Radipole Primary School

Enjoy Achieving Together

Year 5


Welcome to Year 5


We love the topics we teach in year 5 and hope they inspire the children to think about and enjoy the world around them.


The year starts with a Geography in which the children explore how to read a variety of maps. Later, children will learn about the diverse biomes that make up our planet and they will consider issues affecting the world's fragile environment.  In history, year 5 will begin by looking at the struggle for the throne following the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  Later in the year, children will discover the rich and colourful history of local crime and punishment.  They will end the year by investigating the lasting achievements of the Ancient Egyptians.


In the autumn term, we visit the Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre, taking part in fun, challenging activities.  In the spring term, we enjoy a day at Shire Hall, in Dorchester, to discover some of the most interesting stories of local historical thieves and rogues.


The children in Year 5 are ready to immerse themselves in our jammed-packed curriculum, where they can develop their academic skills, take on increasing responsibility for their learning and become confident independent learners.


Year 5 Teaching Team

Mr Jimmy Topham
Mrs Lisa Bowden
Mrs Linda Bond - TA
Mrs Lisa Teversham - TA
Mrs Kathy Westhead - TA

Year 5 Curriculum

Key Objectives

Reading  Writing     Maths   

Reading Spine

Year 5 are currently reading When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.


Miranda's life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives:
'I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own.
I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.'

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.

Year 5 Links


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