Year 5 - Mr Bolan-Ashworth         

Welcome back to our first half term of what I am sure will prove to be an exciting year for both the children and the teaching staff.

During their history topic the children will be studying the Mayans. They will be linking their research of this fascinating and interesting culture to their English work.

In English we will be looking at a range of texts to enthuse the children’s writing, using stories from Mayan folklore for inspiration. As a stimulus for the children’s imagination, we will be reading the traditional Mayan folktales ‘The Chocolate Tree’ and ‘The dwarf of Uxmel’. The children will develop and use a range of new sentence types this half term to improve and add greater interest to their writing.

During Roald Dahl week we will be reading ‘The Witches’. Don’t forget that Roald Dahl day will be Friday the 13th of September, so don’t forget to dress up.

In Maths this half term the class will be learning to;

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1, 000,000
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers through zero
  • round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all elements of the place value domain

The class will also be working on their addition and subtraction skills and their understanding of money.

This half terms science unit focuses on Earth and Space. The children will learn how to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets. They will also learn how to explain the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night.

In computing we will be learning about coding how to design write and debug programs to accomplish a goal.

Also, in art we will be looking at silk painting techniques. Using brilliant and vibrant colours, we will put dyes directly onto fabric to create some imaginative and exciting artwork.

For useful information on the children’s Earth and Space and Mayans topic we have included their workbook knowledge organisers in their homework books. The knowledge organisers are a great way to help your child to understand new topics.

Year 5 Gallery

This is only the start of the year. Come back soon to see what we have been up to.


Homework will be given out every Friday. There will be two pieces (Maths and English), as well as spellings from the Year 5/6 spelling list.

Other Information
Swimming (Tuesday) - Towel and swimming shorts/costume!

PE (Friday) - Pumps, tshirt and shorts.

Forest School - Weather appropriate outerwear and footwear - wellies for the rain!

Important Dates this Half Term 

 11th Sept- Roald Dahl theatre group in school

13th Sept - Roald Dahl dress up day 

25th Sept - Macmillan coffee morning

1st Oct- Harvest assembly

Meet the Year 5 Team

Mr Bolan-Ashworth (Class Teacher)

Mrs Regan (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Johnson (Teaching Assistant)