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Year 5

Welcome Back!

I hope you had a fantastic half term break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. Thank you all for working so hard in spring 1. It has been a very challenging time and we appreciate how much effort parents and children have put into managing the demands of remote learning in the first half of the term. Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition back into school life will again be an important focus this term as we welcome everyone back to school on Monday 8th March. It has been lovely to keep in touch with you and your children in our twice daily Zoom calls over the past weeks, but we are really looking forward to returning to face to face teaching in school so the children can reconnect with their friends and engage with the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for the rest of this term.

English and Reading

This half term, our core text book is ‘The Bone Sparrow’. It is about a boy who is raised in a refugee detention centre. The children will be analysing the characters’ motivations and reactions to events that take place around him. We will then be planning a speech about what we are doing as a nation to raise awareness and alleviate the struggle of inequality around the world. The speech will be performed and recorded as an outcome of our learning at the end of the term. We will also be writing a newspaper article about the plight of refugees. In reading, we will continue to develop our skills and knowledge of a range of reading strategies including clarifying, inferring and summarising by studying the poem, The Mouth of a Shark and reading from an information (non-fiction) book, Extreme Weather. We will also be reading excerpts from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

During this half term, we will be learning about dividing up to four digit numbers by one digit numbers, with remainders. In our topic of measurement, we will be converting different metric units of measurement e.g. metres, centimetres and kilometres. We will also be converting different units of time and interpreting timetables. Finally we will be learning how to find perimeters and areas of shapes


In science this half term, we will be studying the different stages of the human lifecycle. We will be investigating inherited physical features in our families as well as the stages of child development and the effects of becoming older on our bodies.


We will be learning about how to stay safe and develop healthy relationships as well as continuing to have daily mindfulness sessions.

Art/Design Technology
Throughout this half term, we will be focusing on the Japanese art of Kinsugi, which is the art of putting broken pottery pieces back together. This links with our study of modern artists: Rachel Sussman, Victor Soloman and Charlotte Bailey.


We will be examining the links between the civil rights movements and human rights. This will be linked to the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement today. We will be making comparisons between the Syrian refugee crisis and the Rohingya refugee crisis; how both these issues relate to human rights and use our knowledge and understanding to inspire our own speeches about this important topic.                                                                     

We will be developing our ball skills by playing mini volleyball and tennis inside and in outdoor PE, the children will also be developing their ball skills to improve their throwing and catching, when standing or moving and learn how to function effectively as part of a team.

Useful Information

PE KitPlease ensure your child is wearing the correct PE kit in school on Thursdays and Fridays. Having all PE items clearly labelled, with their full name will help reduce the need to replace lost items

Reading Records and Passports

We are very pleased to announce that every child now has access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform has been sent to parents. Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. 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 DAY, 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/Clothing
Children 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.

Homework/Spellings/Times Tables
Children will be given spelling and times tables to learn each week. They will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.

Timings for Year 5
School starts at 8:45am and ends at 3:15 pm.