Spring Term: Year 5 Newsletter

Year 5 Newsletter Spring 2019

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday and are looking forward to a brilliant 2019.


This term, Year 5 are studying Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an inspirational British explorer. Much of our topic work will focus around his incredible trans-global expedition. We will be taking part in missions to experience some of the challenges explorers face: showing determination and resilience to overcome these challenges.  In our writing lessons, we will be writing stories, persuasive texts and letters. Our class novels will be the exciting stories ‘Treasure Island’ and ‘Holes’. In maths, we will be focusing on fractions, place value and written methods to apply when solving word problems, for instance figuring out how far Sir Ranulph Fiennes travelled on his adventures! 

Home learning

To help support your child at home, we encourage parents to read with their child daily. Your child’s individual reading book can be changed as soon as it’s finished in the re-vamped school library. Frequent reading will enable your child to increase their language fluency, comprehension skills and reading stamina and will help with all areas of the curriculum.

Support with homework where possible would help enable your child to progress further throughout the year. Please take a look at our fantastic homework menus, which you can find on the school website. Homework is given on a Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. It will include a piece of English, often linked to particular grammar skills, and a piece of maths, practicing written calculations. We also ask that the children practice their times tables as often as possible to help consolidate their skills.


Another excellent way to support your child at home, is by practising spelling their high frequency words or practising the spelling rule they are being taught that week. Words that follow that week’s spelling rule are given out on a Friday and are tested the following week.

General information

We are very lucky to have weekly PE sessions with City in the Community sports coaches every Thursday. For safety reasons, please ensure that your child brings appropriate footwear for these lessons and that stud earrings are not worn on these days.

If you have any concerns or need more information, please speak to one of the class teachers on the playground before school, or make an appointment through the school admin office.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook where you will be able to catch up on our class news!

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Hall and Mr Jenkins

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