Year 5 News

Year 5 Autumn Term Curriculum 

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! We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday and are eager to be back into the swing of things. It has been a great two weeks back and the children have settled into their new classes 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 (Mr Weeks’ class), Czech Republic (Ms Crawford’s and Ms Chandra’s class) and Portugal (Mr Davies’ class). Therefore, this half term, the children will be learning about their class country during literacy and geography lessons. Additionally, we will also be studying Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks in history lessons as part of Black History month in October. Our science topic for the half term is ‘Forces’, which will involve learning about gravity, friction, air resistance and water resistance. 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.

Workshop/Trip: This term the children will be taking part in an exciting architectural project where they will be working with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as well as an architectural practice. We will forward more details when the dates have been confirmed.

Swimming/P.E: 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. 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 term which you will be notified of in advance. This term swimming commenced on Tuesday 10th September 2019.

Swimming Timetable:


Czech Republic


Depart school at: 8:20am

Children must be in school by


Depart school at: 9:00am

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

Depart school at: 9:30am

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

In addition, the children will have a P.E. lesson in school on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. This half term the children will be doing athletics or football (outdoors). Please note that PE times are subject to change so it is important that children bring their PE to school on Monday and keep it in school all week. It is expected that children have a P.E. kit in school for the week containing appropriate clothing and suitable footwear for indoor lessons. 

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

 Homework/reading/times tables: The homework will be set on Friday and will need to be returned by Tuesday. This will include practicing times tables and written tasks linked to what the children have been learning about during the week. It is expected that children in Year 5 read independently every day at home. Please use the reading journal to record comments about your child’s reading. Children need to record in their reading record every day. They need to have their reading book and reading record in school every day. It is also essential for their overall progress in maths that all children in Year 5 know their times tables and can recall them rapidly. We are grateful for your help in supporting your child as they learn/revise these at home. 

 Upcoming events and diary dates

  • 4th October 2019 – Czech Republic Class Assembly
  • 18th October 2019 – Portugal Class Assembly
  • 16th October 2019 – Curriculum meeting for parents (English and maths) 6pm-6:45pm
  • 15th November 2019 – Iceland Class Assembly

Kind regards,

Ms Crawford, Mr Weeks, Mr Davies and Ms Chandra (The Year Five Team)

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