Year 5 2016 - 2017

Miss Calland

Year 5 class teacher


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new term. I am really pleased that all the children have come back refreshed and ready for the busy and exciting term ahead. This letter provides some information about the Year 5 curriculum for the summer term which I hope you find useful.

In English, the first part of the term will focus on instructional texts. During these lessons, the children will further develop their vocabulary and punctuation work, including the use of modal and imperative verbs, parentheses and colons. Later on in the term, we will continue reading the story of 'Spit Nolan' (the boy who built his own go cart), and the children will use the text to refine their writing skills and develop their sentence structure with a particular focus on multi-clause sentences and dialogue.

In structured reading sessions, the children will continue to use a wide range of fiction and poetry texts to further develop their comprehension skills with a focus on developing and extending written answers in order to show a deeper understanding of the text.

In numeracy, our number work will focus on decimals and fractions, and later in the term, we will also cover aspects of shape, including translation, rotation, reflection, perimeter and area. In addition to these areas, the children will continue to develop their mental recall and application skills in mental maths and in problem solving.

In science, we will continue our Earth in Space topic, and next half term the children will learn about solids, liquids and gases and will investigate reversible and irreversible changes.

Our cross curricular study for the second half term is a history topic entitled 'The Mighty Mayans'. We will investigate the Mayans' place in history, how the Mayan civilisation was structured, Mayan religious beliefs, and investigate Mayan artefacts. I am sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the topic as it will really capture their imagination.

In design and technology, we will continue to construct the go carts which we started last term, and hopefully, if time allows, each group will be able to customise their vehicle.

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




As the children are thoroughly enjoying the science work connected with space, I have arranged a trip to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre where the children will participate in two interactive workshops, learn about the Lovell telescope and explore the interactive galleries.

Bikeability Training (Level 2) will take place on May 15th and 16th. I have no further information at the moment, but details of this, and the Year 5 Trip to Jodrell Bank will be sent out shortly.

As part of our PSHE safety work, the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be running a session entitled ‘Escape to Safety’ which explains how fires start and how to keep safe at home.

Homework, as usual, will be given out on Monday /Tuesday and returned to school on Friday. 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 at lunchtime.

I would like the children to continue to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated. The children will continue to bring home a non fiction library book which may be read during home reading sessions.

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





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