Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


Our Trip to Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

On the 25th of January we went to see Cirque du Soleil's Totem at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience world-class performers and a great start to this term's D&T project based on the show. The trip also had many cross-curricular links as our geography topic this term is North and South America and gymnastics is the PE focus is this term too.


In year 5 we are focusing on reading, spelling and vocabulary.


Children should be reading for at least 15 minutes per night and getting their reading record signed by an adult to prove they have done this. This is to improve on their reading accuracy and fluency.


Children are working through a list of spellings (found in their reading record) in which they are required to learn by the end of year 5. Children have 10 words to learn per week. Our spelling tests are on Fridays. Any words that children do not learn, they will need to be add back into their spelling homework list for that week again. 


For each spelling word, children are required to do the following:


Write out their spelling work 3 x (this is so they can practice, reading, saying the word and spelling it correctly)


Find the meaning of their spelling word using dictionary and writing meaning in their own words.


Write their word in a sentence. This is once they know how to spell their word and understand the meaning of their word. They should be then able to use their word in a sentence to show their understanding.


Children are able to complete additional homework by finding the synonyms and antonyms for their spelling words.


Don't have homework book or spellings?


If children don't have their spelling words with them because they were away etc.- they can choose 5 of their own words from their reading book. These are words that children may find interesting, or have never heard of before. This gives them an opportunity to build their vocabulary and learn new words which would benefit their writing.


Multiplication is also required for children who still need to learn them. Children are required to learn all tables up to 12.


Scroll down to the Maths section for several links to maths games and learning links.


This term we will be focusing on diary entry and non-chronological reports.


Charlotte’s Web

In year 5 we will be reading Charlotte’s Web, by E.B White, and applying the focus reading strategies each week. The reading strategies include; making predictions, summarising, inferring, questioning, visualising and building our vocabulary knowledge. Through the reading of Charlotte’s Web, we focus on improving students reading fluency and accuracy. We expect to see an improvement with their expression, tone, intonation and fluency, from the daily modelling shown to them.



Can you feel the force?

This term, year 5 will be looking at forces. We will be completing many hands on tasks, which include investigations that require; making predictions, observing, recording results, comparing and analysing data in order to make conclusions. 



Throughout year 5, we will be looking at a number of different maths topics. Below are a few links to help you with your learning.






Number Facts


Multiply and divide by 10, 100 or 1000