Year 5 Spring First Half Term 2020                 ‘What makes a great adventure?’  –

Year Group Who’s Who (and where to find us)
The Year 5 class teachers are:

5JW – Mrs J Walkom       (Head of Year)                   Come out through Y6 Door by the main gate
5CF  –Mr C Fleury                                                             Come out through Y6 Door by the main gate
5LR – Mrs L Robinson                                                     Come out through Y5 door near the Infant building
5JT – Mrs J Thompson                                                    Come out through Y5 door near the Infant building
5DS – Mr D Smale                                                            Come out through Y5 door near the Infant building

In addition Year 5 are supported by :

Mrs Beck                             Mrs Pradhan

Mrs Thompson                 Miss Sullivan

Mrs Porter                          Miss Humes-Gilmore


What will we be learning about in school this half term?



Year 5 are grouped by ability for maths lessons, which are timetabled for the first hour and 25 minutes every morning.
They are taught in three Challenge Sets, and two Support Sets. All sets are taught the same content, but at different speeds to match the needs of their learners.

This half of term our learning focus is:

  • Fractions – including addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions
  • Decimals – including converting and comparing decimals
  • Percentages – including finding basic percentages


Homework will be set every Friday, which may be on paper or through the MyMaths website. We also expect children to spend time using TT Rockstars, to develop their times tables knowledge and speed, several times a week.



English skills will be taught in variety of ways, including specific lessons and through cross-curricular words.

In addition to the genres below we teach regular spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons and reading comprehension.


  • Poetry & Drama – based around space
  • Narratives – based around mysteries and suspense
  • Non-fiction – based around biographies and autobiographies

Spelling homework is set weekly with pupils researching other words that match the rule.



This half term the children will be studying Earth and Space, including investigations around:

  • What’s in space?
  • How does the sun help to measure time?
  • Why do we have seasons?
  • Why does the moon change shape?


Foundation Studies


We teach a range of subjects through our Creative Curriculum approach including:

  • Art – Artists and cultures around the world
  • Geography – maps / world regions
  • Computing – 3D design and printing
  • Music – Famous composers (Holst), percussion instruments and graphic score
  • E– Circuit training (like an astronaut)
  • PHSE– Money & budgeting
  • E – The creation story in Genesis 1 (Christianity)


Please click on the homework tab on the school website for our homework policy and suggestions for creative homework tasks for this topic

We expect all the children in this year to work hard. We have high expectations and hope you will support us, you can do this by:


Organisational aspects –

  • Ensuring that your child is at school on time and dressed appropriately;
  • Dinner money is sent into school on Monday in a labelled envelope;
  • Make sure that your child has a PE kit which is clearly labelled;
  • All children may bring a healthy snack;
  • Encourage your child to be prepared for the school day with the correct equipment.


Educational aspects –

  • Ensure your child reads every single day for at least fifteen minutes, preferably to an adult
  • Encourage your child to research other words that match the week’s spelling rules, as well as learning the words sent home
  • Mathematics, encourage your child to practise the 4 operations (+, -, ÷, x), learn tables and use mathematical skills in everyday life, eg time and money.


Communication with your child’s class teacher can be made through the home/school diary or informally at the end of the school day. If you wish to make a longer appointment please telephone the school office and this can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.


Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!



The Year 5 Team