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Witton Gilbert Primary School

School Closure Information

Please read the letter below for advice on home learning tasks in case of school closures due to the Coronavirus. I have included a range of websites and resources that you can access to support your child's home learning. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other websites out there with resources and ideas.

Welcome to year 5!

Welcome to the Year 5 class page. Everybody has made a superb start to the new school year. High expectations have been set and a clear thirst for challenge is evident. This half term has been a busy one with children quickly adapting to various classroom roles, new topics and sports. To read our class blog, please scroll to the bottom of this page.


We have been writing descriptive narratives and focussing on character and setting descriptions using exciting vocabulary and openers to make our writing more effective, adding dialogue to move the action forward.

We have also been honing our grammar skills to recognise and use a wide range of grammatical techniques and practising answering questions from reading comprehensions to ensure we find evidence and information in the text to help support our answers and understanding inference.




Using the White Rose, Maths Mastery approach, we have been learning about place value up to 8 digits, rounding, factors and multiples. We will focus on formal methods for the four operations e.g. long multiplication and division and we will be furthering our fluency by challenging ourselves with reasoning and problem solving and practising using our mathematical language.


We expect all children to read three times a week in year five and twenty minutes should be a minimum but, if your child can’t put their book down because they are so engrossed, that’s the magic of reading. Please ensure you sign the reading log to confirm this reading is taking place.

After much deliberation, here is my list of must read books for year 5 children:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo

Clockwork by Philip Pullman

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

Time Travelling With a Hamster by Ross Welford

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Why The Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo

Ukulele lessons

On Tuesday afternoons we are very fortunate to be joined by a music specialist who will be teaching the children how to play a Ukulele. These lessons will build upon the skills learnt in year four by exploring new chords and more complex songs.

Physical Education

Physical education is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle, therefore Year 5 will be having two  P.E. lessons (10-11am on a Tuesday and 2-3pm on a Friday) so as  to ensure this foundation is laid and they have the necessary skills for moving on to secondary school. This half term we have been developing our skills in rugby and basketball, concentrating on passing and movement. Could all parents ensure that the children have their correct school P.E. kit in school first thing on a Monday and it will go home with the children at 3.15pm on Friday to be washed. This allows for some flexibility in the time table and ensures that the children are prepared for any additional P.E. sessions that are delivered by external organisations.

Ullswater residential

From Monday 21st October till Friday 25th October, Year 5 will be taking part in a residential experience at the Outward Bound site in Ullswater, in the Lake District, Cumbria. This is a wonderful experience for the children to take part in a wide variety of outdoors-based activities, for example; mountain climbing, rock climbing, gorge walking, orienteering, canoeing, and much more.  If any parents have any questions regarding the trip, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the school.  Joining the children will be myself, Mr Traves, as well as Mrs Curry and Mr Graham.

Our class novel this term is "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo