Geraldton (Year 5)

Class teacher: Mrs Bell
Supported by: Mrs Young


Geraldton Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings
and Mental Maths
Hymn Practise
ArtCircle Time
2.30-3:00Whole School WorshipWhole School Worship1.45-3.00
Recorders2.15 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,Thursday and Friday mornings with the aim of developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Literacy units are usually taught over a two week period. Guided Reading in groups occurs once a fortnight. During these two terms, Geraldton Class will cover the following:

Promotional Persuasion, Story Narrative, focusing on chapter writing, Poetry, Myths,  and Non Chronological Reports


Maths is taught daily Monday,Tuesday,Thursday and Friday. 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
  • Decimals, fractions and Percentages
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Shape and Position


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  5 is Living Things and Habitats and in term 6 the focus is on animals and humans.



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 and history and in term 6, the focus will be robotics.

History and Geography

For the whole of terms 5 and 6 our topic is Ancient Greece. This topic provides an opportunity to focus on history and geography skills. In the classroom the children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • Drawing a timeline with different historical periods using specific language
  • Use historical language accurately
  • Compare two ways of life
  • Construct questions about the past
  • Use artefacts and others sources of evidence to  find out about key events in the past
  • Locate and identify geographical features of Modern Greece using geographical language
  • Compare Ancient and Modern Greece


PE is taught twice a week. In term 6, Geraldton Class will be learning Tennis and Swimming. Geraldton class will particularly be focusing on the  following skills:

  • Developing hand eye co-ordination and technique for a specific outcome
  • Developing tactics
  • Applying rules in a game situation


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 focusing on healthy bodies and healthy minds.


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 Christianity. The children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • Investigate how a Christian shows commitment to God
  • Explore and investigate how and why people with beliefs care for others and look after the world

Design and Technology

In term 5, food technology will have a direct link with the learning in PSHE where the children will be focusing on healthy bodies and healthy minds. In term 6 the focus is mechanical structures.


Art is a subject which is closely linked with topic work. The skill focus for this term is printing. During Arts week, which is the last week of term 5, the children will have an exciting week of learning based upon the environment. They will be completing different sculptures and working with a well known illustrator. Leading up to art’s week the children will be focusing on the following skills:

  • Collect and develop ideas for a starting point
  • Observational Drawing
  • Use an artist as an influence for their work
  • Use printing techniques to convey their ideas


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 voice tuition.