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Year 5

In year 5 we are: Chestnut class with Mrs Beazley and Hawthorn class with Miss McInnes. We are helped by Mrs Pratt, Miss Kausitzova and Miss Karanis.

This term we are very excited about all the new things we will be learning about. We have a really busy term planned ahead, full of engaging and exciting topics to investigate, all linked to our termly picture: Flight of Fancy by Charles Cater. We were delighted with the creative models and drawings that some of the children made in the Christmas holidays. Through this picture we will be exploring science fiction and the Vikings.

This term we will continue to focus on working together collaboratively and promoting independence We will be encouraging the children to be resilient when they are faced with challenges in their work and praise their effort.


Our topics this term will allow us to explore books such as ‘Cosmic’, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘When I Met Dudley’. Following this we will also be learning about materials in science, geographic information systems, the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings in history and a variety of topics in PSHE.  


Year Group Specific Aims & Important Info


At this stage of the year, in English,  the children will be working on developing their sentences using subordinate and 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 and 6 curriculum words accurately, which will be taught in both our English lessons and weekly spelling lessons. 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, we will focus on the formal written method for multiplication and short division.  This will help us with our next topic: fractions.



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Dates for Your Diary

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


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

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

oPractise timetables from 1-12 using the timetable booklet  in your child’s reading diary and using on-line Times Table Rock Stars

oEncourage them to try their best with the arithmetic homework

oApply 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 spelling book.

oEnsure your child has the correct school uniform and PE Kit, with appropriate school shoes and training shoes for PE and that they have a costume, towel and hat for swimming every week.



Year Group Routines & Timetables 

•Homework is due on Wednesday.

•We test our spellings on a Thursday and times tables on a Friday.

•We have swimming on Tuesday and PE on Thursday. Please ensure that they bring their PE kit to school on Monday and take it home on Friday each week.


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


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