Year 5

A Very Warm Welcome to Year 5

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Mr Gooch - Buddleia Teacher     

Miss Joynes- Allium Teacher 

Miss Birch - Year 5 Teaching Assistant           

Mrs Davis - Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Mr Elstone - Year 5 Teaching Assistant                

Miss Estradas - Year 5 Teaching Assistant          


Welcome to the start of the new term from all of the year 5 team. We are excited to jump into teaching and learning with our amazing Geography led topic.

‘What is global trade and how does it impact me?’



This half term the children will be learning all about Global Trade. Our key text this half term is Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. Children will be using the story to write a meeting story. Additionally, children will be writing a recount. Children will also be exploring forces in our science topic, learning about how forces work in our everyday lives and exploring these through investigations.


About the story:

When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents’ yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger – Kensuke – allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.


Over the half term, we will also be learning:

  • MATHS – Fractions, decimals and percentages, multiplying fractions
  • ENGLISH- Meeting story and recount
  • SCIENCE – Forces
  • COMPUTING – Programming
  • GEOGRAPHY– Global trade
  • RE – Stories of Christianity
  • DT – Cooking and nutrition: Japanese Food
  • PSHE – Relationships 1
  • PE – Cricket and Tennis
  • MFL – Eating out 1

We will continue to ask the children to read three times a week at home and to practise their spelling weekly. These will be given each Friday and tested the following Thursday. 

Spelling overview

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PE and Outdoor Learning

In the Spring term, PE takes place on a Monday and also PE/Outdoor learning take place on alternate Wednesday Mornings. PE kits consist of PLAIN black shorts or jogging bottoms, PLAIN white t-shirt, and trainers. 

Children will need to come to school in their school uniform and bring their PE kit to get changed into. Children will also need to bring their Outdoor Learning kit to get changed into with wellies in a separate bag.

Please see the timetable for this half term below:


Homework in Year 5

Each week, we ask that all children read with somebody at home at least three times a week. This could be any adult or an older sibling or friend. Please sign their diary and add a comment. Every little bit of reading really does help children on the learning journey. We also ask that the children practise their weekly spellings which can be found below. We conduct a spelling quiz each week as part of a dictation lesson, and these words form part of our English teaching for the week. A vital aspect of Maths is that the children have a secure recall of times tables, so we ask that they spend some time each week on TT Rockstars practising these.

To support with children’s learning, school has purchased a set of CGP revision books for each child.  Tasks from these will be set as homework each week. Homework will be sent home on FRIDAYS and must be returned by the following WEDNESDAY. 

The homework for this half term will be as follows (your child will also write this in their communication diary for each week):



Provisional Timetable for Summer term


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