Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Happy New Year! We hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful Christmas holiday and are eager to get going into the new term! We have a busy term ahead of us and this newsletter is to give you an outline of what the children will be learning. Miss Leslie will still be with the children Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays while Miss Coggins will continue to teach the children Thursdays and Fridays.

 Spring Term 2019


In English, we will begin by developing their understanding of suspense writing. The children will be reading and writing extracts using these skills building towards writing their own suspense stories. They will also be developing their understanding and knowledge of discussion (balanced argument) later in the term. They will continue to be tested on spellings on a Friday.


Our focus in maths is statistics looking at data handling, and then we will march on into fractions, decimals and percentages. The children made good progress last term with their times tables. Please can they continue to practise their times tables at home to continue to build on their knowledge.


Our topic is science based and is focusing on Earth and Space. We are visiting the National Space Centre, Leicester on Thursday 14th February. Details regarding date, organisation and cost will be sent out about this educational visit, so we are ready for ‘blast off!’ If children have any resources they wish to bring in to share linked to this topic, please do.



In science the children will be learning about forces. They will be planning a series of experiments based on understanding gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. If anyone has any useful books or information about the unit, please bring them in to share.


The unit this term is Religion in the Community. The children will be visiting Holy Trinity Church, Gawcott as part of this unit, hopefully talking with one of the leaders from the church. If possible, we will also arrange a visit to a different place of worship in the surrounding area. More information on this will follow.


This term your child will be having PE on a Monday and a Tuesday. They will need the correct PE kit which is a red t shirt, black shorts and a black track suit, trainers are essential. Please make sure these are in at the start of the week. The children will be doing fitness on Mondays with Miss Leslie and Badminton with Mr Cassidy on a Tuesday.


The work planned will involve the children programming, as well as safe and responsible use of the internet amongst other things. It will also prepare the children well for what they will need to be able to do when they reach their secondary education.


Spring – The National Space Centre, Leicester – Details to follow
Church visit and a possible visit to a different place of worship.
Summer- Rectory Farm river study (Free)


This term the homework will be slightly different. The children will have a weekly English or Topic based homework, which will be set on a Friday and due in on a Wednesday.
They will then have 5 Mathletics pieces of homework online which will also be set on a Friday and to be completed by the following Wednesday. As we begin to prepare the children for Year Six, the children will no longer have one days grace to bring late homework in, any late homework will result in 10 minutes loss of golden time. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on each homework task.


Your child will be given a list of words to practise weekly linked to the weekly rule being rehearsed in class and words which are listed in the national curriculum for KS2. These will be given and tested on a Friday and will be a mixture of spelling rules learnt and high frequency words.

Mental Maths

The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.


The children will also be expected to continue reading and we would ask that they write in their reading records when they have done so. If they read 3x weekly or more, they will given house points-the more you read-the more points you earn. The reading records will be checked on a Monday.


We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss we are around after school.
Please email/ call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 813066

Behaviour & Rewards

In Year 5 we will continue to have rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour. Along with the house points, we are currently reviewing a brand new celebration system with the children, which will focus on effort, improvement and achievement. More news on this to follow! The class will decide on their own rewards for when they work together well as a class. These will then build towards a class treat as and when the rewards are accrued.


We are always looking for parents to come in and listen to readers each week or support the learning of individuals. Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths.


Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle.  We would appreciate your support in  encouraging your children to bring in bags which are a suitable size for the lockers. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. It would also be beneficial if pencil cases could be small enough to fit in children’s trays!


Year 5 Spring Term Newsletter

Click here to download Spring Term Newsletter

Important Dates

Thursday 14th February-National Space Centre visit

Year 5 Class Timetable

Click here to download class timetable.

This Week’s Spellings

Click here to download this week’s spellings.

Times Tables Practise

Click here to times tables games for you to practise.

Times Tables Practise Sheets

Click on the links below to download the times tables sheets we currently use in class:

2,3,4,5,10 including division

6,7,8 including division

7,8,9 including division

2-12 x including division

Useful Websites About Space

Click here for useful websites about Space.

Internet Safety

Below are some reminders about what you should do  to keep safe on line:

  • Always tell an adult if you are using the internet and what you are using it for.
  • Never talk to anybody you don’t know.
  • Don’t give out any information about you (name, age, address, school) even to people you know.
  • If something pops up on screen, don’t close the screen, tell an adult.
  • If you get a mean message or email, ignore it and tell an adult so they can delete it.
  • Don’t go on to websites you are told not to.

Safer Internet-CEOP Link 

Click here to link to the CEOP website.


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