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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 at Atlantic Academy Portland!

Year 5A's teacher is Mrs Taylor and Year 5B's teacher is Miss Iversen. Miss Iversen and Mrs Taylor’s key aims this year are to develop an attitude of resilience (stamina) in children’s learning. You can help at home by using this word- particularly in relation to homework.



Mrs Sanderson and Mrs Russell are the Year 5 Learning Support Assistants.




The topic for Term 1 in Year 5 is Identity (Belonging) and the local area. We will learn all about who we are, what makes us unique, and the area we live in. Living things and their habitat is our science topic. We cannot wait to show this off in their learning showcase at the end of term!

Linked to the topic of Belonging, Year 5 will be reading the thought provoking book in English, called 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty, this will encourage them to consider British Values. In Guided Reading, we will be reading another captivating and inspirational novel called ‘Wonder’ by Raquel J. Palacio.

In Maths, the children will be recapping and extending their knowledge of place value and then move onto addition and subtraction. They will be working hard on learning their times tables too!


General Support

First and foremost, support, reassure and encourage your child to always just try their best. Praise and encourage!

  • Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
  • Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
  • Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
  • Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!


Homework Support

Please encourage your child to take pride in their homework and ensure that it is completed to the best of his or her ability. Feel free to help and support but remember that they also need to be practising independence.