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Year 5

Welcome to Spring 2020!

We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break but are ready to come and get stuck back into some interesting topics!


3…..2…..1…..BLAST OFF!


This term we will be exploring the Solar System and getting an idea of what life would be like for an astronaut. By using our historical enquiry skills, we will be looking into the Space Race to discover which country made it into space first! We will be using a range of Science Fiction texts as our stimulus to write to entertain as well as the book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg. We also have an exciting trip to look forward to!


We are keen to encourage children to explore the different types of texts and find out new and interesting information from them. Your writing will need to show how well you understand the texts and how your writing develops as you put new reading skills into your own text. 


We will continue to challenge you in Maths, revisiting some topics and digging deeper to apply our knowledge of place value, number and formal written methods.

Our Science topic is ‘Earth, Sun and Moon’ so be prepared for some exciting work that will be out of this world!


There will be plenty of’ Learning Outside the Classroom’ opportunities this term, including an exciting educational visit to the STEM discovery Centre. Watch this space!


This term 5LC will continue to have swimming lessons every Friday for the first half term and 5PC will start their swimming lessons after the February break. Please ensure you have your correct swimming kit with you for these lessons. For swimming, long hair needs to be in a swim hat and boys should not wear loose shorts. If parents would like their children to wear goggles, please send in a note. 

P.E. Days:
5PC - Mondays and Tuesdays
5LC - Mondays (PE) and Fridays (swimming)

Children are required to have both plimsolls and trainers in their PE bags. As the weather is turning cooler, please ensure that children have a jumper, which is not their school jumper, to wear outside. 

Please make sure you have a water bottle in school for use throughout the day. 

Reading Records: 

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.

Year 5 will receive their homework on a Wednesday and should hand it in Monday morning. Children should take the same pride in their homework books as they do their books for lessons in school. Maths homework will be set online using MyMaths.

Spelling Journals:
These should show evidence of children practising their spellings regularly. They now have the freedom to choose their activity but should revise this if their hard work does not result in positive results. Spellings will be tested on Fridays. At the end of each half term children are tested on a mixture of spellings from the whole half term.

Attendance and Punctuality: 

Year 5 are in competition with the school to win both the punctuality and attendance trophies- let's see if we can do it!
Medicines and Inhalers: 

If your child uses an asthma pump, please bring a spare inhaler to be kept in school and complete the Healthcare Plan and Request to Administer Medicines Form on our website.


If you have any queries, please contact the office.

Miss Christian and Mrs Chahal