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Year 5

Miss Calland  - Year 5 class teacher



Dear Parents,


Welcome back to the new term.  It is hard to believe that the children are in their final term of Year 5, and that they will soon be in their last year of primary school. The class has worked extremely hard this year, and I hope that they enjoy all the exciting activities which are planned for this term.


In English, the first part of the term will focus on narrative writing with a particular focus on building suspense within writing. The children will learn how to create suspense in their writing by varying sentence structures, including descriptive vocabulary and varying the pace of their writing. Also during the term, the children will have the opportunity to continue to develop their non-fiction writing through explanations, instructions and newspaper reports.  


In mathematics the children will continue to focus on developing their understanding of number, including fractions and decimals. We will also cover aspects of shape, including translation, rotation and reflection. In addition to these areas, pupils will continue to develop their mental recall and application skills in mental maths and in problem solving. 


This half term’s science work will continue to focus on the Earth in space, and during the second half term the children will investigate types of forces. They will explore the effects of friction and air resistance and develop an understanding of gravity.

Please find the knowledge map in the download section.

This half term's geography topic is entitled ‘Extreme Earth’ which I know the children will enjoy. During the topic, the children will learn about the wilder side of the world including violent volcanoes and destructive earthquakes.


In our design technology ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ topic, the children will design and build their own working fairground model. I am sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy this project, and I am looking forward to seeing their finished fairground models. 


P.E. Outdoor PE lessons will take place on Monday and Friday afternoons and will focus on athletics and striking and fielding games. 


Bikeability Training (Level 2) will take place this term. Level 2 training involves the children being taught how to ride safely on the roads in the local area. If your child does not have a bike, please try and arrange a ‘bike share’ with another pupil in the class. Bikeability will take place week commencing 4th July – more information to follow.



I have also arranged a trip to Knowsley Safari Park On Thursday 26th May. This trip supports our animals and life cycle work in science and it also links really well with our fairground DT project. The children will have the opportunity to learn about and see a wide variety of animals in a more natural habitat and experience all the fun of the fair. I am sure it will be a great day out and the children will have lots of fun -Further information to follow


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. Please see the summer spelling download.


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