Dolphins Sharks
              Mrs Gunn               Miss Swift (Team Leader)


Year 5 have started the new term really well - we are getting into our topics and seeing the good success that comes from persevering and using growth mindset! We have been learning about Mountains and Space, but are now focusing on the Victorians and Forces



This will be set each Friday.
Children will have a piece of Maths work (usually a MyMaths online homework); a reading comprehension; a small talk for the big write - due Thursdays; and spellings to learn (tests will be on Fridays). Homework club is available on Friday lunchtimes for any children who need to catch up.
No piece of homework should take longer than 20-30 minutes to complete.
Children still need to read on a minimum of 3 times a week at home– this could be snuggled up with a book at bedtime! We keep reading records in Year 5.

Read to Succeed

By reading 3 times a week and showing a signed reading diary, children can contribute to a class tracking system.

When we have hit 200 we can enjoy a reward!

Sharks - wearing slippers to school

Dolphins - adventure playground

Topic & Science

We are already very immersed in the Victorians - Sharks are working hard for our class assembly soon! We are using timelines and historical artifacts to understand better all the amazing things that happened in the long Victorian era. In lessons we have been researching about inventions and the surge in industrial development. We have also been visualising ourselves as a Victorian child, rich and poor, and describing what life would have been like - very different to now! 

Our Science topic has linked very well to our Science week theme (11th-15th March). We've established what we already know about forces being a push or pull, and are now extending that understanding with greater detail and vocabulary. We are busy planning experiments to explore air resistance for parachutes, and the effect of friction on aluminum cans! We will show our findings and conclusions with a creative poster. 



In our Guided Reading sessions we are continuing to focus on our inference and deduction skills, by looking for clues in the text. There are lots of interesting and exciting books for Year Fives to read and we encourage them to read as much as they can across a range of genres. 

Children are encouraged to read regularly at home to ensure they get regular practice. A reading club is available on a Friday for children to continue their reading.



In English we have allowed the Victorians to inspire our writing. We used our text of Oliver Twist to explore description, story setting and direct/reported speech. The poem 'Kraken' by Tennyson has allowed us to develop our understanding of imagery in a historical context, as well as develop our own descriptive writing full of personification, metaphor and noun phrases. We will also be writing in a diary context as a Victorian school child, applying past progressive tense and our good historical knowledge.

Year 5 English Objectives


 BIG Write and the BIG Talk!

Every Thursday your child takes part in the Big Write.The children can independently show their creativity and imagination. We would love for your child to discuss the Big Write with you so they are full of ideas for the session! You can find details on the Big Write on our homework page. 



Maths subject areas being taught in these two terms include: multiplication and division written methods, geometry, coordinates, data handling, cube numbers and perimeter/area. Children will also revisit some of the areas of Maths which have been most challenging during the year, so that they can review, develop and master these areas of learning.  The children will apply their skills to real life problems and within Maths investigations. We will also continue to set homework through the ‘MyMaths’ website. 


It is really important that your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times – P.E is a national curriculum subject and without a P.E kit it is not possible to take part in these lessons. If necessary kit should be taken home for washing at the end of the week and returned on Monday morning.
Tuesday: Sharks Squash

Thursday: Indoor Gymnastics

(Swimming will return in the summer term for Dolphins in Term 5 and any children who need further practice in Term 6)