Year 5 Class


Welcome to Year 5!


Meet the team:

Class Teacher: Mrs Middleton

Class Teacher: Mrs O'Halloran

Class Teacher: Mrs Cantwell


Class Information:

Curriculum Updates: 

Year 5 Curriculum Documents Term 5 2021

Curriculum Map
Updated: 25/04/2021 706 KB
Curriculum Letter
Updated: 25/04/2021 584 KB

Year 5 Parent Information Term 1 2020-2021

Year 5, Term 2 - Curriculum Map
Updated: 08/11/2020 433 KB
Year 5, Term 2 - Homework Grid
Updated: 08/11/2020 655 KB
Year 5 Curriculum Map Term 1
Updated: 14/09/2020 102 KB
Year 5 Autumn Term Letter
Updated: 13/09/2020 43 KB


Class News!


Week 2:

Year 5’s have had a busy week; fitting in play rehearsals alongside their usual lessons. In Maths the children have impressed me with being able to identify acute, obtuse and reflex angles and then using protractors to measure them.   They also did brilliantly in an arithmetic assessment!  In English we are really enjoying ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’.  The story is becoming really exciting.  The children have focused on writing dialogue and using this develop both the characters and plot.

'The Pirates of the Curry Bean' - this week we have begun our rehearsals for the KS2 play with a vengeance. We have added some actions to our singing and really focused on saying our lines without a script. 


Tom, Berkshire Cricket Foundation. We are really pleased to have Tom, a coach from West Berkshire Cricket, running our cricket club. On Tuesday we had 24 very enthusiastic children taking part in a range of activities and then completing the session with a short game. Unfortunately, the club is full so we can't take any more children at the moment although we do have a waiting list. 

Week 1:

It has been lovely to welcome the Y5’s back to school with some glorious weather!  In Maths we have been extending our understanding in division and applying all our calculation skills to solve problems in context.  We are also continuing times tables practice – timed by our exploding pirate bomb!  In English we are really enjoying reading ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ even when eating our snacks!

In History we looked at the role of women during the Second World War and created a propaganda poster. In R.E., our focus this term and we began the unit by discussing perceptions. We had some really good ideas and thoughts. In RSE Year 6 began looking at the difference between male and females. With Year 5, we began to discuss body image, looking at how the media can manipulate images and how this can make people feel.

The play must go on! I am really proud of our Year 5/6 class because on Thursday we began our rehearsal for the KS2 play. Thank you to those children who have already begun to learn their lines.

Thank you Year 5/6 for a great week.



Week 5:

This week in Maths, Year 5 have been revising multiplication and in particular short and long formal calculations.  They did a great job and it did not take them long to become experts again!  In English the children have been preparing and planning to write a mystery story opening.  To help them with this, they have been acting out their ideas leaving clues and hints to hook the rest of us into their stories.  Well done!


Year 5/6

In RE we are studying Hinduism and looked at what you need to do as a Hindu to help you achieve Moksha. Some Hindus give up all their world possessions and become a sadhu. I asked the children if they would consider giving up all their worldly possession but many weren’t keen.

In History we have completed our work about evacuees, creating another two pages of our World War Two book.


Year 5 PSHE.

The focus this week was understanding more about alcohol. We read out some key facts about alcohol and discussed if we agree with them. We worked together to make a puzzle out of the key facts.

On Wednesday it was lovely to welcome back Mrs, Veasey, who talked about the Assumption. We were so proud of how the child sat, listened and shared their understanding.



Week 4:

Year 5’s have been focusing hard on adding and subtracting decimals including in word problems – they are definitely becoming experts and are particularly good at helping me calculate on the board!  In English the children have done some super collaborative writing – working with different partners – writing a letter from Olive, an evacuee, to her Mum.  They have all put a positive spin on their letter and I have been so impressed with the work they have produced.  Fantastic!

On Thursday Year 5/6 really enjoyed learning more about evacuees during the Second World War. We discussed where children would be sent if they need to be evacuee and each child received their own label showing them where they would go. Some of them didn’t seem very happy! In RE we discussed the Hindu belief of ‘karma’, finding out the difference between good karma and bad karma.

Well done Year 5/6 for another lovely week.


Week 2:

This week in Maths, Year 5’s  have explored the relationship between decimals, fractions and percentages, realising that we come across the latter all the time!  In English we continued to enjoy our new book, Letters from the Lighthouse, looking at how the characters are reacting to the news of evacuation.  We also had a wonderful time looking at a range of different artefacts as part of Science week.  The children had particular fun discovering Mrs O’ childhood through looking at her record collection!

What another exciting week with year 5/6, making the most of Science week. On Wednesday we had a really interesting talk from Duncan and Hazel, from Ramsbury Estate, explaining the type of technology they use in the farm. The quiz I created afterwards showed how well Year 5/6 listened to this fascinating presentation. On Thursday afternoon, the children created an experiment, based on Ingenuities’ activity on Mars, whereby the children investigated the use of different weights of paper to create a helicopter. 

In PSHE,  we discussed basic first aid, looking at the recovery position. After a demonstration, the children worked with a partner to put them in the recovery position.  In History we designed a front cover for our World War Two book.  


Week 1:

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the Easter break.  In Maths we have been learning about decimals up to three decimal places and linking them to fractions.  Super understanding all round!  In English we have started our new class book – Letters from the Lighthouse, exploring the characters and setting of the story and also looking at WW2 recipes.  We all agreed that we are going to enjoy this book!

In History we began our topic of World War Two. We discussed what we already know and started to create a timeline of key events. The children are excited about creating their own World War Two book.

In R.E, our focus is Hinduism. Our theme for the first lesson was ‘consequences’, and we enjoyed the picture book, Slam! By Adam Stower, which look at the consequences of our actions, a very important part of Hinduism.


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I'm Good - End of term music video!

This term we have spent time at home completing home learning and we have been settling back to school. Our focus has been on the wellbeing and mental health of our school community. To celebrate being back together we learnt a new song "I'm Good" by The Mowgli's and created a music video! 

Our music video has been viewed over 1,000 times and has been liked by THE MOWGLI'S all the way from California! The children should feel very proud of their global success!! :)  


Easter Celebrations 2021!

To celebrate holy week we created a pop up art gallery of crosses that we displayed around the school grounds: 


Our celebrations continued with a "Stations Of The Cross" activity. Each teacher created a multi-sensory experience for a section of the story. The children visited each station and acted out the story, discussed thought-provoking questions, read extracts from the bible and shared prayers. 


Here you can see the children acting out the events of Palm Sunday. 


The last supper. 

The garden of Gethsemane.


Good Friday.  


Easter Sunday. 


We hope that all of the children and families have a fantastic break over the Easter holidays! 



Week beginning 22.03.2021:

This week we have continued to work hard in Maths developing our understanding in fractions.  We have learnt at how to multiply fractions by an integer using a range of methods and the children have been keen to share their understanding. In English we have continued to write the biography of Jacqueline Auriol – we have focused on ensuring we use all the key features and then producing a polished version of this for display.  Well done Year 5’s! On Thursday, Years 5/6 enjoyed another taster session with West Berkshire cricket, who were very impressed with their behaviour and enthusiasm. Well done all!


Week beginning 15.03.2021:

It has been super to have all the children back in class this week!  In Maths we have continued with the unit we started during lockdown – fractions!  We have focused on subtraction and the children have been keen to share their understanding with the rest of the class.  In English we have been working on biographies and learning about an interesting person – Jacqueline Auriol.  The children have been brilliant at researching and then sharing this so that we can focus on writing a super biography! 

For Art this week we continued our focus of photography. Capturing images of our school building, we then traced over the pictures with a plastic sheet, colouring parts of the image to create a piece of window art. In Geography, we used atlases to identify capital cities, countries and oceans. To complete our lesson we used Google Maps to focus on particular landmarks. In Science the children investigated the human heart.







The Kintbury Community really came together to make this unusual World Book Day celebration exciting! Take a look at the Newbury Weekly News link to see how we celebrated our love of reading and books:



Here are some photographs of our wonderful children during home learning 2021: 

Click on an image to watch the slideshow! 

Y5 Lockdown Experiences 2021


Lockdown 2021 - 


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Remote Learning Provision: 

The children are now accessing all learning through Google Classroom both at home and at school for the children of critical workers and children classed as vulnerable. 

We are providing online lessons throughout the day. The children are having regular face to face contact with their class teacher and are hearing from their teachers via marking and feedback tools. 

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Term 2 - Week 6:

In Maths this week we completed our work on fractions, looking at fractions of amounts. We used the Bar Model to help understand how to calculate these. In English we looked at persuasive writing, beginning with a 'Balloon Debate', whereby we had to decide as a group who should leave the balloon. This week we shall complete this. 

In R.E. we continued our focus about God, exploring Bible text which described God. Rail travel was our focus in geography, looking at the first railways and locomotives. 


Newbury Lantern Trail:

Last week the children in KS2 worked extremely hard to create beautiful lanterns that were included in the Newbury Lantern Trail. We are all very proud at Kintbury St. Mary's Primary School to see our lanterns in the parade! Well done KS2! For more information and videos of the evening, please visit:


A Time Of Giving: 

A huge thank you to everyone for donating to the West Berkshire Foodbank reverse advent calendar. A large number of donations were collected for the Foodbank on Friday. Thank you to everyone for contributing and supporting our local community. 


Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children: 

On Friday the school was filled with festive cheer for a great cause. All of the children dressed in Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Save The Children. It was wonderful to see so many people dressed up! 


Term 2 - Week 5:

This week the Year 5's have been very busy.  In Maths the children showed excellent understanding of area, including that of compound shapes, able to clearly explain their learning.  In English we have been in role as characters in Cogheart and also as reporters, collecting all the relevant information need to write our newspaper articles next week.  Also we have had a super crafty time finishing our lovely lanterns!



Term 2 - Week 4:

The children have continued to work hard in both English and Maths working on newspaper reports and perimeter.  However, it is also nice to be able to share with you some of their other learning.  We are very fortunate to have Mrs Howard teach the children Drama every Wednesday.  The children thoroughly enjoy these sessions; we seem to have many budding dramatists in Year 5, as you can see from this week's photographs!


Term 2 - Week 3:


The children have continued to embed their understanding of multiplication and division culminating in 'Black Rock Island' where they had to apply all their knowledge to solve a range of problems to help Paulo escape from the island!  In English we continued to focus on diaries with some outstanding work being produced by the children, writing a diary from Lily's point of view.  I will enjoy reading them this weekend!

In Geography we continued to investigate British rivers, by researching the source of the rivers. In R.E. we began a new topic posing the question, 'What does it mean if God is and loving?' We discussed words to describe God and then drew a picture of what we thought God looked liked or what we felt Christian's felt God looked like, depending on our own belief. Some of these pictures were added to our R.E. display. 

Year 5 PSHE: Working as part of a group we revisited our challenge of building the highest tower using newspapers. This time the children were each given a specific role within the group and a particular task. Well done to the winning group for building a tower that could be free standing for a least one minute. 


Term 2 - Week 2:

This week in Maths we have continued to develop our understanding of multiplication and division and in particular learning about square and cube numbers.  We investigated these using practical equipment - enjoyed by all, with excellent understanding!  In English we have continued to explore Cogheart, looking at how the personalities of different characters are conveyed through their emotions.  We were also amazed how apostrophes are used incorrectly in real-life!

On Friday, during PSHE, Year 5 were set the challenge to work in small teams to build the highest tower with limited resources. Unfortunately, during the challenge resources became scarcer and each group lost some of their resources! Next week we shall continue this focus, linking it to the resources available on our planet. Following our Remembrance Day assembly, I asked Year 5/6s why we still celebrate Remembrance Day and it was wonderful discussing all the families who had distance family involved in the forces and previous World Wars. I shared with the class a letter from one of Arthur's relatives, who was a Chaplain in the First Word War, which helped us think about the great sacrifices made for our freedom.


As a whole school this week we held a Remembrance Day service on the playground (socially distanced). Mrs Ulry painted a special poppy onto the playground and Mr Ulry built a special remembrance garden. Kendra played the last post beautifully, Mrs Veasey and Mrs Cantwell led prayers, and the whole school respectfully took part in 2 minutes of silence at 11am on 11.11.2020. 



Term 2 - Week 1:

The children have been introduced to our new book - Cogheart.  Having read the first four chapters, they are thoroughly enjoying this adventure story exploring lots of new vocabulary in the process which they will be encouraged to use in their writing. 

In Maths the children have been focusing on multiplication - in particular multiples, factors and prime numbers and have shown good understanding.  

In Year 5/6 R.E. we created our reflection corner and also updated our R.E. display with the wonderful pictures of Autumn from home learning, a wonderful illustration of God's creation.




Term 1 - Week 6:

Another busy week in both English and Maths! Year 5's have worked really hard to secure their understanding in subtraction - well done to all of them!  We have extended this understanding to problem-solving in both addition and subtraction and also improving mental calculations using both operations.  With Mrs Cantwell they have been focusing on finding missing digits in calculations which can be quite challenging!  In English, we have been exploring settings in stories and in particular using our senses to describe these.  We have also been creating short verbal stories using story cubes which the children really enjoyed!

In History the children explored the type of jobs Victorian children may have had to do. In PSHE Year 5 learnt more about the Rights of Children. In Year 6 the children learnt the difference between a migrant and a refugee. They thought about all the challenges a refugee child may experience when moving to a new country. We had some interesting discussions.


Term 1 - Week 5:

Year 5's have been on fire this week!  We have whizzed through addition in Maths all the children demonstrating super understanding working with larger numbers as well - fingers crossed for subtraction next week!  We have also spent the week writing our character descriptions of Pable Fanque and the children have been showing me how well they can write incorporating all their learning from over the last few weeks.  I have been very impressed with their mature attitudes, evaluating their own and each other's work and then thinking about how they can improve their writing in the future.  Mrs Cantwell also celebrated National Poetry week creating concrete poems and I am looking forward to seeing the completed versions very soon!  Keep it up! 

In R.E. we have had some interesting discussions about whether a person can be a Christian and also a Scientist, as we talk about the creation of the Universe. In History we completed our biography of Queen Victoria.  In Science the class investigated shadows.

Mrs O'Halloran and Mrs Middleton


Term 1 - Week 4:

What a super week we have had in Year 5 in both English and Maths!  In English we have been role-playing how characters might feel - so showing not telling - and also learning about Pablo Fanque, a Victorian circus proprietor and equestrian performer.  A truly amazing and inspirational character! I am also impressed with the children's understanding of all concepts in place value.  Not only have they demonstrated this to me and Mrs Cantwell,  but they have also planned a presentation to children in other classes with lots of super activities.  I am planning to try and present these remotely - watch this space!

Term 1 - Week 3:

Another week of super Maths and English!  We have continued to focus on exploring characters, looking at how we can convey what they are like through what they say and do - and also at becoming experts on using speech and inverted commas correctly when writing! Maths is still all about place value!  This time we have been rounding and writing large numbers in both digits and words - the children have also been showing their understanding to Mrs Cantwell and I know she has enjoyed hearing about their learning!  I am looking forward to another great week!

Mrs O :)


Term 1 - Week 2: 

This week it has been brilliant to see how well the children have adapted to our new routines. Very little reminding need from Mrs O! 

In Maths they have enthusiastically shown me their understanding of place value using a range of different methods even with numbers up to a million! 

We are also enjoying our class book, Son of the Circus and really getting to understand what life would be like for the main character of the story during Victorian times.  Mrs Cantwell is also keeping me informed of their work with her on Fridays, she is certainly enjoying her time in class.  Well done everybody!