Year 5

A Typical day in Year 5


8.30 – 8.50am Arrival

Pupils arrive in class and hand in their reading records and homework on the relevant days. They then begin the morning challenge. Focus children are also listened to read during this time.


8.50 – 9.05am Registration and morning challenge

Pupils complete the morning challenge in their maths book. The morning challenge recaps prior learning with a focus on arithmetic. The teacher then talks through the answers with pupils and they self-mark.


9.05 – 9.55am             Main maths lesson

The principal focus is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of number (place value, the four operations and fractions, decimals and percentages) and develop their understanding of shape, space and measure. Pupils have access to resources such as place value counters, place value grids and multiplication squares to support them and they are taught to access these with increasing independence.


Daily 15 minutes of Just Know It time to support rapid recall of key facts such as number bonds, times tables and units of measure conversion facts

9.55 – 10.10am           Just Know Its

Children practise key maths facts such as multiplication and division facts so that they can rapidly recall them.


10.10 – 10.30am         Accelerated reader

Pupils read their accelerated reader books and complete a comprehension quiz when they have completed them. Children are then able to change their book to a level appropriate to them. Pupils complete a star reader test each half term which determines the level of their accelerated reading books.

10.10 – 10.30am         Break
10.45 – 11.15am         Domain reading

Pupils are exposed to quality texts to support the weekly reading into writing model. Pupils are taught to: use strategies to read and understand unfamiliar words, retrieve key details, summarise texts, make inferences and predictions, and to understand how meaning is enhanced through word choice.

11.15 – 12.10pm         English

Pupils begin the lesson with a spelling task followed by a SPaG question. During the main part of the lesson, children follow a reading into writing model. Each week has a different text type as a focus. Pupils begin the week by reading and comprehending a WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) and become familiar with the structure and features of the focus text type. Pupils then focus on a specific area of grammar that is relevant to the text type before planning their own text. After drafting their text , children edit and improve it.

12.10 – 1pm    Lunch
1 – 1.05pm      Registration
1.05 – 3pm      Split into 2 lessons

During the afternoon, we cover PE, Computing, MFL, Humanities, PSHE, Science and Art.


Other subjects

Music is taught on a Tuesday morning.

RE and D&T are covered during curriculum days each half term.



As per the homework policy, children in Year 5 are set a short English and Maths task each week and given spellings to learn for a test on Friday.

All homework is handed out on a Monday and collected in on a Friday.


Each week, children in Year 5 are expected to read at least 5 times to (or in the presence of) an adult/older sibling. Regular reading of a variety of texts not only widens your child’s vocabulary and comprehension skills but supports their ability to become an effective writer.

Please help your child by checking that they understand the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary and by asking them questions about what they have read, including going beyond the literal meaning. Here are a few examples:

  • What do you think will happen next? Why?
  • How did the story begin? What happened in the middle? How did it end?
  • What was the main feeling in the story (e.g. Was it happy, sad…?) and why was this so?
  • Did you learn any new words from this story, if so what?

Homework diaries are checked weekly and rewards are given to children who read to an adult at home regularly.


Multiplication tables

By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know all of the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12, including the associated division facts. To increase mathematical fluency, children will regularly practice their times tables in different ways during the academy day and should aim to practice the relevant times table at least 3 times a week at home in order to support this.

Residential Trip

Year 5 are given the opportunity to go on a residential trip. At Edward Worlledge, we run two trips for Years 5/6 which we alternate each year. This year (2019-2020) the residential trip is to Derbyshire.