Year 5

Year 5

Meet the teacher

My name is Mrs Campion and I am the year 5 teacher. I have been teaching at Dame Dorothy since 2012. I really enjoy linking our lessons to our termly topic; hopefully, the children will enjoy this too.


We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and Apps on phones or tablets. This term we will also have lessons on Cyber bullying. They are always extremely responsive to this.

This term we will look at programming using applications such as scratch. We will keep improving our computer editing skills using Publisher.


Mrs Ireland will take the children for music lessons every Wednesday afternoon for this term. Looking at learning how to read music and research a musician of the month. Linking to our topic, Year 5 will be learning about the composer Holst and his famous Planet Suite.

 Children who have taken up the opportunity to take up a musical instrument in year 5; Mr Brown will continue come in on Wednesday for these separate lessons.

PE lessons are on a Tuesday (all year) and Fridays will be swimming until Easter.

Please not children need to be in school at 8.30am to walk up to the Aquatic Centre for their lesson at 9am.

Please make sure your child has the correct kit and can remove any earrings they may be wearing. We will be taking part in netball this term with expert teaching from our PE coaches. Please note, it is essential that your children have suitable footwear for PE sessions. Trainers or well-fitting sand shoes must be worn. The children need to have water bottles in school to keep hydrated during their PE lessons.

A few reminders

This term in year 5, children will be given weekly spellings on a Monday, will need to be completed with a good knowledge of the spellings ready for our spelling tests on Friday. The children will also work on the spelling rules and vocabulary during the week to help them. Every weekday, the children will be given a 5-10 minute mental maths homework sheet to complete for the next day. There will be open homework given out each half term linked to our topic, the first linking to shipyards, the next will be connected to the child at war topic. It is essential that home/school communication is effective. This partnership will ensure that the children receive the very best from school.

Please email me at if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

All children need to have their own water bottle. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

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We will be working on the following throughout the year:

  • homophones
  • synonyms/antonyms
  • root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  • application of spelling rules
  • we are also focusing on the Year 5/6 curriculum spelling list of high frequency words

The teaching of spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPAG) forms an important element of the teaching of reading and writing in primary school. The SPaG element this term will involve using relative clauses, embedded clauses, model verbs and adverbs of possibility, co-ordinating and sub-ordinating conjunctions.

Word class and sentence structure will continue to be of high importance within our work.

This term, our topic is Earth, Sun and Moon.

We will use Buzz Aldrin’s autobiography to our literacy. Writing our own Biographies. We also hoping for a visit to The Hancock museum to visit the planetarium as well as their show cases.

We will look at the orbit of the planets and how long it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun while rotating on its Axis. Year 5 will also investigate the stars, solar system and chemistry of our planets.

We will conduct a mini project on the famous space race to the moon.

Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematic skills. Each morning, the children have mental maths to complete. It is important that the children get to school promptly at 8:45am so they don’t miss out on their mental maths. In this fifteen minutes we work on previous maths facts and times tables. All children need to practise quick recall of all times tables up to 12×12, and related division facts at home to help with their maths recall in class.

We will be starting the term on area and perimeter. Moving onto short and long multiplication and division. We will then work on fractions, decimals and percentages.