The Federation of St George's RC Primary School with Our Lady & St Peter RC Primary School

Our Lady and Saint Peter RC Primary School

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Saint George’s RC Primary School

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Year 5


Welcome to Year 5

During the Autumn Term we will be learning all about Australia. This links into the Local History unit as we are focusing on the life of Captain Cook who was born and grew up in the Yorkshire/Middlesborough area.

After learning all about how Australia was ‘discovered’ the class will continue to explore all about how the country grew through the arrival of the First Fleet and the impact on the Aborigines. They will then research all the famous buildings in Australia, alongside the landscape and animals. The topic of Australia allows for a good understanding of local and world history as well as geography and map reading.

The children will design and paint their own T-Shirts based on Australian landmarks or animals.

English writing is always based on the class topic. This term the class will have the opportunity to write diaries, biographies, persuasive adverts and finish with a non-chronological report about all they have learnt throughout the topic.

In the second half of the Autumn Term we are reading two class novels, Convict Boy (about a boy who is transported to live in Australia as part of the First Fleet) and Cosmic which is linked to the Science topic on Space. Some of the writing in this half term will also be focused around Cosmic through our year-long whole school ‘Writing through Science’ project.

The Maths units this term are:

Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Statistics, Multiplication and Division and Area and Perimeter. The whole school follows the White Rose Scheme of work for maths.

The children are encouraged to read their school reading book at home up to 5 times during the week (the reading record must be signed by an adult) and the children then receive a merit on their bookmark and move up on the Reading Ladder. The children can earn prizes for a completed bookmark and for the reading record.

In Year 5 the class also have a class effort chart where they can earn rewards for being on green by the end of the week or for 2 places before green to earn a special playtime or reward time.

At the end of each half term the children can also earn up to two 45 minute reward times (when they can bring in toys or play on the laptops) for completing the following activities: Prodigy Maths or Read Theory. (These are optional for homework but if they would like reward time they are encouraged to complete the activities as much as they can at home or in homework club).

The children also receive spellings to learn, practice and write in sentences each Friday and they need to return them by the following Friday.

Homework Club is on a Tuesday lunchtime for those children who find it difficult to complete homework/reading at home.

The children are encouraged to complete research/writing at home about the topics we are learning about.

PE is taught by Mr Cox on a Thursday and the children are also taking part in Rugby with Mr Fulton on a Friday afternoon.

In the Spring Term the topic will be World War One and in the Summer Term South America and The Mayans.


If you require any additional information do not hesitate to contact Mrs Clarke.

Click here for Curriculum Overview for Year 5