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Year 5

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Year 5, in a new classroom and the start of a new school year.  We hope you had an enjoyable summer break and are ready for more exciting learning this year. After not being able to go on any visits for some time, we have been busy planning some trips this year to enhance the children’s learning experiences. We hope you enjoyed watching your seedlings grow during the summer, we had a bumper crop at school this year!

English and Reading

Our Global theme is Social Justice and Equity.                                                                                                                            


This half term, our core book is ‘The Boy and the Globe’ by Tony Bradman, a  story set in early seventeenth century London where young orphan Toby Cuffe is living on the streets where life is hard. When Toby stumbles into the Globe and meets William Shakespeare, the boy's energy and enthusiasm remind Shakespeare of the magic that first inspired his love of the theatre, and the two set to work on a new entertainment for Twelfth Night.

Children will continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills by making predictions based on visual images and the text, inferring and clarifying their understanding of words and phrases in order to develop their vocabulary. They will make links with real events happening in the world around us and continue to develop learning behaviours such as supporting and actively listening to each other. 


In maths, children will consolidate their knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction.  They will learn to read and write numbers up to one million, in words and digits. Rounding whole numbers and decimals will help the children to estimate answers to check their calculations. Counting forward and backwards in whole numbers and numbers to three decimal places will help develop understanding of place value. There will also be a focus on mental calculation strategies. Ensuring you child is fluent with their times tables up to 12 x 12 would be very helpful. The vocabulary associated with place value will be emphasised and there will be opportunities to apply what they have learnt on a daily basis through reasoning and problem-solving activities.


Children will build on their knowledge of Living Things and their Habitats.  During the summer holidays, the children had some seeds to watch grow. They will be using these plants to investigate the life cycles of plants. They will be comparing the lifecycles of a range of animals: insects, birds, mammals and amphibians. If government guidelines permit, the children will be investigating plants and animals in the local woodlands. They will be investigating the contributions to our understanding of the global environment made by some famous naturalists. We hope to be able to continue growing crops in the school garden, to help apply our understanding of plant life cycles.


‘Being me in my world’ is the theme for this half term. This involves respect for rules, rights and responsibilities as well as respecting other people’s differences.


The children will be focusing on days of the week and the weather.

Art/Design Technology

The children will be investigating artwork created by Venus Artist. They will be developing their sketching techniques for portraiture. With acrylic paints they will be exploring: colour mixing, blending, washes, dry brush and sgraffito (scratching) techniques. They will then use some of these techniques to create their portraits on newspaper, in the style of the artist.



In History we will be learning about the Tudors including contributions made by black Tudors in society. Children will focus on writing a setting description and will compose diary entries, ensuring that they include all the structural and language features to engage the reader.


The children will be focusing on coding using Purple Mash software.

Useful Information

PE Kit

Please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school on Tuesdays (outdoors) and Wednesdays (indoors). Having all PE items clearly labelled, with their full name will help reduce the need to replace lost items. 

Reading Records and Passports

Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY FRIDAY, the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box..

Water Bottles/ClothingChildren will need to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle and jumper.

Home Learning/Spellings/Times Tables

Children will be given spelling and times tables to learn each week. They will be given out on a Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday.

Timings for Year 5
School starts at 8:45am and ends at 3:15 pm. Break time is 10:30am – 10:45am. Lunch break is 12:15pm – 1:15pm.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 14th September 3:15-3:45pm– Welcome meeting for Y5 parents

Monday 13th -Friday 17th September 2021 - Bikeability course.

Monday 25th – Friday 29th October – Half Term