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. This term, we will be using the book ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’.  It’s a hugely exciting book which brings to life the legendary adventures of Odysseus from Homer’s Odyssey.


This term children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of decimals, percentages and geometry, 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. 


This term we will continue learning about the Ancient Greeks.  We will learn about their everyday lives and about aspects of their society that we still have today, such as democracy.  We will also be looking at Greek Mythology and explore how much of it has a foothold in historical fact.


There is not a geography focus in Term 4


Inspired by the amazing flora and fauna Odysseus encounters, we will be learning about living things and their habitats.  We will investigate life cycles and be undergoing a long term scientific investigation into Spider Plants.


Children will be using different software to become artists, discovering the strengths and weaknesses of digital media. We will be creating tessellating patterns, starting off using basic tools, before learning how to use layers. We will then be editing our work to ensure that our art work is effective.


This term, Year 5 will be exploring ‘Salvation’; and the key question, ‘What did Jesus do to save human beings?’ Through this we will be exploring the idea of Jesus’ sacrifice. We will also be looking at how Christians use symbolism to celebrate and remember important events.


 Perseverance and resilience is our PSHE focus for this term. We will be exploring these concepts by looking at examples such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, before applying these lessons to our daily lives.   


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.


Now that swimming is over, children will have 2 P.E. sessions at school per week. These sessions will be on a Tuesday and a Wednesday and will focus on dance and handball, with some sessions being delivered by our specialist sports coaches. Please ensure that your children have appropriate kit in school.

Art and D.T

We will focus on pottery this term, children will be making their own pots, inspired by their research into Ancient Greek pottery.


The children are fortunate enough to have continued teaching from Mrs McIlwham on a Thursday afternoon. Their learning will focus on developing musical skills, including composition and performance.

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.