Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Fabulous Year 5!

Welcome to Year 5's class page! Here you will find information about our fantastic learning, experiences, class information, homework and any other news.


Staff contact details

Miss Hughes:

Mr Elias:      

Mrs McCarthy: 

Mrs Denis:

                 Welcome to the Autumn Term 2022                   

Dear Year 5 families, carers and children,

 Welcome to a brand new school year at Cranborne. The Year 5 team are all looking forward to a productive - and fun - first term where we can get to know you and build on all of your amazing learning from Year 4.

 Please find below some information about our learning that is planned for this term as well as some dates and documents that may be helpful:

Key Dates for Autumn Term:

Friday 2nd September  - First day back for children 

Monday 5th September - Friends of Cranborne meeting at 7pm

Wednesday 28th September - Year 5 Parent Information Evening at 6pm

Monday 3rd - Friday 7th October - Book Fayre 

Tuesday 4th October - Harvest Festival Celebrations

Wednesday 5th October - School photographs (individuals and siblings)

Saturday 8th October - Friends of Cranborne Quiz Night

Tuesday 11th October - Open morning from 9am

Friday 21st October -  Friends of Cranborne Spooky Discos

Monday 24th  - Friday 28th October = Half-term

Friday 4th November -  Friends of Cranborne fireworks event

Wednesday 16th November - Parent Teacher Consultations (5pm - 8pm)

Thursday 17th November - Parent Teacher Consultations (3:30pm - 6:30pm)

Friday 18th November - Children in Need day (non uniform)

Monday 5th December - Christmas Music Concert at 2pm

Wednesday 14th December - Christmas lunch day

Thursday 15th December - Years 4,5 and 6 Pantomime trip

Monday 19th December - Friends of Cranborne Christmas Fayre 

Tuesday 20th December  = Last day of school year. Finish at 1:15pm

Wed 21st December - Wednesday 4th January = Christmas holiday (school closed)

Friday 6th January - First day back for children 


In Maths, we will revise and practise all of the maths skills that you have gained so far at school. We will also be extending your understanding in these areas and focusing on the following areas of learning:

  • Place Value and Rounding of Large Numbers
  • Interpret Negative Numbers
  • Place Value of Numbers with up to Three Decimal Places
  • Multiply and Divide by 10, 100 and 1,000
  • Properties of Number – Multiples, Factors and Common Factors
  • Prime and Composite Numbers
  • Multiply and Divide Mentally
  • Solve Problems Involving Knowledge of Key Facts
  • Add and Subtract Using a Range of Strategies
  • Add and Subtract Using Formal Written Methods
  • Formal Written Method for Multiplication
  • Formal Written Method of Short Division
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Compare and Order Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

At home, please continue to make regular use of Mathletics and Purple Mash. Most days will begin with a Maths 'Early Morning Work' session. There will also be a homework task given weekly to consolidate learning.

Keep practising fast recall of the times tables as we know how hard you have all worked to learn these.

Physical Education:

We will have PE lessons on the following days:

  • Monday= PE with Mr C (PE specialist). 
  • Friday = outdoor PE with Mr Elias

PE foci for the autumn term will be hockey, gym, tag rugby and dance.

We are very excited about being able to use the new MUGA for outdoor PE sessions - as well as the playground and field. 


Homework will be set on a Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday.

To support your child's Maths at home - please use the Mathletics website. This is a really engaging resource for the children to use where they can play games and practice core skills in an interactive way.
Each child should have a login and password. (These should be inside the new Reading Record books) If you require another copy of this, or encounter problems, please let us know.



How to help at home:

  • Use Pobble 365 website to practise creative writing
  • Practise times tables. This could be using ‘Hit The Button’
  • Reading together and asking what has happened so far
  • Discussing new vocabulary
  • Reading a range of genres: letters that come through the post, news articles
  • Spellings
  • Ask your child to explain the maths concept we have been learning this week
  • Baking – practise measuring and converting grams/kilograms
  • Telling the time

Oxford owl:

For extra spelling resources and ebooks please follow this link: 

Username: cranborne

Password: school 1 


In the autumn term, our key texts will be: The Promise, The Adventures of Odysseus, Macbeth and Ice Palace.

Each book sequence involves: reading, text analysis, vocabulary investigations, key grammatical skills, drafting, writing and publishing. We usually spend between 3-4 weeks on each text.

As writing was the area of learning most affected during the periods of home learning, it is now a school priority. In class, we will be focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar - not just during English lessons, but across the curriculum.

In addition to the daily English lessons, there are regular comprehension and grammar lessons.

Please make sure that spellings are practised well and displayed somewhere at home.

Below is the Year 5 assessment framework which is used to help level children's writing abilities. By the end of year 5, we expect children to be working at the 'expected standard' and this means that all of the criteria in the first two sections must be consistently demonstrated by your children.

Art and Design Technology:

Art - In our art lessons, we will be mixing paints to create shades and tints and then applying this to our paintings. We will also be creating some 3D sculptures based on the Ancient Greek Olympian statues.

We want children to really enjoy art and develop their confidence when using a variety of media.

DT - We will be designing and making a photo frame using wood and card. The brief will require children to take make a stable structure to hold a photo of a set size. They will need to: make prototypes, measure and mark out carefully, learn how to use saws and bench hooks safely and consider the aesthetics of the frame. 

This unit builds on the skills in DT that they have previously learnt.


We will teach spelling patterns/rules weekly and children will practise these in class.

The lists that go home are words taken from the Statutory Spelling  lists for Key Stage 2. We will select words that link to our text and that may be used in the Big Write task. Children will have several weeks to learn these but must learn them properly.

Attached is the National Curriculum Statutory Spellings for years 3/4 and year 5/6.

Please note the children should be mainly secure with the Year 3/4 spellings and working towards the Year 5/6 words.


In Science this term, we will be learning about Living Things and their Habitats and Forces.

As part of the living things topic, the children will learn how to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. They will also learn about the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

During the forces topic, children will understand that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.
They will be able to identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces and recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


As part of this topic, we are planning to visit Whipsnade Zoo and participate in a teaching session with the zoo staff. (Date and details to be confirmed)


This term we will be learning all about Ancient Greece. Children will have the opportunity to study Greek life and achievements and the influence that the Ancient Greeks had on the western world.

We will learn about some of the different city states and the lives of the men, women and children in these.

The social, religious and cultural beliefs of the Ancient Greeks will also be compared to other societies and civilizations that they have studied in the past.


As part of Cranborne's 'wider opportunities' provision for our children, all Year 5 children will have a weekly lesson where they will learn how to play a guitar. These sessions are led by Carlos (a specialist music teacher) and take place on Friday afternoons.

The children have tuition in small groups (of about 15) for 30 minutes each week. This will continue for the whole year and should allow the children to really develop their ability and confidence to play tunes on a guitar.

We hope to be able to perform for you in the summer term!

Year 5 Curriculum Overview:

 Y5 Curriculum.docxDownload
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Home Learning For Self-Isolation:

In the event of your child being unwell or your child needing to isolate, please see below activities that your child can complete if well enough to do so. 

If you need any help or support when working from home then please email your class teacher

Thank you

Oak Academy

BBC Bitesize


 Maths practise: