****Parent information. School is operating a staggered start due to Covid. Reception, Y2, Y4 and Y6 start at 8.40 and finish at 3.15. Y1, Y3 and Y5 start at 8.55 and finish at 3.30. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.****
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Year 5 Mr Tumilty

Welcome all to Year 5 - Autumn.


I know that starting a new school year, in a new class, with a new teacher after being off school for so long can seem daunting.  Be assured that you are in safe hands and I have many exciting, fun and challenging activities that will keep you engaged this term. Thank you to all those children who have introduced their parents/ guardians to me.  Everyone feels better when they can put a face to a name.  If I haven't managed to see you yet, I am on the playground every evening; wave and say hello!


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


- Maths-

Place Value and Written methods

  • Read, write, order and compare numbers determining the value of each digit
  • Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10
  • Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • Round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place

Written addition and subtraction

  • Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits and decimals with two decimal places
  • Choose an appropriate strategy to solve a calculation based upon the numbers involve
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why


- English-


  • Writing a character description of the Viking god Thor based on the saga of Thor and the Giants.

Non Fiction

  • Writing a formal report to describe and explain different aspects of Viking daily life


  • Writing Kenning poetry, riddle-like phrases used by Vikings and Anglo-Saxons


- Topic-

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

Geography and History:

  • Recognising and describing key features of the Icelandic landscape
  • Making connections between the Icelandic landscape and the legacy of Viking settlers
  • Investigating and mapping the routes of Viking invaders and settlers

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.  


PE Kits - Children should arrive in school in full P.E. kits (yellow t-shirts, black shorts or tracksuit bottoms during the Winter months and trainers or black pumps). Regular school uniform is not required on this day.


Reading Records - Reading records will be checked and book changing will take place each Friday if needed. We encourage the children to also read on BugClub which can also be accessed at home on any device.


Home Learning - Home Learning will be handed out on Friday and should be returned to school no later than following Wednesday (you can return it to school on Monday or Tuesday).


Don't forget you can track our progress throughout the term on Twitter @firsprimarysale #Year5DT.  I have also included a picture of our classroom so you can see what it will look like when you return.  I am excited to see you all.


Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Tumilty, Mr Liddell & Mrs Reynolds-Smith

Our Classroom

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

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

Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn

Year 5 - Home Learning Timetable (Example)

Distance Home Learning Task 4

Distance Home Learning Task 4

Distance Home Learning Task 3

Distance Home Learning Task 3

Distance Home Learning Task 2

Distance Home Learning Task 2

Distance Home Learning Task 1

Distance Home Learning Task 1

Go-To Art Activities

Here are a range of fun Art activities that you can try out at home! 

Year 5DT Mindset movie 2019

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We now know that we can't do it.... YET!

Mindset Movie Year 5 DT 2018

Having a go, challenging yourself and learning from your wobbles is an important part in our learning journey... Just ask any member of 5DT!