Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

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Mrs Moore, Mrs Spencer, Miss Mya, Miss Robinson and Miss Ellen welcome you to Year 5

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in school.  Instant recall facts help enormously with mental agility within maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these facts can be very beneficial.  Each child will have a termly handout which sets out their KIRF and other facts which can be practiced at home.  This means that the work at school can be supported at home.  

Recommended Reading for Year 5

We regularly read a variety of books from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine as either part of our daily whole class read or for children to dip in to when they choose from bookshelves in our classes. Here, you can see the books your child might experience in other year groups too.

We expect children to read at home at least three times a week. We encourage children to read books, comics, newspapers, magazines, recipes, manuals, play scripts, song lyrics, poetry, websites and even books they write themselves. 


Below is a list of recommended books for your child’s age group. Some of these books are ideal for adults to read to your children and others would be great for children to read themselves. For more information about each of these books, click on:



Everyone can access free e-books and audio books from Northamptonshire library service. If families are not already members, they can join using this link:


The Book Trust have lots of fun reading activities


The Literacy Trust is offering a free e-book each week with some accompanying activity packs and videos from the authors:

More Information for Year 5

Our P.E day is every Monday and Friday

Our library visit is every other Tuesday.

Our SoundStart lesson is every Friday.

Reading Records are checked every Friday, remember at least 3 times a week.

Times Table songs

Here are some useful web links to songs that can help your child with learning their times tables.


Spellings - Common Exception Words

The expectation for the attainment of children in Year 5 has grown massively.  In writing, children are expected to spell high frequency words, or common exception words (words we can't use our sounds to spell) correctly. Below is a list of all the words they should be spelling correctly in their independent writing. We will be sending home lists with a range of these spellings on for them to practise ready for their fortnightly test.