Head of Year Welcome

Dear Year 5 parents/carers,

I am so excited to be Head of Year 5 this year. We have a wonderful and dedicated team of teachers who are committed to ensuring the academic and personal development of all the children we teach. We have been very encouraged with the way pupils have settled into year 5 and are showing our Ark values every day, being ambitious, resilient and kind.

Naturally, much of our focus will be on preparing the children for their final year of primary school and ensuring they have the key literacy and numeracy skills required to be successful.  Reading continues to be a focus for us: increasing vocabulary, improving reading fluency and encouraging a love of reading for pleasure will, as always, be a priority for our students.  As such, we appreciate any support you can provide at home.   Listening to your child read aloud as often as possible and talking to them about what they’re reading will be of great benefit in ensuring we build a positive reading culture among our students. Please also ask your child for their bookmark, and tick or initial to show they have read at home.
In mathematics this year, we will be building on the children’s prior learning with extremely important units on, for example, fractions, decimals and percentages amongst others.  We will be ensuring children are secure in their learning and ready for Year 6.  We would of course appreciate your support in helping your children with any home learning to help us with this goal of embedding these vital math skills. 

Along with our focus on literacy and numeracy, we will also be enjoying a rich and varied wider curriculum this year.   Science lessons are always a source of inspiration and wonder for our students and they will certainly be fascinated with this year’s topics such as ‘Space’, and in the experiments we have planned around ‘Forces’ and the ‘Properties of Materials’.   In Humanities, we will be investigating historical biases around gender and race and in geography, studying both human and physical aspects with units on different forms of governance and around rivers and mountains.  It is always a pleasure to see just how curious our children are about the wider world and to discuss the range of questions they have!

Personal development is a big focus for us as an academy this year. At Ark Victoria we want to help our pupils become curious citizens with a strong moral purpose. As well as embedded themes throughout our curriculum offer, children will study carefully sequenced lessons and have weekly assemblies to develop a diverse knowledge of moral, social, and cultural issues as well as how they can positively contribute to the wider community. We are especially looking forward to learning about character and virtues.
We also have a jam-packed year of enrichment activities planned to support students’ learning and provide them with days that they will never forget! Visiting Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Museum, a canoeing trip right here in Small Heath, and a trip to the theater, are amongst some of the exciting opportunities to look forward to. 

I speak on behalf of the Year 5 team in saying that we are all extremely excited for the journey we will take with our students this year.   We are privileged to be able to help them learn, grow and prosper together and we will be dedicated to ensuring they make the fullest progress both socially and academically in this penultimate year of their primary school experience. 

Mrs Qamran (Head of Year 5) 

Please use the following image to see our Year 5 Students and their work: 

Year 5 School day

Year 5 School day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:40 - 08:55

Morning Activities

Morning Activities

Morning Activities

Morning Activities

Morning Activities

08:55 - 09:00


Registration Registration Registration Registration
09:00 - 10:00 Reading Reading Art/DT Reading Reading
10:00 - 10:55 Maths Maths PE Maths Maths
10:55 - 11:10 Break
11:15 - 12:15 Writing Writing Computer Science Writing Writing
12:15 - 12:40 Music Maths Meeting


French Maths Meeting


Maths Meeting


12:40 - 12:55 Storytime Storytime (12.30) Yr 5&6 Themed Assembly  Storytime 12.30- Celebration Assembly 
12:55 - 13:55 Lunch
13:55 - 14:00  Registration Registration Registration Registration Registration
14:00 - 15:00 Science History/Geography History/Geography RE PD

14:25 Storytime

15:00 Dismissal from Oldknow Playground 


Knowledge Organisers

Year 5 Homework Expectations

Day Homework Set Task Day Homework returned
Friday  LITERACY: homework will be set either via Seesaw/Myon.co.uk or via paper copy. 

Children to read 10-15mins of home reader/chapter books per day and recorded in Reading Record 


MATHS:   homework on paper/ SATS Companion.  Children to use online resources as directed to consolidate learning  

Monday - Thursday LITERACY: Home reader/Chapter book to be read for 10 minutes. Comment added to reading log. 


MATHS: Numbots/Mathletics/SATS Companion/TTRockstars to be used as directed by class teachers 

Home reading records will be checked each Monday/Tuesday 


Friday – engagement reviewed vie weekly times table/arithmetic test 

NB. Additional /supplementary homework may be supplied by class teachers to support individual learning. Return date will be informed by class teacher 


Year 5 Spellings

Literacy & Numeracy/Whole curriculum Useful websites


Literacy Useful websites