Year 5 2023 - 2024

Mrs Drury

Miss Patterson


On this page you will find information about current topics, news, updates regarding special events and Knowledge Organisers corresponding to the relevant topics for the Spring Term. 


Homework is used to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding. Pupils will all have been given a home reading record and reading book. Please make sure these are brought into school every day. By Year 5, we expect children to be reading at home at least five times a week and fill in their reading record to reflect this. They are allowed to fill in their own reading record, however, where possible you should be listening to your child read throughout the week.  

Other homework will be set electronically for pupils on Monday using Google Classroom. If pupils do not have access to an electronic device at home, please let your teacher know so that paper-based work can be sent home. The website below is the Google Classroom support link which will help pupils to log into their Google Classroom accounts if you are experiencing any problems.

Pupils have been given their login details to access our school learning apps at home. They can use Lexia and the MyOn e-library to revise their reading skills, while Mathletics and Time Table Rockstars can be used to practise their mathematical skills and times tables.

Below is a table of the suggested amount of homework children should be completing each week. We hope that doing homework little and often can become part of your routine at home. Please get in touch with your teacher if your child doesn’t know how to log in to any of your accounts.


10 minutes

5 times per week


5 minutes

2 times per week

Times Tables

5 minutes

2 times per week


15 minutes

1 time per week

Wider Curriculum

15 minutes

1 time per week



PE is on a Wednesday and children are expected to come into school this day wearing appropriate PE clothing (e.g. white t-shirt, shorts and trainers). This term we will be focussing on net & wall (tennis), attacking and defending. 

This half term we will be learning about: 

Writing: We start by writing a series of non-fiction diary entries inspire by Scott of the Antarctica. This links closely to our History unit on Journeys and will develop the pupils ability to write detailed diary entries. We will be focusing on writing reatures such as using sophisticated subordinating conjunctions, relative clauses, multiclause sentenes and figurative language skills. 

Scott of the Antarctic (Young Explorer) (Young Explorer. Book Band Level  White)

Reading: We will be reading 'The Lie Tree' by Frances Hardinge paying close attention to understanding character traits and using inference skills to gain an understanding of main characters in the text. Children must practise reading at home using their home reading books and reading records must be signed weekly. 

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

Maths: Our topics for maths this term are  Geometry: angles and quadrilaterals, Position & Movement: plotting points, reflecting and translating on a graph and Measures: Mass, Volume & Capacity. Please see the links below to help support your child with their maths learning. They should also access matheletics as part of their homework to support their development in maths. It is extremely important that the children are confident and fluent with all times tables and continue to access Times Table Rock Stars to support their recall. 

Angles -

Position & Movement - 

Measures -


History: We will be focussing on Journeys over time, answering the question: What is the legacy of journeys, such as the Empire Windrush and Kindertransport on the UK today?


Science: This term we will explore Living Things and Their habitats. In this unit the children will:

  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries - including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and a degree of trust in results - in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations

Art: We will be studying the artist Alberto Giacometti, who is well known for his scultptues. The children will study his work and then recreate sculptures in the style of Giacometti. 

Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche

Music: Year 5 will continue taking part in an African drumming workshop every Thursday with our specialist percussion teacher. 

Religion & Worldviews: We will be learning about Sikhism and answering the enquiry question 'What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?'

PSHE: We begin our PSHE unit ‘Growing and Changing' and 'Keeping Safe'.

Spanish: This term children are learning language around the theme of 'My Home' and 'Clothes'. 

Computing: Using Google Docs

If you need to contact us about anything, or have any questions, you can contact your class teacher using the email addresses below.


Mrs Drury 

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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School
Rylance St,
Manchester M11 3NA
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