Welcome to Year Five

Meet The Team

Welcome to the Year 5 staff team. We are a friendly team, determined to help your children have a fantastic year at Avonwood primary school. If you require any help or have any questions, please do not hesitate to chat to us at drop off / pick up or contact the school and one of us will respond.

Year Lead Mrs Short
Pacific Teacher Mrs Short
Arctic Teachers Miss Wilkes
Atlantic Teacher Mr Selig
Teaching Assistants Mrs Hughes, Mrs Ferri & Mrs Masterson


Key Information

Year 5 Curriculum Overview: Click Here

Twitter: @AvonwoodYear5

Year 5 is such an exciting year, full of inspirational texts, stimulating trips and visits and new challenges. It is a year full of opportunities to develop independence, growth and resilience. We work hard to set children up for their transition in this final phase of primary.

We begin the year by diving into an adventure narrative, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, which we use to develop our skills in both composition and comprehension. With this, we will also look at key survival skills with Forest School Fridays!

During the run up to Christmas, we travel back in time to the Victorian era and learn to see life through the eyes of both the rich and the poor as well as exploring the morals of some of our key characters in ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. We will also begin our learning of the Romans, focussing on their development of the Roman Empire. During this topic, we will design and sew our own Roman themed cushions.

In the spring term, we will be studying Roman Britain and then investigating Rivers and North America whilst reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar, a cleverly woven, funny and heart-warming story set in Texas. During our water investigation, we will visit a river (the River Piddle) and work on our key geography field skills.

Summer term takes us on an emotional journey with ‘Skellig’ with our bird visit from ‘Falconry UK’ where we will explore hidden meanings and the wonder of birds. Our final text of the year is a Greek adventure, full of puns, myths and legends. In Science and Design and Technology, we will be exploring forces, physics and gravity supported by our trip to Paulton’s Park! Also in our final term, we begin to explore Space and learn all about the world around us and beyond!

We cannot wait to get started and welcome you to Upper Key Stage 2. Please watch a video of our Year 5 Curriculum Evening for more information and some top tips on how to support your child through Year 5.

Curriculum Information Evening - September 2023

Year 5 Timetable - A Typical Day

At Avonwood our mantra is ‘Every Minute Counts’, so please help us by arriving promptly at 8:40am daily. Morning break is 15 minutes, and we have a one-hour lunch.

Year 5 Example Timetable (Subject to Change)

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Session 5


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Laura (Music), Michelle (Spelling), Charlotte – (PE)

[KS2 Singing Assembly 14:50]


Times tables





SPaG Sheets







[KS2 Assembly 14:50]


Times tables





SPaG Sheets









Times tables





SPaG Sheets









Times tables





Writing feedback





First Chapter Friday


Forest School


[Golden Assembly 14:55]


Times tables


Home Learning

In Years 5 & 6 we begin to prepare the children for the next phase of education and rigour of secondary school daily home learning expectations. The onus increasingly falls on the child to organise their own time and to submit their learning to the class teacher. At the start of Year 5 we will support the children in taking more responsibility for their home learning. As well as consolidating prior learning, a key driver of this phase of home learning is to develop independence and resilience with this aspect of education. The home learning is very much designed around end of Key Stage 2 goals, in Y6 CGP SAT revision guides forming a key part of this.


What trips and visits do you complete in Year 5?

In Year 5, we have a number of trips and visits available. To link with our Water Geography unit,  we visit a river to undergo some river dipping and complete our geography field skills. We will have our Roman Day to celebrate the mid-way point on our Roman learning. During the summer term, we will go to Paulton’s Park for our forces workshop to help with our science learning, where we will then get to see the forces at work – on the rollercoasters! During our Skellig unit, we will have a bird visit from Falconry UK to help with our subject knowledge of birds. This year, we are also visiting the Mayflower Theatre to see 'The Wizard of Oz' to broaden our cultural experiences. 

What day of the week is homework set?

Homework is set on a Wednesday across the school.

I would like to support my child with their learning from home, what can I do to help?

The key things to help your child at home is to help set up key routines that ensure the child has increasing responsibility for getting their things ready, completing their homework and daily reading. Daily reading is fundamental to children’s progress so any support with this would be fantastic. This could be a mix of the child reading to you and you reading to them too. Times tables are also key in a child’s success to maths in Year 5 and 6, without this vital knowledge they will struggle with the everyday basics. Any support you can provide with helping you child to ensure they have high quality weekly homework (including their maths flex) would be fantastic as well. For any other top tips, please watch our ‘Year 5 Curriculum Evening’ video on this page.

What should they bring to school every day?

Each day, your child should come equipped with their reading journal (signed daily), their reading book, a named water bottle, a named snack box with a fruit or vegetable snack for playtime, a named lunchbox (or know that they are school dinner), their homework book, a named, waterproof coat and a named sunhat and sun cream in the summer.

When should I apply for secondary schools?

The deadline for applications for secondary schools is usually the 31st October in the year that your child enters Year 6.

Can I take my child with me to view secondary schools?

We do encourage you to take your children with you on your school visits and tours due it being such an important part of their life. Often these only last for half an hour so children usually only miss an hour (or less) of their school day, but this often sets them up with a positive view of starting secondary school.

What should my child be reading?

For some top tips of what your child should be reading in Year 5, please see our useful documents and links (below) for a recommended reading list for Years 5 and 6.

How often should my child be reading?

For some top tips of what your child should be reading in Year 6, please see our useful documents and links (below) for a recommended reading list for Years 5 and 6 or have a look at the reading section of our website. Research shows daily reading as one of the highest contributors to high achievement in children. Therefore, children should be reading daily all through their school life; we encourage children to log this in their reading journals which we will check at least once a week. Once your child has read five times, they will receive a ‘High 5’ pom pom to put into their class jar. Once the jar is full, the class will celebrate by choosing an activity from the reading raffle!

Why has my child been invited to swimming lessons?

It is a National Curriculum statutory requirement that children are able to swim 25m. All children are invited to swim in Year 3 for a block of lessons, if children do not pass then we ask parents in Year 5 if they have since reached this. If children are still not able to swim 25m then children are invited to attend six catch up lessons in Year 5 whilst the other children complete their PE in school. There is a small fee to pay for these swimming lessons, but if there are any problems with this, then we encourage you to get in touch at the earliest opportunity so that we can help.

What days do our children need to wear PE kit?

In Autumn 1 we have PE on Mondays and Forest School on Fridays so please wear clothes appropriate for being outdoors in all weathers. In Autumn 2, PE days will be Mondays and Tuesdays and there will be no Forest Schools. Children should attend school in full PE kit, including navy jogging bottoms and our branded Avonwood navy hoodie. 

My child would like to walk to and from school independently, is this possible?

In Years 5 and 6 we permit children to walk to and from school independently with prior parent and school consent. To request this, please complete the form (which you can find from the office) and pass this back to the front office once completed. Please await written confirmation this may go ahead before commencing this.

How can I help my child prepare for Year 6?

In Year 5, we spend our time getting children ready for the pace of Year 6 and Secondary School, so this feels like less of a shock for them. One thing that really helps with this is confident and fluent times table and arithmetic skills (e.g. knowing number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 fluently and being able to add single-digit numbers in their head quickly). Additionally, it would be beneficial for children to practise their Year 5 and 6 statutory spelling words which can be found below.

Do you do 11+ practice in school?

We do not do anything specific to assist with 11+ practice at school. All preparation for this should be done at home, however, teachers are happy to discuss which areas of learning your child may benefit from focusing on. 

Useful Documents / Links

Please see below a list of documents and links you may find useful for supporting your child through Year 5 at Avonwood Primary School.

The recommended book list for Key Stage 2

Uniform Policy

Year 5/6 statutory spelling list

Please see below some helpful websites to help support your child with their learning.

KS2 BBC Bitesize (KS2 - BBC Bitesize

Hit the Button (Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (topmarks.co.uk)

Times Tables Rock Stars (https://ttrockstars.com/)  

All subjects (All subjects - Key Stage 2 - Oak National Academy (thenational.academy)

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