Year 5 News

Year 5 Autumn 1 2020

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. Davies’ class).


We are continuing to use Talk for Writing in English lessons. This half term, the children will be exploring non-chronological reports and folk tales. In maths, the children will be taught through our mastery programme which combines the new government guidance with Maths-No Problem! and White Rose. 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 half 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 how to use text, sound, images and video to create an online multimedia presentation. 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.


Year 5 will have P.E. twice a week. They will have PE once during PPA on a Thursday and another lesson with their class teacher on either Monday (Czech Republic), Tuesday (Portugal) or Friday (Iceland). Timetables are subject to change so please ensure that children bring their P.E. kits in at the beginning of the week 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.


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 English work will be submitted using J2Write which was the online platform we were using at the end of last year for children to submit their English work. The children will also have spellings each week which they will be tested on the following 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!

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

Kind regards,

Mrs. Ahmet, Ms. Clinton and Mr. Davies

(The Year Five Team)

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