Year 5

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new term! The children seem rested and ready for the challenges ahead.  We recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team, so thank you in advance for your support.  As always, there is a full curriculum for Year 5 in the summer term. This term we will be covering the following:

Subject / Area

Learning intentions

How you can help


All of our writing will continue to be linked to our creative curriculum topics, which are Alchemy Island and Star Gazers. We will be using high quality texts to inspire creative and detailed writing in a selection of genres.


The genres we will be covering this half term are: fantasy narrative, non-chronological reports, soliloquies, and poetry and lyrics; and the genres we will be covering next half term are: mnemonics, myths and legends, free verse poetry, newspaper reports and science fiction.

Discuss the current topic with your child, and ask them what their writing targets are.  Please support your child in completing their reading journal and by signing off their reading challenges for books read at home (there are lots of blank templates in class should your child run out). Try to ensure that your child maintains a good reading habit (at least 20 minutes every day is advisable for this age group).

For support in a range of English skills please visit:

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

This term there will be a heavy focus on spelling. We are beginning with prefixes and suffixes, and next half term we will be focusing on: ei and ie words, words with silent letters, and continuing to work on homophones.

Discuss the current topic with your child, and ask them what their SPaG targets are. Please support you child with their homework if necessary.

For support on a range of SPaG skills please visit:


Throughout the term we will be following a scheme of work from Collins. This will ensure rapid and in-depth coverage of the New National Curriculum.


This term we will be working on: line graphs, short and long multiplication, percentages, area and perimeter, place value, and properties of shape.


Next half term we will be working on: money; improper fraction, mixed numbers, and multiplying these; volume and capacity; position and direction; and statistics.

Discuss the current topic with your child, and ask them what their maths targets are.  Make sure your child knows their multiplication tables and support with homework if needed. Please ensure your child has all the necessary mathematical equipment in their pencil case (pencil, sharpener, protractor, ruler, calculator).

Here are the links to MyMaths and Mathletics, where your child can practice much of what we cover in class:


This half term our topic is: properties and changes of materials. For this we will be learning about the elements of the periodic table, and doing lots of hands-on experiments based on reversible and irreversible changes.


Next half tem our topic is: Earth and space, and for this we have an exciting Discovery Day booked at the Greenwich Observatory. 

Discuss the current topic with your child, and ask them what their science targets are.  Your child may also be given homework related to our science topic, please support them if necessary.

This is a link for a great song on the periodic table:

For a great selection of educational clips on our science topic this term please visit:

And for next half term please visit:

Cross Curricular Topic

(History, Geography, Art, D&T, Computing and PSHCE.)

Our creative curriculum topic this half term is: Alchemy Island. This topic is based on fantasy and alchemy. There is a heavy focus on map reading and coordinates in geography, as well as D&T where we will be bringing these maps to life by creating mystical caves. We will also be doing some work on programming in computing, creating fantasy characters and sending them on a journey.


Our creative curriculum topic next half term is: Star Gazers. This topic is based on the Solar System. In history we will be looking at significant individuals such as Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton. In art we will be doing lino printing. And in computing we will be doing stop-frame animation.

Please support your child as they carry out individual research and project work to develop their understanding.

This is a link to a great clip that shows the sort of thing we’ll be doing in Geography and D&T this half term:

If your child has a Scratch account they can login in using this link:

The app we will be using for our animations is: Stop Motion. It would be great if your child was also able to download this app on a device at home.

Religious Education

This term we are beginning R.E. by studying Jainism and Zoroastrianism.


Next half term we are studying the journey of life and death in Christianity, more information on this will follow.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics, and encouraging additional personal research or practice.

This is a link for an audio clip about Jainism:


These links offer more reading on Jainism:


This is a link for an video clip about Zoroastrianism:


This link offers more reading on Zoroastrianism: 


This year P.E. will be facilitated by specialist sports teachers from Non-stop Action. The children will begin with gymnastics for indoor P.E.  and athletics for outdoor P.E.

Please support your child to become independent in remembering their P.E. kit. Please also make sure all items of clothing are clearly labeled with your child’s name.


The children will receive a specialist music lesson each week which will link to the Creative Curriculum topic.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics, and encouraging additional personal research or practice.


The children will receive a specialist French lesson each week which will link to the Creative Curriculum topic.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics, and encouraging additional personal research or practice.


This is an excellent link to support French:

P.E. Kits and Uniform

Year 5 will have outdoor P.E. on Wednesday and indoor P.E. on Friday. Please ensure they have full P.E. kit with them. All items need to be clearly labeled with your child’s name. When it is colder, please stick to plain winter wear in accordance with the school uniform policy.

Home Learning

Home Learning will be set on a Friday and will usually consist of a piece of Maths, English and either a Science, Humanities or Art. It is due in on a Wednesday. Encourage your child to get into the routine of returning homework on time as this will help prepare them for Year 6 and please ensure you sign the folder each week. If your child finds the homework challenging encourage them to see myself of Mrs Charlton on a Monday at break time.


Your child will continue to benefit from small group guided reading at school.  However the expectations for speed and accuracy in reading in Year 5 increase dramatically.  Please make sure your child reads every night – 20 minutes per day is recommended. Currently your child has a reading journal which should be signed once a week by an adult at home.


Thank you to all who have organised the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need this year, each item within these needs to be labeled with your child’s name. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your Year 5 child will need are: A pencil case, a pencil, a royal blue writing pen (no biros please), a ruler, a sharpener, a rubber, a glue stick, a protractor, a whiteboard pen and a calculator.   

Behaviour Policy

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 5 we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who do well in a variety of ways, including ‘House Points’.


Please pay online for any school trips. If you have any issues with the online system, please see Mrs Ring in the office.

Important Dates for your Diary

May bank holiday – Monday 1st May 2017

R.E. trip to the Oshwal Centre – Tuesday 2nd May 2017

World Faith Week – Week beginning Monday 22nd May 2017

Half term – Week beginning Monday 29th May 2017

School closed for polling – Thursday 8th June 2017

Year 5 class assembly – Friday 9th June 2017

Trip to Green Park, to meet with our French partner school – Tuesday 13th June 2017

Trip to the Greenwich Observatory – Monday 19th June 2017

Years 6, 5 & 4 production – matinee – Monday 3rd July 2017; evening – Tuesday 4th July 2017 & Thursday 6th July 2017

Reports to be handed out – Monday 10th July 2017

Open days – Week beginning Monday 10th July 2017 (specific day TBC)

Sports Day – Week beginning Monday 17th July 2017 (specific day TBC)

Last day of term – Thursday 20th July 2017 (2pm finish)

For any other dates, for example church services, please check the diary on the school website.

We look forward to working with you during the terms ahead.

With Best Wishes, 

Miss Fricker, Mrs Charlton, Mrs Brain

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