Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are feeling refreshed ready for a new school year.
The children have enjoyed their first few days in school and we have all got back into the swing of waking up early and being prepared for the day!
For your information, Miss Leslie will be teaching the children Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Miss Coggins taking over on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Creed is the Year 5 teaching assistant on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs George is the Year 5 teaching assistant on Friday mornings.

 Autumn Term 2018


In our English sessions this term we will start by looking at ‘The Giant’s Necklace’, a short story by Michael Morpurgo. We will be focusing on developing reading skills, using drama to understand character and writing newspaper reports from the events in the story. From there, the children will be learning about and writing our own Viking Saga’s linked to our History unit of Vikings. The children will be exploring descriptive vocabulary, writing poems, short stories and after half term will be writing non-fiction reports linked to the same topic. Children will know what it is they are working on developing in English by the use of targets in their English books linked to the styles of writing they are currently working on.


This term in Maths the children will:
• Read, write and order numbers to 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.
• Explore number patterns using these numbers
• Round numbers
• Develop their ability to add/subtract larger numbers using written methods.
• Develop their ability to multiply and divide up to and including 3 and 4 digit numbers
• Work on maths investigations applying their learning
• Be tested on their times tables/number bonds knowledge weekly
Children are also set maths targets, again linked to essential number skills and/or the unit of work being covered. These will be evident in their maths books.


Our first topic this term is ‘Vikings’. The children will be finding out thing such as:

• Why the Vikings came to Britain
• How they travelled
• Where they raided and why
• Where the Vikings settled
• How they lived when they settled in Britain
• What the lives of Viking Women were like.


In science the children will be learning about materials and their properties, building on previous learning from yr3 and 4. They will be considering how we separate materials, how changes can be reversible and irreversible, planning and carrying out fair tests and developing their scientific understanding through enquiry based investigations.


Miss Coggins will be teaching RE this year and will be starting with Rites of Passage. She will be focusing on births, deaths and baptisms across different religions.


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-not skorts-and a black track suit for colder days. Trainers are essential, plimsolls are not.
Initially, both PE lessons will be outside until the weather changes. The children will be doing netball on Mondays with Miss Leslie to begin with and multi-skills with Mr Cassidy on a Thursday.


Miss Coggins will be teaching the children computing and this will involve the children programming, controlling as well as safe and responsible use of the internet amongst other things. It will prepare the children well for what they will need to be able to do when they reach their secondary education.


Autumn –Bikeability (see separate letter) and Christmas cinema trip (This will be subsidised)
Spring – The National Space Centre, Leicester (Approx £15:00)
Summer- Rectory Farm river study (Free)


The children will be set English homework on a Wednesday which will due in on the following Monday. They will then have a maths piece of homework which will be set on a Friday and due back on the following Thursday. The children will have two separate homework books-of different colours- with the tasks explained. While it might prove challenging initially having two sets of homework due in at different times, it is intended to make it easier for the children to manage their time and increase their responsibility in sitting down to get it done. Children will have one day’s grace to bring late homework in, after that they will be asked to complete it during their breaktime/lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on each homework task. If your child is struggling with the management, time taken to complete or anything else, please ask the children to come in and speak to us to help develop their sense of independence.


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 Autumn Term Newsletter

Click here to download newsletter.

Important Dates

w/b 8th October – Bikeability

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 Vikings

Click here for useful websites about Vikings.

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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