Year 5 – Rodsley

Welcome to Rodsley!

(The birthplace of St. Ralph Sherwin)

Our class teacher is Miss Holmes and our wonderful teaching assistants are Miss Booth and Mrs. Plastow.

If you are a parent of a child in Year 5, you can follow us on Twitter (@StLizClass18) to see what we are getting up to in class each week and keep up to date with any class notices.

Meet the Teacher!

Please find below the Year 5 Meet the Teacher presentation for the 2023-24 year. It outlines who is who in Year 5, an overview of our curriculum, reading expectations, communication and reporting and uniform expectations.

As the children enter Upper Key Stage 2, we promote responsibility for learning through weekly homework. Homework is usually set every Friday, due in for the following Friday. For some topics however, we may set overarching projects, which are to be undertaken over a number of weeks. You will be given plenty of notice of the final due date in these cases.

The children will be rewarded for returning homework in on time. If the children do not return their homework, I will provide time (outside of lesson) for them to complete the work with me. They are more than welcome to ask you for support with their homework if needed, but if substantial support was needed, please make note of this on the sheet so that I am aware of this upon return. Please ensure that homework is returned to school, and taken home, in their homework journals. This ensures that our work is kept neat and tidy. We should take as much care with our homework as we would with our classwork!

Parents, if you need support in knowing how to help your child with their maths homework, please see the school calculation policy below, aswell as video tutorials on how to undertake the standard methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Year 5 Calculation Policy

Formal Column Addition Method Tutorial 

Formal Column Subtraction Method Tutorial

Formal Short Multiplication (Multiplying by 1 digit) Method Tutorial

Formal Long Multiplication Method Tutorial

Formal Short Division (Bus Stop) Method Tutorial


Set Homework

Arithmetic Test 4.1 (set 8th September) 

Relative Clause Homework Answers (set 22nd September)

Parents Guide To Relative Clauses

Short Multiplication Homework and Answers (set November 10th) 

Earth & Space Science Project Homework (set November 14th – due December 15th)

Short Division – Spot the Mistakes Homework (set February 2nd)

Religious Education
St. Elizabeth’s has a Franciscan heritage, so our school values are based on Franciscan values. In Year 5, our class value is peace. We understand peace is the harmony and calmness of body, mind, and spirit. As written in John’s gospel 20:21, Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” From this we will try and promote peace in school and as part of our everyday life. Prayer and worship are an integral part of our day. Our R.E. topics last for around 4 weeks and our learning is summarised in the R.E. knowledge organisers, which will be added to this webpage when we start each new topic.

Topic 1: Ourselves Knowledge Organiser 

In English, we practise our decoding, fluency and comprehension reading skills through whole-class Talk for Reading sessions, small group reading sessions as part of a carousel, and by reading 1:1 with an adult weekly.

We use MyBookBlog for our home reading scheme. For this, the children have a dedicated home reading book which they have chosen from our collection in school. Once they have read the correlating chapters, they are to complete their ‘blog’ online on MyBookBlog, which involves taking a short comprehension and vocabulary quiz based on the events they have read and polling and blogging a relevant statement. The children are free to change their books as soon as they have read and blogged their book. Please ensure that your child continues to bring in their home reading book on their allocated day so that we can assess their progress regularly. Please also ensure that the children take care of these books at home; we politely ask for a like for like replacement to be purchased for any lost or damaged books.

Children are expected to read at home for at least 10 minutes every day and the more often they read the better! This includes reading to an adult. We no longer use home-school reading diaries, and instead the children each have a vocabulary bookmark, upon which they are to write any unfamiliar words upon. We then look up the meaning of these words during our guided reading sessions in class. Please encourage your child to use these as a learning tool!

Our writing lessons follow the Pie Corbett ‘Talk 4 Writing’ style of ‘Imitate – Innovate – Invent’; put simply ‘I do – We do – You do’. More information about this method of teaching can be found in the ‘Curriculum’ section of the website, under ‘English’. Our class will typically practise two genres each half term.

Starting last year, we have adopted a new spelling scheme, Read Write Inc. spelling. This follows on from our KS1 phonics scheme to allow for cohesive and consistent progression and development. The scheme teaches children methods for working out how to spell any words which have regular patterns. There is also a focus on irregular spelling patterns which need to be memorised.

We will now have set spelling sessions each week, running for 15 minutes 3x per week. All units follow the same format of fun activities, together with tips explaining when each spelling pattern is likely to be used. Assessment throughout a unit is ongoing and children will be logging spellings that they find difficult in their ‘Spelling Logs’. These words will be personalised to each child, as the children choose the words they wish to ‘log’, based on which words they have found difficult throughout the week. There will be 6 words to practise each week, with a focus primarily upon the spelling rule they follow. These words are then tested in partners (in a low-stakes manner) at the start of the following unit.  You can help support your child by practising the words in your child’s spelling log each night at home, and by revisiting words learnt in previous weeks.

For the foreseeable, we will also continue to provide SpellingShed as a practice hub for the children at home. We encourage the children to practice spellings daily. The spellings set each week on SpellingShed have been lined up with the spelling rules present in the RWI scheme, allowing children to continue practicing on SpellingShed. Please encourage this at home!

We use the Power Maths scheme of work, and each term has an associated textbook: Power Maths Year 5 – Textbook 5A (for autumn term), Textbook 5B (for spring term), Textbook 5C (for summer term). If you are keen to follow our learning, these books are be purchased on Amazon and are £6.99 each.

Maths is a vast subject and we appreciate that there’s more to it than reciting times tables. However, a lot of the rich, interesting mathematical concepts are all about the multiplicative relationships, and these are hard to fully grasp without fluent recall of the tables. For that reason, learning the tables is fundamental – they are a key facilitator to the maths that sits on top.

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Following on from the Year 4 multiplication check, in Year 5, we will continue to consolidate all of our times tables, up to 12×12. Times Table Rock Stars (TTR) is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables and help them reach the goal of being able to answer any times table (up to 12 x 12) in under 3 seconds. We encourage the children to use TTR at home and in school, and we even have a weekly TTR award, which takes place in our Friday achievement Act of Worship.

We encourage the children to wear an analogue watch to school to help them to tell the time. If you have an analogue clock at home, encourage your child to look at it during the day and work out the time together (starting with o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to, then intervals of 5 minutes past the hour).

Foundation Subjects
You can follow what your child is learning each half term by checking this web page for different subject knowledge organisers or looking at the Year 5 Curriculum Overview towards the top of the page.

Drinks and Snacks
Children are asked to bring a refillable water bottle to school each day (sports caps/straws are preferable to screw tops to avoid spillages). We encourage the children to drink water throughout the day to aid concentration. Healthy snacks (fruit and vegetables) are needed for break times to keep the children going until lunchtime. Please note that we are also a nut-aware school due to allergies, so please do not send your child to school with any nut-based products for their snacks and lunches.

Thank you for your ongoing support!