Dear Year 5 Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the new term. We hope you and your child had an enjoyable holiday. We have many exciting things planned for Year 5 over the coming weeks. Please find details below that will help you to support your child with their learning. 

Online homework

The weekly online homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and is due to be completed by the following Monday. If your child has lost or forgotten their log in details please ask them to get these from their class teacher. This will be English (Collins connect) and maths (Mathletics) work and is to consolidate what the children have been learning in class. We recommend that your child has a piece of paper and a pencil to help them with their Mathletics homework. If your child is struggling to complete their homework, please let us know and we can adjust the difficulty and/or amount of what is being set for them.

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. All children are encouraged to read aloud as regularly as possible at home, this can be to you, a sibling or other family members. We encourage the children to borrow books from our class libraries should they need something extra to read at home.

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 in school. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class the following week. Please sign the reading record to confirm you have seen the homework and your child has practised the weekly spellings.

Important dates

Orchestra Unwrapped KS2 Schools Trip – Thursday 27th February

Wandsworth Junior Citizens Trip- Thursday 12th March 2020 (5W and 5G)

Wandsworth Junior Citizens Trip- Friday 13th March 2020 (5LT and 5F)

Greenwich Royal Observatory Trip –Monday 23rd March 2020 (5LT and 5W)

Greenwich Royal Observatory Trip –Tuesday 24th March 2020 (5F and 5G)


We will be studying the ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ by Elizabeth Laird, which follows the adventures of a young girl and her family during the civil war in Lebanon. We will be focusing on the use of descriptive language, prepositions and expanded noun phrases. Following this, the children will study and discuss ‘The Day War Came’ by Nicola Davies.


In mathematics, the children will focus on geometry where they will measure and draw angles accurately using a protractor. They will then use key knowledge of angles to calculate missing angles on a straight line and within polygons without the use of a protractor.


In science, the children will explore ‘Earth and Beyond’ where they will learn about our solar system, what makes a day and a year and the different phases of the moon. The trip to the Royal Observatory Planetarium, Greenwich will support their learning of this topic.


We will be studying Climates and Biomes in Geography. We will find out about the world’s main climate zones and biomes and their key characteristics. We will also discover the current threats to biomes.


This term the children will study Buddhism. As part of this unit the children will look at ‘The Four Noble Truths’ and the Eightfold Noble paths as well as learning about the story and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.


For this term Year 5 will be working with the Philharmonic Orchestra on the ‘Orchestra Unwrapped’ project.  The children will learn what an orchestra is, how it is organized and will even have the opportunity to sing with an orchestra.


In French, the children will be learning to discuss the weather with their peers. They will then move on to naming and talking about the clothing that they wear in different seasons.


In Art, the children will design a motif for an African batik inspired by Yinka Shonibare textiles.


Year 5 Children will have an ICT day with Mr. Lynch this term looking at and working with Sphero.


Over the course of this term, your child will receive Physical Education (PE) in games taught by our PE teacher, Ms Ogunyemi and Gymnastics taught by our Gymnastics teachers. In games, the children will begin football related activities to continue to explore and develop dribbling, passing, aiming, & receiving a ball using different parts of their feet. They will begin to work with others during competitive activities controlling and navigating space with a ball, passing to another player and aiming at a target.

All children require a complete change of clothes for PE in the school colours of light blue, navy blue or white, including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather gets colder. If PE is before morning break, children may arrive at school dressed in their PE kit bringing their school uniform in a bag to change into. If PE is at the end of the day, your child should come to school in their uniform and will come home in their PE kit. We would also ask that all school uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return.

It is particularly important that jewellery is not worn on PE days. 

Those that have PE clubs before school are still expected to change into uniform during register time.

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We are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. If there are any queries or problems please do not hesitate to speak to us. We look forward to another successful term!

Thank you for your continued support.

With kind regards,

Andrew Furniss (5F, Year 5 Leader)    Toby Gallagher (5S)    Caroline Wells (5W)   

Claire Trottter and Siobhan Lindsay (5LT)


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