Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Year 5

Teachers - Miss Leithgoe, Miss Ritchie, Mrs Squires and Mrs Ravat.

Teaching Assistants - Miss Bibi, Mrs Mayat, Mrs Patel.

For the full year overview of all subjects covered across this year group, please click on the link below.

Year 5 Long term plan 2021-2022.


Over the Autumn term the children will learn about: Place value, Mental/ written addition and subtraction, Factors, Multiplication and Division, Angles, 2D and 3D shape, Length, Perimeter and Area, Time, Tables and Bar Charts, Written methods for multiplication, Dividing 4 digit numbers, Fractions and Decimals. In Year 5 we follow a progressive approach where the children get experience of mathematical concepts in blocks of a week or two weeks. They then revisit these concepts over the year to ensure they have mastered the knowledge and understanding.  We encourage the children to be independent learners in maths and they utilise their Maths Toolkit to support their learning when required.



In Literacy over the Autumn Term, Year 5 will be looking at a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. They will start by focussing on ‘The Highwayman’, a narrative poem. They will get to have an immersive experience getting to know a ‘real’ Highwayman. We will move on to look at Science Fiction writing where the children will become authors, creating their own ‘Space story’ before creating a non-chronological report and explanation texts.


PE- Physical Education

In autumn term 1, Year 5 children have been developing their cognitive skills in the lessons. They have learnt to develop methods to outwit opponents, recognize and suggest patterns of play to increase their chances of success and learnt how to develop their own work as well as helping others with theirs. The children have done this through various small team games involving throwing and catching balls where they worked collaboratively by catching, dodging and throwing to earn points in the games. As well as this, the children have been taking part in various level challenges to help improve their ball skills and co-ordination.

In autumn 2, after half term, the children will be taught creative ways to use their bodies by taking part in small team games which are not based on their feet for movement. They will develop their co-ordination and tactics and have to think creatively and skilfully to move and pass balls around to score points. The challenges this term are seated ones which strengthen core muscles and improve balance.


Our first topic in science will be all about Space and the children will be answering the question ‘What is in our Universe?’ We will learn all about the size of the universe and the order of the planets; the children will create their own mnemonic to help them remember this. They will learn all about how our planet orbits the sun and how the Earth’s rotation causes day and night. The children will look at the phases of the moon and how the moon’s position causes it to look different in the night sky.

In the Autumn 2 half term the children will be looking at Properties and changes of materials. During this the children will learn about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. They will explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. They will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore how different materials behave. They will find out about different ways to separate mixtures of materials, using filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they will learn about irreversible changes, and participate in two exciting investigations to create new materials, including casein plastic and carbon dioxide.



In Music we will be looking at ‘Classroom Jazz 1’ where the children will be considering Jazz and improvisation and Swing. The children will listen to four different pieces of music- Desafinado by Stan Getz (swing),  Cotton Tail by Ben Webster, 5 Note Swing by Ian Gray and Perdido by Woody Herman. The children will practice various musical skills starting with listening and appraising to music, moving on to playing an instrument then finishing with performing and sharing with others. We can’t wait to hear what the children create!



In French this half term the children will be transported in to Space, linking with their Science work, developing their scientific vocabulary as well as their grammar. The pupils will develop their listening and language detective skills, using figurative language and develop their sentence structure by adding adjectives, using prepositions and making simple adjectival comparisons.



In the first half term our topic will be coding. The children will use PurpleMash 2Code to learn how to create their own computer programmes. They will explore how to add commands such as timers and variables to their code.

Online safety- Secondly, the children will be learning about online safety. They will learn how to protect their privacy online and the importance of being careful what they share. They will also learn about assessing the reliability of the websites that they visit.

Spreadsheets- The children will learn what spreadsheets are. They will create different formulas to perform different mathematical calculations.

Databases- The children will learn what a database is. They will learn how to retrieve information from a database and create a class database full of useful information.


PSHE- Personal Social Health Economic Education

In the first half term our topic will be ‘Being Me in My World’. We will look at comparing our lives with others in our country and explain why we have rules, rights and responsibilities to try and make the school and wider community a safe place. We will also think about how the actions of one person can affect others and look at and give some examples of this.

In our second half term our topic will be ‘Celebrating differences-including anti-bullying’. We will look at the differences between direct and indirect types of bullying and think about strategies of how to help ourselves (either directly or indirectly in bullying). We will also think about why racism and other forms of discrimination are unkind and be able to share our opinions.


RE- Religious Education

Over the Autumn term the children will  be exploring the question:

 Why are some places and journeys special?

We will look at the special journeys that people can make.  It includes pilgrimages and spiritual journeys as well as metaphorical journeys through faith.  We will also look at where these journeys are to and why and what people learn from them.  The children look at the sacrifices that people make in order to carry out the journeys and how this enriches people’s lives.


Art and Design skills

   In the first half term, Year 5 will develop their skills in art and design. They will use fine control with a pencil to make a detailed and analytical observational drawing. The pupils will take inspiration from the artist ‘Paul Klee’ and take a line for a walk, use a poem to create a portrait, create a collage from wrappers and paint an enlarged section of the drawn collage. What fabulous art work!


DT- Design Technology

In the second half term Year 5 children will enjoy a textile topic in DT where they will create a stuffed toy for a younger child. They will plan their design idea, make decisions on materials and appendages, learn how to sew; using decorative and blanket stitch and finally evaluate their idea and product against their own design criteria.



 In this unit the children will be trying to answer our big question: What do you know about the amazing Americas?

Children will first find out about the continents of North and South America, and the countries that form them. They will also look in more detail at some of the contrasting regions of the Americas, finding out about the landscape, climate and locations of each area. They will carry out a detailed fieldwork study of the children’s local area to help them to identify the similarities and differences between a region of the Americas and where they live. Children will also develop their map and atlas skills and practise reading and writing coordinates. They will learn about the ancient and new wonders of the world, specifically those of the Americas, and they will research a natural wonder of the Americas and create their own presentations to teach others what they learn.



Year 5 will be focussing on Geography this term and will begin studying History as a specific subject after the Christmas holidays.



We follow the spelling patterns from Spelling Shed.

 The children can then use the website to practice their weekly spellings choosing the level of support they need. Each child in Year 5 has a copy of the spelling lists in their school book bag.



Every week Year 5 children will:

  • be given a maths activity, either linked to their learning that week or revisiting a previously taught skill
  • be expected to read their reading book and get their reading record signed x3 weekly
  • play on TTRockstars and Spelling Shed
  • learn their weekly spellings (each week has a different list focus that the children have been practising in school that week

Each half term Year 5 children will:

  • be set their black book homework tasks. They need to choose AT LEAST 3 activities to complete which will be shared with their class and teacher. It could include art work, writing, computer presentations, 3D models, posters etc.