Southfield Junior School


Year 5 Classes

Our two Year 5 classes are called Hazel and Elm. The Year 5 pupils are taught by Mrs Higgins, Mrs White, Mrs Richardson and Miss Painter and supported by Mrs Morgan and Mrs Franklin.

During PPA each week, the children are taught by Mrs. Law.  They have specialist computing lessons in which they learn, practice and apply different I.T. skills to complement in-class learning. The children also learn about e-safety.

The year 5 children take part in P.E on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon.



Term 5 and 6: Our World

Please click here to see the curriculum map for Summer Term.

 Term 3 and 4: Destination Vacation

 Please click the link to see the curriculum map for Spring Term - Destination Vacation

Currently Reading 

In our daily read session, we are currently enjoying When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth. The opening quote of the story 'To my Grandma, who travelled from Australia to India in the 60s with a border collie and a kangaroo in tow.' sparked some interesting discussions about the story and its main character. We are looking forward to finding more about what lead up to this moment.

About the book...



When Ruby's dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel in the mountains of India, Ruby is devastated. Not only are they living in the middle of the wilderness surrounded by scorpions, bears and leopards, but Ruby is sure that India will never truly feel like home - not without her mum there. 

Ever since her mum died, Ruby has been afraid. Of cars. Of the dark. Of going to sleep and never waking up. 

But then the last remaining leopards of the mountain are threatened and everything changes. Ruby vows to do all she can to protect them - if she can only overcome her fears...

Terms 1 and 2: To Be Or Not To Be

Please see the PDF below that outlines the content of the children's learning for autumn term.

Autumn Term - To Be Or Not To Be


 Following on from the amazing research that the children completed about Henry VIII, they all rote a super biography about him. Their biographies focussed on his early life, how and why he became King, the significant impact that he had on England's religion and his many wives! It was a pleasure to read the children's work; it is clear to see how much they have enjoyed the topic and how much they have learned about Henry VIII. Well done Year 5! 


In our English lessons, Hazel and Elm class have been following the story of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We started our topic by creating our own potions in the style of the tree witches before looking more closely at the most effective way to rule a kingdom. The children then went on toe write a letter in role as Lady Macbeth persuading her husband to commit a terrible crime. One morning, the children came into school to find out that the crime had been committed! The were given time to explore the scene and interview key witnesses. The children then became journalists and wrote newspaper articles about the incident.


In our Maths lessons, the children have been taking a close look at all things related to Written Methods! They refreshed their knowledge of column addition and subtraction followed by multiplying and dividing by multiples o 10. As usual, the children's attitude towards their Maths learning has been excellent and we couldn't be more proud. We are sure that this will continue as we head into the realm of Fractions!