Park Avenue, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S25 2QZ

01909 550779

Anston Park Junior School


Welcome back to our first half term. We hope that this page gives you and your families lots of information about some of the things we will be learning. Have a good look around!

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

Y5 Teachers

Miss Clowes - 5C

Mrs Dunsdon - 5M

Teaching Assistants 

Mrs Morton

Mr Constantinou

Our Class Novels

Over the year, we will be teaching and sharing a range of different class novels. 

 We are currently reading:

The Explorer By Katherine Rundell

Spring Term - Foundation Subjects

 Science - Living Things and Their Habitats & Animals Including Humans 

 During this unit we will:

  • Observe plants growing over time and conduct a fair test to investigate the best conditions for plants to grow 
  • Observe the life cycle of an amphibian.
  • Look at the similarities and differences of life cycles of mammals, birds, amphibians and insects.
  • Look at reproduction in plants and animals.

     Geography - Rainforests, Biomes & Climate change. 

    During this unit we will:

    • Understand what is meant by a biome and explore the features of a specific  biome.
    • Locate the rainforests in the world and know the different layers of a rainforest 

    • Know about the people that live in the Amazon Rainforest.

    • Know about deforestation and the arguments for and against.

    • Explain how climate change affects climate zones and biomes across the world.

    • Know the effects of  climate change on sea levels.





    Art & Design Technology 

    During this unit we will:

    • Practise our painting techniques.
    • Study the work of Henri Rousseau.
    • Design and bake Easter biscuits for food technology.

    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.


    All of the Year 5 classes have PE sessions each week, one of which is likely to be with our sports coach; Mr Smith. The days which these lessons take place can change depending on the weather 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.


    Y5 PE days are currently:

    5C -Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

    5M - Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


    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.