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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 

5CT is taught by Mrs Clarke and Mrs Thomas 

5L is taught by Miss Lawrence

5W is taught by Mr Walker 

The Year 5 teachers...

And our TAs...

Autumn Term Newsletter

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome to Year 5, and we hope you had a restful summer break! Attached is some information about Year 5 including some key information on rules and routines, and the topics and texts we will be studying this term.

The year group is divided into 3 classes:

5CT is taught by Mrs Clarke (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Thomas (Thur-Fri) and is supported by Mrs Hodges and Mrs Wills;

5W is taught by Mr Walker and is supported by Mrs Pinnell;

5L is taught by Miss Lawrence and is supported by Mrs Taylor.



To tie in with our Ancient Greece topic, we will be studying a children’s book called Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans. Once again, please can you continue to encourage your children to read at least 5 times a week, and sign the reading diary, so that we can enter them into the reading raffle.  After half term, we will using a wonderful picture book called Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon.



We will be starting with the book Computer Dad as our stimulus for our fiction writing, before writing a balanced argument over screen use.  After half term we using the book Cosmic and writing a journal using the mars transmission as our stimulus.



We will be starting our work looking at place value, progressing on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Within this, children will be faced with a range of problems to solve. We will be working hard at making sure the children know their times tables, but it is imperative that they continue to practise them at home, using TTRock stars.



For the first part of the term, we will be looking at forces in motion, including: gravity, air resistance and friction and water resistance. After half term, we will study the fascinating topic Earth and Space.



In History we will be looking at the Ancient Greeks and considering whether the story of Troy is Fact, Myth or Legend.


PPA, P.E and Swimming

PE for Year 5 will take place on a Monday and a Tuesday. P.E kits are required to be worn into school on those days (apart from the class that are swimming, they will wear their school uniform). Kit consists of black shorts, white t-shirt (with or without the school logo) and trainers.  

Monday PE will be outside, so children can wear plain grey or black joggers in the event of cold weather.


For Autumn 1, 5CT will be swimming every Tuesday morning starting on 13th September so require their swimming kits on this day and need to wear their school uniform.  5W and 5L will rotate between PE and Art during their PPA morning, so will need to wear PE kits into school that day. 


If your child cannot participate in swimming or PE for any reason, they must bring a letter explaining reasons why as it is part of the curriculum.



Children will be set 3 types of homework:

  • Reading – Children are asked to read at least 5 times a week to an adult.
  • Spelling – Children will be given weekly spellings which can be found on Spelling Shed and will be tested weekly.
  • Maths – Children will be given weekly maths activities on Maths Shed and Frog maths tables to practice ready for a weekly test.



We appreciate that as the children grow older, they gain more independence. Children who wish to walk or cycle home on their own or with an older sibling must have a completed ‘Walking Home Alone’ form which is available from your class teacher.  In addition to this, children may bring a mobile phone only if it is for their safety while walking to and from school, before phones come into school parents must complete a ‘mobile phone’ form


Social Media

In recent years, Year 5 classes have increasingly been impacted by the harmful effects of social media resulting in many children becoming deeply upset for a variety of reasons. The minimal age for ‘WhatsApp’ (for example) was 13, but has recently been raised to 16 (although this is not legally binding). We understand that it is very hard to prevent children from using social media, but we stress the importance of discussing and monitoring your child’s usage and implementing strategies to minimise the impact.


Finally, your child may bring a small (must fit completely in their tray), named pencil case to school with their own equipment if they wish too.




September 7th

Autumn term begins

Friday 14th October – Harvest festival assembly

October 19th & 20th Parents evenings

October 24th – 28th

Half term

Explorer Dome 31st October


If you have any further questions, please do get in touch with one of the team.

Many thanks,

The Year 5 Team