Welcome to the Venus class page. We are looking forward to a busy year and we have some really exciting topics ahead. Venus class are lucky to have our UKS2 teaching assistants working with them supporting their learning. We have lots of enthusiasm and are looking forward to the year ahead. Please feel free to come and talk to Mrs Robinson if you have any questions.

  • Meet the Team

    Mrs Rachel Robinson

    Year 5 Class Teacher

    Mrs Sarah McNair

    UKS2 Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Sarah Davies

    UKS2 Teaching Assistant

  • Our Class Routines

    On PE days children are able to come to school in their P.E kits.

    Outdoor P.E will be on a Tuesday afternoon and indoor P.E will be on a Thursday afternoon. Please make sure children come dressed appropriately for each session.

  • Our Curriculum

    In Year 5, our Cornerstones topics for the year are: 

    • Stargazers 
    • Off With Her Head!
    • Sow, Grow and Farm
    • Scream Machine 
    • Pharaohs  


    What will my child do in Year 5?

    As in all other year groups, Year 5 follow the National Curriculum set out by the government.  At HCP, we strive to make teaching and learning personalised, exciting and creative through a variety of topics and teaching methods.


    The curriculum for English in Year 5

    In Year 5, we enjoy learning about a range of text types through the use of picture, fiction and non-fiction books. We often use short video clips to inspire writing too. At the beginning of year 5, pupils should be able to read aloud a wider range of poetry and books written at an age-appropriate interest level with accuracy and at a reasonable speaking pace.


    They should be able to read most words effortlessly and to work out how to pronounce unfamiliar written words with increasing speed. If the pronunciation sounds unfamiliar, they should ask for help in determining both the meaning of the word and how to pronounce it correctly.


    Here are some of the books we plan to use this year:

    • Hidden Figures by Simon Bartrum,
    • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Cli mo,
    • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
    • What’s so special about Shakespeare by Michael Rosen,
    • Bloom by Nicola Skinner
    • Leon and the Place Between by Angela Mcallister.


    This academic year we are implementing a new approach to the teaching of phonics and reading; these changes in our reading approach this year will impact predominantly on teaching and learning in Early Years and KS1, however any changes for KS2 reading are explained in an additional booklet for parents, which will be sent out shortly.


    By the end of Year 5, children’s reading and writing should be sufficiently fluent for them to manage the general demands of the Year 6 curriculum ready for the end of Key Stage Assessments. They should be able to reflect their understanding of the purpose and audience of their writing by selecting appropriate vocabulary and grammar.


    For English, new punctuation is introduced (such as hyphens, semi-colons, and colons). There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too (for example, modal verbs like wouldcouldmight, and must).


    The curriculum for maths in Year 5

    The main focus of maths teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that children extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that children make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.


    At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems using both written and mental methods of calculation. With this grounding in arithmetic, pupils will learn the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. In geometry, your child will learn to classify shapes with complex properties and will learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

  • Celebrating our Learning
  • Our Home Learning

    The expectation for homework in Year 5 will begin with regular use of Times Tables Rock Stars to practise times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. In addition to practise spellings on Spelling Shed, as spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. Spelling Shed makes the acquisition of these key skills fun and engaging for pupils. The game aspect of Spelling Shed ensures children are engaged and eager to practise their spellings regularly. The low-stakes games, quizzes and reward systems ensure that children find spelling fun. Children should have copies of their individual log-ins but please ask your child’s teacher if this is not the case.

    UKS2 Homework Expectations 2023-24

    There is also an expectation that the children read daily and record their reading in their reading records. We will then send home CGP workbooks for Maths, SPaG and Reading. It is expected that the children also complete specific pages that are given to them each week. The pages that are chosen will help to consolidate learning that has already taken place.

  • Parent Zone

    To support your child at home, you could use the following websites: 


    Please also encourage your child to read at home (independently, to an adult or younger/older sibling) as a wide reading diet ensures that all children make progress within reading, but also the wider curriculum areas.