Year 5 2018 - 2019

Miss Calland

Year 5 class teacher


Dear Parents,


Welcome back to the new term.  It is hard to believe that the children are in their final term of Year 5, and that they will soon be in their last year of primary school. The class has worked extremely hard this year, and I hope that they enjoy all the exciting activities which are planned for this term.


I would like to welcome to Year 5, Miss Huxtable, a student teacher, who will be joining us this term as part of her teaching placement. She will support small groups of children in their learning and undertake some simple classroom duties.   


In English, the first part of the term will focus on narrative writing with a particular focus on describing settings and characters and integrating dialogue within the writing. The inspiration for writing will come from a selection of short stories which will also be used for and discussion and instructional writing later on in the term.


In mathematics the children will continue to focus on developing their understanding of number, including fractions and decimals. We will also cover aspects of shape, including translation, rotation and reflection. In addition to these areas, pupils will continue to develop their mental recall and application skills in mental maths and in problem solving.


This half term’s science work will focus on the life cycles of different animals and how some plants and animals reproduce. Later in the term, the children will learn about the Earth, the galaxies and the

Universe - a difficult and abstract topic, but I'm sure the children will enjoy this very much. 

This term's topic is entitled ‘Here, There and Everywhere!’ This is a geography themed unit based on the local area and the wider world. During the first part of topic, the children will learn about settlements and develop their geographical skills. They will use OS maps to locate places using 4 figure grid referencing and follow and plan routes. Later on in the term, our ‘Extreme Earth’ work will introduce the class to the wilder side of the world including violent volcanoes and destructive earthquakes.


Forest School will take place on Tuesday afternoons for the first half term. Forest School is an opportunity for children to experience and explore their environment. Children are encouraged to develop their independence, improve their decision making skills, and raise their self-esteem through small achievable tasks and new learning opportunities. All learning sessions take place within the school grounds, and are run by a qualified Forest School Leader. The children will need to come to school suitably dressed in old clothes, which may get dirty, Wellington boots or other suitable footwear and a waterproof coat.


P.E. Outdoor PE lessons will take place on a Friday afternoon and will focus on athletics and striking and fielding games.


Bikeability Training (Level 2) will take place in June (date to be confirmed).  Level 2 training involves the children being taught how to ride safely on the roads in the local area. Please complete and return the registration form as soon as possible. If your child does not have a bike, please let me know as we can try to arrange a ‘bike share.’

Home learning, as usual, will be given out on Monday and returned to school on Thursday. All homework is linked to the previous week’s classwork, and the children should be able to complete it with a level of independence. The tasks will be explained thoroughly, but if there are problems the children can come and see me during lunchtime.

I would like the children to continue to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian. The children are continuing to enjoy reading the accelerated reading books from the library and are completing the quizzes very well. This term’s reading tests take place week commencing 22nd April and new reading ages will be recorded on the accelerated reading sheets at the front of the reading diaries.


Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.  If you have any concerns or queries please come and see me after school, or make an appointment at the school office.


Kind regards,

Miss T Calland

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750