Year 5 2019 - 2020

Miss Calland

Year 5 class teacher


Dear Parent/Carers,


May I first take this opportunity to welcome you to Year 5. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead which I hope will be exciting, stimulating and challenging for your child.

This letter provides some information about the curriculum areas being studied this term.

In English, journey stories will provide the inspiration for our story writing work. The children will use the text to refine their writing skills, develop their sentence structure with a particular emphasis on multi-clause sentences. Later in the term, the children will have opportunity to develop their non-fiction writing through a diary entry, a newspaper report and a biography all of which will be linked to our cross curricular topic work. I am sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the texts I have chosen for this term, and I look forward to reading their finished pieces.


In mathematics, during the first half term, the lessons will focus on developing the children’s understanding of place value using numbers up to a million and addition and subtraction. The children will work mentally with increasingly large numbers, calculate using formal written methods and solve problems. During the second half term, the focus will be multiplication and division, multiples, factors and area.


In Science this term, the children will investigate types of forces. They will explore the effects of friction and air resistance and develop an understanding of gravity.


Our cross curricular study is a history topic entitled 'Titanic – Sinking and Survivors.’ During the topic, the children will use artefacts and other historical sources to investigate the past, take part in ‘history mystery’ and of course explore fateful events of the Titanic’s maiden voyage. I am sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the topic as it will really capture their interest and imagination.


During the second half term, the children will take part in the Nantwich business enterprise project. The project involves the children setting up company and designing and producing products which will be sold in school. Each group will need to produce a business plan which will be presented to a panel of local businessmen and women (The Dragons!) who will then decide which team, based on their sales and presentation will go forward to the next stage of the project where they will compete against children from other schools. I am sure that the class will thoroughly enjoy this work, and we might see some future entrepreneurial superstars – watch out Richard Branson!


PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday and Friday, and during the first half term these sessions will focus on personal fitness and invasive games. PE kits need to be kept in school in a draw string bag as we are very short of space in Year 5 and we can not accommodate larger bags.


Home learning tasks will be set on Monday and returned to school on Thursday. Maths and English homework will be sent home on alternate weeks, and as most homework will be linked to the previous week’s classwork, 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.

The children will also have a list of 25 spellings which we will be our focus for this half term and another 25 for the second half term. These are the keywords set out in the National Curriculum. The spelling test will take place on a Thursday and ten words will be selected at random from this list of 25 spellings. It would be greatly appreciated if you could build in some spelling practice as part of your child’s homework routine, and to help with this, there are a few spelling ideas at the back of your child’s homework book. In addition to this, we will be learning spelling rules as part of our class activities this year.


As reading is central to the children’s learning, it is important that they read regularly at home.  I would like the children 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. Some children may be asked to read daily at home in order for them to make accelerated progress.


At the end of the school day, please collect your child from the playground. If your child is being collected by someone other than yourself, or if you wish your child to walk home alone, please could you let myself or the office know.


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

Kind regards,

Miss  T.A Calland       



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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750