Primary School

southmead curved logo2 phone_logo

Twitter Logo IMG_1040


Year 5

Hello, welcome back!


In Year 5 we have Chestnut class with Mrs Beazley and Hawthorn class with Miss Chetwode.  We continue to be helped by Mrs Pratt, Miss Scutt, Miss Boyter and Miss Daniels.  Mrs Plunkett also works with groups of Year 5 children on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.


Our painting for this term is Mosquito and Spitfire by Jack Connolly, central to our very exciting topic of World War 2.  In Geography we will be exploring the wider context of places: comparing the physical and human features of countries; and climate zones.  Making parachutes comes into our Science work on forces and we are very excited about our trip to the Natural History Museum (after half term) where we will learn about Space.  In Art and DT we will be looking at the World War 2 drawings of Henry Moore.  In RE we will be learning about good and evil and religious war, as well as people who have been inspired by their faith. In PSHE we will be thinking about our rights and responsibilities in the wider world and in Computing the children will be working with Mr Cole- Johnson to learn about spreadsheets.  Music will link to our World War 2 topic and Spanish and Swimming will continue this term.

At this stage of the year, in English,  the children will be working on developing their sentences using expanded noun phrases, relative clauses, prefixes (auto, sub, anti, auto, inter), suffixes (zion, ssion, cian, sion & ation), direct speech and being able to use a variety of punctuation accurately such as brackets, semi colons and hyphens.


They will be learning to spell a range of year 5 curriculum words accurately, which they will be tested on weekly. Across the year we will be exploring purpose, and the effect that different words have on an audience. From this we will also begin to explore the 6 key reading techniques that we use during our daily  guided reading sessions:


1.Literal Skill

2.Inferring skill

3.Connection skill

4.Summarising skill

5.Vocabulary skill

6.Questioning skill


In Maths this term, we will focus on improving our mental maths fluency, including our 1-12 times tables. We will also be calculating perimeters and areas, and converting units of measure, time and geometry. In addition, we will be revising all the other skills we have learnt this year.

More About Year 5...

FOSS Pyjama Day  Fri 24th May

Half Term week of 27th May

Natural History Museum Trip Tues 4th June

Hawthorn Class Assembly Thurs 13th June 9.10am

Key Stage 2 Sharing Morning Fri 14th June 9-11am

Chestnut Class Assembly Thurs 20th June 9.10am

Summer Fun Event Fri 21st June 3.30-5pm

INSET Day Mon 24th June

Year 5 Sports Day (King’s)  Thurs 27th June

King’s Activities Week Mon 8th –Fri 12th July

Reports out to parents Mon 15th July

Parents Evening Drop-In Wed 17th July

End of Term Tues 23rd July 1.30pm


Useful Links

Dates for Your Diary

Here are some of the ways you can help your child at home:


oRead with your child everyday for 20 minutes and sign their diary at least three times a week.

oEnsure homework is completed and handed in each week, by Wednesday.

oEncourage your child to use Times Tables Rockstars to practise their timetables at least three times a week

oEncourage your child to use a variety of methods when they are learning their weekly spellings (see the honeycomb list of activities in your child’s homework folder).

oEnsure your child brings to school the correct school uniform, with appropriate school shoes and training shoes, as well as Southmead kit for PE.


Year Group Routines & Timetables 

•Homework is due on Wednesday.

•We test our spellings on Friday.

•We have Swimming on Tuesdays and PE on Fridays . Please ensure that they bring their PE kit to school on Monday and take it home on Friday each week.  If your child cannot take part in Swimming or PE on a particular week please let us know via the office.


If you have any questions please speak to Miss Chetwode or Mrs Beazley  on the playground at the end of the day, or get in touch with the school office to arrange an appointment.


We are impressed at how the children have come back to school so excited about their new World War 2 topic;  we are sure to have a great term ahead!


Thank you for you continued support,


The Year 5 team

How You Can Help

writing-book-clipart rights-respecting-logo

Click here to view the UNCRC (United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child) Articles which are learned, practised, respected, protected and promoted at Southmead.