Year 5: Jemison

Year 5: Jemison

Situated on the top floor of our main Victorian building, our Year 5 class is named after American physician and NASA astronaut, Mae Carol Jemison.

In line with the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2, Year 5 students are taught core subjects of English (Reading and Writing), Mathematics and Science as well as Foundation subjects of Art, ICT, Design and Technology, Music, History, Geography, PE and Spanish.

The aim is for them to read a wider range of poetry and age appropriate interest level books with confidence. Teachers will continue to emphasise pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of language, especially vocabulary, to support their reading and writing. This knowledge of language, gained from stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks, will support their increasing fluency as readers, their facility as writers, and their comprehension.

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Year 5 is to ensure that pupils are able to solve a wider range of increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, as well as problems requiring efficient written and mental methods of calculation. Reading books are sent home weekly and homework will always contain elements of spelling, writing, Maths and English.

The Year 5 team are always happy to speak to parents regarding any issues, concerns or queries. To apply for a Year 5 place at Burdett-Coutts school, please contact the school office or click here for more information about our Admissions criteria.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 5.

A very warm welcome back to you all. A new school year is upon us and with September comes a new chapter in our education. I am very excited to be taking your children further along that path and build upon our learning from last year. I am so happy to have the opportunity to teach them all again.

This newsletter is intended to give you an overview of the routines in Year 5, together with useful information about what your children will be learning. I am pleased to be working in partnership with you again to make lasting learning memories and to have a great year.

If you have any questions throughout the forthcoming weeks, please feel free to book an appointment via the school office.

Miss Debbie McCormack


  • Reading & Writing: A range of pieces of writing focusing on Writing to Entertain based on ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo and ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ by Hugh Lupton
  • Maths: Place Value | Addition and Subtraction
  • Science: How could forces keep us safe?
  • RE: Hinduism
  • History: The arrival of the Anglo Saxons and Scots in England
  • PSHE: Being Me in My World
  • Art & Design: Be an Architect


  • PE lessons in Year 5 take place on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Please ensure that your children wear the correct PE kit to school each week; this includes trainers and not their school shoes.

Book Bags

  • Please ensure your child’s reading book and reading record book are brought to school every day in their book bags.
  • Children should read every day at home and leave a comment in their reading record at least 3 times a week.
  • Books will be changed on Friday.


In Year 5 your child’s homework will be mainly on IXL. They may also be given some independent research tasks, according to what we are studying aside from English and Maths. It is always great to see children take the initiative to find out about topics themselves and many of them did so last year.

Homework plays a vital role in helping children consolidate what they have learnt in class and it is really important that all children complete their homework each week independently.

  • Reading: Children should take part in a reading activity every night. Reading will help your child develop in all areas of the curriculum and your support at home can have the greatest impact on your child’s overall achievement.
  • Maths and Grammar on IXL: Children should spend at least 75 minutes a week on IXL. This time should be spread between Maths and Grammar activities recommended each week.
  • Spelling: Spelling words will be taken from the spelling patterns learnt in class as well as the Year 5 and 6 statutory spelling word list. Children will be tested on 10 words each week (on Friday).