Mrs Gilbert teaches Class Five, supported by Miss Meakin. We have now said farewell to Miss Bebbington, who has gone to teach in Class Four as from the Spring Term.

Topics we will cover this year are:

  • ‘Invasion’; 'Space'
  • ‘Where does chocolate come from?’ 
  • 'Who were the Mayans?'

We will update this page with overviews of current topics, topic homework, photos of class work and other important information related to Class 5.



PE - Currently we have PE sessions Wednesdays and Fridays, but these are occasionally moved, so it is best to have kit in at all times.
Swimming was very successful in the Autumn Term - during the Spring Term we shall have sessions from Plymouth Argyle, and Dance.
Below, are some guidelines for the curriculum content in Year 5 : what a child is currently expected to know / be able to do before entering Y6.
You could use these guidelines to support them at home.
Paper copies have been sent out of the following :
Year 3/4, 5/6 spelling lists
Curriculum Overview
Y5 end of year expectations
Autumn Term homework sheet (Topic, Writing & Maths tasks)
Ongoing spelling practice from the Year 3/4, 5/6 sheets.
Ongoing times tables practice.
Ongoing reading : library book, banded book, any book from home - or any other reading material your child is interested in. Any of these 'reads' can be entered into the yellow reading diary and will count towards the bookmark stars (which add up to progress points).
Topic homework - either one big project or more than one / several smaller projects.
My Maths - set every week, generally on Saturday / Sunday. Children always have a week from whatever day it is set, so they will always have a weekend to complete it.
Thank you for the fantastic homework projects brought in so far!
Homework Club this year is on a Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime.
It is a friendly club in a calm atmosphere with adult help on hand. It lasts for half an hour, so is not the whole lunchtime. Children can sign up for this at morning register time, in the breakfast area.
If you ever have any questions about any of the above, or about curriculum information, or concerns about your child's progress, please feel welcome to send in a note or come in to talk. 
Here are the cursive letters that we practice at school. Cursive handwriting is generally thought to be the easiest, most fluent way to write, once mastered. It also aids spelling through 'muscle-memory' when joining.
Here is an example of one of our writing projects from the Autumn Term. Also see Y5 Blog page, for children's finished pieces.
We looked at the Science Fiction writing of author Ray Bradbury.
Below is a copy of the edited story, 'There Will Come Soft Rains.'
The BIG words and phrases are those that we considered to be particularly effective, and are the ones that we hoped to include in our own versions of the story.
I was extremely impressed by the children's response to this story - and we achieved some fantastic versions with some beautiful, descriptive language. 
The tool kit attached below is one of the prompts we used, to remind the children of how to re-create the style of the story. These are produced for each type of writing worked on. We generally focus on one or two aspects per session - though of course, if you can tick off more than that, WELL DONE! 
Outdoor Learning 
St Stephens has amazing grounds, and we try as much as possible, to use them across all aspects of the curriculum.
Below, are some examples of how we have used the outdoor area in Maths (Autumn Term).
We used this activity several times, to understand how to partition numbers up to a million (particularly splitting the Hundreds of Thousands from the Tens of Thousands.)
Chalk out the place value columns onto tarmac ie,  
M / Hs of Th / Ts of Th / Th / H / T / 1s / . / tths / hths
Write down & mix up some 4, 5, 6 and 7 digit numbers in a bag - include decimal numbers if you wish.
Pick out a number, partition it and chalk out the value of each part of the number, into the correct columns.
For an extra challenge, put the number through a 'function machine' at the end eg :
Can you divide the number by ten, add 60 and then subtract 200 ?
Alternatively, children can be the digits in a number, standing in the correct place value column, when a 7 digit number is called.
Give the children a limited number of straight sticks.
Who can make a shape with the greatest number of triangles, using only the given sticks. 
Times Tables
Explain why times tables can give the same answer, whilst looking different.
Use natural objects to illustrate, for example, 4 x 9 = 36; 9 x 4 = 36