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Year 5

Miss Calland  - Year 5 class teacher

Dear Parent/Carers,


It gives me much pleasure to be able to say at long last – Welcome to Year 5. The children have all returned to school full of enthusiasm and are clearly happy to be back in the company of their friends again which is lovely to see. 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 as well as organisational information.


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.


In English, journey stories will provide the inspiration for our story writing and poetry work. The children will use a variety of text linked to our cross curricular work to refine their writing skills and develop their sentence structure.


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. Please support your child with their times tables at home using Times Tables Rockstars as this will support their learning in school.


Our cross curricular topic for this term is called ‘All the Fun of the Fair.’ During this project the children will design and build their own working fairground model, create fairground art and learn a little about the history of fairgrounds. I know that the children will thoroughly enjoy this project, and I am looking forward to seeing their finished fairground models. I have also planned a trip as part of the project, but unfortunately due to the latest government guidance, this has been postponed.


This term’s science work is also linked to our fairground work as we will revise electricity and learn all about forces including friction, gravity and energy transfer.


PE lessons will take place on a Monday and Friday. Please can children wear their PE kits to school on these days.


Home learning will focus on reading, spelling and times tables. After half term, I would like the children to continue to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian for about 15 minutes, complete ten Times Table Rock Star sessions and practise the spellings which can be found at the front of their spelling book. These are the keywords set out in the National Curriculum. The spelling test will take place on a Thursday and new words will be set each week. 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 spelling book. 


Please note that due to the changes in start times and playtimes, Year 5 have lunch at 1pm and as this is quite late, you might like to send in a morning snack. Also, due to the doors and windows being open in class as much as possible as the weather becomes cooler, the children might need to wear an extra t-shirt or vest.


Thank you for your support and co-operation.  If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the school office.


Kind Regards,


Miss Calland