Year 5 2022 - 2023

Miss Smethurst

I qualified as a teacher in July 2022 and am excited to be working at Westminster Community Primary School. I have previously worked in a different school and worked in all classes from Reception to Year 6. Outside of school, I love to do anything arty and enjoy spending time with friends and family.


Welcome to our Year 5 Class Page

Welcome back everyone. I hope that you have had a lovely summer. I am so excited to start our Year 5 journey together.

Miss Dunn will be in class every Tuesday. 

Purple Mash Login

Google Classroom Link

Multiplication Tables Practice


Important information...

  • Our school day is 8:30 - 15:15
  • Water bottles need to be brought in each morning and taken home each night to be washed.
  • A healthy snack can be brought to school for morning break.
  • Homework to be returned on a Wednesday.
  • Reading records and books to be in school everyday. Please read at least 3 times a week and record this in the yellow reading record.
  • PE is on a Monday and Tuesday - School PE top, normal school jumper with dark trousers and trainers. Children to change for PE at school.
  • Forest School will be twice half-termly. I will give you plenty of notice via text. Normal school uniform on the top with dark trousers and sensible shoes/wellies.


School trips this academic year...

Trips for the current half term are highlighted.

Autumn 1 - West Kirby Beach to Thurstaston Beach - Monday 26th September 2022

Autumn 2 - Jodrell Bank - Thursday 3rd November 2022

Spring 1 - The Boat Museum - Monday 9th January 2023

Spring 2 - Anderton Nature Park and Boatlift -  Monday 24th April 2023

Summer 1 - Visitor at school - No trip. Date to be confirmed.

Summer 2 - Trip to be confirmed



Jactionary: Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne

The book that we will be looking at this half term is 'Manfish' focusing on vocabulary. 

Outcomes for this unit:

Poetry: Renga poetry

Fiction: Hybrid Adventure (Characterm Setting and Atmosphere)

Non-Fiction: Recount (Biography)



Children will also have weekly comprehension lessons. These lessons target specific comprehensions skills and provide children with the opportunity to familarise themselves with a range of comprehension style questions, which will start to prepare them for year 6.

Children will complete half termly accelerated reading tests which will determine the children's current reading age. It is also a diagnostic tool which outlines which areas the children need support with.

Chidlren are expected to read daily. I appreciate lives outside of school are busy, so I will ensure that there are daily opportunities to read in school. Each time they read, children are expected to make a note of this in their reading record.

I have attached a reading list for each year group of books I would like the children to read this year.



At Westminster Primary School, we use Power Maths. Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity, excitement and nurture confidence in maths. Built around a child centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths which focuses on helping children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.

At the start of each maths lesson all children will work on the curriclum year group they are in, they then will work in smaller groups where there will be a more targeted approach to teaching based on the groups needs and ability.

This term we are looking at: place value, addition and subtraction.



Science in our school is very hands on and we ensure the children learn through inquiry. Where possible, science lessons are practical and involve experiments and investigations. 

During Autumn 1, we are learning all about forces. 


History and Geography

During the first half term, we will be completing a UK Regional Study and will be learning about coasts and we will also be taking a trip to Thurstaston Beach.


Design and Technoloy/Art

This half term we will be looking at cooking and nutrition and we will be making bread with Maria. 



RE will be taught by Miss Dunn and we will be learning about Sikhism. Our key question this half term is - 'How is community and equality important to Sikhs?'



French will take place daily as the approach is really helping children to embed their learning.

During the first half term, we will be learning more vocabulary linked to pets.



This half term we will be looking at coding and we will be using 'Purple Mash'.



PE sessions will be on a Monday and Tuesday. Children are expected to bring full PE uniform with them to get changed in school (School PE top, normal school jumper with dark trousers and trainers).

In Autumn Term 1, we will be learning about ivasion (netball) and health related exercise.

PE on Mondays will be with Miss Smethurst and PE on Tuesdays will be with Miss Dunn.

Year 5 will be going swimming on Fridays from 4th November – 16th December (7 weeks).



During Autumn 1, we will be working from the Charanga scheme of work and we will be learning 'Living on a Prayer'.


Forest School

Forest school will take place twice a half term. A text will be sent in advance when Forest School sessions will be taking place. 

For Forest School, children must wear the following:

Long sleeve trousers (no matter the weather)

School uniform top and jumper

Waterproof coat

Waterproof shoes or boots



Homework is now found on the Year 5 Google Classroom Homework page.

Children are encourgaged to return their completed work via the classroom page.

Homework is to be handed in on a Wednesday.



Maths Games 

English Games 



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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Main Contact: Sue Finch, Head Teacher

Tel: 0151 832 3672

SEN Contact: Sarah Davenport

SEN Email: