Year 5

A very warm welcome from 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. I look forward to working closely with you and your child over the next year.

Religion

This year, our school focus is Hope.

English

Reading

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

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.

Maths

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.

The Year 5 Learner

P.E.

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

Year 5 usually swim in the Autumn term. However, this has been put on hold until we feel it is safe. Instead, we will focus on skills such as throwing, catching and agility, in order to prepare for invasion games.

As we are currently unable to run PE lessons inside, we may have to adapt our plans to ensure the children are receive enough physical activity.

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.

Daily

Each day, you child will need:

  • A water bottle.
  • A reading book.
  • 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.

Curriculum Overview for Year 5

Year 5 News