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Year 5 2019-20

Welcome back to Spring term.

The teachers this year are Miss German (5G) and Mrs Carroll (5VC).

The children are taught in three sets for Mathematics and English, with Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Pye-Mingard teaching the extra set. Additionally, Year 5 are lucky enough to have Mrs Watts, Mrs Shepherd and Mrs Cramer.

We’re also lucky enough to have two trainee teachers working within our year group this year.

We have lots of interesting topics in year 5.

In the Spring term we will continue to explore the world, focusing on Ancient Egypt and the Viking culture. At the end of the topic we will be celebrating our learning by having our own Viking day.

In Science we will be learning about materials and their properties as well as looking at how our bodies develop as we age. In English, we will be creating fact files about Ancient Egypt and writing in a variety of styles.

In Maths, we will be working on improving our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages.

In the Summer term, we will start our topic of work on Africa. We will be considering how culture, lifestyles and traditions vary within countries across the continent.  


The children will take part in an exciting Egyptian themed day and a Viking dress up day later in the term.

In the Summer term the children will visit both of the local secondary schools in order to experience a range of practical lessons.


The children will receive an overview of the objectives they will be covering in maths in order for them to continue their learning at home.

Creative homework is given every half term; we hope that this will be very enjoyable! It is based on the topics we are looking at and provides a chance for children to research aspects of the topics in more detail.


Spellings are completed on a weekly basis. They are handed out on Mondays and the children are tested on the following Monday. Children are provided with a spelling book to practise their spellings at home. They can also practise their spellings using Spelling Shed.


At this age it is very important that children read regularly at home. Children are expected to read at least three times a week to an adult at home. If your child has read three times at home during the week they will receive team points, a well done and will be entered in to the termly reading raffle.  

Lunchtime reading

It is expected that the children read three times a week at home. We understand that on occasions this can be difficult - therefore at lunchtime there are opportunities to read with a member of staff which will then count towards the weekly reading target of 3.

Forest Schools

This term the children will continue to participate in our outdoor learning environment. The children have the time and space to explore and learn independently which includes den building, craft activities and lots more.

Wow Moments

London Science Museum Trip

Coming soon…Viking Day!

Castle View Science Trip


In Key Stage 2, the children are welcome to bring a healthy snack to eat during their break time or they can purchase a snack from the tuck trolley - prices from 10p. Children should not be bringing in more than 50p for tuck.


Children should be wearing red polo shirts, black trousers or skirts and black footwear.


In order for every child to reach their full potential it is vital that they are in school every day. There is an attendance award for the class with the best attendance for the month. If for any reason your child is not able to attend school you must contact the school’s Attendance Officer, Mrs Hull, as soon as possible.


Year 5 will continue their outdoor PE lessons on Tuesday afternoons and indoor PE lessons on Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure your child has a clearly labelled P.E. kit in school at all times. The kit should include: a red or white t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls or trainers, jogging bottoms and a warm top. Please ensure that earrings are not worn on P.E. days, as jewellery cannot be worn during PE lessons. Long hair needs to be tied back.

Reading Café

Following on from the success of previous years’ Reading Café sessions, where parents and carers were invited into school to read with their children, we will continue this activity this term. We very much look forward to seeing lots of you enjoying reading with the children at our next event on Friday 31st January.  

Homework Club

This club runs every Wednesday after school from 3.00-3.30pm for Year 5. The children go straight to the club after school and are picked up from the office. Busy Bears children will be collected at 3:30pm.

Children’s University – Clubs

Over the years, many children have graduated from Children’s University by gaining hours for attending a variety of extra-curricular clubs. This can take the form of a school club or a recognised club outside of school. We have many clubs to offer at school which change half termly and allow children to learn new and exciting things. We hope this year that many more children take advantage of the opportunity to take part in this fabulous initiative.


All children are provided with their own locker. However, as space is limited, please ensure that your child only has a small P.E. bag and book bag in school. Your child does not need a pencil case or any other equipment.

Home Learning

As a school, we are encouraging children to improve their spelling through the use of Spelling Shed and their times tables using Times Tables Rock Stars. These are available free online and letters with your child’s login have been sent home. If your child loses their details, please contact the class teacher.