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Year 5

 Welcome to Year 5!

Throughout the term we will be aspiring to be like our school captains: resilient, reflective, resourceful and reciprocal. The values of these four captains are instilled into all that we do, and the children are encouraged to incorporate these traits in their learning.

Important Dates:

15.01.18 – Into Film Club

16.01.18 – WE Fundraising

21.01.18 – Family Into Film 5:30pm

22.01.18 – Parent Writing Workshop 9.15am and 4.30pm

29.01.18 – 01.02.18 – Castleton residential

05.02.18 – Safer Internet Day

13.02.18 – 5A class assembly

15.02.18 – Green Reward


All of our writing this term will be focused around the book The Girl of Ink and Stars, by Karen Millwood. We will begin the year by writing character descriptions and then writing a chapter of the novel from the perspective of a different character.  After this, we will be writing horoscopes and learning about cartography, which is described in the book. As we read the novel, we will be practising our inference and comprehension skills to ensure we have a deep understanding, as well as taking part in a variety of writing activities. We will continue to send home 10 spellings a week to be tested, these spellings will also be sent out on Marvellous Me and be available for the children to practise on Spelling Shed.


This term we will be focusing on fractions and decimals. We will begin by focusing on converting improper fractions into mixed numbers. We will then move on to comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions. After this, when the children have a solid and secure understanding, we will begin learning how to multiply fractions by whole numbers and mixed numbers. After this, we will be focusing on reading, writing, adding and subtracting decimals. We will be continuing to take the times table superhero tests once a week.


In science this term we will begin by learning about gravity, conducting experiments to explain why unsupported objects fall towards the Earth. After this, we will be identifying the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction on different surfaces. We will then be taking part in experiments to investigate why some mechanisms, including pulleys, levers and gears, allow a small force to have a great effect. In all of the science that we learn, we will be focusing on thinking scientifically and planning scientific enquires to ask interesting questions. 


In year 5 and 6 this term, our topic is Globe Trotters. Over the course of the term , the children will be learning in depth about each continent. They will discuss and evaluate the similarities and differences between England and the rest of the world. They will also learn about currency, climates and trade links. In addition to this, they will be learning about significant rivers, mountains and volcanoes. We will also be studying the capitals of countries, and learning how to locate places on a map. In art, we will be learning cartography, which will be linked to the text that we are studying in English. During the term, we will also be having an RE week based on Christianity, where the children will be learning about different aspects of the Christian faith.