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Year 5

Miss Calland  - Year 5 class teacher

Dear Parent/Carers, 


May I first take this opportunity to welcome you to Year 5. The children have all returned to school full of enthusiasm and are clearly happy to be back 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 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. Please sign and date the diary after each reading session 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. I will check the reading diaries each Thursday and award team points for regular reading at home. 

In English, a variety of warning tales will provide the inspiration for our story writing and poetry work. The children will use the text to refine their writing skills with a particular emphasis on developing sentence structure and integrating dialogue within the writing. Later in the term, the children will also have opportunity to develop their non- fiction writing. I am sure that the children will enjoy the texts I have chosen for this term, and I look forward to reading their finished pieces. 

In our structured reading sessions, the children will have the opportunity to read, listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction and poetry text. In these lessons, the children will focus on developing their retrieval and simple inference skills.


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 problem solving using all four rules. 


Our history topic called 'From Dark Times’ and it will introduce the children to life in Britain during the time of the Anglo Saxons. During this topic, the children will find out about the Anglo Saxon invasions, life and culture as well as investigating Anglo Saxon links with the local area. 


Our geography unit for this 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 through our work linked to continents, countries and cities.


This term’s science work will focus on materials and their properties. The children will compare materials, investigate solids, liquids and gases and develop an understanding of changes of state. 


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

Spellings will start in the coming weeks. The children will highlight the spellings which they need to practise in their spelling book ready for a test each Thursday.



Please ensure that all children have a water bottle with them each day – water only please. 

As the doors and windows are open in class as much as possible as the weather becomes cooler, the children might need to wear an extra t-shirt, vest or jumper.

The Year 4 Residential to Delamere Outdoor Education Centre takes place week beginning September 20th – more information to follow


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


Kind Regards,


Miss Calland