Year 5

Mrs Duerden

Welcome to Year 5.

Year 5 is an important year for children where we prepare for Year 6 and the challenges of moving to high school in the not too distant future. Although there is a strong emphasis on academic learning in the core subjects of Reading, Writing, Maths and Science, we also think it is important to make our learning fun and exciting and we aim to make lessons as engaging and interesting as possible.

It is vital that your child tries their best and has a positive attitude towards their learning if they are to achieve their potential. It is also important that you encourage and support your child with homework and by keeping in contact with me regularly to ensure we are doing everything possible to help them make the maximum progress. If you are ever unsure of anything, please don’t hesitate to email me with any enquiries or telephone school. My email address is

In class we use the Class Dojo system for rewarding children. They may receive Dojo Points for their work, manners, helping others and a host of other great things. Make sure you sign up for the Class Dojo App so you can see how your child is doing!

If you would like to contact Mrs Gupta, our SENCO, who works with parents of SEN children, her email address is
If you would like to contact Miss Watson, our head teacher, her email address is

Please read the documents below to find out more information about your child’s return to school.
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In Year 5, reading is of huge importance not only for reading itself, but for developing even better writing. Reading a wide range of books provides children with a wealth of information to draw on in creating their own stories, information texts and poetry. We teach the skills needed for reading in whole class reading lessons 4 times a week.


Discussing what they have read is very important as this provides the children with an opportunity to bounce ideas off other people and discuss elements they may have not thought of initially. All children should read a minimum of 3 times a week in order to be a reading star. I would encourage parents or carers to use your child’s reading record to keep in touch with me about their reading and make note of any things they enjoyed or found tricky.


At the end of each day, I take great pleasure in reading our class novel to the children which nurtures children’s love of literature.

At the end of each day, I take great pleasure in reading our class novel to the children which nurtures children’s love of literature.

Writing in Year 5 covers a wide range of text types, from adventure stories to information texts and from Shakespeare to modern poetry. Throughout these genres of writing, children will learn the key features of those text types and how to make effective use of a range of skills which bridge the genres.


In English we follow ‘The Power of Reading’ scheme which enables children to become more confident readers as well as developing their range of vocabulary, supporting them to create more powerful sentences. Great readers equal great writers.


Spelling is an incredibly important part or writing and requires lots of practice. We have recently started using the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ scheme which will have a big impact on children’s spelling ability.

I would encourage parents to check through spelling of any work their children do at home to ensure spelling is accurate.

Year 5 and 6 Word list

In Maths we will be exploring the huge array of different problems that can be solved using mathematics. We will ensure that children are confident using both formal written methods of calculation but also mental arithmetic skills to solve questions quickly and easily. At West Street, we follow the Maths Mastery approach which includes fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities. This approach enables children to become secure in a topic, as well as providing a suitable amount of challenge for differing abilities.


In Year 5 children will complete calculations with numbers up to 1 million, negative numbers and numbers with up to 2 decimal places. It is important that children have a firm grasp of all their times tables up to 12 x 12, including the related division facts. This will not only boost their confidence but also speed up both simple and more complex problem solving and also allows children to spot patterns. Therefore, any help or practice you help you can give your children will be of great benefit.


At West Street we run a very creative and topic based curriculum. Each half term we have a different theme for the children to sink their teeth into. These begin with an exciting launch where the children find out what they will be learning about that half term.

At the end of the half term, there is a chance for the children to present what they have found out and explain some of the exciting things they have done in the process.

Our previous topic launches include a visit from Dr Who and the Tardis, Mrs Trunchbull from Matilda taking over the running of the school for a day and a mystery of Cave Men and Dinosaurs breaking into the school in the dead of night!

One of the things which I believe is a crucial part of learning is having new experiences. These could include visits into school from outside agencies such as the Fire Brigade or trips to new and exciting places.

In the past the children have visited Chester Zoo to gain a better understanding of animal conservation, Victoria Cave to find out how people from the Stone Age would have lived and even a residential trip to London where the children went to see The Lion King in the West End and visited Buckingham Palace!

These opportunities are a important part of learning and provide them with a great base of knowledge and experience to draw from and memories to cherish for ever.

Throughout the school we use the Class Dojo reward system. Children can earn Dojo Points for a huge range of reasons from work in class to good manners and from asking good questions to being a reading star! This system also allows parents to keep in touch with their child’s learning and their good behaviour by signing up to Class Dojo. Additionally it provides a secure messaging service directly to the class teacher.

If you would like to sign up to Class Dojo, please see your child’s teacher who will give you a unique reference number to access your child’s Dojo Points through this link…

Each week the children will be given a task, investigation or challenge to complete at home. Homework allows children to use the skills which they have developed in class independently and keeps their brains active.

Homework also provides a superb opportunity for you to catch up with what your child is learning and find ways to extend and further enhance their learning.

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West Street Primary School

West Street

Tel: 01282 865840

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