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Year 5

The summer has arrived in Year 5!

As the summer weather in the UK can be somewhat unpredictable, Year 5 will be journeying to the tropics of the AMAZON RAINFOREST! 

This exciting and fascinating topic will transport us across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, where we will land on the shores of Brazil and travel through the Amazon so that we can further explore the layers of the rainforest, habitats and life in the Amazon. As well as that, we will explore a range of geographical skills such as map work - locating significant continents and countries - and making comparisons between rainforest locations. We will become adventurers and delve into the depths of our core text, Katherine Rundell's 'The Explorer', which will be used as a stimulus to write to entertain and write to discuss.  


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 put new reading skills into your own text. 

Our 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. Look out for the butterflies!


There will be plenty of Learning Outside the Classroom opportunities this term, including an exciting education visit. Where? Watch this space...

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


This term 5T will have swimming lessons every Friday. Please ensure you have your correct swimming kit with you for these lessons. For swimming, girls need to wear hats and boys should not wear loose shorts. If parents would like their children to wear goggles, please send in a note. 

P.E. Days:
5H - Mondays and Fridays
5T - Mondays (PE) and Fridays (swimming)

Children are required to have both plimsoles 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 by themselves 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; extra sheets should be stuck in, with dates and LQs underlined. 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.