Year 5

Welcome back to the second autumn half term. We’ve a great start to the year and are looking forward to continuing on all the learning.

Here are some reminders for you.

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

PE is on a Monday and Mrs Blockley will be doing Forest Schools/ PE on a Friday. 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.

Our first group of Forest school sessions will take place on the following dates:

Friday November 9th       Friday November 23rd       Friday December 7th              Friday December 14th

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 children are really getting to grips with their instruments! This half term they will be learning even more pieces and we will have a small performance to finish the year. Instruments will need to be brought to school each Wednesday.

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 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

Autumn Half Term Two Outline

English To link with our topic work, we are going to read the poem Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. Through this epic myth, we will introduce expanded noun phrases and dashes for parenthesis. We will also revise relative clauses, subordinating conjunctions and speech punctuation. Children will write a gruesome character and setting description as well as writing their own Beowulf inspired myth.

Towards the end of term, we will read the lovely poem ‘Bethlehem’ by Carol Ann Duffy. It is descriptive tale of the Christmas Story. Through this, we will look at adverbial phrases to show time, place and manner.

Maths Mrs Blockley will be focusing her maths teaching on statistics. This will include reading, interpreting and drawing line graphs as well as using them to solve problems. Children will read and interpret tables including two way tables and timetables.

Mrs Hopwood will continue to use the terms multiple, factor, prime, square and cube number and apply these to a number of reasoning problems. Children will also practise multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also look at area and perimeter of shapes. We will look at rectangles, compound shapes and shapes with curves too.

Topic Our topic is the Anglo – Saxons. We will look at how we learn about the past. As well as this children will learn who the Anglo-Saxons were and why they invaded and settled in Britain. We will learn about daily life for Anglo-Saxons, their religion and conversion to Christianity.
ICT We will be using Microsoft Publisher and Movie Maker to create our own comic strips of the Beowulf story. We will edit, crop and layer photos. We will arrange photos to make a movie using appropriate animation as well as adding captions and speech bubbles.
Science The Earth and Space. Children will learn about the Earth and its position in space. They will learn how the sun, Earth and moon work together.
RE  We will continue to look at the church’s role in the community and to think about  what  titles are given to Jesus at Christmas time.

The children will continue to take part in gymnastic sessions on a Monday afternoon. We have looked at different balances and shapes and have used the equipment to develop a range of skills. These will contine to be built on.

Fridays will be mostly Forest School lessons. Please keep an eye out 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


Deeside Whitby
Ellesmere Port
CH65 6TQ
T: 0151 3382062