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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

It’s your first year at West Moors Middle School. This year is going to involve lots of learning, hard work and fun!

It's Mrs Burns and Miss Willis here, we are the class teachers in Year 5. We have three learning support assistants across the year group: Mrs Mok, Mrs Chew and Mr Treasure.

Our Class Country

The country that 5SB will be learning about this year is Hong Kong.

The country that 5KW will be learning about this year is Iceland.


Throughout the year, children will be reading, ‘Millions’ written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, ‘The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler’ written by Gene Kemp or ‘Georges Marvellous Medicine’ written by Roahl Dahl, ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ written by Elizabeth Laird, ‘Friend or Foe’ written by Michael Morpurgo and ‘Tales of the family from one end street’ written by Eve Garnett. These texts will be explored both through English lessons and Guided Reading.

Year 5 Suggested Reading

You can find a great list of suggested books for Year 5 children here:


100 best books for 9-11 year-olds here from the book trust:


The government have published a list of words that they expect years 5 & 6 to be able to spell.  Please encourage your child to make use of the 'Spelling Shed' website to help support the learning of these spellings: https://spellingshed.com

New Curriculum Year 5 and 6 Spellings:


In Year 5, we place emphasis on using a Maths Mastery approach, we strive to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. We follow White Rose which encompasses the ethos that every child can succeed in maths. Resilience underpins our values at West Moors Middle School and by building confidence within maths results in an overall enjoyment and success in the subject.

To find out more and the White Rose approach, please visit https://whiterosemaths.com/.

We ask all parents to support children with learning their times tables at home; this is key to children being successful as Mathematicians. All children have a log in for Times Table Rockstars, please visit https://ttrockstars.com/page/features, which outlines the benefits of times table recall speed for your child.

Overview of Foundation Subjects within Year 5


Over the course of Year 5, the children will be immersed into ‘Being a Scientist’ at the start of the year, followed by studying ‘Forces’. In Spring, the children will learn about ‘Earth and Space’, which will include a trip to the Winchester Science Museum in early February. They will then study ‘Properties and Materials’, followed by ‘Animals and Humans’ and then completing the year with ‘Lifecycles’.

Year 5 have been having great fun in science, making their rockets! The children are very excited for the big launch next week!

Integrated Learning

In geography, children will learn about location knowledge within the UK, including: geographical features, countries, towns, cities, hills, mountains, seas, coasts and rivers. They will also explore South Africa, including: the location and countries, climate, mountain ranges and human geography.

In history, the children start the year exploring ‘The Ancient Greeks’, followed by, ‘The Shang Dynasty’.

In Beliefs and Values, Year 5 will learn about Christianity, Islam and Judaism.


We have an exciting class music curriculum for pupils in Year 5.

Beginning with the exploration of tuned and untuned percussion instruments we will learn rhythmic accompaniments and melody parts to play in ‘The Siamese Cat Song’.  We will then study the life and music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, extending our tuned percussion skills and reading music on the stave.

As the nights draw in we will compose descriptive pieces for Hallowe’en and Fireworks Night before knuckling down to some Christmas carols and songs with a whole class performance of ‘Jingle Bells’.

We enjoy Chinese Music and pentatonic scales at the start of the spring term to coincide with Chinese New Year and then move to some Jazz and improvised pieces whilst we focus on musical structures.

Chaplin Capers is a fun topic where we recreate storyboards for a silent movie and source and compose short sound clips to embed in a class presentation. British Values are celebrated in our study of war time music before we set about on a whole school production.

World Music, discovering the great composers, performing, reading musical notations, composition …. We will be having tons of fun!


In art, the children will be taught to develp their techniques by ‘Investigating the Elements of Art’. They will then go on to explore ‘Nature in Art’ and ‘Buildings and the Made World’.


Across the school, we deliver PSHCE using the ‘Jigsaw’ programme. During the Autumn term we look at: ‘Being Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’. Followed by: ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’ and the Spring term and  ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ in the Summer term. Please visit: https://jigsawpshe.com/ to find out more.


In PE, the children take part in basketball, rugby, badmington, High 5 netball during the Autumn term. This will be followed by gymnastics, indoor hockey and cricket in the Spring term. Year 5 will have the opportunity to go swimming at Ferndown Leisure Centre in the Summer term and also take part in athletics and tennis.


In French, the children will be learning: Places in town, animals and musical instruments, revision of introductions, animals, verbs: avoir and etre, home, countries, the story of ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’ and fruit.