The Federation of Netley Abbey Infant and Junior Schools

Welcome to Year 5

Our 2023 – 24 curriculum map can be found here:

Year 5 23-24 Curriculum Map

Take a look at what we are getting up to in Autumn 2!

Autumn 2

Welcome to Year 5 slides


Reading VIPERS for parents


Here is our Reading Bookcase, which shows the key texts we will read across the curriculum in Year 5:


We use our CLIC values to help us to learn to the best of our ability. We believe that every child has the right-

C– to be a confident communicator

L– to learn

I– to improve their health

C– to be part of a community

At Netley Abbey Junior School, these ideas underpin all of our learning. With this in mind, please take some time to see what we have been up to in class.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please feel free to talk to our class teachers in the first instance who should be able to answer any queries. Alternatively, you can direct any questions to Mrs Rosie Earle, Federation Director of Teaching and Learning. 

Homework help

Please see the link on key grammatical terms that your child will be learning about.

A Parents Guide to Grammar

Recommended Reads

Many parents have asked if we can recommend age-appropriate challenging texts for their child.

Below are links to three book lists of ‘recommended reads’ which are suitable for Year 5 Readers and for More Able Readers:

Books for year 5 children

SLS Booklists Recommended Reads Year 5

SLS Booklists Able Readers at KS2

Mr Oliver – Heath

Miss Roper- Beach

Miss Hansell – Grange (Year 5 Lead)

Our PE Days

We would like children to have their PE kit in school every day, however, we understand that they do need washing. P.E. kits will be sent home at the end of each term. 

PEOur PE days are-

Beach:  Thursday  and Friday

Heath:Tuesday and Thursday

Grange: Wednesday and Thursday


Homework is given out on a Friday and is collected in on the following Wednesday.

Homework includes either an English or maths task related to the work taught that week or may be a revision of a concept taught earlier in the term. Weekly spellings are also given and these will include important key words, as well as words with a particular pattern or rule.

Children are also expected to read regularly, updating their reading logs, and practise their times tables using TTRS.

All homework will be set using Teams. 

Year 5 Termly Updates

Autumn 1 

As the new school year begins, we are very much looking forward to getting to know our new Year 5’s and exploring some new topics with them!

In our English lessons, we are thinking about our heroes. We have already looked at a video called “Pip”, about a dog who is training to be a seeing eye dog.  We used this video to remind ourselves of expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. We are also looking forward to using the book "Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different", in which we will find out about different men throughout history who have achieved great things. 


In Maths, we have already recapped the place value number skills required to order and compare numbers to 100,000.  Following our work on rounding numbers, we will be able to use estimating to check whether our addition and subtraction calculations using column method are correct or not. As the term continues, we look forward to recapping our knowledge of addition and subtraction and applying our understanding of the inverse to solve missing number calculations. 

In Science, we are considering the impact of different forces on the world around us. Throughout this unit we will conduct a variety of experiments into gravity, air resistance and water resistance and evaluate the fairness of these tests. Take a look at one of the pulleys we made to explore the concept of mechanisms. 


During Spanish we are recapping introductions before considering how we introduce our own family as well as other people's family members. This builds on our work in previous year groups. In RE we are considering the concept of 'Wisdom' and what this means to those within the Christian and Islamic religions. Don't be surprised if you are asked for your own words of wisdom at home! 


Autumn 2