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Welcome to Year 5!


Welcome back Year 5! I hope that you had a great summer break and that you are looking forward to a very busy year! Our first topic this year will be ‘Extreme Earth’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.



In English, we will be studying the work of the author Jeremy Strong and exploring the differences between biographies and autobiographies before writing our own. After half term, we will study stories from another culture and non-chronological reports. We will also be doing lots of topic based writing, including news reports and David Attenborough style commentaries!  We will also be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.



In Maths, we will be revising place value and learning to round larger numbers. We will learn more about negative numbers. We will continue to develop the use of written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will practise using these methods to solve written problems. We will also have weekly times tables tests in class. We will also extend our knowledge of Roman Numerals.



In Science, we will learn about Forces. We will learn about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. We will identify forces and complete force diagrams. We will find out about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity, completing a comprehension about his life and his work. We will look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects, using newton metres to measure the force of gravity. Furthermore, we will work collaboratively to investigate air and water resistance, participating in challenges to design the best parachute and boat. We will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore friction, developing our own brake pad for a tricycle. Finally, we will find out about different mechanisms, including levers, gears and pulleys, and will design their own marvellous machine.


After half-term, we will learn about Earth and space. We will describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. We will describe the movement of the Moon in relation to Earth. We will know that the Sun. Earth and Moon are approximately spherical bodies. We will use the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.


Extreme Earth

Our first topic this term is Extreme Earth. We will find out all about the Earth’s extremes, from tropical storms, erupting volcanoes, earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. Through discussion and practical tasks, children will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur. We will also explore how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes. In art, we will create impressions of landscapes and recreate Margaret Godfrey’s volcanic layered artwork. We will design volcano models in Design and Technology lessons. We will make DIY seismographs and have fun making earthquake-proof structures with jelly, marshmallows and straws! Get ready to look at the world in which we live in a new light!



Year 5 will have PE on a Friday with SuperStars teacher, Miss Rooke. During October and November, we will be visiting the Five Acres Gymnasium. We will also have a PE session on a Tuesday. 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 dairy for extra dojos!



5th September: First day of Autumn Term

20th September: NSPCC: Speak Out, Stay Safe Assembly

5th, 12th and 19th October: Year 5 Five Acres Gymnastics Centre

23rd – 27th October: HALF TERM

2nd November: Year 5 Five Acres Gymnastics Centre


To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of Literacy and Numeracy activities on Education City. You can find your child's targets for this term in their Homework books. You should also encourage your child to explore


Class Rep

The Class Rep for the 2017/18 academic year will be confirmed in the first PTFA meeting of the year.


Please let Mrs Hanham, Mrs Nuttall or the school office know if you are not receiving updates and would like them. The Class Rep will remind you of useful information and events such as Class assemblies, trips and parents’ evenings etc. if you provide them with your email address.



My door is always open and I am happy to chat with parents about our topics and any work that we are covering in class. Please don’t hesitate to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything!


Many thanks!

Mrs Hanham