Year 5

YEAR five

Welcome to Year 5. There are many exciting things that take place during Year 5. These include: 3 themed days (Victorian, Mayan and Greek), a visit to the States Chamber where we take part in a debate and a 2-night residential trip to the Scout Centre in St Ouen where children will have the opportunity to forage for food, build a fire, make dens and conduct nature studies.


Spring termSummer termAutumn term
Term starts:Term starts:Term starts:
Wednesday 3 JanuaryTuesday 17 AprilTuesday 4 September
Half term:Half term:Half term:
Monday 12 February - Friday 16 FebruaryMonday 28 May - Friday 1 JuneMonday 29 October - Friday 2 November
Term ends:Term ends:Term ends:
Thursday 29 MarchFriday 20 JulyWednesday 19 December


Teachers: Mrs N. Changachanga and Mr M. Pallot

MATHS - the children will cover topics including: how to calculate area and perimeter; revise coordinates and line graphs and data handling and statistics. They will also have the opportunity to consolidate work on money and time. In Number work they will develop their mental and written calculation strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will also be working on simple fractions and decimals.   

ENGLISH - the children will be focusing on grammar, reading and writing. We will be discussing non-fiction reports and writing our own, reading the novel ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ by Elizabeth Laird and using this as a basis for our writing. Year 5 will also be learning the skills required to carry out a balanced and successful debate and they will have the opportunity to plan and carry out their own debate during a visit to the States Chamber after half term. As part of our Whole Class Reading this term, we will be reading the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar and completing activities based on this.  

SCIENCE - the children will consolidate their ideas about Forces, carrying out investigations and exploring living things and their habitats which will link into our visit to the Scout Centre later in the year.

ART - the children will be exploring the work of Lowry through perspective drawing using a range of techniques and materials.

COMPUTING - the children will be using FLOWOL to design their own flow charts to control devices.

GEOGRAPHY - Before half term, the children will be learning about key geographical features through a unit of study on World Rivers. They will explore different rivers and their features.  

HISTORY - At the start of this term the children will be learning about the Battle of Jersey and identifying key facts and characters from this time. After half term, the children will be learning about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. This will culminate in a Mayan day which will be an opportunity for the children to dress up and experience life as a Mayan for the day!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - we shall focus on the topic of Peace and learn how this is incorporated in the World Religions.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION - we are continuing with the Jigsaw curriculum and this term will be covering the topics Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me.

FRENCH - the children will continue to follow the Salut Jersey scheme, which will help to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing through the main topics of clothing and shopping.

MUSIC - the children will be developing their appreciation for listening to different genres of music. They will have the opportunity to compose and perform their own music using percussion instruments focusing one simple melody.


Homework will remain the same this term. Spelling will be sent on a Monday and due Friday, Maths will be set on a Wednesday due on Monday and Reading is expected every night-this can be Rapid Reader as well as a physical book. Please make sure either is noted in the diary. If you have any queries about homework please do not hesitate to contact us. The children always have the opportunity to get help with their homework at school before it is due and only need to ask if they require this.

School bags

Each child should come to school with a book bag and lunch box only. Larger size book bags are available from the school office. Due to storage and space restrictions, we kindly request that large bags and rucksacks are not brought into school. Any concerns or queries should be discussed with your child’s class teacher.

Water bottles

Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in addition to their lunchtime drink. This will be stored in a central area within your child’s class.

Lunch and snacks

Please ensure that your child brings a healthy snack and lunch each day. No sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks!

School uniform

We expect all children to be smartly dressed and take a pride in their appearance. As a reminder:

Long hair should be neatly tied back using plain/blue accessories.

No jewellery to be worn except small stud earrings for the girls.

No make-up or nail varnish should be worn to school. Smart black shoes that are appropriate for school should be worn.

Mgl0233 1 Tif



Girls will be provided with the opportunity to learn how to play netball, focusing on positions, rules and technique. As well as ongoing training throughout the year, a team will be selected to play against other island schools in weekly matches. Netball is a terrific sport to get involved in and can not only develop physical skills, but social and verbal skills that can be transferable to other areas of school life.  

  • Adult in charge: Miss Dewhurst 
  • Who is it for? Year 5 and 6 girls 
  • When does it take place? Usually every Monday 3-4pm.  Cost: Free