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Year 5

Hello, welcome back and Happy New Year!


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, Mr Wellstead and Mrs Dempsey.  Mrs Plunkett also works with groups of Year 5 children on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.


Our painting for this term is Flights of Fancy by Charles Cater which we are linking with topic work.  We will be learning about a variety of things such as who were the Vikings as well as learning about rivers and costal areas in Geography.  Making boats comes into our Science work on materials and into our Art and DT work.  We are focusing on journeys and pilgrimages in RE. In PSHE as well as some cyber safety work, we will also be looking at managing our emotions and in Computing the children will be working with Mr Cole- Johnson on learning about Scratch.  The children will continue to have their Music and Spanish lessons.

At this stage of the year, in English,  the children will be working on developing their sentences using expanded noun phrases, 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 working on column multiplication and division and we will develop our knowledge of the four operations to solve both number and word problems.  We will also be working on fractions.

More About Year 5...

-Children’s Wellbeing Week - 28th Jan

-Kings College School Science Show – Chestnut 1st February afternoon

-Hawthorn 8th February afternoon

-Nonsuch Orchestra in 7th Feb

-Half Term 18th Feb

-Book Week 4th March

-Junior Citizen Program 11th March morning

-KS2 Film Night 13th March

-End of Term Fri 5th April 1.30pm

Useful Links

Dates for Your Diary

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


- Read with your child/ hear your child read every day for 20 minutes and sign their diaries at least three times a week.

- Ensure homework is completed and handed in each week by Wednesday.

- Practise timetables from 1-12 using the timetable grid at the back of your child’s homework book.  

- Apply a variety of methods to help your child learn their weekly spellings using the list of activities, which has been stuck at the front of their homework book.

- Ensure your child has the correct school uniform and PE Kit, with appropriate school shoes and training shoes for PE.


Year Group Routines & Timetables 

We will upload the class weekly timetable once it has been finalised.


•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.


We are so impressed at how the children have come back to school after the holidays eager to learn – we are excited to see the progress throughout the term!


Thank you for you continued support,


The Year 5 team

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