Year 5

Welcome back to the first Spring term. Our first term was a busy one and finished off with us leading a super carol concert in church.

Here are some reminders for you:

Children need to bring their reading book and reading record with them to school each day.

PE is swimming on a Wednesday but please keep a full PE kit in school all the time so that if there are any changes to the timetables kits will be available. We will also try to get out in the forest area for some of our topic lessons too so please make sure your child always has a pair of trainers in school.

We are also continuing Forest School and the sessions will be:

Friday January 18th       Friday February 1st      Friday February 15th            

Forest School will take place whatever the weather and we expect the children to get very muddy! With this in mind, it is important that everyone is suitably dressed in layers of warm clothing.

Music lessons are well under way and we have a few pieces successfully under our belts. We will continue to add to our repetoire, look out in the calendar for our first performance in February.

Each week homework is set on a Wednesday and should be returned to school to be handed in on the following Monday. Mathletics will be set weekly too. Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday too, ready for a test on the Monday. Children will work on the tables most relevant to them and on a Friday they will be given the tables that they will be tested on for the following Friday.

We have increased the weekly reading challenge from 4 to 5 times a week. At least twice to an adult and three times independently. An adult must sign the Reading Record book each week to show that it has been completed. Books will be checked and prizes handed out on a Friday!


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Spelling Test

Homework due in



Music Lesson

Homework and spellings go out

Reading Challenge Checked

Tables Test

Tables go out

PE/Forest School

Spring Half Term One

English We are going to use our Literacy lesson to extend our knowledge of the Vikings. We are going to write a newspaper report about the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne and a report about life in Viking times.

We will focus on the structure of writing looking at how to use paragraphs effectively and use different devices to link them together including conjunctions. We will also look at the perfect tense. We will continue to work on our use of parenthesis and commas.

Maths Mrs Blockley will be focusing her maths teaching on timetables to begin with and then move on to the formal methods of multiplication and division.

Mrs Hopwood will consolidate the learning on area and perimeter and then will start work on fractions. We will look at equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. We will change improper fractions to mixed numbers. As well as this we will compare and order fractions too.

Topic Our topic is the Vikings which links well to our previous learning on Anglo-Saxons. We will look at the struggles of different Kings of England. We will look at what the Vikings bought to this country when they settled.
ICT We will use create our own quiz using powerpoint and also looking at different online quiz builders.
Science This term we will look at properties and changing materials. We will compare and group materials based on their properties.
RE  We will be looking at the Kingdom of God.
PE Wednesdays will be swimming lessons so please make sure your kit is in each week.


Fridays will be mostly Forest School lessons. Please see above  for further information.

We sometimes have to change the timings of PE lessons at the minute so it is very important that their PE kits stay in school all week.

Don’t forget the York Residential is all booked for April. If you have any questions please speak to either of us. Payment cards will be handed out to all those who have put the deposit in. It isn’t too late to sign up if you haven’t already done so. We can’t wait!!

If you ever have any issues or concerns, please do come and speak to one of us. We look forward to working with you and your child!

Best wishes,

Mrs Blockley and Mrs Hopwood