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Year 5 Page

Mr Glover
Mr Glover
Class Teacher
Mrs Shepherd
Mrs Shepherd
Teaching Assistant
Breakfast Club Asst
Mrs McPherson
Mrs McPherson
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Simpkins
Mrs Simpkins
Midday Supervisor
Breakfast Club Asst
Mrs Pizzochero
Mrs Pizzochero
Teaching Assistant
School councillors

A warm welcome to our Year 5 page. If your child is in Year 5 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here.

Classroom code of conductChild hand up

This list was put together by the pupils themselves in the first week of term. All the ideas came from the children themselves, in order to maximise our learning potential in the classroom.

  • To be happy in our learning and have fun
  • To respect the classroom itself and the items which belong to it
  • To work together as a team
  • Hands up
  • To enter the classroom quietly
  • To put our hands up if somebody would like to share something
  • To have our eyes facing the teacher when he is talking
  • To always strive to achieve our best
CurriculumChild curriculum

For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please click here.


This half term we are exploring the depths of space; we will consider the scientific understanding of the solar system and Earth's position within this, including some of the most famous scientists that have shaped our understanding, from Aristotle to Galileo to Stephen Hawking. We will additionally look at how space has influenced many writers in the genre of science fiction and how to create artistic spacescapes.

HomeworkChild homework

These will be sent home on Friday and they will be tested every two weeks. Every other week there will be spelling activities based around the spelling pattern for them to complete.

Project homework
Project-based homework concerning the topic area will be asked for at two different deadlines within each half term, although pupils can bring in completed homework before these deadlines and children can produce more than the two pieces asked for; a sheet detailing suggestions for projects will be handed out to children within the first week of term.

Times tables/mental maths
On Fridays where there are no spelling tests, there will be times table assessments. Sheets for these will also be handed out on a Friday, two weeks before the test. The focus will be on 6x, 7x, and 8x tables. The children should know all of their tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 5. Arithmetic tests will also be used once a week in order to help speed up the children's mental processes, as well as enabling them to become proficient with the wide range of arithmetic questions that pupils may face in year 6.

The children will be asked to do some comprehension and handwriting activities during Guided Reading sessions when they are not working with an adult. This is important preparation for Year 6 Reading skills. There will additionally be some comprehension assessments during the year, typically one per half term.

There will be many opportunities for the children to improve their knowledge of grammar this year, learning parts of speech and sentence structure. Short tests on this in order to practise for Year 6 SATs will occasionally occur.

Guided reading
Every child will have the chance to do small group guided reading on a regular basis, which will focus on particular areas that they need to improve on, using targeted questioning.

If your child develops an interest in any of our topics we would love to see the result of any independent or parent-led projects. The Cherry Hinton library and local museums are extremely helpful and a wonderful resource.

Activities outside the classroomChild outside school

Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
  • Visits to the wild wood
  • A project day at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology (CAST), in order to highlight potential STEM-based careers – on Monday 14th May
  • A visit to the Clip 'n' Climb climbing centre on Wednesday 6th June
  • At an unconfirmed date this term, the children will be exploring art in the Fitzwilliam Museum; there will be an expert guiding the pupils around to delve into some of the Victorian paintings in the galleries, as well as having an opportunity to create their own artwork, based on the paintings in the French Impressionist section.