Geraldton (Year 5)

Miss Miles

Class Teacher

Mrs Sheppard

Teaching Partner

Mrs Ellis

Teaching Partner

Early Morning Work

For the first half-an-hour of the day, Year Five focus on developing key skills in English and Maths. The children work through a daily maths task to improve their mental agility in various different mathematical skills. They will also have a handwriting task, which usually has a spelling, grammar or punctuation focus. This is also a when children are heard read individually. Every child will be heard once every other week. On Friday mornings, Geraldton Class will be tested on their weekly spellings as well as working on a multiplication test.



English is taught daily from Monday to Thursday and develops reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. English units are usually taught over a two-week period. During Term Five, Geraldton Class will be looking at the following units in order to develop their writing skills:

  • Narrative –  Arctic Star (Two-week unit)
  • Informal Letters – The diary of Anne Frank (Two-week unit)
  • Setting description – Rainforests (One-week unit)



Maths is taught daily from Monday to 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 answering reasoning questions. Geraldton Class will focus on the following skills this term:

  • To understand and construct two-way table
  • To read and interpret timetables, bar charts and tables
  • To understand degrees of turn and angles
  • To measure and construct angles
  • To classify shapes To plot coordinates and translate shapes



In science this term, Geraldton will be focusing on plants. We will be looking at the lifecycle of different plants and how they propagate. In addition, we will be exploring the parts of the flowers and their scientific names as well as dissecting a flower. During our science lessons, we focus on a variety of different skills which enable the children to work scientifically and understand how to conduct an experiment effectively.




This term, Geraldton Class will explore the opportunities that computer networks and the internet offer for communication. In order to do this, we will be looking at the different parts of a computer and how it connects to the internet. We will also be thinking about how to create a safe password and the importance of this. Additionally, during the last week of this term, it will be E-safety Week and we will be thinking about how the children can keep themselves and others safe online.




This term Geraldton Class will go swimming every Tuesday afternoon. They will work on improving their confidence, technique and ability in the water. In addition to PE on a Tuesday afternoon, the children will have PE on a Friday afternoon. On a Friday afternoon, they will be developing their netball skills and exploring the different tactics needed for the game. They will be improving their attacking and defending skills as well ensuring their confidence in the key passes used in the game.



In PSHE this term, our topic is ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds’. The children will be learning about the importance of exercise and how to accept themselves for who they are. They will also discuss mental well-being and the importance of asking for help when they need it. In Term Five, they will cover the following:

  • The importance of a healthy body to our well-being
  • How to make well informed choices about their well-being
  • To understand the different people responsible for their personal health
  • How our emotions impact on our actions
  • To understand the changes that happen to their bodies during puberty and how to manage these



RE is taught on a weekly basis and this term we will be looking at Sikhism. We will be focusing on the key question of: ‘are Sikh stories still relevant today?’ This question will enable us to build on what the children have already learnt and relate the moral messages of Sikhism to their own lives. In these sessions, we will be looking at a variety of Sikh stories which the children will be able to act out, draw and interpret as a group.




History and Geography

During Terms 5 and 6, the children will be using World War Two and its impact on Europe in order to inspire their history and geography topics. During Term 5, they will be exploring WW2 through a historical lens and focusing on the impact on the government had during WW2, propaganda and the views of the people. They will also be interpreting primary sources of evidence and delving into bias and the reliability of different sources of evidence while also thinking about gender and the roles of men and women and how these changed during wartime.



During Term 5, Geraldton Class will have music enrichment with Mrs Kjaer. 



Geraldton Class will be focusing on cams and gears during Term 5. They will be exploring the different movements we can get from different shaped cams and evaluating the effectiveness of different cam toys before making their very own. This will enable them to develop different woodwork and measuring skills.