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Year 5 - Mr Atkins

Welcome to Year 5's class page! 

In Year 5 we aim to give our very best every day.  We work hard, knowing when it is possible to develop our independence and when we need to ask for help.  We follow in the footsteps of Jesus by caring and supporting each other. In Year 5, we provide a challenging learning environment where all children are supported to make progress in their learning.

The children experience a wide range of subjects and a variety of learning opportunities. Each half term, we will focus on a different History or Geography unit and in English we will use a range of books as inspiration for our writing. Over the year, we will also complete Art and DT units as well as RE, Music, French, PE and Computing every week.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via the class Seesaw app.

Mr Atkins


Reading continues to be vitally important this year, so your support with listening to your child read at home as regularly as possible, ideally on a daily basis, is very much appreciated. Please remember children should record any reading they are doing at home in their Reading Record books. Discussing and asking questions about the books you share will enhance their comprehension and inference skills. We will also be focussing on these during our individual and guided reading sessions in school in which we follow Pathways to read.


In Year 5 we focus on a variety of different genres. This half term in English we will be learning about Traditional Tales, using the text 'The Lost Happy Endings' as inspiration for the children's writing.

Reading also plays a vital role in our English curriculum. Each week we focus on developing our reading and comprehension skills by exploring the different reading domains of:

  • Vocabulary 
  • Retrieval
  • Summarise
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Compare, contrast and comment
  • Author's choice


Throughout the year, Y5 experience a range of sporting activities. During the Autumn Term, Y5 will develop their understanding and skills of Tennis.

Later in the term, Y5 will aim to improve their Basketball skills. This will be done by using a range of teaching methods tailored towards developing all areas of play.

PE will be on a Thursday, so please ensure your child has appropriate footwear and the correct PE uniform each week.


At St Alban's we follow a Mastery Approach to teacing Maths, ensuring children establish a solid understanding of the different mathematical concepts through Varied Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving. During the Autumn Term we will be covering a range of Maths topics such as: 

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions

We also pactise our arithmetic every morning during morning maths!



In Science we follow the Developing Experts Scheme and our current topic is 'changes to materials', looking at reverisble changes and exploring the different states of matter. The next topic for Spring Term is Forces. This unit ‘Force’ takes children through six lessons where they learn how to: explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object; identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces; and finally, they learn how to recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


As a Catholic School, the teaching of the church is at the heart of everything we do. As well as daily collective worship, we follow the Come and See Scheme. Our topics for the Autumn Term are:​

  • Domestic Church
  • Baptism and Confirmation
  • Advent - Christmas

As well as celebrating Harvest week and Judiasm week.





Each Half Term at St Alban's we focus on a different History or Geography topic. This Half Term, Year 5 will be focusing on the History topic all about the Anglo Saxons. Putting our detective hats on and asking the question, What effect did the Anglo-Saxon invasion and settlement have on the culture and history of Britain? 


Here are some photos from various lessons and activities we have done so far throughout the year! Enjoy!

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