Year 5

Our teachers are: Mr Stage in Beech Tree Class and Mr McAfee in Willow Tree Class

Our teaching assistants are: Mrs McDavitt, Mrs Watts, Mrs Dougall and Mrs Field 



Spring 2024

Welcome back to the spring term in year 5 at Great Dunmow. This term, the focus for the children is as follows:




Year 5 will be focusing on the book ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ by Elizabeth Laird. This is a story from another culture which is set during the Lebanese Civil War. We will be analysing the story, focusing on the vocabulary used and writing different text types linked to it such as a biography. We will continue to focus on our understanding and recognition of clause structures, punctuation and develop interesting vocabulary through the use of a thesaurus. We will also be improving our reading comprehension skills through whole class shared reading sessions. This will aim to develop our retrieval and inference skills.



We initially completed our topic of multiplication and division before moving onto fractions, decimals and percentages. We will develop our understanding of these through concrete, pictorial and abstract questions applying reasoning and problem-solving skills to questions. To develop the children’s arithmetic skills, we will continue to recap arithmetic questions within lessons and will also have an arithmetic assessment on a Friday. We aim to improve our scores weekly through accurate understanding of the written methods for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). 


General Information

Please make sure that children come to school with all the relevant P.E equipment: shorts, T-shirt and appropriate footwear for indoor activities and a tracksuit and trainers for games sessions. No jewellery is to be worn at any time during PE sessions and long hair needs to be tied back. Children will not be permitted to borrow kit from other children.


Please let us know if your child is unable to partake in any PE lesson.

In addition, please ensure your child has a water bottle in class.




  • Wednesday (Outdoors)
  • Thursday (Indoors)




Both classes will be given the following homework via Google Classroom on a Wednesday to be completed by the following Wednesday:


  • Reading – Children will need to read for at least 10 minutes every night.
  • Maths and Grammar - This will be set on SATS companion each Wednesday.
  • Spellings- A weekly list of spellings will be set using the spelling pattern being learned that week. The children need to practise these on EdShed. These should also be stuck in their reading journals for easy access to see.

Please let us know if you are unable to access the internet at home as we can then make other arrangements for homework.



Upcoming Events in Year 5


Super Scientist WOW Day –Thursday 11th January 2024


Beech Tree Assembly- Wednesday 27th March 2024


Willow Tree Assembly- Wednesday 13th March 2024


Bikeability – Dates to be confirmed



If you have any further questions, and wish to speak to us, please do not hesitate to see us.

Mr Stage and Mr McAfee


For further information about our curriculum – please see the long term plan below