Year Groups: Year 5

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Year 5 Class Teachers


Y5 Teachers 2021-2022
5T – Mr Taylor
5SC – Mr Snook and Ms Coleman
5H – Mr Hancock

Key Adults In Year 5
Mr Byrne
Mr Holroyd
Mrs Reed
Miss Smith
Mrs Wilkinson
Miss Wyatt

Y5 Class Christian Values
In Year 5, we embed our Class Christian Values into as much of our learning as is possible. Our Class Christian Values are:
5T – Endurance
5SC – Generosity
5H – Justice

Home Learning
If your child is isolating at home, and is well enough, we would like them to access home learning that mirrors what is happening in school. By following the link you should find a folder for each day’s work. Once your child has completed the work they can email it to their teacher using the class email address (e.g. or by sending in paper copies to the school.

For each week’s homework, the children are expected to write sentences for each of the spelling words for that week, one sentence for every spelling. There will also be a focus for each week. They may need to research some of their meanings.
Homework can be typed and printed out. Alternatively, it can be written on a sheet of lined paper (available at school). We can provide a folder to keep homework in, if required. The current term’s spellings can be found at the top of the page. We have liaised with your child and highlighted which spellings we feel are appropriate for this term. However, we are happy for children to learn both sets of spellings for the weekly test if they’d like a challenge!
Homework is due on Thursday and there will also be a spelling test in the week.

Books This Term

The first book we will be looking at this term is The Savage by David Almond

Imagine you wrote a story and that story came true. This is exactly what happens to Blue Baker when he writes about a savage living alone in the woods near his home. After his dad’s death, Blue finds comfort in dreaming of a wild kid who survives on a diet of berries and the occasional hapless passer-by. But when the savage pays a night-time visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins. Part novel, part graphic novel, this moving story features striking art from the award-winning Dave McKean.


We will also be reading Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick.

A gripping, prizewinning novel about a girl surviving in a devastated world.
Imagine that a few years from now England is covered by water, and Norwich is an island.
Zoe, left behind in the confusion when her parents escaped, survives there as best she can. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and gets away to Eels Island. But Eels Island, whose raggle-taggle inhabitants are dominated by the strange boy Dooby, is full of danger too.
The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on to a dramatic escape in a story of courage and determination that is handled with warmth and humanity.

This book was the winner of the Branford Boase Award 2001 and marked the start of author Marcus Sedgwick’s multi-award-winning career.

Equality, Diversity, Fairness and Celebration Poems
During Book Week (a journey through time) we learned about some inspirational black people from points in history, the issues that they faced and the rights that they fought for.

We then studied a variety of poems by black authors, such as Benjamin Zephaniah, that discussed issues with equality, diversity and fairness and also celebration of culture and heritage.

The children then wrote their own poems about equality, diversity, fairness and celebration.

Please read and enjoy the incredible writing that they have produced.

Ancient Greek Gods Meet Class Values!
The Ancient Greek Gods that link to each of our class values are:

5SC – Zeus
The Greek god Zeus is sometimes called Zeus Xenios in his role as a protector of strangers. He thus embodied the moral obligation to be generous and hospitable to foreigners and guests.

5T – Atlas
Atlas was the Titan god who bore the sky aloft. He personified the quality of endurance. Atlas was a leader of the Titans in their war against Zeus and after their defeat he was condemned to carry the heavens upon his shoulders.

5H – Themis
Themis, in Greek religion, was the personification of justice, goddess of wisdom and good counsel.

In each class, the children have worked together to create a large image of their Ancient Greek Value God. Each child has worked one small part of the image. When assembled, they have created the impressive and striking images you see below!

It is also a great visual representation of team work and that when we all do our part and come together, we can do great things.

Ancient Greece
This term, the children ve been learning about the Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Greeks would depict every day life and activities in their art and often on plates and vases. The children designed their own plates depicting aspects of their own lives, in an Ancient Greek style. They then created these plates using clay, and once they were fired, were able to paint them.

The Story of Ganesh
This term, the children have been learning about Hinduism. During Book Week, each class created their own book retelling the story of Ganesh. The children worked in pairs to write and illustrate their part of the story.


Literature Week 2021

We have had a fabulous time reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and carrying out fun activities linked to the book. We also really enjoyed our treasure hunt. It was so much fun and there was a treasure box full of new books for each class at the end.

This is some of the artwork we produced which is based on the book. What land can you see when the Wardrobe is opened?


World Book Day 2021 – Extreme Reading