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.

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. I would also encourage the children to practice quick recall of all times tables up to 12×12, and related division facts at home.

We will be starting the term continuing our work on fractions, finding quantities of amounts and multiplying mixed fractions by a whole number. We will then move onto percentages and decimals. The children will learn how to convert these and understand ordering, comparison, addition and subtraction.

We will finish the term revising place value up to millions and the four written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

We will work on fractions, percentages and decimals. The children will learn how to convert these and understand ordering, comparison, addition and subtraction,

This term, our topic is Alchemy Island.

This topic is science based, looking at changing states and properties. We will link this within our Harry Potter text, making the “magic” appear.

We will conduct scientific investigations and enquires linked to this topic, looking at recording our findings in tables, graphs and written summaries. This will link to our maths targets of data handling.

Our reading book of Harry Potter will also be linked to this topic, alongside writing activities, to give the children’s writing a purpose.

This term we will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, basing our literacy work around this. We will be looking at writing newspaper articles, diaries and narrative writing. All our literacy will link to our SPaG targets. We will continue to work on our reading comprehension skills, such as prediction, inference, summarising and explanation.

The topic of Alchemy Island will give us the opportunity to write extended instructions and recounts.


We will continue to develop our reading comprehension skills including inference and deduction, retrieval of information, prediction and explanation. There will be a significant focus upon unfamiliar vocabulary.

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 revision of key targets. Starting with expanded noun phrases, determiners, relative and embedded clauses. We will also be doing a high level amount of vocabulary and using new words in the correct context.

We will be working on high expectations of handwriting and revision of all past punctuation and simple sentence structure.

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 Tuesday afternoons, children can come into school wearing PE kit, this consists of a navy school t-shirt, navy shorts or jogging bottoms and a navy school hoodie, trainers should also be worn. Please make sure any earrings are removed on PE day. We will be playing tennis for the first half term with Steve & Hannah from Boldon LTC, athletics with Donna after half term. PE kits can be purchased from Total Sport, should you require one.


We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We will using publisher to design an eco-friendly house, linked with the MOBIE project.

We will ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and Apps on phones or tablets.


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.

 Children will continue to have the opportunity of their musical instrument; continuing their flute, saxophone, drums and clarinet. Mr Brown will come in on Wednesday for these separate lessons.

A few reminders

This term in year 5, children will be given weekly spellings on a Monday, this sheet will not need to come back into school but will need to be completed with 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. There will be open homework given out each half term linked to our topic. This term will be fundraising ideas to help understand profit and loss and the value of money. It is essential that home/school communication is effective. This partnership will ensure that the children receive the very best from school.

If parents have any concerns, however trivial you feel they maybe then please do not hesitate to speak to me. I will contact you by phone as soon as possible.

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

School branded water bottles to be used in school only. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

Please make sure that all items of uniform, PE kit and coats are clearly labelled to avoid any confusion should the children remove them.

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