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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 Fisher (TA), Ms Masters (PPA teacher) and Mrs Jones (PPA teacher).

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break and wish you all a very happy new year. We have a very busy, exciting term ahead that includes a science trip and an experience day. Please continue reading to find out all the details.

The Year 5 team

Spring 2018

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

How have the lives of children changed since World War 2?


5S - Monday  9-10am         5M - Monday 10-11am  Friday  9-10am


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, inlcuding 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 spring core text is Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. Using the story, we will explore life in the 1940s through the experiences of the main charcter, Wille Beech. In addition to examining the characters, their actions and significant events in the story, the children will continue to develop their reading skills: prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising. The focal piece of writing for this text is a newspaper report. 

Grammar and Punctuation

The children will continue to practise writing sentences that include a relative clause and using them in their extended writing. They will also investigate how colons are used to introduce a list in text and begin to apply this in their own writing. 


For Spring half term, Year 5 will be consolidating many topics including  fractions, decimals and percentages (equivalence and conversion), measures. We will also be looking at patterns in number and ongoing investigations. We will continue to spend time covering different aspects of problem solving- involving all four operations and understanding different types of questions. .


Our science topic is forces and the children will learn about how their daily lives are influenced by the forces around them. We will look specifically at gravity, friction and air/water resistance. The topic will include opportunities for the children to work scientifically to investigate questions. Our forces topic also includes a trip to the Science Museum. 

History / Geography

How have the lives of children changed since World War 2?

Our history topic, which is linked to our core book, will give children the opportunity to learn about a key area of European history. They will begin by exploring some of the causes of the war and identifying the key countries involved. They will become familiar with some of the signifcant leaders from the period. The main learning will focus on the lives of children during the the 1940s, including the Blitz and evacuation.

As part of the topic the children will take part in a 1940s day on Wednesday 28th February. It will be led by History off the Page and the children will need a 1940s costume. 

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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