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St William of York Catholic Primary School

Year 5

Dear parents & carers, 

With families which are currently having to self-isolate, we have put together resources for home-learning, please see below for the following home packs.  

Take a look at the link below.  

Why not join in with the grand poetry competition?  It's a great chance for you to express exactly how you are feeling at this difficult time... 


We will update again in the near future but in the meantime, we wish you all well.

Kind regards,

Ms Gill, Mrs Hunter & Miss Chambers

Welcome to Year Five!


Class teacher:  Miss J Gill

Support staff:  Mrs J Hunter and Miss H Chambers


We have a very exciting and busy term ahead of us as we explore Victorian Britain, with a particular focus upon the lives of working children.  Indeed, we will be gaining a ‘hands on’ experience as we visit Quarry Bank Mill and imagine what life was like as a Victorian apprentice. All aspects of our curriculum during the autumn term will link, in one way or another, to the changes and influential figures that represent Victorian Britain.


*** Homework is due in every Wednesday, the children will be given new literacy, spellings and numeracy based  homework on a Friday along with a reading book which must be brought in everyday.***


Year five curriculum overview – Autumn term


Local Church – Community – Mission.

Eucharist – Relating – Memorial sacrifice.

Lent/Easter – Giving – Sacrifice.


Novels and stories by significant children’s authors.


The children will be writing in the style of Berlie Doherty - adding a chapter, or changing a chapter from our class novel. 

Narrative poetry

The Highwayman.

The children will read this classic narrative poem, learn sections of it by heart and perform as part of a group.  The children will also explore character motive when writing from a range of perspectives before adding a further verse to the poem.

Biography and autobiography.

After reading biographical texts (Dr John Barnardo)  the children will produce their own biographies for fictional characters who supported the rights of working Victorian children.

Older literature – Film narrative

A Christmas Carol

The children will be familiar with Charles Dickens prior to this film narrative as we share clips from Oliver Twist  during our ‘Street child’ unit. We will explore characterisation and compare different film versions of this classic text.

Class novel :

Berlie Doherty - Streetchild.

During all units, the following basic skills will be taught and applied:

  • Create and punctuate complex sentences using…
    • Ing openers, ed openers, simile openers.
    • Demarcate complex sentences using commas in order to clarify meaning.
    • Use devices to build cohesion within a paragraph.
    • Use expanded noun phrases to to convey complicated information concisely.
    • Blend action, dialogue and description within and across paragraphs.
    • Use suffixes -ate, -ise, -ify to convert nouns and adjectives into verbs.
    • Investigate verb prefixes, eg dis-, de-, re-, pre-, mis-, over-...

Develop skills of planning, drafting and writing plus evaluating and editing - see KLIPS document.



  • Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1000000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1000000. Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers including through zero. Round any number up to 1000000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and 100000 Solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above.
  • Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers. Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction) Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy.
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph.
  • Complete, read and interpret information in tables including timetables.
  • Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts. Multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers. Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared ( 2 ) and cubed ( 3 ).
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes. Know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non -prime) numbers.
  • Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in cm and m.

Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, cm 2 ,m 2 estimate the area of irregular shapes         


Our enquiry question is:

‘Did anything change to improve the lives of children during the Victorian period?’

After comparing the differences between the lives of the rich and the poor, during Victorian Britain, the children will learn about the different jobs children did as well as their conditions of work.  They will hear about key characters who campaigned for the rights of children and be aware that various acts were passed through Parliament during this time. Historical skills, such as chronology, identifying the difference between primary and secondary sources of information and cause and effect are integrated into our learning.

Focus study

  • William Rathbone was a philanthropist who introduced district nursing into poor areas of Liverpool during the Victorian period.  He corresponded, through various letters, with Florence Nightingale seeking support and advice.


Printing - inspired by the work of William Morris.

After studying the work of William Morris, children will produce their own block print based on a similar design.

Children will experiment with design and colour prior to the printing process.  Their end task will be to print wallpaper suitable to decorate the drawing room of a Victorian house!



  • With the use of Scratch, the children will create a detailed two player game that includes racing cars around a track.  The children will set commands for their ‘sprites’ and ensure variables are set to ensure the game runs smoothly.

 Website designers

  • The children will create their own website using free templates from Wordpress.


    The children will present their website to the rest of the class

    providing a rationale behind choosing the content that they have used

llllwhich will link to a curriculum area.


Hola!  ¿cómo estás?

Every Tuesday afternoon the children will be learning the basic linguistics of español!

Numbers and currency:

  • Be able to use numbers from 60-100.
  • Be able to use quantities and understand currency values.

Design and technology

Cooking and nutrition. Tapas - (links to the MFL curriculum.)

Children will prepare some tapas meals - patatas bravas, Spanish omelette or stuffed peppers - a delicious treat!

Food and menus

Pupils will:

  • Identify vocabulary from a menu or recipe.
  • Be able to participate in short dialogues of 3-4 exchanges (restaurant.)
  • Be able to write a short paragraph about their likes and dislikes

P.E. and Games

Year five will be swimming during the autumn term. 

  • Please ensure that your child brings their swimming kit to school every Wednesday along with any necessary medication.
  • Boys will not be permitted to swim wearing ‘swim shorts’ they require swimming trunks.
  • All children will need a swimming hat; swimming hats can be bought for £2.00 from the pool.


Forces – Can you feel the force?

Year five will explore the concept of forces and how forces act upon everyday objects.  Pupils will get the opportunity to work scientifically as they plan investigations in response to scientific questions.

  • Our Mission Statement
  • Together Everyone Achieves More.
  • To go forward in Christ, to respect our neighbour and to always give our best.