Year 5 2022 - 2023

Miss Thomas / Mrs Shepherd


Welcome to Upper Key Stage Two

Year 5 is the transition from lower to upper Key Stage 2 and a crucial year in your child’s education. We endeavour to work in partnership with you to make it as stimulating, challenging and enjoyable as possible for your child. We will focus on developing your child’s independence and ensure they are confident individuals, successful learners, effective contributors and responsible citizens ready for their final year at primary school. To ensure that the children are prepared for their transition to High School, we encourage independence and that they are able to take responsibility for themselves and their own learning.


Term One - Autumn 

We have a focus on Black History during this term. In English, our class stories for this term are ‘Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties’ by Humza Ahmad and ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Rauf. We will also have a focus on 'The One and Only Ivan' by Katherine Applegate, 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naidoo and 'Bold Women in Black British History' by Vashti Harrison during our Whole Class Reading sessions. 

In writing sessions we will focus on Stories from Other Cultures, including 'Buffalo Nation', biographies and explanations. 
In Maths, we will concentrate on deepening our understanding of place value and the four operations of number. We will also have a focus on statistics as well as perimeter and area. 

In Science, we will be looking at properties of materials whilst in computing online safety and digital literacy will take centrestage. 

In Music we will be learning to play the recorder as well as listening to jazz. We will be swimming in PE as well as focusing on netball skills. 

In geography we will focus on the regions, counties and countries of England and the UK respectively. 


Term Two - Spring

In the Spring Term we focus further on writing instructions and reports as well as exploring figurative language.  Our class stories will be ‘Wonder’ by R.J.Palacio  and 'The Last Bear' by Hannah Gold

Reading comprehension will include texts such as 'Gregor the Overlander' and 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. 

In Maths we focus on Multiplication and Division before looking at Fractions, Decimals and Percentages.Times tables are always important and we continue to build fluency with number, alongside reasoning and problem solving. 

Our geography work will focus on North America, with a consideration of biomes, physical and human features and timezones. (Please note, this is a change from the original yearly overview). 

Science will focus on Earth in Space and Forces. We will be making the most of cross-curricular links. 


Term Three - Summer

Our stories will include Varjak Paw, FArTHER and A Stone for Sascha; the latter will inspire our creative writing skills. Whole Class Reading will include texts such as Oliver Twist. Writing will also focus on persuasion. 

Maths will focus on properties of shape, position and direction and measurement. 

We will also be working on the Y5/6 end of year production: " A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Camelot". 

Science will include Living Things before half term and then Animals. 

Our history topic will be 'The Mayans' and our geography will link in by focusing on Central America. 

Music will include a focus on Motown whilst art will be printing and pattern. 







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Bolshaw Primary School

Cross Road, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK8 3LW

Lynda Brown

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