Year 5

Year 5

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.


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 Wednesday for these separate lessons.

PE lessons are on a Tuesday 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 football and cricket this term with expert teaching from our PE coaches. Please note, it is essential that your children have suitable footwear for PE sessions. Trainers or well-fitting sand shoes must be worn. The children need to have water bottles in school to keep hydrated during their PE lessons.

We go to the library on a Wednesday. Reading scheme books will be changed weekly on a Wednesday. We will do shared reading on a Thursday so all books must be swapped by then. Books will come home Thursday night to be returned the following Wednesday. The children will also have the opportunity to take a library book home to read at their leisure. We urge our children to read every day for 15-20 minutes. You can help by listening to your child read, ask questions about tricky vocabulary, and ask what they have understood in the text.

A few reminders

This term in year 5, children will be given weekly spellings on a Friday, 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 Monday. 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, 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 have been provided with a named 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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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

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 cohesive devices, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.