Year 5 News

Year 5 Autumn 2021

Dear parents and carers,

We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to Year 5 and say how much we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead! It has been a great week back and the children have settled into their new classes and routines well. Just like in previous years, each class in the school has a name based on a country. Year 5 will be part of ‘Europe’ and have the following names: Iceland (Ms. Clinton’s class), Czech Republic (Mrs. Ahmet’s class) and Portugal (Mr. Eames’ class).


This half term, in English lessons, the children will be exploring non-chronological reports and folk tales. In maths, the children will be taught through our mastery programme which combines NCETM (National Curriculum for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and White Rose materials. This half term, the children will be learning about their class country during literacy and geography lessons. We will also be studying tourism in geography and exploring carnivals as part of Black History Month in October. Our science topic for the term is ‘Properties and changes of materials’, which will involve learning about comparing and grouping together everyday materials; knowing that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution; describing how to recover a substance from a solution; and using knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated (through filtering, sieving and evaporating). Our R.E. topic for this half term will be Christianity with a focus on ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion?’ In computing we will be looking at online safety and the history of computing and the effect of landmark moments in computing history on today’s world. In art, we will be using pencil to explore one and two point perspectives.


It is important that children continue to develop their reading skills throughout the year and we would appreciate your support in encouraging them to read for at least 15 minutes each day at home, and signing their reading record at least once a week. Please support your child in remembering to bring it to school every day with their reading book.


As part of the P.E. curriculum in Year 5, children are given the opportunity to attend swimming lessons which will be at Park Road Pool every Tuesday morning until the end of the Spring 1 term (8th February 2022). For this they will require a swimming costume/trunks (no swimming shorts) and a towel. All children must have a swimming cap. Goggles are allowed, but are not compulsory. Please note the timings below for each of the classes and ensure children are in on time as we will be leaving promptly. These timings will change each half term which you will be notified of in advance. This term swimming will commence on Tuesday 14th September 2021.

Swimming Timetable


Czech Republic


Depart school at: 8:50am

Children must be in school by 8:40am.

Depart school at: 9:20am

Children must be in school by normal time (8:45am).

Depart school at: 9:50am

Children must be in school by the normal time (8.45am).

In addition, the children will have a P.E. lesson in school on Thursday afternoons. This half term the children will be doing netball (outdoors). Please note that P.E. timings are subject to change, so it is important that children bring their P.E. kits to school on a Monday and take them home on a Friday. For hygiene reasons, it is essential that children change into a P.E. kit and do not just come to school in it.  It is expected that children have a P.E. kit in school for the week containing appropriate clothing and suitable footwear for outdoor lessons. 

Children who are not swimming or taking part in P.E. for health reasons, require a note to this effect.


Homework is set on Friday and is due back the following Tuesday. We will be using Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars for maths work and Readiwriter for spellings. The children will also have spellings each week which they will be tested on the following week. In addition, the children will also have a written or alternative task linked to what the children have been learning about during the week. We feel that homework allows children to develop their independence and take responsibility for themselves. We would appreciate your assistance in checking and reminding them about this!

Upcoming events and diary dates

14th September 2021 – Swimming starts for Year 5

16th September 2021 – Year 5 Parents Meeting (6-6.30pm)

30th September 2021- Michael Rosen virtual visit

3rd November 2021 – Flu jabs

12th November 2021– Czech Republic class assembly (9.15am)

19th November 2021 – Portugal class assembly (9.15am)

26th November 2021 – Iceland class assembly (9.15am)

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are all really looking forward to the year ahead.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Ahmet, Ms. Clinton and Mr. Eames

(The Year Five Team)

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Phone: 020 8348 0290

Address: Rokesly Avenue, London, N8 8NH

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