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Year 5

Welcome to Morpurgo Class

Mrs G Terrill
Deputy Headteacher
Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 5 Class Teacher
Ms C Woods
Class 5 Teacher

Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2!

As the children have now entered the Upper Phase, we aim to prepare them for their final stage of learning in primary school. Here at Lyminster Primary School we believe that the Year 5 children should be given the opportunity to grow in confidence as young people both academically and personally. We continue to help them develop as independent learners who can thrive and progress through the experiences of a wide and broad-based curriculum. We continue to develop their confidence and encourage them to become naturally curious learners, through a broad and exciting curriculum. 

About Year 5

The class country that we study this year is Greece. We will dip into facts and features of this country as well as study the Geography of it, alongside reading some famous Greek myths and legends when we carry out our country topic in the spring. 
Michael Morpurgo is our class author. We have a large selection of his fantastic books in our class library and will be encouraging all of the children to delve into his words and imagery. We will also be reading some of his classics – War Horse and Kensuke’s Kingdom – as a whole class, enabling us to look in more depth at Morpurgo’s incredible storytelling.


In class we use White Rose Maths as a basis for our learning, with focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. There is also a specific section on the White Rose Maths website with step-by-step videos for home learning. Confidence using the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using standard methods – is key for the children to become successful mathematicians.

Continue to use TTRockstars to practise multiplication tables and use the new online resource MyMaths – there are lots of games on here to play plus weekly MyMaths homework tasks.

In Year 5 we follow the White Rose scheme but do adapt it and utilise other platforms and resources to supplement and enhance it. We may not always follow the order they stipulate that the different Math’s topics should be taught in but what we are focussing on will always be on our half termly topic web. Children are encouraged to become independent learners using concrete resources as they need them and self check their own work, realising mistakes and rectifying with support. Learners work as a whole class, in groups, pairs and alone on various tasks. There is always support and challenge where needed. The children enjoy using a colour card system to let their teachers know how they are doing with the current learning. This supports the teachers with assessing and directing support and challenge where needed.


In Year 5 the children will be focusing on their sentence structure, including using more complex punctuation and understanding grammatical terminology. Please go to the BBC Bitesize website to work with your child to embed the grammar and practice using it. 

Reading is the MOST important thing you can do with your child. We read every day in class- during Whole Class Reading lessons, quiet reading sessions and listening to a book read aloud by the teacher every day. Children will be exposed to a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. Children should have 2 books- one that is their level- sometimes a colour banded book and another book of their choice. However, reading is to be celebrated, whatever a child reads, be it a comic, a web-site, a graphic novel, a magazine or recipes etc. It is ALL reading!


The children love Free Writing and Pobble 365 has a new writing stimulus every day! There are sentence starters and prompts with each sentence and your children already use these in the classroom. Please encourage them to practice their handwriting skills whenever they are writing – the Letter Join website is available to support handwriting practice. 


Please encourage your child to practice their handwriting skills whenever they are writing – the Letter-join website is available to support handwriting practice. The username is ak3814 and the password is home.


Your child will also need to be confident with the Year 5 and 6 spellings, ensuring that they not only know how to spell them but how to use them correctly too.


The most valuable thing your child can do is read! This year the expectation is that your child reads AT LEAST 3 times a week. This can be reading with another person or reading on their own. Please allow your child to read whatever they are interested in and talk about what they read. Read together and with siblings or to younger siblings. Ask your child questions about what they are reading in order to ensure that they understand the text.