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Year 5



We have two classes in Year 5:  In 5C, the children will be taught by Miss Christian and in 5D, the children will be taught by Miss Davies.

We will be supported in our learning by our Learning Support Assistants who are Miss Godman and Miss Walker. 


Summer Term 2021



The summer has arrived in Year 5! 



This half term, we are focusing on non-fiction reading and writing. We will be looking at the features of a balanced argument and will be having a go at writing our own, linking to something current... watch this space!  We will also be having lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities, such as debating.

We will be looking at a range of texts during whole class reading and will continue reading Holes by Louis Sachar as our class novel.



These are checked regularly. Children must aim to read at least 5 times a week for at least 10 minutes. If reading on their own, we expect children to be writing in questions about the text or words they don't understand into their reading records.

In Maths, we will be looking at properties of shapes and angles. We will also have a chance to recap what we have learnt this year and apply our understanding in a deeper way! 



This half term we will be travelling back in time to discover what life was like in the Anglo Saxon and Viking times. Our focus will be on significant people, specifically Alfred the Great. By using our historical enquiry skills we will see what we can learn from different sources of evidence such as artefacts.



Our next Science topic is 'Life Cycles' - a fantastic link to our Rainforest topic. We will become Botanists when looking at plant reproduction and then expand our understanding of the cycles of life of different animals.



Our PE days are now Monday and Friday.


Monday - Cricket

Friday - Swimming



Monday - Cricket

Friday -  Athletics

On these days, children will need to bring in their PE kit in a named carrier bag. They will then take it home to be washed over the weekend to avoid contamination.
Children are required to have both plimsolls and trainers in their PE bags. 



Spellings - Your child will be given their spellings on the Monday and will then be tested on their spellings on the Friday.

Homework - Your child will be given their homework books on a Tuesday and will be expected to hand this back in on the Monday. They have been given a tic-tac-toe grid and are expected to complete one task each week. As well as this, reading comprehension exercises will be given for the children to complete at home which will then be looked at and marked together in class.