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.

 Class email details:


Mrs Emery:

Mrs Khajuria:


Miss Hughes:

Mrs Fleming:

                 Welcome to the Autumn Term 2023                   

Dear Year 5 families, carers and children,

 Welcome to a brand new year at Cranborne. The Year 5 team are all looking forward to a productive - and fun - term where we can build on all of the amazing learning from previous years.

 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. You can also find some suggestions (near the bottom of the page) for home learning if the school is closed or your child is unable to come to school, but feeling well enough:

Key Dates for Autumn Term:

 Monday 4th September = First day back for children

Monday 18th September = Information Evening @ 4:15pm

Thursday 28th September = Trip to Whipsnade Zoo

Friday 29th September = INSET day

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October 2023 = Half term

Wednesday 15th November = Parent Consultations 5pm - 8pm

Thursday 16th November = Parent Consultations 3;30pm - 6;30pm

Friday 1st December = Occasional day

Monday 4th December = Music Concert

Tuesday 5th December = Year 5 trip to King Charles the Martyr

Friday 8th December = Guitar Concert at 2pm

Wednesday 13th December = Christmas Lunch

Tuesday 19th December = Trip to the Panto

Wednesday 20th December = Last day of term - break up at 1:15

Thursday 21st December - Thursday 4th January = Christmas holidays

Friday 5th 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, Including 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, Times Tables Rockstars 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 are lucky enough to have Mr Roberts for PE sessions on Wednesdays this term, and will be teaching the other session ourselves. PE will be on the following days:

  • Monday = indoor PE
  • Wednesday = outdoor PE

The 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 (when the weather improves).

Please ensure that children have the required PE kit on these days, long hair is tied back and that earrings are removed. 


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 using Times Tables Rockstars
  • 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
  • Practise your spellings by writing words in different colours or making a nice poster with tricky words on
  • 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: Cloud Busting, 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 continues to be 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, spelling 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, Design Technology and computing:

Art - This term, the children will be taught art, for half of the term, by Miss Hughes and be taught Computing, by Mrs Emery, for the other half. This means that both classes will be able to have whole afternoon slots to become fully immersed in their lessons.

In Art, we will be focussing on painting techniques.

Computing: The learning in computing will cover the units of 'Online safety' and 'Databases'.

DT - We will be designing and making bread for a special occasion. This will involve the children understanding how yeast works, sampling a range of breads and then considering how a simple bread recipe can be adapted.



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'.

During 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.

-describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

We are currently planning a trip to Whipsnade Zoo, where the children can see the animals and their enclosures close up and participate in a workshop to explore this further.... details to follow!

 In the 'Forces' topic, we will be learning how to:

-explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object 

-identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces 

-recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


Geography and History:

This term we will be learning about Ancient Greece and the impact that this ancient civilization had. 

Learning will take place through active investigations and exploration of a wide range of evidence. We will also encourage children to question these information sources and their reliability.

We will investigate how some of the main Ancient Greek city states were ruled, the role of religion and the differences in lifestyles for rich/poor, males/females.



As part of Cranborne's 'wider opportunities' provision for our children, the 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.

We will organise a concert, to allow the children to perform for you, later in the year. 

(Date to follow)

In class, we will also listen to a range of music and practise our singing skills.

Year 5 Curriculum:

Year 5 Curriculum Overview:

Home learning for self-isolation, school closure or working from home:

In the event of your child being unwell or your child needing to work at home, please see below some activities that your child could 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

History - Ancient Greece

Carry out some research about one of the Gods in Ancient Greece and prepare a small presentation for the class.

You could include things like:

  • how they are depicted
  • their special objects
  • any monuments dedicated to them
  • the powers they are believed to have had

The presentation could be a poster, leaflet or PowerPoint... it's up to you!


Oak Academy

BBC Bitesize


 Maths practise:

Place Value:


Test your speed and mental maths against the clock:


Practice your maths knowledge and skills: