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Year 5: Amber and Saffron

Year 5


It has been great to welcome the pupils back to school this half term!


This half term Year 5 pupils will use the POR book, ‘Let’s Investigate: Solids, Liquids and Gases’ to facilitate their learning. It links to the science topic and will also be used in guided reading to develop pupils’ comprehension skills.


In science, pupils will explore the idea of different states of matter and changes in materials. The two changes that will be investigated are reversible changes and irreversible changes. Pupils will be able to carry out experiments, make observations about what happened and apply the scientific knowledge they have gained to explain their results and draw conclusions.

During maths pupils will focus on properties of shapes and reflection and translation of shapes. Pupils will learn the skills of measuring angles and the specific properties different shapes possess to help correctly identify them. Pupils will be able to find missing lengths of sides using the information that they have already and will be able to find the perimeter and the area of composite rectilinear shapes.

For English lessons, pupils will identify a greater range of prefixes and suffixes. Pupils will explore the effect suffixes have on root words and, in particular, how the suffixes –ise, -fy and –ise can change the word class of a word from a noun or adjective to a verb. In addition, pupils will be able to add the prefixes over-, dis-, mis-, de- and re- to root words and explain clearly the effect these prefixes have on verbs.

In guided reading, pupils will use the POR book ‘Let’s Investigate: Solids, Liquids and Gases’ to understand how the structure and features of non-fiction texts support their purpose. Pupils will also continue to use the Cracking Comprehension program to improve their inference skills for comprehension work.


In music, pupils will learn about the importance of repetition and how rewinding can be used effectively, this will be based around the theme song ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’.


During computing pupils will once again be using Purple Mash but to create 3D models from designs, pupils will work from the concept stage to the 3D modelling.


For PSHE this half-term, pupils will complete a topic around relationships. Pupils will learn about the different types of relationships people have with each other and how to communicate positively both in person and online. Pupils will learn how to recognise peer pressure and what they can do to keep themselves safe.


At the end of the half-term in RE, pupils will learn about the life of Buddha. Pupils will explore the idea of enlightenment and compare the teachings of Buddha to other religions they have studied.  


In MFL pupils will learn how to describe their clothing using a variety of adjectives.


PE will continue to take place every Tuesday when pupils should attend school wearing the correct PE kit.


Please keep an eye on the website for updates and examples of WOW work.

Year 5 Recommended Reading List


  1. The Colours of History: How Colours Shaped the World by Clive Gifford – Nonfiction
  2. Real-Life Mysteries: Can You Explain the Unexplained? By Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker – Nonfiction
  3. Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li and Amy Blackwell – Nonfiction
  4. The Breakfast Club Adventures by Marcus Rashford, Alex Falase-Koya and Marta Kissi – Fiction
  5. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Fiction
  6. Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James – Fiction
  7. Tales from Africa by K P Kojo – traditional tales
  8. Tales from India by K P Kojo – traditional tales
  9. Tales from the Caribbean by K P Kojo – traditional tales
  10. The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf – fiction
  11. Wonder by R J Palacio – fiction
  12. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell – fiction  
  13. The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley – fiction
  14. I Don’t Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal – poetry
  15. The Book of Clouds: Poems for Children by Juris Kronbergs – Poetry