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 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!



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 - 


For information about our remote education provision, please visit this section of our website:


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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. 

If you have any questions at all, please contact the school office. 



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!