West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

Happy Days - Bright Futures
Part of the Bourne Education Trust

Year 5

Please click here for the Year 5 Word Aware words for the second half of the Spring term

Please click here for the Year 5 curriculum overview

Please click here for the Year 5 Information slides for September 2020

Please click here to see information on the InAction Y5 Trip

Please click here to see information on the Autumn 2019 Topic "Romans"

Please click here for the Year 5 Homework Policy 


Curriculum Information


In Year 5, children continue to develop their independence and enthusiasm for writing. We focus on ensuring that the pupils’ spellings as well as their use of grammar and punctuation rules are broadly accurate.

Each unit begins with an immersion phase where children are exposed to quality examples of a particular genre. Children are taught to identify key features and will learn about key skills so that they can include them in their writing. This will then lead to our final writing sequence which includes a first draft, a chance to edit and improve and finally publishing for a wider audience. Writing activities are purposeful and, wherever possible, linked to our topic.

Our weekly guided reading sessions often relate to our topic and/or writing genre whilst developing a reading skill. Independent reading is encouraged and given a purpose through Accelerated Reader. This monitors and informs the teachers and children of their progress.

Support is offered through targeted interventions and personalised targets. Teachers and learning assistants give constructive feedback during lessons, as well as facilitating and encouraging self and peer assessment.



In Year 5 we aim to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers up to 1 000 000, numbers to 3 decimal places and the 4 operations. We follow the White Rose scheme of work to enable children to master an understanding and love of maths. Children work independently and collaboratively using a range of manipulatives. They are encouraged to develop reasoning skills by exploring and recording different methods when solving a problem and explaining their preferred method. We offer consolidation groups for those who may need some support as well as challenge activities.

We expect children to continue to learn their times tables at home and we have regular quizzes at school to develop rapid recall and application of these number facts.



The focus of our science teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. We do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments. We encourage the children to ask their own questions and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them.

In Year 5 our topics will cover living things and their habitats, how humans change through their lifetime, properties and changes of materials, Earth and space and forces such as gravity as well as air and water resistance.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

All our learning is linked to our school mission statement and school aims. Our whole school values of resilience, respect, resourcefulness, responsibility and being reflective are embedded throughout the curriculum and help to develop SMSC. We promote the British value across the curriculum.  During our PSHE lessons we allow children time to discuss moral and social issues and coach them to resolve any problems they may face. We have developed an environment where all children respect and celebrate cultures and languages. We celebrate positive behaviour choices through class reward systems, our whole school house system, golden tea party and celebration assembly.


Top Tips for Year 5 Parents

  • Encourage and help your child to become independent through organising themselves for school, sorting out friendship issues on their own and completing homework tasks.
  • Visit the library and museums regularly
  • Encourage children to read books at the appropriate level for them and complete the Accelerated Reader quiz at school.
  • Help children to develop routines such as when they will read each evening and when they will complete their homework.
  • Look for opportunities to rehearse times tables. By the end of Year 5, children should confidently recall all times tables up to 12 x 12 as well as the related division facts
  • Talk as a family about your day.
  • Talk to children about their use of IT and remember that most social media websites require children to be 13 or older.