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Welcome to Year 5!


Welcome back to the Summer Term, Year 5! I hope that you are looking forward to your final term in Class 5! Our topic this term will be ‘The Victorians'. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.




In Literacy and Language, we will be studying stories from other cultures as well as dilemma stories and stories by significant authors.  In non-fiction we will be looking at non-chronological reports and biographies and autobiographies. After half term, we will learn about poetry as well as persuasive texts.


We will also be doing lots of topic based writing, including writing journalistic reports and recounts as well as a biography of Queen Victoria.


In addition, we will be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.




In Maths, we will complete work on multiples, prime numbers and factors. We will learn about square and cube numbers.  We will revise our written methods for multiplication and division and we will practise using these methods to solve written problems.


After this, we will focus on learning about fractions, recognising equivalent fractions and converting mixed numbers and improper fractions. We will also learn to multiply fractions and mixed numbers. We will also focus on decimal numbers and their relationship with fractions and percentages.


We will learn about the difference between area and perimeter and study line graphs and timetables.  We will find out about different types of angles and learn about 2D and 3D shapes.


We will also keep working on Times Tables Rock Stars in class and at home.




In Science, we will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets.  We will find out that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.  We will use our knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.  We will demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.  Finally we will learn that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.


Before the Summer holidays, we will learn about living things and their habitats.  We will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.  After that, we will describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.  Finally we will describe the changes that happen to humans throughout their life cycle, through to old age.



The Victorians

Our topic for the Summer Term will be ‘The Victorians’. During topic lessons  

we will step back into the 19th century to find out who Queen Victoria was and what she was like, discover what life was like for the Victorians, explore some of the social and technological advances of the time, as well as looking at leisure, the arts and entertainment.  


During our journey back to the Victorian era, we will discover what life would have been like for children if they had been born in the 19th century. We will compare our  modern lifestyles with the lifestyles of both poor and rich Victorian children and find out a wealth of information about different aspects of life for people in Victorian Britain.


The 19th century was full of social, economical and industrial change which is reflected in the crimes that were committed and how they were detected and punished. We will find out about the creation of the police force, the use of prisons as punishments and how prisoners were now being transported to Australia. We will find out about changes in law too which led to changes in crimes, such as failing to send your child to school.


We will learn about Margaret Hughes and her role as the first British woman to be legally allowed to act on stage as a way of looking at some of the restrictions that were placed on women prior to the 1900s. We will explore how the Industrial Revolution changed certain aspects of society, particularly the role of middle- and upper-class women, and the strict (and frequently bizarre!) etiquette laws Victorian women had to abide by.



Year 5 will have PE with our fantastic Superstar PE specialist, Mr Penny on a Friday! There will be plenty of opportunities for sport during the Summer Term, so PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.




Homework is set on a Thursday and should be returned every Monday. Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class. Remember that you can always upload your homework to Showbie. Your blue Homework Diaries should be in school every day. Please continue to read daily at home and record this in your blue diary for extra dojos! Practising your times tables and spellings will earn extra dojos too!


To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of English and Maths activities on Education City. 




Monday, 29th April 2019: First day of Spring Term

Monday, 6th May 2019:  May Bank Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019:  Y5 / Y6 Football Tournament

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019:  Forensic Science Day

Friday, 24th May 2019: Last day of the Half Term


Monday, 3rd June 2019: First Day of the Half Term

Wednesday, 5th June 2019:  Y5 / Y6 Cricket Tournament

Thursday, 6th June 2019:  School Photographs

Thursday, 13th June 2019:  Kwik Cricket Competition

Tuesday, 18th June 2019:  Y5 Asparagus Tour

Wednesday, 19th June 2019:  Y5 / Y6 Rounders Tournament

Thursday, 20th June 2019:  Girls' Kwik Cricket

Wednesday, 26th June 2019:  Sports Day

Thursday, 27th June 2019:  Move Up Morning

W/C Monday, 8th July 2019: Parents’ Evenings Week

Wednesday, 10th July 2019:  Rounders Tournament

Friday, 12th July 2019:  Y5 / Y6 Leavers’ Bash

Monday, 15th July 2019:  Leavers’ Show 1.15pm and 6.00pm

Tuesday, 16th July 2019:  Leavers’ Show 6.00pm

Thursday, 18th July 2019:  Leavers’ Assembly / End of Summer Term


For photographs of class and school activities, please click on 'CHILDREN' and then 'GALLERY'.  Also, remember to keep checking Twitter @WalfordPrimary for regular updates too.


Please feel free to come and see me about anything you may need help with. I am happy to meet with you and discuss any comments, questions or concerns you may have about our topic, the work covered in class or your child's progress.  Please don’t hesitate to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything!


Many thanks!


Mrs Hanham

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