Humberstone Junior Academy

Year 5



Emily Hart

Team Leader


Natasha Upfield



Charlotte Smith



Welcome to Year 5!

The teachers in Year 5 this year are: Miss Hart, Mrs Upfield and Miss Smith.
Mrs Liu and Mrs Sutton are two teaching assistants who will also be working in Year 5 this year.

We have some very exciting things planned for the children this year and we are all looking forward to the year ahead. 


This year in English, we are beginning the year by reading two picture books. We will study the illustrations closely as well as the text to develop an understanding of the plot, the characters as well as key themes and ideas. We will begin the term by reading ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies – a book which explores the life of a little girl living in a derelict city. Following a chance encounter with an old lady, the girl  is determined to transform her surroundings and make a positive change. Through reading this heart-warming story, the children will realise that no-one is ever too small to make a difference. 


We follow White Rose for Maths and we will start the year recapping and building upon the childrens’ place value knowledge. Following on this, we will move to the four operations, exploring the written methods children will need to carry out  a range of calculations. There will also be many opportunities for children to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills throughout the year to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts further. 


In Project Based Learning this half term, our driving question is:  “Is History ever Herstory?” This project has a history focus and will focus on developing the children’s understanding of chronology and the skills of historical enquiry . The children will be studying the Anglo Saxon and Vikings with a close study of Aethelflaed who was a significant figure during this time but is rarely mentioned. At the end of this project, the children will be creating a video that will explore her role and importance. 


Reading is a high priority for the school and to ensure that the children have the best chances at success it is important that they read every night for 10minutes. Children all have a school reading book and reading record where you can record this. The more practice the children have at reading out loud the better! Please make sure the children come to school prepared, with their reading record completed each day.


This term Year 5 will be learning gymnastics and will also have PE on a Wednesday with Mr Duffy. Please ensure their PE kit is in school all week for this (no logos please) as timetables may change every now and then due to weather etc. Children should have indoor and outdoor PE kits available as if weather permits we will go outside.  


Year 4 /5 Camp – June 2022

If you were not able to attend the Year 4/5 camp meeting, you can find all the slides here:

Year 4/5 Camp – Everything you need to know