Year Five

Autumn 2019

Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and the children have made a great start to the year.  It has been wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm.  We are writing to share some information about life in year 5.


Our two classes are Badger class with our teachers Mrs Chilton and Mrs Staplehurst and Foxes class with Miss Ingall.  Our teaching assistants are Mrs Jones and Mrs Vaughan.


Curriculum and key dates

Our topic is “Is anybody out there?”, which involves exploring the depths of space.  In English, we will be looking at The Jamie Drake Equation and Laika the astronaut and using these books to help us write our own fantasy stories.  In science we will study the planets in our solar system and understand the different phases of the moon. During DT we will be finding out about cams and using these to make our own space themed moving toy. We will also be focusing on music this half term. We will listen to some space themed music and use this to help us compose our own music. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at



We will be having an Open Classroom on Tuesday 17 September from 3:30 – 4.00pm where you will be able to meet your child’s teacher and see their new classroom.


KS2 Superstar 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.


Homework and 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 – each class will visit once a week – 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 house points for every occasion on which they read at home.  When children have finished a chapter 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 books they are reading.


English homework is set every week on a Tuesday and needs to be handed in by the following Monday.  This is usually a written task, based on a prompt such as an element of grammar or punctuation.


In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Tuesday.  These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns and can be practised on Spelling Shed.  These words will be tested in the English homework books, so that you can see how your child is progressing.


Maths homework is also set on a Tuesday and needs to be completed by the following Monday.  This will either be an activity on the website MyMaths, or a handwritten task based on what has been covered in class that week.  Children have been told their log-on details for MyMaths, but if these have been misplaced, they should inform their class teacher.


Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily.  We will use timestable rockstars to help us improve our knowledge.   Your child will be expected to know all of their times tables by the end of the year up to 12 x 12. 


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’ (a homework club) for part of their lunchtime where they can receive support with their homework.


Reading Rewards

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 six 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. 



PE in year 5 is usually on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.  Please can your child have their PE kit in school every day.  PE kits will be sent home to be washed on the last day of each half term.  If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the Home/School contact book.  As an alternative or 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 a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are also useful.  If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one.  Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape brought from home.


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 snacks are both nut and egg free.



Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day.  All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname.  Lost property is located in the first aid area, by the year 5 cloakrooms.


We are looking forward to a great Autumn term.  If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please write it in their home/school diary as they are checked at the start of each day.


Please do contact us if you have any questions.


Best Wishes


Mrs JChilton, Miss R Ingall and Mrs R Staplehurst