Welcome to Year five

Welcome to Year Five’s Web Page.

We are a class of 30 children aged 9 - 10. Our teacher is called Mr Dicken and he is a new teacher to Fonthill School.


The whole school is focussing on learning how to learn. To be a good learner, you need to be on fire. For Year 5 developing our learning independence is important.

F – Focussed: If we are being focussed, we will stay on task when we are doing work, not being distracted by anything. It also means that we are single minded and passionate to learn new things.

I – Independent: We can work on our own, using our initiative to decide what to do and when. Also, we will aim to extend our learning at home, by reading and consolidating our in-school learning by finding out new things on our own.

R – Resilient: What we do when we make mistakes is the key to our learning. Resilience means that we see an error as a chance to grow and to learn. It means that we keep going, even when work is challenging or takes us outside of our comfort zone.

E – Enthusiastic: Passion is important in learning. It helps to drive you on and to make sure that learning is embedded into whole lives.


Our homework sheet for Term 1 (see below) includes activities to choose from each week. Pupils completing 3 tasks in a week will receive 2 Dojo points for each activity complete, and a bonus point for completing all 3. Each week there will also be small activities to complete at home to help learn our weekly spellings.


Term 1

In Maths, we are looking at place value and then moving on to addition and subtraction. In Year Five we need to understand numbers up to 1,000,000. That’s 7-digit numbers! We’ll think about how we use these numbers in the real world, how we spot number patterns and this will help us add and subtract bigger numbers when we move on to Year 5 addition and subtraction. A good activity at home is to talk about spotting numbers such as measurements (centimetres and metres and grams and kilograms) and negative numbers.

In Literacy, we started the term learning and creating poetry. We are also studying biographies and writing biographies of our own about animals. We have learnt about pioneering naturalist Jane Goodall, and we will soon be looking at creating suspense in story writing. Our end of the day reading book this term is Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

In the afternoon, we will be asking and answering the question: Could humans ever live on another planet? At the end of the term, we will be designing our own planet using everything we have learnt about what humans need to live on earth. To help answer this question, we are learning about the life-cycle of animals and plants. At home, you can find out more about the plants you can spot through the year and the wildlife that lives around us. Here are three useful web-pages to visit: 




Term 2

In Maths, we have been finishing our learning about statistics and started multiplying and dividing with 4-digit numbers, for example 5415 x 5. In division, we will also look at dividing with remainders. Part of our learning about multiplication and division will include finding out more about prime numbers and factors. Later in Term 2 we will also discover how to calculate perimeter and area.


Last term, we really enjoyed collecting our own data by timing each other running laps around the playground.

In Literacy, are writing narratives based on modern and traditional stories. We will also be writing explanations, creating written arguments linked to our Enquiry. Our end of the day reading book is Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.


In the afternoon, we will be asking and answering the question: What is the most influential country in the world? The focus of this Enquiry is developing our geography skills, including using a compass and reading maps. We will also find out more about countries around the world, thinking about what aspects of a country might be influential on others. These are useful websites to discover more about the countries of the world: