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Year 5

Welcome to Australia. 


This is the official class page of year 5 (also known as Australia class). Please find lots of useful information about what we are doing in school, learning in lessons and special events. In our class, we believe in always working hard, never giving up and working together to make our learning the best we possibly can. We achieve gold standard in everything we do!


During the autumn term, we will be learning all there is to know about rivers. We will be take a cross curricular approach to our learning and develop our skills in art, geography and English. Pupils will be taught to describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones and rivers.


In science we will be developing our understanding of forces and learning that:

  • unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect

In English, we will be making links with our rivers topics for reading and writing - covering a range of genres. We will be analysing different texts to find good examples before practising the skills and then creating our own pieces.

In Maths, we will continue to develop our understanding of place value, number and calculations. We will stretch our understanding and apply what we know to different reasoning and problem solving tasks.


In year 5, it is important that children learn their weekly spellings. These will be given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday. All children have been given a list of spellings for this half term.


Homework is given out every Wednesday and is due in the following Monday. Please encourage your child to complete it to the best of their ability. 


PE is a vital part of the curriculum and it is important to make sure you child has the correct kit in order for them to take part.


To see what we get up to in Australia class, I encourage all parents to download Seesaw. It is an online learning platform which helps to bridge the gap between home and school. It is completely free and can be downloaded to Apple and Android devices.


Year 5 Recommended Reading List

As I am sure you are aware, as well as being an enjoyable pastime, reading impacts hugely on children’s writing ability and general learning. I encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and in school. To assist with the difficult task of choosing a new book, I have put together a recommended reading list for children in year 5. Some of these books are available in the classroom or in the school library; others will be available from the local community library. I also encourage them to bring in their own books from home and recommend books they have read to others! You will notice that this is not an exhaustive list, but it represents a cross-section of books suitable for your child’s year group.


I would encourage you to read with your child as much as possible, constantly pausing to clarify meaning and check understanding. I am asking that you listen to your child read at least three times a week. Those children who can’t will be asked to read in school.


Please come and see me if you have any questions about reading in Year 5.


Happy reading!


Mr Meadows



  • Joan Aiken- Midnight is a Place
  • David Almond- Skellig, Heaven Eyes
  • Eion Colfer- Artemis Fowl series, The Supernaturalist, Half Moon Investigations
  • Chris D’Lacey- Icefire, Shrinking Ralph Perfect, The Salt Pirates of Skegness
  • Helen Dunmore- Ingo
  • Cornelia Funke- Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord
  • Alan Garner- The Owl Service, Elidor
  • Alan Gibbons- Warriors of the Raven
  • Elizabeth Goudge- Little White Horse
  • Anthony Horowitz- The Power of Five series
  • Erin Hunter- Warrior Cats series
  • Brian Jaques- Redwall
  • Diane Wynne Jones- Eight Days of Luke, The Chrestomanci Series
  • Elizabeth Kay- The Divide, Back to the Divide etc
  • Stephen Moore- Tooth and Claw
  • William Nicholson- The Wind on Fire Trilogy, The Noble Warriors Trilogy
  • Jenny Nimmo- Charlie Bone series
  • Ian Ogilvy- Measle and the Mallockee
  • Christopher Paolini- Eragon, Eldest
  • Michele Paver- Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater
  • Terry Pratchet- Johnny and the Bomb, Diggers, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
  • Philip Pullman- His Dark Materials Series
  • Philip Reeve- Mortal Engines
  • Philip Ridley- Mighty Fizz Chilla


  • Jon Blake- The Last Free Cat
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce- Millions, Framed, Cosmic
  • Melvin Burgess- An Angel for May
  • Joe Craig- Jimmy Coates series
  • Jamila Gavin- The Blood Stone, Surya Trilogy · Carl Hiaasen- Hoot
  • Charlie Higson- The Young Bond books
  • Sophie Mckenzie- Girl Missing
  • Willard Price- Volcano Adventure etc
  • Chris Ryan- Alpha Force series
  • Ruth Thomas- The Runaways
  • Mark Walden- H.I.V.E series
  • Jeanette Winterson- Tanglewreck 



  • Nina Bawden- Carrie’s War
  • John Boyne- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Anne Holm- I am David
  • Robert Leeson- Tom’s War
  • Michele Magorian- Goodnight Mr Tom
  • Linda Newberry- Blitz Boys
  • Christne Nostlinger- Fly Away Home
  • Jill Paton Walsh- Dolphin Crossing
  • Robert Westall- Blitzcat 



  • Frances Hodgson Burnett- The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Arthur Conan Doyle- The Lost World
  • Alexandre Dumas- The Three Musketeers
  • E. Johns- Biggles
  • S. Lewis- Narnia
  • M. Montgomery- Anne of Green Gables
  • Nesbit- The Railway Children
  • Mary Norton- The Borrowers
  • Arthur Ransome- Swallows and Amazons
  • Anna Sewell- Black Beauty
  • L, Stevenson- Treasure Island
  • Mark Twain- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Jules Verne- Around the World in 80 Days


Modern Classics

  • Richard Adams- Watership Down
  • Joan Aiken- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Lynne Read Banks- The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Gillian Cross- The Demon Headmaster series, The Great Elephant Chase
  • Penelope Farmer- Charlotte Sometime
  • Norman Juster- The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Jack London- White Fang, Call of the Wild
  • Jenny Nimmo- The Snow Spider Trilogy
  • Phillipa Pearce- Tom’s Midnight Garden
  • Sylivia Voight- The Homecoming
  • Laura Ingalls- Wilder Little House on the Prairie
  • Henry Williamson- Tarka The Otter


Well-loved authors

  • Geraldine McCaughrean- Stop the Train, The Stones are Hatching, A Little Lower than Angels, Peter Pan in Scarlet
  • Michael Morpurgo books for older readers- Out of the Ashes, Private Peaceful, Alone on the Wide Sea, Adolphus Tips, Why the Whales Came
  • Jacqueline Wilson-, Vicky Angel, My Sister Jodie 

Thought provoking books

  • Malorie Blackman- Pig Heart Boy, Tell Me No Lies
  • Zizou Corder- Lionboy
  • Peter Dickinsnon- The Kin
  • Anita Desai- Village by the Sea
  • Deborah Ellis- The Breadwinner series
  • Adeline Yen Mah- The Chinese Cinderella


  • Dinah Capparucci- Aliens Don’t Eat Dog Food
  • Susan Gates- Killer Mushrooms Ate My Gran
  • Pete Johnson- Trust Me I’m a Trouble maker
  • Diana Wynne Jones- Charmed Life
  • Phillip Reeve- Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Veg
  • Alan Temperley- Harry and the Wrinklies