Year 5

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Welcome to Year 5

Dear Year 5 children, parents and carers,

Welcome to Year 5 and the Autumn term. We are extremely pleased to be working with you this year and have planned an exciting and busy term. This letter briefly sets out the content of the curriculum and gives information about upcoming key dates and events.

In English we will study ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ to understand and apply the style of a myth in narrative writing.  The children will be writing recounts, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character. Next, the children will study written explanations about the Battle of Marathon, children will learn how to adapt their writing style to inform and explain, whilst engaging the reader. The children will then go on to study the classic tale of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and have the opportunity to write narratives in the style of Charles Dickens. Following this, the children will explore poetry and the works of Benjamin Zephaniah. Children will analyse his style and use of language and dialect.  They will also develop their performance skills whilst reciting poems. We will be making as many links to other subjects as possible to allow the children to become more immersed in the topics for the term.

Children will be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies (attached). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years.

In Maths, the children will be learning how to read and write and compare numbers to 1000 000. They will make number patterns and round numbers to the nearest 10; 1000; 10 000 and 100 000. Then the children will move on to adding and subtracting within 1000 000. They will learn about factors, multiples, prime numbers, square and cube numbers. Following this, the children will be multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000, multiplying 3 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers, dividing 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and exploring word problems. Towards the end of the term, the children will study graphs, including reading and interpreting tables and line graphs.Multiplying 10, 100 and 1000Counting On to AddCounting On to AddCounting On to AddCounting On to Add

The science themes will be ‘Materials’, which will incorporate investigative work. The children will be comparing and investigating the properties of everyday materials such as wood, plastic and metal and how they are used. They will be exploring how to separate mixtures and will also learn about reversible and irreversible processes.

During the first term, in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the children will learn how to control the Sphero Orb robots using both visual and text-based coding language. In the second half of this term, the children will make information texts about the Ancient Greeks using Book Creator on iPads. These lessons will be taught by Mr Lynch.

Our history topic this term is Ancient Greece. We will study many aspects of Ancient Greece including looking at everyday life, what Ancient Greece was like for women, the battle of Marathon, theatre and festivals, the legacy of Ancient Greece and key figures from the period. We will be visiting the British Museum to consolidate our learning. 

After half term, we will be visiting Ufton Court, a Tudor mansion in Berkshire. This will be a three day residential trip. The trip has been a huge success in previous years, and both the children and teachers have a marvellous time! We will send out more details next week.

French will be taught by Madame Lambert.  In the first half term, the children will study the themes of being on holiday, accommodation, visiting the zoo, beach and theme park. In the second half term, the children will learn the themes of eating out, asking for items in a shop or restaurant, asking how much things cost and some basic weights.

Over the course of this term, your child will receive Physical Education (PE) in games taught by our PE teachers, Ms Ogunyemi and Ms Wilson. The focus for the first half term will be on developing effective team work through OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities). They will work individually and in small groups to solve problems, working both cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on the qualities required to make an effective team. Miss Ogunyemi will teach creative dance where children will explore a variety of stimuli to inspire them to create work individually, in pairs and small groups.

Please ensure that your child has appropriate kit including footwear (trainers) for both of these sessions. If the children have PE during period 1 or 2 the children can come to school in their kit; bringing their usual uniform with them to change into after the lesson. When the children have PE period 4 they can go home in their PE kits.

PE will take place on the following days:


Indoor PE - Dance

Outdoor PE - Games





Monday (period 4 - afternoon)

Tuesday (period 4 - afternoon)

Tuesday (period 4 - afternoon)

Thursday (period 3)

Thursday (period 3)

Monday (period 4 - afternoon)

Monday (period 4 - afternoon)

Friday (period 4 - afternoon)


Both Ms Green and Ms ter Averst will be teaching art this year. The children will be learning about the Japanese contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota and making observational drawing studies of shoes that hold a memory. After half term, the children will be designing and sculpting 3D clay shoes.  After half term, the children will be making musical instruments in Design and Technology (DT). We will be asking the children to bring in materials such as small and medium sized cardboard containers (cereal or shoe boxes). We will send out more details nearer the time.

In music lessons with Ms Hughes this year, the children will be exploring classical music in relation to the BBC ten pieces.  This term, this will be ‘The Hall of the Mountain King’ and ‘The Nutcracker’. The children will also gain an understanding of how to read simple scores and use their knowledge to compose their own additions to musical pieces. Children are allowed to bring in musical instruments they are learning to use during their music lesson.

This half term, the children will have Personal Social Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE). The children will be learning how to be an excellent learner and how to maintain a positive view of themselves, even when challenges arise. Next half term, the children will have Religious Education (RE). The focus will be on beliefs and practices of the Islamic faith. 

If any parent or carer has skills or knowledge that relates to any of our curriculum areas, we would welcome the opportunity to invite you into the classroom to share your knowledge. Do please let us know if you can help.

In order to ensure that we are working closely with parents and carers, it is important that we keep communication open. If you have any questions or comments about any issue relating to your child’s education, please do not hesitate to come and see us in the playground to make an appointment. Our first parents evening will be on Thursday 2nd November.

Useful Dates:

12th October: 5CW and 5W visit the British Museum (details to follow)

30th October: 5AV and 5G visit the British Museum (details to follow)

13th – 15th November 2017: 5G and 5W will be going to Ufton Court residential

15th – 17th November 2017: 5CW and 5AV will be going to Ufton Court residential

Secondary Transfer Meeting:

Next week, Thursday 14th September, the school will be holding a Secondary Transfer Meeting at Webb’s Road. 

Starting promptly at 7.00 pm in the middle hall, there will be a short presentation to explain the process, give some useful advice from previous years and to answer any questions you may have about choosing the right secondary school for your child.

From 7.00 pm  onwards in the lower hall there will be a ‘schools fair’ where representatives from local schools (independent and state) will set up stands and be available to talk to you, share prospectuses and answer any school-specific questions you may have. They will also be available after the presentation. Year 5 as well as Year 6 parents and carers are welcome as some parents like to visits school open days in Year 5 and again in Year 6 to help them make their decisions. 

Please find attached a guide to all of the objectives being taught in Year 5 this year in English and maths lessons. The words in italics are written in children's language to make it easier for them to understand and the ones in bold font are key (the most important) objectives for the year group. We hope you will find this useful in supporting your child at home.

With kind regards,


Sophie Vanuxem (Deputy Headteacher and 5AV teacher)

Fiona Allan (5AV teacher)    

Daniel Griffin (5G teacher)  

Caroline Wells (5CW teacher)

India Willis (5W teacher)


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