Year 5

Year 5 Teaching and School Life

You will notice some significant changes in the day to day routine of the pupils in Year 5. The children move to the new building and stay for tea which is at 4.15pm, followed by ‘prep’ from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Children are not usually expected to take further work home with them, although they are encouraged to take their exercise books home to show their parents the work being done.

The children follow a carefully balanced and well structured syllabus, which leads to the Common Entrance examination at the end of Year 8. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers, the three most important being English, Maths and Science. The children have six English lessons, six Maths lessons and four Science lessons per week, supported by French, History, Geography, Latin, Religious Studies (RS), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Music, Art and PE. The objective is to give a broad grounding without superficiality. The School day is based on six forty minute lessons in the morning with Games in the afternoon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and three further forty minute lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The form teacher liaises with the specialist teachers, parents and the children to ensure that all runs smoothly both in academic and pastoral areas.

The following notes give a brief insight into the subjects taught in Year 5.

Art and Design

As the pupils move through Key stage 2 they will extend their artistic knowledge and imagination.

Drawing continues to be an important foundation for the subject but the pupils will also express their ideas through painting, collage, printmaking, mixed media, textiles and sculpture. A sketchbook is used to help record information from their surroundings.

They will explore and learn about a range of new materials and techniques and they will continue to study artistic ideas from other ages and cultures.

After-school clubs and holiday courses are available for those who would like to further their interest in the subject.


Grammar, sentence construction and punctuation skills are revised and extended. Spelling and vocabulary building form an important part of lessons. Dictionaries are used regularly and thesauruses are introduced.

Reading for pleasure is encouraged. All pupils have a reading book and a reading record book.  Class readers, along with extracts from both fiction and non-fiction sources, extend the range of reading material. Lessons to improve reading comprehension are on-going throughout the year.

Children are given an opportunity to write both prose and poetry in a variety of forms.

An independent and well-organised attitude to work is fostered at all times.


Over the year, the children learn how to talk about themselves, their pets, their likes and dislikes, the objects in their classroom, the weather and the seasons. They learn to ask questions and find information about places they wish to visit (map, directions etc….). They learn their numbers up to 60. They revise their verbs “to be”, “to have” and their “er” verbs. They learn the possessive adjectives. They are regularly given lists of words to learn. Parents’ assistance is encouraged to help the pupils learn their new vocabulary. The text book “Encore Tricolore I” is used with its tapes and work sheets.

Games and Physical Education

P.E. and Games in the Year 5 follow the requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 in the following areas of study: Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming and Athletics. All children in this year can represent the School in inter-school matches in all the major sports. Games training concentrates on the development of inpidual skills in small sided games, building to larger sided games and the introduction of simple team tactics. Year 5  pupils do 2 afternoons of games and 3 P.E. lessons per week. Groups for these are dependent on age and ability.

Colours are awarded to team players who represent the School over a number of matches, who play with the correct attitude to their own team, the opposition and officials. They are awarded to players who play to the best of their ability and who represent the School with pride and effort.


Over the year the children study three dramatic and contrasting climatic regions – polar, desert and rain forest. The study will cover: climate, human activity, wildlife, vegetation and environmental damage.

Work continues on World, European and British locations, OS map work and current affairs.


The children study the Tudors and Stuarts, learning about some of the significant events in the lives of monarchs, of the gradual decline of their political power and of the beginnings of parliamentary rule and democracy. They look at the lives of ordinary people; how they lived, ate and spent their leisure and at the ways in which they were affected by changes in religion, civil war and by such disasters as the plague and the Great Fire of London.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Children continue to build on their word processing and graphics skills throughout the year. Further work is done on data handling and children develop skills which allow them to check and evaluate their work. Children are given an introduction to spreadsheets.


In Year 5 children in the top set start Latin. In the language they are introduced to the idea that the sense of a Latin sentence is conveyed by the different endings on the Latin nouns and verbs. By learning how to deal with these, children are able to translate simple Latin stories into English. The derivation of English words from Latin is always stressed, as is the importance of grammar and its relevance to the English language. Some aspects of the Roman way of life are also studied.

Each weekend children are given ten words of vocabulary to learn. Parents’ assistance in this is invaluable and is much appreciated by the staff.


The aim of the Maths Department in Year 5 is to give the pupils confidence and enjoyment in Maths, whilst revising and extending work from Year 4 involving Numbers, Shapes, Space and Measures and Handling Data. Particular emphasis is placed on improving and developing mental maths skills and progress is assessed through regular tests. Children are encouraged to undertake fun activities to improve number bonding and puzzle solving.


In Year 5 pupils continue their enjoyment and understanding of music through performing, composing and listening. In class they are encouraged to perform, using voice, keyboard, recorders, percussion and any instruments they are learning. The stimulus for composing comes from a wide range of pieces from many cultures and styles. Music technology is being introduced so that pupils can use multi-tracking and store their compositions as the year progresses. Where possible, classes prepare performances for wider audiences such as school assemblies and instrumental concerts. The school orchestra, keyboard club, senior choir and theory group run as extra activities involving Year 5.

Religious Studies

In Religious Studies children learn about the life of Jesus. Our work looks at the reasons why Jesus made enemies amongst the Jewish authorities. A careful study is made of his final week of life culminating with his death and resurrection.


In Year 5 pupils study topics associated with living things and materials. These topics include Teeth and Diet, Microscopes and Cells, Chemical Apparatus and Techniques, Separating Mixtures, Light and Sound.

Pupils will develop a range of practical skills through experimental work. They are encouraged to communicate ideas and experiences.

Arrival and Collection

Staff are present from 8.15am and pupils should arrive no later than 8.25am. The register is taken at 8.35am. Year 5 children finish School at 5.30pm unless they attend after School clubs, or you have made arrangements for them to leave earlier. 

If your child is to be collected by anyone other than parents a note should be given to their form teacher. 

Health Policy

In order to prevent infecting other children, we would ask that parents keep their children at home for at least 48 hours if they have sickness or diarrhoea.

Food and Playtime Snacks

Sweets (including chocolate) and chewing gum are not allowed but fruit and healthy snacks are acceptable. The only drinks that should be brought into School are fruit juices and water (no fizzy drinks) and should be in a non-spill, non-glass container. Break time snacks should not be too substantial as this might impair the child’s appetite for lunch!

Absence from School

In the case of absence, please ring the office or email your child's Form Teacher with a reason for the absence.  It would be appreciated if you could let us know if the disease is infectious. Please try to arrange dental appointments etc., during the holidays. Children cannot be excused from games lessons unless they bring a note from their parents/guardians.


Parents are always very welcome to watch their children playing matches. Fixtures are listed in the School calendar which will be sent to you separately. Home netball and rounders matches are played on site and start between 2.15pm and 2.30pm unless otherwise stated. Home cricket fixtures are played at Kibworth Cricket Ground. Market Harborough Rugby Club is the venue for home Rugby matches and soccer matches are played at Aylestone Boys’ Club, South Wigston.   Year 5 boys play their matches with Year 6 to form the Colts team.


Your attention is drawn to the School uniform list (see below for link). Specific uniform items must be purchased from our uniform provider www.schoolblazer.com. It is essential that the correct uniform is always worn as it helps the child to feel part of the School. All items of  clothing and belongings must be clearly named. Sewn on tapes are preferred (schoolblazer provide this service). We have particular difficulty with underwear, swimwear, towels and socks. Please note that trainers should be white.

All games kit, including swimming clothes, should be brought on the first morning of each term.

Personal Property

The School cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage, however caused, to property and personal belongings brought on to School premises by the children. It is therefore the responsibility of parents to make sure that adequate insurance is in force to guard against such loss or damage. It is important that children are instructed to take particular care of any articles of value whilst articles are on School premises. Watches should have a name engraved on them. Electronic devices should not be brought to School.

Please note that mobile phones are now banned throughout the school.


All children should have a copy of the Good News Bible. This will normally be given to new pupils and the price added to parents’ accounts. Children should look after their bible. If, however, they lose or mistreat it so that the condition becomes unacceptable, a new copy will be given out and will be charged to parents’ accounts.


We hope that you will find us to be friendly and approachable. All queries should initially be addressed to your child’s form teacher before approaching the Headmaster. Form teachers are in School by 8.10am and parents are welcome to come in and have a brief word about any matters concerning their child. If a longer meeting is required this can easily be arranged.

Progress Reports

A full School report is sent to parents at the end of the autumn and summer terms. There will also be Parents’ Evenings to discuss your child’s progress. You are always welcome to make an appointment to talk to your child’s teachers.


Year 5 children have the opportunity to join a variety of clubs. These are entirely optional. Some clubs are free and for others an additional charge is made. Further details will be given at the start of term.