Geraldton (Year 5)

Class teacher: Mrs Bell
Supported by: Mrs Boath

Geraldton Timetable

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


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:

  • Poetry
  • Narrative with a significant author,
  • Plays
  • Stories from a different culture
  • Narrative Poetry


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:

  • Place value
  • Addition and Subtraction


During term 5 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  1 and 2 is Properties and changes of Materials.



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.

History and Geography

For the whole of terms 1 and 2, our topic is ‘The local Area’. This topic provides an opportunity to focus on history and geography skills. In the classroom the children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • Order events chronologically
  • Use artefacts and other evidence to discuss the past
  • Establish how the past has affected the present


PE is taught twice a week. In term 1, Geraldton Class will be doing Gymnastics at Springboard Gymnastics in Warminster and Multi skills.

  • To pass and catch a ball accurately
  • To mark opponents effectively
  • To use tactics to play in a small sided game
  • To shoot/place a ball accurately


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 focus is Our Happy School.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in blocked weeks at end of each term.  During the both blocked week in terms 1 and 2, the children will be learning about  Christianity. The children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • Consider what commitment means to a Christian
  • Express and debate their own ideas and share opinions
  • Discuss the events of the Christmas accounts in the bible
  • Explain and give reasons for the different accounts

Design and Technology

In term 1, the DT learning is focusing on complex structures. In term 2, Food Technology is the focus.


Art is a subject which is closely linked with topic work. The starting point is a visit to a Gallery during the class residential trip. This is an excellent starting point where the children will be working towards an Art award.

  • Collect and develop ideas for a starting point
  • Observational Drawing
  • Use an artist as an influence for their work
  • Use digital art
  • Use their own experiences to create art


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. This term music is delivered through enrichment led by Mrs Williams.