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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

Welcome to Year 5!


Happy New Year and welcome to our Year 5 page. Here you will find aspects of our academic content, homework, websites for learning and useful information such as trips and forthcoming events. We are looking forward to an awesome year! 

Mr Millington, Mr Brett & Mrs Bush


Literacy and Numeracy

In this section of our web page we will provide regular updates regarding our literacy and numeracy learning. We will endeavour to provide the information before we teach the content so that parents/carers can talk about it with their children if they wish. 



This term we will be reading another  outstanding  book This Morning I Met A Whale by Sir Michael Morpurgo.  Reading and writing sessions will focus on the emotive environmental issues that feature within the book. Children will not only  have the opportunity to debate and discuss these issues but will be writing and sending off  informative and persuasive letters about  the issues they feel most strongly. 


We will be developing our confidence in writing a range of sentence types which will include complex and compound sentences. We will be learning how to  using parenthesis punctuation marks such as brackets, dashes and commas when adding additional details.



This term we will be deepening our understanding of the number system to include decimals and percentages. We will be  improving our mental arithmetic skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We will be learning how to apply our knowledge of number to solve increasingly challenging multiple step worded problems including both money and time.

Home Learning


 Every Friday, maths home learning will be set and should be handed in by the following Thursday. The questions and challenges will  reinforce learning that has taken place during the previous week. If your child is not yet fluent on the recall of their times tables, please could you ensure that regular practice of them is taking place at home. The MyMaths site, of which your child has access to, is an excellent online resource to help make the learning of times  tables more fun.


Please choose any three tasks from the learning wall below.

This home learning will be due in this term on the following dates:

Thursday 22nd February

Thursday 8th March

Thursday 22nd March

If your child would like to do more of the learning challenges, this is absolutely fine!


Spelling word lists will be sent home every Friday and should be  learnt using the Look, Say, Cover, Write spelling strategy as part of home learning. The children will be tested on these words the following Friday. Please encourage your child to practice the words on a daily basis as this is proven to help children retain spellings in the long term.



Curriculum Overview

Here you can find information regarding all other aspects of the curriculum for this term. 


In term 3, our topic is Raging Rivers. During this exciting topic the children will be finding out how rivers shape a landscape through erosion and deposition. They will be discovering the wonders of the Amazon River and how it shapes the lives of so many living within its basin. More locally, we will be exploring  the Rivers Avon, Severn, Frome and Trym and the important historical roles they have had in Bristol's development. We will be following a droplet of water through the water cycle and will be wading up a local river to find out about its state of health. (Details of this field trip will follow shortly.)




We will be using the iPads and Garage Band to create our own musical compositions. We will also start work on our exciting Y5 CD project which we hope to make to celebrate the incredible songwriting that takes place across the year (and raise a few coins in the process!)

Art and design:

We will be studying the Guardian's 10 Best Sea Pictures. Children will then choose their favourite picture, and following research into the artist in question and techniques used, they will then work towards creating their own water themed art pieces.




Healthy Me (Jigsaw)


Pupils will learn what spam is, the forms it takes, and then identify strategies for dealing with it.



Stages 2018 music


Here are some photos of us enjoying ourselves at Year 5 camp!