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Year 5

Miss Calland  - Year 5 class teacher


Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all! 

I hope you all had a lovely, peaceful Christmas, and I am sure that he children are all refreshed and ready for the busy and exciting term ahead. It is still a difficult and challenging time, but let’s hope that 2022 is a much better year for us all.  

This letter provides some information about the Year 5 curriculum for the Spring Term which I hope you find useful.

In English, journey stories will provide the inspiration for our story writing work. The children will use the text to continue to refine their writing skills and further develop their sentence structure and vocabulary. There will also be the opportunity to develop non-fiction work through report and discursive writing. 


In mathematics, during the first half term, the children will focus on tables, charts and line graphs, multiplication and division as well as introducing factors, prime, and square and cube numbers. Our fraction unit during the second half term will further the children’s knowledge of equivalent fractions and enable them to add, subtract and multiply fractions and mixed numbers. 


The children will continue their work linked to materials with a particular focus on reversible and irreversible changes of state. Later in the term, the children will learn about the Earth in space, including galaxies and the solar system - a difficult and abstract topic, but I'm sure the children will enjoy this very much.  

Our topic for the first half of the term is entitled ‘Here, There and Everywhere!’ This is a physical geography themed unit which will help the children to understand their place in the 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.


Outdoor PE lessons will take place on Monday and Friday. Please ensure that the children come to school wearing appropriate clothing for outdoor lessons. 


For homework this half term, I would like the children to practise their weekly spellings, complete at least ten TT Rockstars sessions and read three times each week at home. The children have been asked to record the pages which they read at home in their reading diary, and of course any adult support or comments would be appreciated. Sessions ideally should be between 15 – 20 minutes, and when a book is finished, a quiz is completed in school and this score is shown at the back of the reading diary. Points are collected for each completed quiz and certificates are awarded. Please see the Accelerated Reader letter which is on the class page which contains more information about the programme.


This term’s spellings are located at the front of the spelling book. Each week, six words will be highlighted for the children to practise at home in their spelling book in a way which works for them – look, cover, write, check or speed writing etc. The spelling test will be completed each Thursday. I have also included, the full list of Year 5 and 6 spellings and some spelling activities to our class page which you may like to use to support your child.


For TT Rockstars, the children just need to log on and complete the ten sessions. 


Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please get in touch.


Kind regards,


Miss T Calland