Welcome to Year 5

Dear Year 5 children, parents and carers,

Welcome to Year 5 and the first Autumn half term. We are extremely pleased to be working with you this year and have planned an exciting and busy half term. This letter briefly sets out the content of the curriculum and gives information about upcoming key dates and events.

Start and end of day

We would like to remind you that the school day begins at 9:05. It is important that all children are on time so that they do not miss the beginning of the first lesson. At the beginning of the day, your child needs to line up with their class teacher in the playground and your child must ensure that they always say goodbye to the teacher at the end of the day.  In order to keep your child safe, teachers will only allow your child to go home with someone else if you have clearly given permission to your child’s teacher or the school office before 3pm.

In order to ensure that we are working closely with parents and carers, it is important that we keep communication open. If you have any questions or comments about any issue relating to your child’s education, please do not hesitate to come and see us in the playground or leave a message with the office. All teachers are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. Our first parents’ evening will be on Thursday 1st November.


We encourage the children to bring in a healthy snack for break time. This should consist of fruit (fresh or dried), vegetables or a small savoury sandwich. It is also advisable that the children bring in a bottle of water on a daily basis, labelled with their name.


Online homework for Maths and English will be set on Wednesday, and should be completed by Monday morning. Please support your child with homework and let us know if there are any problems or queries. Homework will start next week (Wednesday 11th September); a letter will be sent to you with further details.

Guided Reading and spelling homework

All children will be given a guided reading book and reading record which they will be expected to bring into school every day. Your child will be set reading homework on a weekly basis depending on which day they read with their teacher. In addition to their reading homework, we ask that Year 5 children read for 25 minutes a day covering as wide a range of genre as possible. This can be through reading aloud to adults or children or time spent reading independently.

 Children will be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies they have been taught. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class the following week. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years. Please sign the reading record to confirm you have seen the homework and your child has practised the weekly spellings.


This half term, the children will explore poetry and the works of Benjamin Zephaniah. We will be analysing his style and use of language and dialect.  The children will also develop their performance skills whilst reciting Zephaniah’s poems. Following this unit, we will study ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ to understand and apply the style of a myth in narrative writing.  The children will be writing recounts, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character.


In maths, the children will be learning how to read,write and compare numbers to 1 000 000. They will make number patterns and round numbers to the nearest 10; 1000; 10 000 and 100 000. Then the children will move on to adding and subtracting within 1 000 000 and will begin to apply and analyse these skills in more complex and challenging settings.Multiplying 10, 100 and 1000Counting On to AddCounting On to AddCounting On to AddCounting On to Add


The science themes will be ‘Materials’, which will incorporate investigative work. The children will be comparing and investigating the properties of everyday materials such as wood, plastic and metal and how they are used. They will be exploring how to separate mixtures and will also learn about reversible and irreversible processes.


During the first term, in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the children will learn how to code using the software programme Raspberry Pi and in the second half of this term, the children will learn how to control the Sphero Orb robots using both visual and text-based coding language..


Our history topic this term is Ancient Greece. We will study many aspects of Ancient Greece including looking at everyday life, what Ancient Greece was like for women, the battle of Marathon, theatre and festivals, the legacy of Ancient Greece and key figures from the period. We will be visiting the British Museum to consolidate our learning. 

This half term, we will be visiting Ufton Court, a Tudor mansion in Berkshire. This will be a three day and two night residential trip. The trip has been a huge success in previous years, and both the children and teachers have a marvellous time! We will send out more details next week.


This half term, the children will learn vocabulary and grammar that they might use when ordering food and drinks in a café or restaurant. They will explore the different flavours of ice-cream and asking how much an ice-cream might cost.


Year 5 will be exploring the ‘Ten Pieces Trailblazers’ pieces which challenges students to rethink orchestral music - This new work showcases pieces that have helped expand our musical horizons, pieces that have introduced new cultures and sound worlds into the orchestra, and composers whose lives and works have made them pioneers.  Trailblazers delves into the world of Film and Television for the first time and explores music with influences from across the globe.  In the Autumn Term we will explore Gra┼╝yna Bacewicz – Overture and Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor and will explore the motif, structure and features that make-up this music and use these ideas to compose our own music using the musical instruments, body percussion and garage-band.

Art and DT

The children will be learning about the Japanese contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota and making observational drawing studies of shoes that hold a memory.


Over the course of this half term, your child will receive Physical Education (PE) in games and dance taught by our PE teacher Ms Ogunyemi. The focus in games will be on developing effective team work through OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities). They will work individually and in small groups to solve problems, working both cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on the qualities required to make an effective team. In indoor PE the children will be exploring contemporary dance through online Ballet Boyz resource.

Please ensure that your child has appropriate kit including footwear (trainers) for both of these sessions. If the children have PE during period 1 or 2 the children can come to school in their kit; bringing their usual uniform with them to change into after the lesson. When the children have PE period 4 they can go home in their PE kits.

PE will take place on the following days:

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Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)

We have a new and improved PSCHE programme for this year and in the autumn term the theme is: ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions..

The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other. The children have been introduced to Sage, the Circle Time puppet, and will be sharing their ideas about a range of themes, for example: saying good things about ourselves, cooperating with others in work and play, learning from mistakes, knowing what to do if anyone is being hurt, trying to be fair, how to show we are sorry, what makes us all special.

Useful Dates

30th September-2nd October: 5F and 5W trip to Ufton Court

7th – 9th October: 5LT and 5G trip to Ufton Court

14th November: 5LT and 5G Trip to British Museum

15th November: 5F and 5W trip to British Museum

Secondary Transfer Meeting:

Next week, Thursday 12th September, the school will be holding a Secondary Transfer Meeting at Webb’s Road. 

Starting promptly at 7:00 pm in the middle hall, there will be a short presentation to explain the process, give some useful advice from previous years and to answer any questions you may have about choosing the right secondary school for your child.

From 7.00 pm  onwards in the lower hall there will be a ‘schools fair’ where representatives from both state and independent schools will set up stands and be available to talk to you, share prospectuses and answer any school-specific questions you may have. They will also be available after the presentation. Year 5 as well as Year 6 parents and carers are welcome as some parents like to visit school open days in Year 5 and again in Year 6 to help them make their decisions.

We hope you find this information useful in supporting your child at home.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Andrew Furniss (5F, Year 5 Leader)

Toby Gallagher (5G)    Caroline Wells (5W)     Clare Trotter and Siobhan Lindsay (5LT) 


Download the Year 5 presentation