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Welcome to Year 5


Welcome to our Year 5 page. We hope you have had a refreshing May half-term and are excited for the final 7 weeks of the academic year.


In our History topic, we will be finishing our learning all about the Shang Dynasty. We will be focusing on when and where the Shang Dynasty existed; what life was like there based on archaeological evidence; describing the social hierarchy and religious beliefs; explaining the discovery, purpose and significance of oracle bones; as well as examining a range of artefacts.


In Geography, we will be learning all about rainforests. We will look at how its location fits into its wider geographic location and plan a journey to the rainforests taking account of distance and time. We will understand the different aspects of its environmental regions and look at the key aspects of its climate zones including the wildlife that live there.


In Science, we will be learning all about Life cycles. We will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird; we will describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals; and describe the changes as humans develop to old age.


In Literacy, our learning will be linked to our Geography topic. We will be reading the novel 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Frank Lynne Cherry and partaking in a range of drama activities. We will be exploring the characters; settings; issues and dilemmas; and emotions. We will use the narrative to create our own narrative. We will also read Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem called 'Jabberwocky' and perform it.


In Maths, we will be learning all about Roman Numerals and how to read and write them. We will learn how to convert different units of measurements. We will be measuring the perimeter and area of different shapes as well as the volume and capacity of cubes. We will also solve problems involving conversion of units of time


Please visit this page regularly as it will be updated with photos of our work and links to aid learning. Take a look at our planning documents to find out more about what we will be learning this year.



Children will require their P.E. kits every Thursday and Friday. They should leave it in school until the half term holiday. This will ensure that they don’t regularly forget their P.E. kit. The children will need either pumps or trainers as the children will participate in outdoor and indoor activities throughout the term. If your child doesn’t have the correct footwear, they may not be able to participate in certain activities, which would have a negative impact on their physical development.



Children will be given a spelling list every Wednesday, please ensure your child practices these as they will be tested on these spellings the following week, usually within sentences. To support them further, encourage children to use a dictionary to find their meanings as well as form sentences with the words given.


Learning logs

Children will be given learning log challenges each term which is linked to the work they have been covering throughout the topic. Please look at our homework grid below. It states how many tasks need to be completed. Remember to encourage children to be creative and share their learning in different ways.



Reading books will be changed every Thursday. Please ensure that books and signed reading diaries are in school each Thursday. Library books will be changed every two weeks. It is important that your child reads every evening. This could be done independently or with the help of an adult or older sibling.


TimesTables RockStars

The children have been given logins for Times Tables Rock Stars. They can access the app at home on a laptop or iPad and even get the opportunity to play against the teachers some evenings. Please encourage your child to access the website at home as this will give them much needed practice of the Times Tables they are unsure of.

Please click below to assess the TTRS website

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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to us at the end of the school day.


Miss Taylor and Mrs. Hanson


  • St Thomas's C.E. Primary School
  • Pimhole Road, Bury
  • United Kingdom, BL9 7EY
  • tel: 01617 647565
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