Year 5 2023 - 2024

Mrs Simon


Welcome to the St Matthew's Primary School Year 5 Class Page

At St Matthew's, we use Class Dojo as a parent/school communication tool. It will have all the most recent class work, updates, news and events. Please check this regularly.

Together, we work hard and try our best.  We work hard to improve our work in all areas and nurture our own learning and that of our classmates through collaborative and group work.  We love all of the curriculum but some of our favourite subjects are Maths, Science, Art and PE.


Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.  On Tuesday the PE session is swimming so we will be walking to Grand Central Pools.  Thursday the children will be working on cricket skills and tennis skills.

What will your child be learning?

This term in English we will be looking at the texts ‘The Man who Walked Between the Towers’ and ‘Journey to Jo’burg’.  We will be exploring the text through discussion, drama and writing.  We will be producing newspaper reports, science reports, diary entries and descriptive pieces of writing.  Mrs Simon will also be reading some stories to us such as ‘The Midnight Fox’ and ‘Street Child’.

In Maths we will be looking at place value of numbers up to 1,000,000.  This will involve the manipulation of numbers and understanding the value of these great big numbers.  We will be able to add and subtract these numbers as well as round numbers and work out approximate answers by estimation. We will be moving on to multiplication and division and look at the terms ‘multiple’ and ‘factor’. We will start to look at fractions and be able to calculate equivalent fractions and simplest forms.  The children all have a log in for TTRockstars and can access this at home at

Our Humanities themes include ‘A Regional study of North America’ and ‘Ancient Maya’.  We will be finding out what it is like to live in North America and how it compares to Britain.  Hopefully we will be linking with a school in North America to ask them questions via Zoom.  We will be designing and making our own Mexican wraps and dips.  We will also be thinking about what life was like in the past in Mexico and hopefully making a trip to a local cafeé to share some hot chocolate as the ancient Maya people did.

We will be making a trip to Chester Cathedral as the Pilgrims would have done and looking at the beautiful Cathedral which is central to our Diocesan Trust.

This year we will have some university students working with our class on a Schools Direct programme.  In the autumn term, Miss Riley will be working in our class with us and complete her placement back at our school in the summer term.

Thank you for all your support.

The Year 5 team - Mrs Simon, Miss Beard and Miss Hutch


To support maths learning at home please visit the following sites:

Great website for times tables.  Children can compete against themselves, others and even the teachers (Mrs Beecher's Rockstar name is Gigi Twig for those that fancy challenging her!)  Children have their individual login 

Lots of different games in all topics of maths

Questions targeted around year 5 targets. 1 day = 8 questions, answers and video tutorials included

5 questions a day, differing levels of ability

A variety of questions split into different maths topics all targeting year 5 objectives

Lots of reasoning and problem solving activities to get your brain thinking

To support literacy learning at home please visit the following sites:

A variety of questions, split into different literacy topics all targeting year 5 objectives

A large bank of pictures to inspire creative writing

A large collection of videos, images and ideas to inspire creative writing  http://www.

A huge range of books to read or listen to.  Login with our year 5 code - iwc7815

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