Year 5 Newsletter - Autumn Term 2nd half 2018

 Dear families,

 Wow!  We are already into the second half-term of the academic year.  The children have adjusted very well to life in Year 5 and have particularly enjoyed our project based learning which has been focusing on different aspects of space.  We were very impressed with the original designs the children have adopted when building their very own dioramas of the solar system which the pupils are sharing with their peers from Year 3 this week as part of our wow finish.

 The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information and reminders about Year 5, which we hope you and child will find useful.

  In our year group this term we will have the following adults; Manderston - Mrs Culverhouse / Mr Wright, Mr Irwin, Mrs Weston. Hughenden - Miss Wainwright, Mrs Harris and Mrs Bravington.  Chatsworth - Mr Latif, Mrs Bravington / Miss Weston, Mr Irwin / Mrs Harris.


Our focus for the first week will be consolidating our understanding of the repeated subtraction method of division; then the pupils will study shape and space for two weeks, including properties of 2D shapes and identifying and measuring different types of angles, before spending a further two weeks on calculating area and perimeter and solving problems involving time and money. Finally we will move on to ordering, comparing and converting fractions and decimals.


Our focus in Fiction will be looking at dilemma stories, the final outcome for which will involve them planning and writing an alternative version of a story from a different character’s perspective. 

 Meanwhile, in non-fiction, the pupils will be centred on newspapers with the pupils eventually producing a news article about a true life heroic deed. 

 In spelling we will continue to focus on adding different types of suffixes and studying words that contain a silent ‘T’.

 Our grammar work will continue to focus on up-levelling sentences through the use of powerful verbs, adverbs and adjectives as well as using punctuation and conjunctions to vary sentence type and length.


Our focus will be ‘Get sorted’ which will involve comparing and grouping materials according to their properties, such as whether liquids are always runny, are solids always hard and whether all metals are the same.

 Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’. During this half term, the children will be investigating the spread and impact of the Black Death and the printing techniques first developed by William Caxton.  They will also be learning about the class structure during the middle ages, including the jobs and prospects that being a noble, churchman or peasant would entail, as well as producing a variety of artwork inspired by the weapons and armour of knights. 


Our focus this half term will be teamwork, the children will be developing their team working skills through participation in dance and rugby.  Please ensure your child has a warmer kit and suitable trainers for outside PE sessions, as well as their indoor kit. 

 Now as the weather has turned colder we are happy for the children to wear warm hats and gloves should they wish.  An extra pair of socks is always handy in case the field is wet, as well as a plastic bag to keep muddy trainers away from the rest of their kit.  

 Children must be able to remove and replace earrings independently.  If your child has only just had their ears pierced they will need to bring in medical tape to cover their earrings themselves, not plasters.

   PE lessons take place on the following days: Manderston – Monday and Wednesday swimming. Hughenden – Tuesday and Friday.  Chatsworth – Monday and Thursday.


Children will be tested weekly on their time tables using the ‘Cracking Times Tables’ scheme.  Each week they will take home a sheet which will show the tables they need to learn in order to pass through each level.

 My Maths - As a year group we will set a number of tasks for the children to do across a half-term which will be related to work we complete in class. These can be accessed with a log-in on the internet (replacement log-ins are available from the class teacher).


At William Harding we encourage the children to become independent readers; children will bring a home reader of their choice home to read for their own enjoyment. 

Alongside this we also want to promote social reading and will be providing a reading diary for parents to complete with their children.  Please read to/with your child as regularly as possible over the week.  If possible question them about what they have read and ask them to make predictions about what might happen next.  The recommendation for children in Year 5 is 20 minutes per day.  We ask that you fill in the entries in the reading diary to let us know all about the excellent reading and discussions that have taken place. 

Children can earn house points for the reading to you at home, so the more we know about it, the better their chances of being rewarded for it.

Water Bottles

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle (containing only water) with them every day. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general well-being. 


The school continues to acknowledge the importance of good nutrition as an aid to learning.  Therefore, can we please remind you that any snacks for break should be healthy e.g. fruit or vegetables.

 We look forward to another super term ahead.

 Yours sincerely,

 Mrs Culverhouse, Miss Wainwright and Mr Latif