Welcome to Year 5 Pankhurst.


Handwriting is a focus for us this term, as they are assessed on this throughout the year. By Year 5, your child may have developed their own handwriting style. They will be expected to write legibly and fluently, in accordance with the school’s handwriting policy. They will be writing in pen, rather than pencil by this stage and in most cases, should be expected to join all the time. They might still need reminding of certain rules such as – never join capital letters to the following letter!

Reading comprehension

  • Children in Year 5 will be encouraged to read a wide range of may listen to and discuss a variety of stories, non-fiction texts, poetry, plays and textbooks in order to understand that texts are structured in different ways and written for different purposes.
  • They will be encouraged to complete book reviews, giving reasons for their opinions and making comparisons with other texts.
  • Children will be reminded to check their reading makes sense, discussing their understanding of the meaning of certain vocabulary as they read. They might also be encouraged to ask questions about the text to further develop their understanding of what is going on and draw inference about character actions, speech or motives, providing evidence. Inference involves using the clues in the story or picture to make a good guess. It involves figuring something out which isn’t fully explained and draws on a child’s existing knowledge of the world.
  • They will also be encouraged to make predictions based on what they’ve already read, summarise key points to show good comprehension and look out for interesting phrases that authors uses.

Parent information

  • It is important that your child reads every night, if possible to an adult, but don’t worry if that is not possible. Ten- fifteen minutes every night is fine, as long as they are reading and they have understood what they have read. Please make sure they are recording the number of pages that they have read and are writing something about that section, in their reading journals. Allow your child access to a dictionary so that they can check the meaning of words which they cannot work out themselves (there are free ones online)
  • Homework will be set every Friday and is expected to be back in school the following Wednesday. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  • It is also very important to make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights.

Week Beginning 4th September 2017

The children have started this week really well.  We have looked at a range of narratives in English about characters that are being excluded from playing with their friends.  The compassion and empathy that the children showed was fantastic.

In maths, we have looked at place value.  We have been reading and writing numbers up to a million and talking about the differences between numbers according to its place value.

Our topic this term is Changes.  This topic will be predominately science based. Throughout this topic we will be exploring a range of different lifecycles and making comparisons between the lifecycles.

Week Beginning 11th September 2017

In English this week, we have started to look in depth at the book Something Else.  This book is about a character that wants to play with the other animals but they wont let him. We looked at the emotions throughout the story and using hot seating and conscience alley to help us articulate the true meaning behind the story.

In maths this week, we have continued to look at place value and we are beginning to order and compare numbers. The children have been able to give confident reasons why and they have been able to challenge each other if their opinions differ.

In topic this week, we have looked at the human lifecycle and the bird life cycle.  The children then create a comparison tables using everything they had learnt about the two lifecycles/

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

As well as the POP project this week, staging company came into school and performed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for us.  It was amazing.  From this, the children then looked in detail at the scene where Lucy first enters the wardrobe.  We used Talk4Writing to map out the scene and then imitated it. From this, we then innovated the scene to make changes and improve the scene.

Week Beginning 18th September 2017

POP Project

This week, we were incredible lucky.  The POP Project came to visit us again. This time it was all about being happy.  We took part in lots of singing and dancing.  Some children were able to play some of their musical instruments and dress up to.

Following this, we looked at the lyrics for Happy by Pharrell Williams.  The children then innovated these lyrics or created some happiness songs of their own. These are now up and display on the KS2 corridor.

Week Beginning 16th October 2017

In English this week, the children have created their own creature, with its own lifecycle.  From this, the children have been able to create a text map for their explanation text. Using the text map, the children have written their explanation text using subject specific vocabulary and parenthesis to add extra information.

In maths, we have explored addition and subtraction.  The children have been using concrete resources to help them solve increasing larger sums.  Progressing from this, the children have also used pictorial and abstract methods to calculate addition and subtraction questions, including fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

In topic, we have started to look at the lifecycle of a plant.  This has stimulated a lot of discussion regarding the other lifecycles that we have explored.

Week Beginning 9th October 2017

In English this week, we have innovated the explanation text.  We have looked closely at subordination, parenthesis and adverbs for manner.  We have used these to improve the text by adding extra facts.

In maths, we have been looking at Roman Numeral.  The children have created their own Roman Numeral hundred square and they have a solved Roman Numeral problems. They have really mastered this and they have loved learning about the history of them.

In topic, we have explored the differences and similarities of all the different lifecycles that we have been learning about.  They are lots of similarities and lots of differences.

European Languages Day – French Launch

For French day, we explored greetings and numbers.  We learnt how to say hello and goodbye.  We also learned how to say my name is… We then played French bingo to see how much the children had learnt.

In topic, we have been looking at the life cycle of an insect – more specifically the lifecycle of a butterfly. The children acted out the life cycle and were then able to do a scientific drawing of the life cycle with labels.

Week Beginning 25th September 2017

In English, we have been inventing our Something Else story. We have boxed up the story and created a story map to ensure we fully understand it.

In maths, we have been counting in powers of 10,100,1000 and 10,000.  The children have mastered this quickly and have been challenging each other with problem solving activities.

Week Beginning 2nd October 2017

In English this week, we have been imitating an explanation text.  This text is linked to our topic changes and is entitled ‘A Frog’s Lifecycle.’  We have boxed it up and text mapped it, which enabled us to retell the text.  We also used subordinating clauses at the beginning of questions to help us clarify the text further.

In maths, we have been exploring negative numbers. We have been using number lines to help us go beyond zero.  We then looked at negative numbers in a real life context in terms of temperature.  We explored lots of reasoning and problem solving activities around this.

Roald Dahl Day. 

Year 5 dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl character. We read ‘The Twits’ and were disgusted but also humoured by the ghastly tricks they played on one another. Year 5 enjoyed creating their own gruesome revenge and wrote a small sequel.

Anit Bullying Week

For anti-bulling day we explored the theme; ‘All Different, All Equal Equal.’  Year 5 used odd socks to symbolise that even though the socks are different they can still do the same job well.

Spring 1

What materials did they use to build the Manchester City Bridge?

As part of our topic work we have been learning all about bridges and canals. Year five have been exploring different materials in science. They designed and made a bridge based on the properties of their chosen materials.


In computing, we have been looking at changing an input to give a different output.  The children used Scratch to create their own musical orchestra.  They did this by programming different keys to play the different sounds of the range of instruments they had chosen.  From this, they were then able to record a piece of music – including some singing.


We have recently been to Our Lady’s for a physics lesson – taught by students from Manchester University.  We learnt about electrons, protons and neutrons.  We also go to create our own neutrons and name them.

3D Shapes

We have been exploring the properties of 3D shapes.  We played games like ‘What am I?’ with partners to really show our understanding of the different shapes.  We then explored nets and made a variety of different 3D shapes.

The Troll

We have being using The Troll as a WAGOLL in English to help us to write a narrative from a geographical setting.  We have used our knowledge on bridges and rivers, which we have been learning about in topic to help us write the narratives.  We have specifically been looking at varying our sentence structures; using fronted adverbials for time; precise verbs and synonyms.

Spring 2

The Avenue Library

The Avenue Library came into class and delivered a workshop to the children regarding Ahmed’s Legacy.  The children were involved in discussion regarding stereotypes and other people’s perceptions.  They talk about what people see on the outside and what is on the outside.  Apples were used to demonstrate this.

World Book Day


Macbeth was chosen as our book for World Book Day.  The children came dressed as characters from this book.  Across the week, the children listen to the story, watched the story and acted out the story.  They then published their very own Macbeth story.

We also shared our favourite books with children from year 3.

World Maths Day

For World Maths Day, the children took part in a £5 challenge.  They had to make cakes and consider costings, profits and selling ability.  All money raised is to go towards adopting an animal for the class.  The children created posters, budget break downs, profit margins and marketing.

International Women’s Day

For international Women’s day, we did a class assembly all about Emmeline Pankhurst.  We produced a family tree, a rap, a biography, a portrait and a fact file.

We then invited the parents into class to read with the children.  The parents then made donations for the cakes that we’d made the previous day- World Maths Day.

Class Staff

Leesa Mellon Leesa Mellon Teacher

My name is Leesa Mellon. I love to play, coach and watch a variety of sports. This is my third year teaching in year 5. Prior to this, I taught PE in primary schools to children of all ages. I am specialist in PE. However, more recently, I have been developing a specialism in the mastery of mathematics. I am extremely passionate about teaching and about giving children a broader range of experiences, to allow them to be successful beyond education.

Susan Sheffield Susan Sheffield Teaching Assistant
Susan Sheffield Susan Sheffield Teaching Assistant

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