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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Here, you will find out what we have learnt about in Term 2.

Guided Reading

This Term, children have enjoyed reading the core text‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman. The text was published in 2002 and tells the story of Coraline Jones, who finds a doorway to a parallel, sinister otherworld inside her new home, and must battle the evil "Other Mother" who lives there to secure her family's safety.

Children used the text to continue to develop their reading fluency in choral reading, echo reading and partner reading.  During class discussions and independent work, children have had exposure this term to questioning based on the reading skill of retrieval, inference and predicting meanings of vocabulary by looking at context.  When the class model question is introduced, children are taught the strategies needed to answer the given question type.  As part the teaching of reading, children also access non-fiction texts linked to a current event, genre type or cross-curricular learning, for example non-chronological reports about different biomes as part of unit in Geography this term well as having a weekly ‘Reading for Pleasure’ session.



Children had lots of opportunities this term for paired and group work in our writing lessons, predicting what the text might be about based on their prior knowledge using annotations and comparing key characters like the ‘real mother’ and ‘other mother’ to write comparative descriptions. In Writing, children focused on a writing a suspense narrative recount based on a key scene in the story and using a planning format to generate their own ideas, retelling the narrative using suspense language features like short sentences, clues to tantalise the reader, the use of ellipses and onomatopoeia.



This term, children found and defined multiples and factors and common factors. They recognised and determined what makes a number prime or composite. Then children investigated square and cube numbers before moving on to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.  Children then used their knowledge of multiplication and applied it to finding the perimeter and area of polygons. Children explored area using concrete materials and on square grids. Children used their understanding of polygons to calculate the area of those that are not 'regular polygons'.  In our unit on statistics, children read and interpreted information in tables and line graphs. Children read and analysed data in two-way tables and timetables.



This term Year 5 have been studying the world’s biomes.  They have researched the major biomes around the world and their characteristics; their climates, fauna and flora.  Children then learnt about the rainforest biome, comparing tropical and temperate rainforests, their distribution around the world which is linked to climate. Children looked a t graphs to analyse precipitation and annual average temperatures of tropical and temperate rainforests and the rate of deforestation of tropical rainforests and the reasons for this.


PSHCE and British Values

Year 5 children have had lessons linked to the British Values:  democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance.  This term our children are learning about mutual respect and tolerance linked to their lessons in PSCHE during which they are learning about our cultural differences and having respect for others’ views and beliefs as well as learning about direct and indirect bullying and the effects it has on others . Classes discussed how they could prevent bullying from happening and how this can negatively impact on themselves and others.


Our big question this term in year 5 is ‘How do beliefs influence actions?’  Children have had the opportunity in lessons to discuss their own beliefs and those of others.  They discussed what is similar and different between religious beliefs. This term, children learnt about the significance of the story of the birth of Jesus for Christians around the world and how this celebration differs in different countries.  Children compared different accounts of this story from the gospels of Luke and Matthew.



As scientists, year 5 children have continued to investigate materials and their properties.  Children had opportunities to test different materials for absorbency, ‘stretch’ and rates of oxidation by making predictions, ranking different materials and changing some variables whilst keeping some the same.  Children had opportunities to collect, record and analyse data and results to make a conclusion.




As learning about online safety, describing appropriate ways to behave towards other people online and explaining why this is important. Year 5 children learnt about Children have used a drawing programme: Google Drawings, selecting shapes and tools to create vector drawings made up of layers and objects by using the menu to select edit and then copy and paste. Children modified their drawings by learning how to group objects, duplicate images and how to ungroup to make modifications to their drawing. They can also added colour and changed the size of lines, objects and shapes.