Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 Page.

Find out here about some of the exciting learning going on in Year 5 at Highbury Quadrant.

What we are doing in school this term:     January 2017

Here is an outline of what your child will be learning about in school this term. You will also find some suggestions on how you can help out at home. We have lots to fit in so it is very important that your child comes to school on time at 9 o’clock.


This term we will be doing lots of work around poetry. We will also study Shakespeare looking at Macbeth and Romeo and Juilet.

We will continue to develop our planning and writing of stories,reports,  diary entries, letters, recounts, scripts and poetry. Your child will practise using different connectives, different sentences structures and writing styles to help them develop as an independent writer. We will also focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar, we will be working on the correct use of commas, apostrophes, speech marks and parenthesis.

Your child will take part in guided reading every day where they are encouraged to read a range of genres.  They also have the opportunity to take part in the Islington reading map where they will receive certificates for compeleting parts of the map.

You can:

  • Make sure your child has the opportunity to read at home every day, with you, another adult or an older sibling.
  • Encourage your child to notice writing around them and ask questions about what they have read; bus timetables, menus, shopping lists, shop and street signs as well as books.
  • Talk to your child as much as you can about stories, days out, sports, games or anything that interests them.
  • Encourage your child to write stories, diaries, leaflets, lists, poems and anything they show interest in writing.


This term we will be developing the skills we learnt last term:

  • Using mental and written methods for dividing, multiplying, adding and subtracting.
  • Looking at place value and using numbers up to 7 digits.
  • Rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 including decimal numbers
  • Investigating squared and cubed numbers.
  • Investigating angles, area and perimeter.
  • Talking about how to solve problems and multi-step problems involving numbers and words.
  • Looking at fractions, decimals and percentages.

At home

  • Challenge your child with totalling amounts and calculating change whilst shopping.
  • Encourage your child to read an analogue clock and work out ‘how long?’ until or after an event.
  • Encourage your child to practise their times tables to ensure they know them. There are many games and challenges on the internet to help learn times tables, such as Multiflyer
  • We will continue to bring such games to the attention of the children as the year progresses and post links on the class pages of the Highbury Quadrant school web site.
    Mathematics Vocabulary

Factors, multiples, prime numbers, average, simplify when taking about every day things. Please ask the teacher if you want more examples.

Science We will be covering the following two topics in Science this term:

Forces: We will continue to investigate – whilst working as scientists – such forces as: gravity; air resistance, water resistance and friction.

You can:

  • Encourage your child to observe and investigate scientific phenomena around them as safely as they can : find pushes and pulls in their toys and environment.
  • Encourage your child to read information books about our Science topics.

Materials and their properties: We will conduct experiments to investigate everyday materials and their properities. We will also experiment using solids, liquids and gases.

As part of this topic we will visit The Design Museum in Kensington – to investigate how materials are used for products in everyday life.


Our topic this term is the volcanoes.

In History we will be looking at Pompeii and the famous volcanic eruption and how historians gather and use evidence to build a picture of the past.

In Geography we will be using maps to locate volcanoes, tectonic plates and their borders. We will also investigate why people choose to settle in volcanic areas and how this effects their way of life.

You can:

  • Talk to your children about volcanoes.
  • Visit your local library or look on-line to find out information about volcanoes.


This term your child will have weekly computing sessions in which they will:

  • Research and make information booklets.
  • Develop their understanding of internet safety
  • Use purple mash to write newspaper reports.
  • learn to develop their coding skills using Scratch and 2 Code

Scratch is available free at

And 2 code is available through your child’s LGfL login via Purple Mash

At Home: Look in your child’s reading record for their details to log on to Here you and your child can access computing games and activities relating to the school curriculum.


Year 5 have PE on Tuesday. The children MUST have a full PE kit. Without this kit they will have to go to the office during the lesson.


We will be talking about how our faith is important to us. We will also be looking at holy and special books. We will be looking at Going for goals and Be good to me.

You can:

  • Explain to your child that there are many different faiths and that we must respect other people’s beliefs.
  • Talk to your child about the school rules and how they look after one another.

Art, Drama, Design and Technology

We will explore these areas through our Literacy, Science and Mathematical topics. For example, your child will explore the characters in their book through role-play and hot-seating. Art lessons will take place weekly where your child will use a range of materials to draw, paint and sculpt.

You can:

  • Reuse packaging to make models from junk with your child.
  • Act out part of a story that you have read with your child. Encourage your child to use their voice and facial expressions.


We will have singing assembly once a week with our music specialist. On Thursday your child will also learn about beat, rhythm and pitch using the viola, cello or violin.

You can:

  • Encourage your child to practise their musical instrument at least once a week
  • Listen to recorded and live music with your child.


Homework will be sent home on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. It will include English and Mathematics. Occasionally there will be project work relating to topic or science.

Your child will visit the school library each week where they will choose a book to take home. We advise you feedback to us in their reading record so we can ensure the book is changed when it is required. If a book is lost a payment of £5.00 must be made to the school.

We hope that you find this information useful when learning with your child at home. If you have any questions or concerns we are happy to arrange a time to speak with you. Please see your class teacher at the end of the day to arrange an appointment where we can offer you our full attention.

Class Assemblies

Triumph Class will be presenting a class assembly on Wednesday 18th January at 9:15 am.

Confidence Class will present an assembly on Wednesday 15th March at 9:15 am. You are welcome to attend and enjoy these presentations.

Many thanks for your continued support.

 Yours sincerely,

Mrs Neale and Mrs Frances

Islington Schools’ Anti-Bullying Conference

Islington Schools’ Anti-Bullying Conference

On the 18th of November 2016 five year five children from each class went to Highbury Grove School, and we went to an anti-bullying conference where we joined five other schools. We first did a activity on different tables people did different things to do with...

On November 16th Year 5 travelled to Greenwich to visit the Royal Observatory and enjoy a show (Meet the Neighbours) at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. This was to support our learning in Science where we have been studying Earth and Space.


The visit made me curious and truly did make me think… It improved my knowledge of Science, it was spectacular!


Triumph Class.

I found out there is one star that doesn’t move at all. Also, Saturn’s rings are made of 1000 billion pieces of ice. I wish I could go there again…


Triumph Class.

The planetarium show was this amazing. Even the adults enjoyed it!!!


Triumph Class.


Meet Simon…

Sharpen your powers of memory and concentration with this online, interactive, simple – but fiendish – game…

Click the image to play…