Year 5 2020 - 2021

Mrs O'Hara 5RO

Mrs O'Hara 5RO

Hi! I am Mrs O'Hara and I have been working at Woodlands Primary School for seven years now. I am the Science Co-Ordinator across the school and love to do lots of experiments to learn more about the world we live in. I also enjoy reading and history as these were my favourite subjects when I was at school. I have lots of exciting topics ready for you to learn this year including Space, Vikings and 'Mountains rock, Rivers roll!'

When I am not in school, I am usually reading a good book on my kindle with a coffee and cake, running around after my three lovely nephews or doing some shopping at Cheshire Oaks! I also like to spend as much time as I can visiting my family and friends.

Miss Holgate  5OH

Miss Holgate 5OH

Hello! I am Miss Holgate and this will be my first year at Woodlands Primary School. I am really excited to be your Year 5 teacher for September… I know we will have a fantastic time together!
I am passionate about literacy, history and art and design. I am extremely excited to be learning about my favourite aspect of history together: The Vikings!
When I am not in school, I enjoy baking, sewing, interior design (I am a big Pinterest fan!) and anything crafty! At weekends, you will usually find me taking my cockapoo Woodie on adventures, mountain biking at Llandegla Forest (followed by a well-deserved hot chocolate and brownie!) or the occasional shopping trip to IKEA or Cheshire Oaks. I also love to spend time with my family and friends.
My wish is for our classroom to be creative, friendly and filled with happiness!! I can’t wait to meet you all and begin working together to achieve all of our dreams and aspirations!

Welcome to Year 5!

Summer Term 2


Our topic this half term is...

This half-term, we are going to be international detectives investigating the illegal wildlife trade. We will explore what it is, where it occurs, which animals are traded and why it is illegal.

Through this topic we will:

  • Learn about what global trade means and how it works
  • Uncover the global illegal wildlife trade and find out why it is illegal
  • Identify and locate where the illegal wildlife trade is taking place using longitude and lattitude
  • Create a factfile about and illegaly traded animal
  • Research the ways that people are trying to stop the illegal wildlife trade
  • Create a campaign video to inform people aboyt the illegal wildlife trade and persuade them to stop it



This half-term, we will be reading, 'The Hunter' by Paul Geraghty.

One day while playing hunters in the hot dry African bush, Jamina finds a baby elephant whimpering besides its dead mother. As Jamina bravely helps the little orphaned elephant, she vows that she will never be a real hunter . . .


Our Mastery Keys 

  • Use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or an omitted relative pronoun
  • Adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility
  • Use a wider range of devices to build cohesion across paragraphs
  • Link ideas using tense choices


This half-term, we will read and study the text, 'African Tales: A barefoot collection' by Gcine Mholphe and Rachel Griffin.

This anthology includes eight traditional tales from all over Africa. Sumptuous hand-sewn collage artwork decorated with African beads adorns these unforgettable tales of bravery, wisdom, wit and heroic deeds. 

Our Mastery Keys 

  • Evaluate authors’ language choice, including figurative language
  • Draw inferences (inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions); justify with evidence
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions


This half term, we will continue to focus on fractions in our maths lessons.

Through this we will:

  1. Compare and order fractions whose denominators are multiples of the same number
  2. Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually including tenths and hundredths
  3. Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions 
  4. Convert mixed numbers and improper fractions from one form to the other
  5. Write mathematical statements >1 as a mixed number
  6. Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number
  7. Solve problems involving all of the above

Then, we will focus on decimals and percentages.

Through this we will:

1.Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places.
2. Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents.
3. Round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place.
4. Solve problems involving number up to three decimal places.
5. Recognise the percent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’.
6. Write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal.
7. Solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of one half, one quarter, one fifth, two fifths, four fifths and fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25



Year 5 will have P.E and COJOs on a Wednesday. Please wear your full P.E kit to school on that day.

All P.E sessions will take place outside (whatever the weather) so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.

This term, we will be focusing on fooball with Chester Football Club!

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