Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 5
What have Year 5 been getting up to?



Using a wide range of texts and genres from the Power of Reading, children will develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. We will be using the book ‘Rooftoppers’ by Katherine Rundell this term, an exciting text about Sophie, a girl with a mysterious past. We will journey through the rooftops of Paris as Sophie searches for information about her past. We will use this text to inspire our writing which will include writing a narrative, with a focus on descriptive language, letter writing and a non-chronological report.  Reader’s Workshop sessions continue where children develop comprehension and inference skills.


This term children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of multiplication and division, using the Singapore maths approach. We will then be applying these methods to word problems. Fluency in essential skills such as times tables and telling the time should be worked on at home throughout the year if children are not yet competent.


History is not our focus for this term, but it shall be taught again after Christmas.


This term we continue to learn about rivers, looking in depth at the economic benefits a river can bring. Using this information we will then compare the River Thames to rivers around the world. We will then move onto map work, focusing on how to use an atlas and a compass. 


We will be using our newly created Southborough Science Plans to continue studying forces, inncluding lots of practical experiments investigating water resistance, air resistance, friction and gravity.  We will be using our English test, Rooftoppers, to enhance our learning and put the situations into context.


Coding and programming using the ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme in addition to ongoing e-safety learning.


This term we are looking at the question ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?’ Within this we will be exploring how Christians came to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and explore Christmas in greater depth.


This term we will be looking at rules; how we create our own rules and rules we follow in society. We will also be doing some work for Anti-Bullying week where children will learn to identify bullying and what they need to do if they ever encounter it.


The children will be using the Euro Stars programme as well as games, songs, video clips and stories to learn and practise new vocabulary in lots of different ways to build their confidence in French.


We will be swimming in the Autumn terms on a Thursday morning. Alongside this we will be developing our hockey skills and athletics through coaching on a Wednesday. Please ensure that a full PE kit is in school every day as our timetable for PE lessons can vary on a weekly basis. Year 5 children will also participate in Forest School sessions during the term.

Art and D.T

We are continuing to look at architecture this term, developing our knowledge of structural support and how different materials can be used effectively.


Children will be taught by Mrs McIlwham, a specialist music teacher, on Friday afternoons, where they will work on a variety of musical skills, including opera, composition and performing.

Home Learning

On a Wednesday...      

- Please return your child’s Home Learning file, Home Learning Diary and reading book.
- In class we will have a weekly spelling and times tables check.
- Buster Book Club bookmark sent home, please read and enjoy a book from home.

On a Thursday...            

- Please sign and return your child’s Buster Book Club bookmark.

- Home Learning set and Home Learning file, Home Learning Diary and reading book are sent home.

Year 5 Home Learning Overview

Daily Reading – Reading Record in Home Learning File to be signed by weekly by an adult.

8 Spellings a week (5 statutory, 2 topic, 1 wizard word. Write definition of topic and wizard words. Additional challenge to write all spelling words correctly within a paragraph)

Mathletics/Times tables & division facts -

Fortnightly comprehension task.