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Welcome to Year 5


Welcome back,

We are your class teachers: Ms Bazuaye (5M) and Ms Dhanda (5S). We are supported by Ms White (TA) and Ms Fisher.

We hope you enjoyed the summer break and welcome you back to the new academic year. We have a very busy, exciting year ahead.  Please continue reading to find out all the details.

The Year 5 team

Autumn 2018

Much of our work this term will relate to our core question:

What do we have in common with the Anglo-Saxons?


5S - Thursday PM    5M - Thursday PM     Swimming (starting in January 2019) 


Homework is a great way for children to practise and apply learning that has taken place during the school week. Activities are given out each Friday and  will usually consist of one or more activities from the Mathletics and ActiveLearn websites, alongside a short writing activity (usually grammar/ spelling based). We ask that all homework be completed/handed-in by Wednesday of the following week. Please contact your child's class teacher if you have difficulity accessing the Mathletics or ActiveLearn websites.


Each week spellings are taught, practised and applied in a variety of different ways, including cloze and handwriting activities, dictation, clarification activities and through the resources available on the ActiveLearn website. The aim is for children to become familiar with spelling rules, spelling patterns, the origins of words and their meanings. The application of accurate spelling in written work is also a key aspect of pupils' developing writing skills. We also recognise that spelling is a complex area of learning that can be tricky for some children. Therefore, when completing writing tasks, children can access a range of supportive resources, such as dictionaries and thesauruses, word banks and keyword lists.  In addition, pupils are taught how to edit their written work, including spellings, independently and with peers. While we do not have weekly spelling tests we continually monitor how pupils are applying the spelling rules they have learnt. 


We encourage every child to read at home each day and to summarise what they have read in their reading record (summaries only need to be a few sentences). Children must bring their completed reading record to school each day. Each class will also visit the school library once a week where they can browse and borrow books. 



Our core text is Way Home by Libby Hathorn. Using the story, we will explore homelessness through the experiences of the main charcter. In addition to examining the characters, his actions and significant events in the story, the children will continue to develop their reading skills: prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising. The focus pieces of writing for this text are a diary entry and an article. 

Grammar and Punctuation

The children will learn the differences between simple and complex sentences. They will learn to use phrases and dependent clauses, such as relative clauses, to add detail to their writing. They will also begin to investigate how colons are used to introduce a list in text and practise appling this in their own writing. 


Year 5 will be consolidating many topics:arithmetic and problem solving using all four operations, place value, multiplying whole and decimal numbers by 10,100 and 1000 and factors, multiples and prime numbers.  We will also be looking at patterns in number and ongoing investigations. 


Our science topic is All Living Things. The children will describe the differences in the life cycles of various animals, including mammals and amphibeans. They will explore their life cycles, including the process of reproduction in some plants and animals.  

History / Geography

What do we have in commmon with the Anglo-Saxons?

Our history topic will give children the opportunity to learn about a key period in British history. They will begin by exploring reasons for migration that exist now and may have existed then (410-1066). They will become familiar with some of the signifcant events from the period. The main learning will focus on how we can draw parallels between the lives of Anglo-Saxons and our own. 


Developing pupils understanding of maths.  A published article by Ms Dhanda:

Year 5 Blog

The children performed an adaptation from The Peace Child as part of their performace. Set in Africa, in the mystical land of Mambica, it tells the story of two tribes who overcome their dislike of each other and eventually become friends.


Year 5 have been exploring the features of persuasive text where they analysed and evaulated different examples of persuasive writing. Using our core book - Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman, we then wrote persausive speeches, justifying our reasons as to why Gretel should not be punished and sent to prison for killing the old witch.   In her defence, Articles were included from the Rights Respecting Charter to support and defend her actions.  We hope you enjoy reading a few below.

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