Year 5 2023 - 2024

Mrs Schauer

Mrs Schauer, Mrs Stokes, Mrs Brown and Mrs Foy warmly welcome you to Year 5!


Year 5’s Autumn Term Learning Journey


We continue to follow ‘The Way, The Truth and the Life’ syllabus. 

Our first unit this term is ‘Creation’ where we reflect on the story of Creation and it’s meaning to us before looking at how we are the stewards of the Earth and how we can be God's great helpers . The main areas of focus are:

  • How did the world begin?
  • God is the creator
  • The Fall
  • Stewards of the Earth
  • God's great Helpers
  • God's great Gifts

Following this we will move onto the unit ‘God's Covenants’ where we will find out what a covenant is and the covenants God made with different people such as Noah, Abraham and the Israelites The main areas of focus for this topic are:

  • What is a Covenant?
  • God's Covenant with Abraham
  • The Exodus
  • God's Covenants with the Israelites
  • The Prophets' Message
  • The New Covenant


This term the children will continue to follow the National Curriculum for Maths using the Power Maths scheme of work where we will consolidate prior knowledge and extend the children’s skills. Areas of the Maths curriculum we will cover include numbers up to 1,000,000, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, graphs and tables as well as area and perimeter. To support learning in these areas, it is really important that your child practises their times tables and weekly times tables tests will be given as well as regular mental maths activities.


Our first class text this term will be ‘Viking Boy’ written by Tony Bradman and also links with our topic ‘Invaders and Settlers’. This text will be used for our whole class guided reading and VIPERS sessions and will be the basis of lots of different genres of writing, including descriptive character and setting writing, narrative, letter writing, newspaper articles and diary entries.

In addition, discrete grammar, spelling and handwriting lessons will also be taught. It is also important that you continue to listen to your child read at home and record in their reading record at least once a week. 20 weekly spellings will be sent home and need to be practised for our weekly spelling test. Our spellings will focus on different spelling patterns as well as the year 5 and 6 statutory spellings.


In Science, we will start the term by looking at the properties of materials and then move onto forces, making sure there are lots of opportunities to practice scientific investigative skills during practical activities. Children will have real hand on experiences and be able to be inquisitive about the world around them, becoming true scientists.


We will be studying history this term, focusing on the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. Within this we will be answering the questions ‘Was the Anglo-Saxon period really a Dark Age?’ and ‘Would the Vikings really do anything for money?’ The children will have opportunities to really get to grips with this period of history, finding out how they lived and their impact on how we live today. We will start with the Romans leaving Britain in the 5th century and ending with the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Art and DT

Art and DT will be taught separately giving the children opportunities to explore different artists and designers as well as developing their own skills within these subjects.

Music and MFL

This year we will be having a visiting teacher, Miss Donkin, for Music on a Wednesday afternoon where different aspects of music and notation will be looked at.

We also have a visiting teacher, Mrs Whitworth, for MFL on a Friday afternoon. The children will continue with their German studies this year.


PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that PE kits are in school for a Friday. It may well be warm enough for your child to complete PE in their school PE shorts and top, but if the weather gets cooler, they will need to wear navy or black joggers or leggings and a navy/black jumper or hoodie. Please ensure that all PE items are clearly named as with all items of school uniform.


All homework tasks are intended to benefit your child’s learning, by consolidating work done in school, and encouraging them to work more independently.  Homework will be recorded on the school website on the Year 5 class page.

In Year 5, your child will receive homework in accordance with the school’s homework policy. This will include:

  • Daily reading
  • 20 Spellings (set on a Friday, for a test the following Friday). Spelling sheets can be kept at home. Some children will have less spellings than these but will still follow the same spelling rule.
  • One Maths or English task per week, set from a CGP workbook (set on a Friday and due the following Friday, at the latest).
  • Occasional History/Geography, Science or Religion based tasks.
  • Times tables will be tested every week, so please ensure they practise regularly at home.


We are all looking forward to, what promises to be, an exciting term!!

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.




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St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG