Year 5 Autumn First Half Term 2021              ‘How have ancient traditions survived to modern times?’ 


Year Group Who’s Who (and where to find us)

The Year 5 class teachers are:

5JW – Mrs J Walkom       (Head of Year)                                                    5AF – Mr Flemming
5JT – Mrs J Thompson                                                                                  5GH – Mrs Hume
5SH – Mr S Halsall


In addition Year 5 are supported by :

Mrs Beck                                                                                                          Mrs Skurr

Miss Dean                                                                                                      Miss Amour

Mrs Porter



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



For the foreseeable future, maths will be taught within classes with additional support and a wider range of differentiation for reinforcement and challenge tasks. An additional maths session has been timetabled, once a week, to purely focus on arithmetic skills.

This half of term our learning focus is:

  • Place value and counting – including place value to millions
  • Addition and subtraction – including column methods and problem solving
  • Multiplication and division – including factors, multiples and prime numbers


Homework will be set every Friday, which may be on paper or through the MyMaths website. We also expect children to use TTRockstars at least three 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.

Year 5 will be covering the following themes in English for this ½ of term:

  • Poetry
  • Traditional Tales
  • Instructional writing


Spelling homework is set weekly with pupils researching other words that match the rule: these will be practiced throughout the week in class. We will also be working on our ‘Focus Five’ in class too. The ‘Focus Five’ spelling words are taken from the Year 5 and Year 6 compulsory spelling list (a copy of these can be found on our website).



This half term the children will be studying ‘Marvellous Mixtures’ (solids, liquids and gases)


  • How to plan, set up and run a fair test
  • How to collect and interpret data
  • How to make predictions and draw conclusions


Foundation Studies

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

  • Art– skills of line, shading and observational drawing
  • History/Geography – Mayan culture
  • Computing – E-safety and digital footprints
  • Music – rhythm and pulse, music notation
  • E– Invasion games (netball) and fitness
  • PSHE– Rules and Expectations, Friendships and Feeling Safe
  • E– Creation stories


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 to be sent via SIMS
  • Make sure that your child has a PE kit, which is clearly labelled, and should be worn to school on their class designated P.E days.
  • 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 via the class email address. If you wish to make a longer appointment, please telephone the school office and this can be arranged at a mutually convenient time

We look forward to an exciting and hardworking year.


The Year 5 team


Year 5 Creative Homework Autumn 1 2021