Year 5

Year 5

A Typical day in Year 5
8.45am: Arrival and Registration

Children arrive in class and hand in their reading records and homework, which are checked. Children are then given the opportunity to change their reading books if needs be, and to hand in any letters. The class complete a morning task on their whiteboards which is then discussed.

9.00am – 9.30am: Assembly
9.30am – 10.30am: Maths

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.

10.30am – 10.45am: Break
10.45am – 11.45am: English

Usually, the first part of the lesson is a SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation or Grammar) activity linked to the Year Five objectives. The main part of the lesson is usually writing-based, focused around a genre. The main genres we cover in Year 5 are diaries, narratives, balanced arguments, poetry, persuasion and non-chronological reports. Each English unit is linked to a text. The texts we study in Year 5 are Wolves in the Wall, Holes, Kensuke’s Kingdom, The Highwayman, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, King of Cloud Forests, Who Let the Gods Out? and Romeo and Juliet. One of our main focuses within writing is self- and peer-marking, editing and improving work.

11.45am – 12.10am: Reading

During reading sessions, we read a variety of different texts (narratives, poems, non-fiction texts) as a class or in pairs. We then discuss the text using our 8 reading strategies: Make a picture in your mind, notice if you don’t understand, use breakdown strategies, summarise, ask questions, be a detective (infer meaning), predict and identify key words/phrases. The following session begins by rereading the text as a class or in pairs, before children answer comprehension questions about the text in their books.

12.10pm – 1.00pm: Lunch
1.00pm – 3.00pm: Afternoon lessons

During the afternoon, we cover science, computing, PE, topic (history and geography), art, French and music.

PSHE, RE and D&T are covered during curriculum days.


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 daily 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 (2018-2019) the residential trip is camping at Whitwell Hall in Reepham.