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 Born Survivor topic explores what prehistoric Britain was like from the Stone Age to the Iron Age through the text ‘Stig of the Dump’. Children will appreciate the development of civilisation whilst comparisons and contrasts to their own life.  

Meet the Greek is our final topic and encompasses a range of genres and cultures throughout our study, from Greek Mythology to fantasy adventure and non-fiction.

Term Topics

  • Our Community
  • A Changing World
  • Born Survivors
  • Our World
  • Meet the Greeks

Some of the texts include:

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Stig of the Dump
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
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 their purpose in our everyday world so that children are developing a sense of independence as they mature.


During science, Year 5 cover our solar system and our place within it, the importance of materials and how these are changing within society and the impact on our world.  This links well with a later topic, Living Things 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.  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
  • Poole’s Cavern
  • Residential Trip to Standon Bowers