Park Avenue, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S25 2QZ

01909 550779

Anston Park Junior School


Welcome to Year 5!

We hope that this page gives you and your families lots of information about some of the things we will be learning.

Parents/carers, if you have any questions please contact your child's class teacher at school or

Y5 Teachers

Mrs Dunsdon - 5D

Mrs Drake - 5C

Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Morton

Our Class Novel

Over the year, we will be reading and discussing a range of different class novels. 

 We are currently reading:

The Explorer

by Katherine Rundell

Spring Term 2 - Foundation Subjects

 Science - Let's Get Moving

 During our unit on forces and machines we will:

  • Learn about the force of gravity
  • Look at the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction
  • Look at the mechanisms levers, pulleys and gears and learn about how they allow smaller forces to have greater effects


     History  - Was the Anglo-Saxon period really a dark age?

    During this study of the Anglo-Saxons we will:

    • Learn why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain
    • Explore a range of sources which give us evidence about the people living at that time
    • Study the Sutton Hoo ship burial and Staffordshire Hoard
    •  Decide whether the Anglo-Saxon period really deserves to be called the 'Dark Ages'
    • Learn about the importance of archaeological evidence and the work of archaeologists


    Art - Painting: Kandinsky

    During this unit we will:

    • Explore the artwork of Kandinsky
    • Explore some music inspired painting
    • Explore techniques when using acrylic paints
    • Explore Kandinsky's marks, colours and style of painting
    • Plan, create and evaluate a piece of Kandinsky inspired artwork

    Computing - Vector Drawings

    During this creating media unit we will:

    • Learn what a vector drawing is
    • Use Google Drawing to explore drawing tools
    • Create images using Google Drawing
    • Explore different techniques to make our vector drawings effective
    • Explore layering objects
    • Manipulate objects in different ways 
    • Create our own vector drawing

    In our other foundation subjects...

    PHSE - Celebrating Differences

    RE - How significant is it for Christians that God intended Jesus to die?

    Music - Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    French - Habitats

    PE - Dance (Street Art) and Swimming


    Year 5 Wider Curriculum 

    Below is Y5's long term plan for the foundation subjects. This shows the topics covered throughout the year.


    Homework Menu

    As part of our wider curriculum topic, children can also choose to complete homework from our  homework menu (see below). This is optional, however, it will be enjoyable for the children and it will allow them to take their learning further and share it with you at home. Once any tasks have been completed please bring them into school and we will do our best to display as many of them as possible.

    We would love to see how creative you can be and display your hard work for all to see. 

    Reading is an essential part of the curriculum and opens up many other curriculum areas for the children. We expect children to read at least three times a week.  Some children may choose to read independently, which is completely fine, but it is also helpful for adults to check children understand the vocabulary within the text and understand the content of what they are reading.


    Children need to spend time at home to practise times tables – in Y5 children need to have rapid recall of all times table facts up to 12x12 as well as associated division facts (e.g. 5x6=30 so 30÷6=5) – children can prepare for the times table challenge and achieve their best times. Don't forget to visit the Times Tables Rock Stars website to help them practise their tables and earn coins to promote their band! It is their challenge this year to top the leaderboard and help their band to win the Battle of the Bands.


    One thing that you could do at home to improve your English skills is to try to learn how to read and spell as many of these words as possible. These are the words you have to know by the end of Year  6.


    Both Year 5 classes have PE sessions each week with our sports coach; Mr Smith. The days which these lessons take place can change depending on the weather/events in school so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school all week. Please note that even during the winter, we may deliver some PE sessions outside so it is important that children have all the kit listed below in school every day.


    During the Spring Term, Y5 also go swimming once a week. This session counts as one of our PE lessons. You need to make sure you have your swimming kit (one piece costume, fitted shorts, swimming cap and towel) on the correct day every week (see below), as well as any medication you may need (eg: inhalers). 

     Y5 PE days are currently:

    Thursday mornings - in school

    Tuesday afternoons - swimming

     Indoor Kit =  plain white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable shoes (pumps or trainers). No football shirts or strips please.

    Outdoor Kit = plain tracksuit bottoms and warm jacket and shoes suitable for all weathers (trainers)

    Please remember that no jewellery should be worn and earrings MUST be removed by the child for any PE session. Long hair needs to be tied back.



    This is a fun and competitive way for your child to learn their times tables. Look out for new competitions and challenges! All children will have their log ins given to them before the end of the first week back, just in case any have been lost!


    Times Tables Songs

    These songs are really catchy tunes that may help your child master their times tables if they are finding them difficult to remember.