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Year Five 2020-21

Class Teacher- Mr Richards

Teaching Assistant- Mrs Murphy





Year 5 Parent information September 2020

Welcome to Year 5.  


 I’ve really enjoyed welcoming you all back into school to the start of this new school year and well done for making it through what I’m sure was a long week to get used to again.  Do have a good rest over the weekend. 


Make sure you keep checking the website because our class page will be regularly updated – and make sure you’re signed up to Class Dojo for more class updates. 


I know some of you may have been worried about coming back to school, but we have carried out full risk assessments and are confident that we have done everything that we can to make sure you are safe and happy in school.  Please remember to follow the new rules in school - sticking to our family bubble - and try to adhere to the social distancing measures that we have talked about.  Please make sure you sign the home school agreement and get it back to me as soon as you can. 


I'm sure we are going to have an amazing year! 




In English this half term we will be reading Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. We will use this to look a little at the Second World War. Our focus will be on how we can use ideas from Carrie’s War for our own pieces of writing and I’ve got some exciting things planned for you. I also think you’ll really enjoy the book – I read it over the summer and thought it was great! 


We will continue to use our Key Stage 2 library for our personal reading books and you will be allowed to take these home to read every night but please make sure they are in school everyday. We also have our class library for reading in the classroom you are all welcome to use. Any reading you do at home (not just books – comics, recipes, subtitles, etc.) make a note of it in your Reading Record and I will have a quick glance at what you’ve got in them on Tuesdays and Fridays. 


We will look at the Year 5 and 6 spellings but we will also recap our year 3 and 4 spellings. Spelling tests will be on Fridays. Do the best you can and I’ll be happy!  


 In grammar we’re going to revise the role of the different word types we use in our writing - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, articles and so on.  We’ll have a word of the day and a sentence of the day every morning and by the end of the year you’ll have a huge vocabulary without realising it. 


English this year will hopefully give you a chance to be really creative and have a lot of fun, and I am going to really focus on trying to build up your confidence so you feel ready for Year 6. 




In Maths this half term we will be looking at our understanding of Place Value and revising what we know about ones, tens, hundreds and thousands (not the sweets!). We will also be looking at addition and subtraction, multiplication tables, number bonds knowledge and improving our mental maths fluency for a little bit every day which will really help you build your confidence over the year. We will be covering the Year 5 curriculum but I will also be recapping and reminding you of the basics and earlier years’ work so please don’t be worried if you’ve struggled over lockdown or even before! 



In RE, we are going to be looking at the Creation story, and then covering the topic of Miracles. We will also be looking at our virtues for this half term: curious and active. 



This term we will be focusing a lot on how we are all feeling, using our emotion board to talk about all the different emotions that we may be feeling during these very strange times.  Remember, whatever you are feeling - it's ok!  We can talk about it and try and work it out together. You will have PSHE on Thursdays with Mrs Morris, but we will also have a bit of time on Friday where any of you that want to talk to me about anything can.  



This half term we will be thinking about style – looking at rough and smooth styles as well as light and shading. Don’t worry if you struggle with Art – I do too! Vincent van Gogh was told that he wasn’t any good and now he’s remembered as one of the greatest painters ever so maybe you will be too! 



We will have PE sessions on Thursdays with Mr McKeever, so please come in your PE kit for the whole day! We will also try and fit in a little time outside on Fridays with me but you don’t need your PE kit for that.  



You will be going on a ‘Magical Musical Tour’ with Mrs Morris on Monday afternoons! 



History, Geography and Science will be taught later in the year as we feel it is important to focus on PSHE and mental health and well-being at this difficult time.  Please look after yourselves and be happy when you can. I’m here to help in any way I can. 


If you have any queries, please email school and this will be forwarded on to me.  Unfortunately, due to the strict staggered timings for entry and exit to school, I am unable to speak to parents and carers in the playground, but I am happy to discuss any concerns you may have over the phone. 


Well done for your first proper week in school – I’ve really enjoyed meeting you all over the last week and a bit and I’m already very fond of you all. I hope this year is going to be Fantastic. 


Mr Richards.

Black History Month


Year 5 have studied Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement for Black History Month. They researched and discussed the 1955 Bus Boycott and King's "I have a dream" speech. They created information posters.

Year 5 termly overview

Knowledge Organisers

Year 5 Reading List