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Welcome to the Tiger Class








Welcome to the Tiger class with Mr. Selkirk and Miss Pellegrina. This page is for our parents and children to use together. It includes information about what Y5 are learning, key dates, homework and helpful websites. 

Please click here to download the Y5 Topic Long Term Plan 

Please click here to download the Y5 Maths Long Term Plan 

Please click here to download the Y5 Writing Standards 


Spring Term

Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘The Valuable or Vulnerable Victorians. We will be learning all about Queen Victoria, Victorian slums, the lives of children and the invention of the railway. 

In English we will begin by writing a narrative poem about the life of a Victorian child. After this, we will write a newspaper article to inform residents about the brand new railway. We will then form a balanced argument to answer the question ‘Was the Victorian era an era of great change?’. Finally, we will create a leaflet to persuade shoppers to buy first trade products.

In Maths we will develop our understanding of multiplication and division. Working with 4-digit numbers, we will use this knowledge to perform mental calculations and multi-step word-problems. We will also be doing more work on fractions; learning to multiply them and finding fractions of amounts.

In History we will identify historic moments that were significant to the Victorian period and discover what the Victorian lifestyle was really like, including life in a Victorian slum and lives of Victorian children. We will also analyse the significance of Queen Victoria and create our own Victorian timeline throughout term 1 to compare this with the present-day.

In Science, we are going to investigate forces, and examples of forces that push back against them.  We’re going to look at ways of making forces smaller, so we can make something happen without having to push or pull so hard.  

In Design Technology, we will learn about products that incorporate gear or pulley systems. Children will explore making gear and pulley systems using construction kits and learn how to control the system manually and with and electrical circuit. Pupils will design a moving product for an intended user and purpose. They will apply their learning from the unit to make their product and will evaluate their completed products, judging the extent to which they have met the original design criteria.

In Geography, we will explore global trade connections at an international scale and local supply chains. We will look at the inherent inequalities in trade relationships and link this to resource availability, manufacturing capability and development. We will then explore ways in which we can improve the equity of trade, and ways in which exploitation may always be a part of commodities.

In RSHE we will cover a variety of topics including: meeting strangers online, personal information, terms and conditions, should we be happy all the time and why do we argue?


Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘Life Cycles of Plants. This unit adds to the work on life cycles of animals which we studied at the beginning of the year. We will look at how plants reproduce and how we can clone plants.

In English we will write a non-chronological report surrounding how plants reproduce. After this we will write a fable which emphasises a plants importance on the earth. Finally, we will create a play script and perform our own scientific documentary all about life cycles.

In Maths we will be looking at decimals at percentages, perimeter and area and statistics.

In Science we will review what we learnt about animal life cycles earlier in the year.  We will consolidate understanding, as we compare them to the life cycles of plants.  We will review what we know about plants, their structures and how they reproduce. We will also address pollination and seed dispersal. In the fourth lesson, we will look at how plants can reproduce asexually to form clones.

In Art we will be looking at the artist Henri Rousseau and will link our art to the life cycles topic. The skills we will be focusing on are:

  • To select colour for purpose
  • Hue tint tone and shades of colour 
  • Watercolour techniques
  • Layering with a different material on top (oil pastel)

In Computing we will be developing our understanding of computer systems and how information is transferred between systems and devices. We will consider small-scale systems as well as large-scale systems. The children will explain the input, output, and process aspects of a variety of different real-world systems. They will also take part in a collaborative online project with other class members and develop their skills in working together online.

In RSHE we will cover a variety of topics including how can I stay fit and healthy? Can I avoid getting ill? Who am I? and is there such a thing as a normal family?


For more information on individual subjects please visit the 'Curriculum' tab.


Important Information 

Our P.E days will be Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Our weekly Spanish lesson will be on Wednesday.


Dates for Your Diary

Parent workshop - 10th January

World Religion Day celebrations - 16th January 

Chinese New Year celebrations - 23rd January 

Parent workshop 1st March

World Book Day - 3rd March 

Holi Day celebrations - 8th March

British Science Week - 13th March


Home Learning

Each half term, we will send out a bingo grid for you to complete at home. Tick off an activity once you have completed it. It would be lovely to see any pictures or completed pieces of homework!

Other home learning activities for Spring are:

Read to an adult at least 4 times a week and record this in your school planner.

Practise your spellings. Can you use each spelling in a sentence? Can you give the definition of each spelling? Don’t forget to login to your Spelling Shed account.

Practise all times tables up to 12 x 12. Go on TT Rockstars at least 3 times a week. Can you beat your best score? How many coins can you collect?