Welcome to Year 5's Class Page

We are super excited about our learning and couldn’t possibly list it all here as there is so much to share!  Here is an overview of what we will be exploring in Year Five.

‘Our Community’ is the opening two-week topic where we learn about the history of coal mining in Chesterton including a class visit to Apedale Heritage Centre. This is an important starting point as the children need to know where they live and the importance of Chesterton and the surrounding area in the past.

English and History

The children study World War 2 which will be supported through the text ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.’  This will take the children on a journey to the 1940s and an understanding of the challenges of that era across Europe and how these events have shaped our world. Our literacy text, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is encouraging more complex vocabulary and great discussion points.  The children are developing their inference and predictions skills well whilst writing for a range of purposes.

Our topic, The Tudors encompasses an interesting era in British history where culture, the arts and the monarchy explores the British impact on the world and vice versa.  Children will appreciate the history of the British culture whilst making comparisons to their own life.  

The Ancient Greece and Ancient Baghdad studies focus on early civilisations and their impact on today’s world. Discovering these historical cultures we explore mythology, fantasy, adventure and non-fiction.

Term Topics

  • Our Community
  • A Changing World (World War II) / Mapping the World
  • The Tudors / Trade and Economic Activity
  • Ancient Greece / Ancient Baghdad / Settlements and Migration

Some of the texts include:

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Romeo and Juliet
Diver’s Daughter
The Boy at the Back of the Class
We will also enjoy reading a variety of additional texts from a range of genres to fulfil our love of reading.


During mathematics, Year 5 cover: place value, fractions, decimals, shape, angles, arithmetic and written addition and subtraction skills whilst developing ways to independently apply these skills and knowledge to tackle more complex problems.  Of course, we develop these skills whilst securing children’s understanding of their purpose in our everyday world so that children develop a sense of independence as they mature.


During science, Year 5 cover: ‘Our Solar System’ and our place within it, ‘Properties and the Changes of Materials’ including the impact on our world.  This links well with a later topic, ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ as we develop our understanding of the Coral Reef and our planet’s eco systems.  We also explore ‘Forces’ and applying knowledge to practical circumstances and finally ‘Animals including Humans’ where children develop their understanding of life cycles and changes to their body.  Throughout our Science lessons children will develop questioning and research skills.

Information to Remember

PE will be twice weekly. Please ensure suitable kit is in school.

Home Learning

Home learning will be issued termly but please continue to regularly access and practise of the following:

  • 45 minutes of Maths Whizz each week
  • Regular practise of multiplication tables and spellings
  • Reading daily improves your child’s development significantly

Class Trips include:

  • Apedale Heritage Centre
  • Cosford Air Base
  • Little Moreton Hall
  • Residential Trip to Standon Bowers