Year 5

Year 5

Meet the teacher

My name is Mrs Campion and I am the year 5 teacher. I have been teaching at Dame Dorothy since 2012. I really enjoy linking our lessons to our termly topic; hopefully, the children will enjoy this too.


Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematic skills. Each morning, the children have mental maths to complete. It is important that the children get to school promptly at 8:45am so they don’t miss out on their mental maths. In this fifteen minutes we work on previous maths facts and times tables. I would also encourage the children to practise quick recall of all times tables up to 12×12, and related division facts at home.

We will be starting the term on revising place value of five digits moving up to millions. We will then move to the four written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Finishing this term with area and perimeter.


This term, our topic is Child At War.

This topic is history based with a focus on how the past affects us today.

We will be learning about evacuees, rationing, air raids, dig for victory and the Christmas truce.

Opportunities for reading and writing will also be linked to the topic, with the new book starting in December – Letters from the lighthouse.

We have a trip booked to Eden camp for the children and more information on this will be sent out nearer the time.


This term we will be reading Boy in the Girls bathroom by Louis Sachar, and will be basing a lot of our literacy work around it. We will look at many aspects of reading comprehension, such as prediction, inference, summarising and explanation. The book will help us with our cause for writing, working on diaries, report writing and letter writing.

Our first topic was about Sunderland shipyards will help introduce non chronological report writing and newspaper articles.


The teaching of spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPAG) forms an important element of the teaching of reading and writing in primary school. The SPaG element this term will involve using prepositions, subordinate clauses, co-ordinating conjunctions and adverbial phrases. Exploring how to make our writing flow for the reader.

Adverbs of possibility and word class will also be of high importance within our work.


We will be working on the following throughout the year:

  • homophones
  • synonyms/antonyms
  • root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  • application of spelling rules
  • we are also focusing on the Year 5/6 curriculum spelling list of high frequency words

PE lessons are on a Tuesday (all year) and Thursday (until October half term) afternoon. Please make sure your child has the correct kit and can remove any earrings they may be wearing. We will be taking part in netball this term with expert teaching from our PE coaches. Please note, it is essential that your children have suitable footwear for PE sessions. Trainers must be worn. The children need to have water bottles in school to keep hydrated during their PE lessons.


We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and Apps on phones or tablets. They are always extremely responsive to this.

During our Children at War topic, we will explore writing e-books.


Mrs Ireland will take the children for music lessons every Thursday afternoon for this term. Looking at learning how to read music and research a musician of the month.

 Each child will have the opportunity to take up a musical instrument in year 5; on offer will be flute, saxophone, drums and clarinet. Mr Brown will come in on Wednesdays for these separate lessons.

A few reminders

This term in year 5, children will be given weekly spellings on a Monday, these will need to be practised to gain a good knowledge of the spellings ready for our spelling tests on Friday. The children will also work on the spelling rules and vocabulary during the week to help them. Every weekday, the children will be given a 5-10 minute mental maths homework sheet to complete for the next day. There will be open homework given out each half term linked to our topic, the first linking to shipyards, the next will be connected to the child at war topic. It is essential that home/school communication is effective. This partnership will ensure that the children receive the very best from school.

Please email me at if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

All children need to have their own water bottle. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

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