Year 5

A very warm welcome Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines.

Year 5 is an exciting and challenging year for the children. They are now in the ‘upper school’ and are expected to take a more mature and independent approach towards learning. These skills are developed throughout the year and the children will have excellent opportunities to take part in a range of activities and to develop key life skills. We look forward to working closely with you and your child over the next year.



                                 This year, our school focus is ‘The Year of Growth’.



It is important that all children continue to read to and discuss texts with an adult on a regular basis.

Please sign home school records weekly and listen to your child read as often as possible, focusing on expression and fluency (as a storyteller). Children should bring in their home school record on their Guided Reading day.

Guided Reading – every child is heard reading at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, the main focus will be to develop comprehension skills, in particular inference & deduction skills, author language choices and providing evidence.

Please support your child by asking questions involving the above skills. A list of useful questions can be found on the school website under Guided Reading Support


Spelling lists are given to the children at the beginning of each half term. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context etc. Spellings are based on spelling patterns/rules, personal errors such as common words and topic words. The children are then tested on these lists of words on Fridays.

Handwriting & Pace

Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace when writing. Children should write in blue pen or pencil.


Please ensure that children practise mental maths and time tables regularly at home to build up their skills in rapid- recall of number facts and their ability to manipulate number mentally. It is best to keep practices short and as much fun as possible.


Children must now wear their kit to school on PE days (Wednesdays and Fridays).

Year 5 will be swimming in the Autumn term.  As well as wearing their PE kit to school, please ensure that children remember to bring their swimming kit into school on this day.

For our school based PE sessions, the focus will be on Multi-skills – such as throwing, catching and agility, in order to prepare for invasion games.

Home Learning and other information

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It should be completed by the following Wednesday. Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class.

Home learning will consist of a spelling task, Maths and English. In the case that a project has been set, the children may get longer, for example, 2 weeks.

Please read the home school’s Home Learning Policy for further information.


Each day, you child will need:

  • A water bottle.
  • Their reading book and Reading Diary.
  • A pencil case which includes a Berol handwriting pen in blue, a pencil, colouring pencils, a sharpener and a rubber.

Your child’s reading record should be in school on their reading day.

Autumn Term 2021 Meet the Teacher session