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 Spring Term 2023                   

Dear Year 5 families, carers and children,

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

 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 Spring Term:

Friday 6th January  - First day back for children 

Monday 13th - Friday 17th February = Half-Term

Monday 20th February = INSET Day (No children please)

Tuesday 21st February = First day back for children



Friday 31st March  = Last day of school term. Finish at 1:15pm

 Monday 3rd to Friday 14th April = Easter holiday (school closed)


Monday 17th April =  INSET Day (No children please)

Tuesday 18th April - 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:

  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Compare and Order Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • Problem Solving – All Four Operations
  • Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers
  • Fraction Problem Solving
  • Measures and converting measures
  • Calculating area of shapes
  • Volume and Capacity
  • Percentages
  • Problem Solving – Percentages
  • 3-D Shapes from 2-D Representations
  • Reflection and Translation
  • Perimeter
  • Estimate, Compare, Measure and Draw Angles
  • Identify Unknown Angles

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

PE foci for the spring term will be basketball, gym, tennis 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 spring term, our key texts will be: Holes, The Explorer and Cloud busting.

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 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 - This term, the children will be taught art by Mrs. Dibdin - our specialist art teacher. Each class will have a whole afternoon with her for half a term.

We want children to really enjoy art and develop their confidence when using a variety of media and can't wait to see what they produce under her guidance.

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 Properties and Changes of Materials

As part of this topic, the children will learn about the properties of materials and how we use them.

During the topic, they will understand the difference between solutions and mixtures, and investigate how we can separate materials from these.

We will also investigate reversible and irreversible changes that can occur in materials and find what sort of new materials can be made. 



This term we will be learning all about The Americas.

In this study about the 'Amazing Americas', children will first find out about the continent of North America, and the countries that form it. They will then look in more detail at some of the contrasting areas of North America, finding out about the landscape, climate and locations in each area. We will investigate both the physical and human geography of this continent.

In the second half of the topic, we will move on to South America. Again, we will look at the countries that make this continent and discover some of the main physical features. We will then focus on Brazil and the diversity within this country. 



As part of Cranborne's 'wider opportunities' provision for our children, the Year 5 children will continue to  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 hope that you enjoyed the guitar performance at the end of the Autumn term, and we are looking forward to you seeing the continued progress in the next concert.

(Date to follow)

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

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Home learning for self-isolation, snow days or working from home:

In the event of your child being unwell or your child needing to stay 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

Oak Academy

BBC Bitesize


 Maths practise:

Place Value:


Test your speed and mental maths against the clock:


Practice your maths knowledge and skills: