understand what your child will be learning and when.