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
Voice Tuition
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:

  • Myths
  • Poetry
  • Recounts
  • Narrative
  • Persuasive Letter


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:

  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Statistics
  • Roman Numerals
  • Shape


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  5 is Living Things and their habitats and in term 6 the topic is Animals including Humans. In term 5 the following skills will be taught:

  • Record data and results using scientific diagrams and labels
  • To use key vocabulary
  • To describe the process of reproduction in plants.
  • To plan and carry out an investigation


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 5 and 6, the topic is Rivers, Coasts and Green Issues. This topic provides an opportunity to focus on key geography skills. In the classroom the children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • To  use key  geographical vocabulary
  • To understand the water cycle
  • To use maps and atlases to identify rivers, mountains and other physical features
  • To understand the key elements of the river and its journey from source to mouth


PE is taught twice a week. In term 5, Geraldton Class will be learning Rounders and fielding and batting skills. For Enrichment this term, the class will be playing Tennis. They will be concentrating on the following skills:

  • To improve fielding skills
  • Develop accuracy of throwing and catching skills
  • Develop batting skills
  • Apply fielding and batting skills in game situations


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.

  • To identify the different food groups
  • To plan a balanced meal
  • To recognise the damage different substances have on your health


Religious Education

RE will be taught in blocked weeks at end of each term.  During the both blocked week in terms 5 and 6, the children will be learning about Sikhism and Christianity. The children will be focusing on the following ideas and concepts in term 5:

  • To recognise that stories can be an important way of expressing belief
  • To explain the meaning and themes behind a Sikh story and the relevance it has for a Sikh
  • To express ideas about themes within Sikh stories

Design and Technology

In term 5, the DT learning is focusing on food technology. In term 6, Problem solving is the focus.


Art is a subject which is closely linked with topic work. The class will be working on their Arts Explore Award. The class will be focusing on the following skill:

  • I use my sketch book to explore ideas and collect visual and other information
  • I use this in developing my work, taking account of the purpose.
  • To reproduce a painting in the style of an artist
  • To create a piece of textiles


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 the children will be having voice tuition and learning the Ukulele. The children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • To introduce the Ukelele
  • To play chords on the Ukelele
  • To research different musicians
  • To sing and play whilst playing chords