Willenhall Community Primary School

Year 5


Children in Year Five are in split into two classes5A and 5Alpha. There are two class teachers in this year group, Miss Fitch and Miss King, as well as Mr Taylor, one of our Assistant Headteachers, and Mrs O’Connor, who supports the morning lessons. Group reading is supported by Mrs Howard on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

During the morning, learning is mainly focused on developing children as readers, writers and mathematicians. Our afternoon sessions support children to use their morning learning as well as developing their skills and knowledge in other curriculum areas: Geography, History, Religious Education (R.E), Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) and Computing. Over the week, children are taught by specialist teachers for Art, Physical Education (P.E), French and Science.

We believe that children learn best when their parents/carers and teachers work closely together. Because of this, we are always happy to discuss your child’s progress - just pop and see us at the end of the school day. Our doors are always open!

Letters to parents

Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.

Times of a school day

These are the times that apply to a year 5 pupil’s school day.

-08:55Children line up in playground
09:05-11:00first morning session
11:00-11:15morning break
11:15-12:30second morning session
13:30-15:25afternoon session

Morning routine

In the morning, class teachers will collect their children from the playground and take them to their classrooms ready to start the day promptly.


Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.


Miss Kathryn Fitch5A - class teacher
Mrs Kassey Godfrey5 alpha - class teacher

PE (Physical Education)


Year 5 have the opportunity to attend an outdoor residential at the Old Vicarage Centre near Kidderminster in early July.


Homework, which helps children practise their learning, is set on a Friday and is due in on the following Wednesday. It will usually involve a Literacy and a Maths activity along with weekly spellings. Children are also expected to read daily and record this in their reading diaries which will be checked daily. They will also be expected to learn their times tables in order to ensure that by the end of Year 5 they have a rapid recall of these.

Curriculum information


  • Autumn: In year 5, children focus on Harry Potter and Journey to Jo-Burg and analyse different characters. Children will explore a range of text types including newspaper reports, information and explanation texts.
  • Spring: In the Spring Term, year 5 engage with an English Writing unit which links closely to their Humanities Topic. Throughout this unit, children will have opportunities to write from different perspectives and understand the features of autobiographies and biographical writing.
  • Summer: In the Summer Term, our year 5 children step back in time to analyse the poem ‘The Highwayman’. Poetic devices are explored and children have the chance to compose and perform their own poetry linked to this classic text. To compliment this, children then engage with the works of Shakespeare in comic form.


The following strands will be covered across the three terms:

  • Number and place value, addition / subtraction, measurement, fractions, multiplication / division, statistics, geometry and calculation

Times tables will also be practised on a daily basis alongside the above units.

For more information about the strands please click the National Curriculum link at the bottom of this page.

Humanities (Geography and History)

  • Autumn: First half will focus on History and the Egyptians. This will include an in-depth look at the early civilisation of Ancient Egypt.
  • Spring: This term’s focus is Geography. The first half will focus on the topic of volcanoes & earthquakes and be able to describe and understand the key aspects of both.
    The second half will focus on Geography - Rivers, water cycle, mountains - describe and understand the key aspects of all three.
  • Summer: The term will focus on History and the Royal Family. Key decisions or monarchs that have shaped our country.


  • Autumn: pupils will learn how to use technology safely, responsibly and respectfully as part of our On-Line Safety Lessons. They will also have the opportunity to design their own spreadsheets using ‘2Calculate’ from Purple Mash
  • Spring: pupils will have the opportunity to look at how a computer network works within our school and present their findings using a multi-media resource tool
  • Summer: programming using ‘2Code’ and ‘Scratch’. Pupils will be able to tell the computer what to do by giving it commands to which it will respond

Other Information

Transition to Year 6

To enable them to prepare for their final year in primary school, both classes will spend a week in Year 6 during July 2017 with their new teachers.


The national curriculum

Key stage 1 and 2
(Gov.uk - Childcare and parenting)


National curriculum in England

primary curriculum (key stages 1 and 2)

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