Geraldton (Year 5)

Class teacher: Mrs Bell
Supported by: Mrs Nash


Geraldton Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings
and Mental Maths
Tag Rugby
2.30-3:00Whole School WorshipWhole School WorshipSinging WorshipWhole School Worship2.15 Celebration Assembly


The question that Geraldton Class will be answering is:

If we explore, what will we discover?

Early Morning Work

For the first half-an-hour of the day, Year Five focus on developing key skills in literacy and numeracy. The children work through a daily maths task to improve their mental agility. They will also have a handwriting task, which has a spelling, grammar or punctuation focus. This is also when children are heard read individually. Every child will be heard once every other week which also includes reading comprehension tasks. On Fridays, the children will be tested on their spellings, times tables and mental maths skills.


Literacy is taught Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings with the aim of developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Literacy units are usually taught over a two week period. Where possible the literacy units will link in a cross-curricular way with the class topic. Guided Reading in groups occurs once a fortnight. During these two terms, Geraldton Class will cover the following:

  • Legends
  • Explanations
  • Narrative focusing on setting
  • Instructions


Maths is taught daily Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Maths units are typically one week in length. The children build on their previous knowledge to extend their understanding in different aspects of mathematics. They also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge when solving mathematical problems and puzzles. Geraldton class will cover the following units in the next two terms:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages


During term 4 Science is taught once a week, through both practical and theory activities during the enrichment session. The children will develop their skills as a scientist through investigations, practising their predicting and concluding skills and gaining an understanding of controlling variables. The children are taught, and should then apply, key scientific vocabulary in relation to the current science topic. The science topic for term  4 is Space. In term 4, the school have Science week to look forward to where the theme is to explore and discover.



Through the week technology is used as an exciting learning tool within many subjects. Children have a broad range of experiences using a variety of devices as they develop their computing skills. The children learn to become digitally literate within a safe environment in order to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding both within and out of school. Computing will be used in a cross-curricular way through art,maths, literacy and history.


For the whole of terms 3 and 4, our topic is Anglo Saxons, Scots and the Vikings. This topic provides an opportunity to focus on key history skills. In the classroom the children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • To order events chronologically and use key vocabulary
  • To use artefacts and other evidence to discuss the past and give reasons for it
  • To explore key people in the historical periods
  • To make comparisons between two sets of people


PE is taught twice a week. In term 4, Geraldton Class will be learning Gymnastics and for Enrichment this term, the class will be playing Tag Rugby. They will be concentrating on the following skills:

  • To pass a ball accurately
  • To mark opponents effectively
  • To use tactics to play in a small sided game
  • To create a sequence of movements
  • To evaluate the learning effectively


PSHE is taught each term based on discussion and circle times. The children are given the opportunity to empathise with others and their emotions as well as coming to terms with and verbalising their own feelings and opinions.This term, the unit focuses on friends and family. The class will continue with the enterprise project which was started in term 3.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in blocked weeks at end of each term.  During the both blocked week in terms 3 and 4, the children will be learning about Sikhism and Christianity. The children will be focusing on the following ideas and concepts:

  • Consider what commitment means to a Sikh
  • Express and debate their own ideas and share opinions
  • Discuss the events of the Easter Story and whether God intended Jesus to be crucified

Design and Technology

In term 3, the DT learning is focusing on mechanical  structures. In term 4, Food Technology is the focus.


Art is a subject which is closely linked with topic work. The focus for the term is observational skills and sculpture.

  • Collect and develop ideas for a starting point
  • Observational Drawing
  • Use an artist as an influence for their work
  • Work in a range of mediums


Music is delivered through voice tuition, singing practice, recorders and percussion sessions. The children encounter a variety of songs,  instruments and movement. They are taught to feel and move with the pulse of the music, recognise, compose and perform rhythms and melodies, listen to and evaluate a variety of music and to appreciate changes in tempo, timbre,  and dynamics of music.