Year 5  Spring – First Half Term 2022        ‘What makes the canyon so grand?’  


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                                                                                                          Mrs Skurr

Miss Dean                                                                                                      Miss Amour

Mrs Porter                                                                                                     Mrs Clarkson


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



Maths is now being taught in sets. We have three challenge sets and two support sets. All sets cover the same lessons but vary in pace, challenge and adult support. An additional maths session is timetabled, once a week, to purely focus on catch-up for the areas of maths identified.

This half of term our learning focus is:

  • Fractions, decimals and 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 – read, write and perform free verse
  • Narrative – diary (explanation)
  • Non-fiction – persuasive writing

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



This half term the children will be studying ‘Life Cycles of Living Things’ and how to help preserve the life cycles of endangered species.


Foundation Studies

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

  • DT– Develop an understanding of structures and how different shapes can improve structures.
  • Geography – Human and geographical features of the Grand Canyon.
  • Computing – Designing and building websites with basic hyperlinks. Researching information for a website.
  • Music – Sing three-part rounds, partner songs and songs with a verse and chorus.
  • E – Gymnastics and Tennis.
  • PSHE – Belonging to a community. What influences our career choice?
  • E– Make links between different religions (between Sikhism and the religion of the Havasupai people).


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;
  • 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 this can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.


Happy New Year! We hope the New Year brings you all health and happiness and that our children continue with their positive, enthusiastic approach to school life and learning.

The Year 5 Team


Year 5 Creative Homework Grand Canyon Spring 1 2022