Year 5 2023 - 2024

Mrs Higginson

Miss Mathison

Miss Gibson

Mrs Deakin

Love Learning, Love Life

Always Aiming High


Our School Rules: Ready, Respectful, Safe


To contact Mrs McDonnell or Mrs Higginson, please email:


Year 5 Staff:

Mrs McDonnell (Class Teacher)         Miss Gibson (TA - mornings and one afternoon)         

Mrs Higginson (Class Teacher)          Mrs Deakin (HLTA - class cover)

Mrs Hodgson (HLTA - afternoon)


Autum Term

Topic: Rebels!

Welcome back to school after the summer break. I hope you had a lovely, restful 6 weeks, and are ready to learn! Mrs Higginson will be teaching you on a Monday and Mrs McDonnell Tuesday to Friday! We will also have Miss Gibson to support us in the morning and Mrs Deakin will teach you one afternoon a week.

Parents, if you need support with anything at home, no matter how big or small, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. You can speak to any member of school staff, and we will do our best to help. If you would prefer to discuss things privately, then please send an email to the class email address above, or to the school office email address: 

So what’s in store? 



In English we will start by studying the beautifully illustrated story Queen of the falls by Chris Van Allsburg. Our primary focus will be reading and writing recounts and producing our own diaries from different viewpoints inspired by the characters in the book. After half term, we will move onto looking at traditional tales using another beautiful book as inspiration - Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. We will focus on exploring different characters’ viewpoints and rewriting traditional tales in exciting ways.

Autumn 1 = Queen of the falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Autumn 2 = The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy



In reading we will be focusing on diffferent texts and will be using our skills to draw inferences from the text and make comparisons across texts. We will then be moving onto looking further into language choices, themes across a text and using our summarising skills.

Autum 1 = Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli

Autum 2 = Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman



We will start the year focusing on place value of numbers up to 1 million, following which we will go onto study addition and subtraction. We will progress to looking at square, cube and prime numbers in multiplication and division, as well as finding out what happens to a number when we multiply/divide it by 10, 100 or 1,000. Finally, we will begin a unit on fractions, looking at adding, subtracting, comparing and ordering.

For further details regarding the curriculum please see the Autumn learning leaflet attached below.



As always, reading is the cornerstone of all learning. We recommend reading a wide range of texts both at home and at school, this includes your child’s school reading book and their own personal reading books. Whilst lots of our children will, by now, be reading independently, it is still vitally important that you listen to your child read. We expect children to be reading daily. Please make sure that you are listening to your child read and recording this in their reading record. Children can record their own reading in their record, but an adult needs to sign this to confirm that they have read. You must bring your reading book and record every day, as we may choose you to read with us or with parent volunteers. Reading records will be collected in and checked on Tuesdays and Fridays, and children can earn points towards a reward for reading at home.


PE will be Monday and Tuesday afternoons so please make sure that you have the correct school PE kit in school. Trainers are only necessary for PE lessons/break times if needed. At all other times, black school shoes should be worn please.


Correct uniform should be worn at all times please. This is a school jumper/cardigan, or one in a similar colour, a white polo neck top, grey skirt, shorts or trousers and black shoes (not trainers). For PE, this is a white top, white or black shorts and trainers or pumps. Jogging bottoms or leggings can be brought in for colder weather, but please try to make sure they are black, navy or grey. Please ensure all uniform and water bottles are named, and that water bottles are taken home and cleaned daily.


Learning Log homework and Maths will continue to be given out on a Friday and should be returned on a Wednesday.


We regularly update the school's Twitter feed with what our Year 5 class get up to. Please check out our tweets, follow us, and give us a like!



We look forward to seeing you all soon, any questions please ask.


Mrs McDonnell and Mrs Higginson


Things to remember:

PE kits (black shorts/white t-shirt/trainers or pumps/tracksuit for colder weather)- EVERYDAY AS WE HAVE PE twice a week and sometimes activities pop up

Reading books and records—EVERYDAY

Water bottles—EVERYDAY


Reading records will be checked on Tuesdays and Fridays



Maths Calculation Policy

Times Tables Rockstars

Spelling Frame Games


Elton Primary School and Nursery Twitter

Top Marks English Games

Top Marks Maths Games








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Elton Primary School
School Lane, Elton,
Cheshire CH2 4LT
Headteacher: Mr Kevin Manning
Main Contact: Miss E Jackson or Mrs C Davies
SENCO - Mrs Samantha Higginson