Welcome to Year 5

Our Learning


We have had a fantastic start to the new school year in Year 5. Children have returned from their summer holidays full of energy and showing an incredible yearning to start learning again.


Our topic for this Autumn Term is City Story.  A history based topic, we will be focusing on the local history of Leeds and Headingley, in particular the significance of the Victorian era leading on to World War 2 and post war years. We will be using maps of the area as part of our geography work. In Science, we will be studying forces and investigating gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.  Weekly art lessons will continue with Ms Virgin on a Wednesday where learning will link to this topic. We will also learn about the mechanisms of levers, pulleys and gears and link this to our work in DT where we will design and make a toy that uses a mechanical system.

The children will continue to have weekly French lessons with Ms Earl and in computing lessons children will focus on the subject of internet safety and the development of basic computer skills. After half term, in RE we will be exploring the question ‘Why are some places and journeys special?’ and ‘ Should we forgive others?’


In our English lessons our writing will be inspired by our topic. We will focus on recounts and persuasive writing and learn the features of these genres to apply to our own writing. Children will also look at persuasive language and writing and work on their story writing skills. During reading lessons we will be using a range of fiction and non-fiction books. This term’s maths work will be as busy as ever where we will focus on the number system, understanding place value calculation as well as learning about statistics and measure. We will continue to focus on our Maths Passport targets which children are tested on twice a week in school and really help children to learn the mental maths skills they need.


We look forward to a busy and exciting term full of engaging learning opportunities.

SOSO - Switched On Shire Oak
At Shire Oak we believe having confidence and a positive attitude to learning is crucial to a pupil's success in school.
During SOSO fortnight we worked together to create a class poster that shows the steps we can take to help us with our learning.
Click here to see our poster in full.

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Shire Oak CE Primary School

Wood Lane, Headingley, LS6 2DT

Shire Oak is a safe and inclusive school and we expect all adults who work with, visit or meet our children to uphold the highest standards of safeguarding and regard for the welfare of children.