Welcome to Year 5

year 5

Our 2017/8 curriculum map can be found here:

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Reading VIPERS for parents

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

CLICC– 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. After talking to the class teacher, if there are any further enquires, they can be directed toward our head teacher.

Summer 1 – Floodland

This term year 5 have been reading the debut novel by Marcus Sedgewick – Floodland. The book is an extraordinary novel, set some time in the not too distant future in a land that has been reclaimed by the sea. Zoe last saw her father and her sick mother as they sailed away on the last boat from Norwich, leaving her to face the future alone. She finds her way to Eel Island, a place where mobs rule in a bid for survival in a dark, dank graveyard of a world.


Healthy Snack Sale

On Friday 11th May, year 5 children took part in a snack sale. All week they had been researching, designing, costing and making their snacks in the build up to Friday. They learnt all about profit and loss, maximising profits and working as a team. The children really enjoyed the process and especially the sale when they could see their products being sold and the money they were making! Year 5 is full of future entrepreneurs. The children make a huge £80.41 profit for the school in its bid to purchase an on site defibrillator. Well done year 5! A huge thank you to all the staff and children who came to the sale and made it the great success it was.



English – Speech writing

Using the story of Floodland, year 5 created speeches to persuade the islanders on Eels Island to work together and overcome the problems that they are having. The children worked extremely hard to include all their year 5 writing targets. They then performed them to an audience focusing on how to delver a speech using gesture, tone and volume.

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Spring 2 – Journey to Jo’burg


During this term we have really been enjoying the book Journey to Jo’burg. Whilst reading this, we have learnt so much about apartheid, how it affected many South Africans and what it might have been like for children living there at the time.

Throughout the unit we have been writing letters from a range of viewpoints, creating informative leaflets and even writing a flashback!  The children  have thoroughly enjoyed this unit and it has been lovely to see so much work also being produced at home too!

World book day

This term we have also enjoyed world book day! (Even if it was a week late due to the snow!)  It was fantastic to see so many wonderful costumes, a lot of which had been handmade. We had a great day exploring our favourite books and getting involved with plenty of book related activities.

Spring 1

English – The Wolves of Currumpaw

This term we studied the book The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill. Set in New Mexico, this is the story of a wolf hunter Ernest Seton come up against Lobo the king of wolves. The children wrote diary entries and engaged in various discussions involving wolf hunting.


We continued this theme of North America through art by looking at native American Indians and their art work. We created dream catchers and weaved wool in their unique style.

Autumn 2

Road Safety Week

Throughout road-safety week, children have been encouraged to wear their most high visibility clothing to school. Two of our JRSOs have been in school extra early, ready to spot our bright attire. They have been totting up the scores for the winning class to be announced later in the week.


So far this term we have been reading the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, adapted by author Neil Gaiman. The children have been enjoying drama and hot-seating activities to explore the characters and their motives. Writing to entertain with diary extracts from different points of view has given the children the chance to explore contrasting views.

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We have also been reading the classic poem by Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott. Although the text has be challenging we have really engaged with themes and language.  We have explored the rhyming scheme and have performed the poem as a class using tone of voice for effects to suit the mood of the poem.

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Anti-bullying week

During the week of 13th November, as it was Anti-Bullying awareness week, we took part in various activities which we presented in assembly. The children were really engaged with the activities and it was wonderful to see how important they thought the message of ‘All different, all equal’ was.

Autumn 1

This term we are reading the fascinating story of The Matchbox Diary. The story takes us on a journey into the past looking through a Great-Granddad’s memory boxes. Hidden inside tiny matchboxes, we discover the extraordinary tale of an immigrant leaving his home in Italy to sail to America to start a new life.

We will use our own memories and keepsakes to create a diary of our own. As well as this we will produce letters and newspapers showing character’s viewpoints.

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In science, we have been discovering about different materials and designing our own experiments to test whether chemical changes are reversible or not. The children have really enjoyed finding out and refining their investigative skills.

Miss Phillips — Sellwood

Mr Archer and Miss Broderick — Moore

Mr Wakeford — Crescent

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-

Sellwood: Tuesday and Friday

Moore: Tuesday and Thursday

Crescent: Tuesday and Wednesday

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.

Occasionally there may be a project based task related to our class topic which would be completed over several weeks. This may be science, geography or history based and would encourage the children to complete their own research on an area that interests them.

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

Tasks should take approximately an hour a week.