Year 5 Spring First Half Term 2021                 ‘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)                                                    5AF – Mr Fleming
5JT – Mrs J Thompson                                                                                  5GB – Miss Brady
5SH – Mr S Halsall


In addition Year 5 are supported by :

Mrs Beck

Miss Bumbee

Miss Dean

Miss Palmer


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 catch-up for the areas of maths missed in Year 4. These sessions will be based on measurement this half-term.

This half of term our learning focus is:

  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Geometry



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 as well as a list of words to learn using the ‘Look, cover, write, check’ strategy.



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), playing and performing a tuned instrument
  • E– Hockey and circuit training (like an astronaut)
  • PHSE– Personal identity, physical and mental well-being, 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 have high expectations for the children and hope that you will continue to support us by ensuring the following…


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 class email.  If you wish to make a longer appointment, please telephone the school office and an appointment will be made at a mutually convenient time.


Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!



The Year 5 Team