We are writing to share some information about life in Year 5.
Our two classes are Foxes class with Mrs Newman, and Badgers class with Mrs Chilton and Miss King. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Vaughan and Mrs Gaydon.
Curriculum and key dates
We are starting the Summer term off with a three-week Coronation project, focussing on the question, ‘What does it mean to be King?’ We will be discovering more about who King Charles is and the symbolism of The Coronation. Collaborating with Year 2, we are going to create a piece of Art inspired by the official Coronation logo.
Our main Summer project Big Question is, ‘Where will my journey take me?’ Using a key text, ‘Queen of the Falls’, we will explore the story of Annie Taylor, who travelled down the Niagara Falls in a barrel. Our project learning focuses on the geography of rivers, and our trip to Chichester Harbour will bring this to life. In RE, we explore why people make pilgrimages.
We move on to thinking about making a personal journey, and we read the key text, ‘Wonder’ to support our learning. As part of our RE curriculum, we ask ‘How can following God bring freedom and justice?’ In science, we study habitats, lifecycles and relationships/health. As part of our DT learning, we are investigating different types of bridge design and will be working in small groups to design our own structures. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at
Here is a date for the Summer term:-
- Trip to Chichester Harbour- Friday May 26th
KS2 celebration worship takes place on Friday afternoons, where one member of each class is chosen to receive a certificate for their work that week. The work of these children is shared and the rest of the key stage has a chance to hear about their achievements.
Reading at Home
Even when your child enjoys reading and reads well on their own, they still need to read aloud all the way through their Key Stage Two years. Books can be borrowed from the school library– and each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home.
Every time you read at home, you (or your child) should fill in the page numbers/chapters read in their home school reading record. Children will be awarded value points for every occasion on which they read at home. When children have finished a book, they need to record the title of the book at the back of the reading diary so we have a record of the types of book they are reading.
Children can earn ‘Reading Rewards’ time, for reading at home and recording it in their reading records. To receive this reward time, children need to read at home on at least five occasions (either independently or to an adult) during the week and records these. Diaries must also be signed by a parent or carer (once per week) in order for children to receive this time.
Maths homework is set every week on a Wednesday and needs to be completed by the following Wednesday. This homework will be usually be an activity on the website MyMaths based on what the children have been learning that week, revision of a prior concept or an introduction to a future concept. Children have been given their log-in details for MyMaths, but if these have been misplaced, please inform the class teacher.
English homework is set each month on Microsoft Teams and is usually a written task, based on a prompt, such as a story opening or illustration. In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Friday in both classes. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns.
Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. Children are expected to know these and be making progress with them. Children are expected to know these and be making progress with them. ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ - Times Tables Rock Stars: Play (ttrockstars.com) - is an excellent website to use to practise these and children have been provided with logins to access this at home.
All children are expected to complete and hand their homework in on time. If children are finding it difficult to complete their homework at home, they can choose to attend ‘Learning Links’ (homework club) for part of their lunchtime where they can receive support with their homework.
This term, PE is on a Monday and a Wednesday. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the year five email address. As an alternative, or in addition to plimsolls, sports trainers are allowed in the Juniors. These are particularly useful during the winter months as it allows the field to be used for outside PE. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions, therefore children can wear a a pair of jogging bottoms (ideally navy). Children should wear school sweatshirts for PE. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a water bottle and a healthy fruit or savoury snack (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel, raisins) for break time. Please ensure any snacks are both nut and egg free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. Children will only stay indoors at playtimes if it is raining heavily. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname.
We are looking forward to a great Spring term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please contact us through the year group email: email@example.com
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs Newman, Mrs Chilton and Miss King