Welcome to Year 5

We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 5 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.

Ms Baldwin- Acting Year Leader


Year 5 Newsletter - Spring Term 1st half 2019

Dear families,

A happy new year to everyone!  The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information and reminders about Year 5, which we hope you and your child will find useful.

In our year group this term we will have the following adults;

Manderston - Mrs Culverhouse/Mr Wright, Mr Irwin (TA)  and Miss Warner (TA)

Hughenden - Miss Wainwright, Mrs Harris (TA) and Miss Taaffe (TA)

Chatsworth - Mr Latif, Miss Weston (TA) and Miss Warner (TA)


Our focus for the first two weeks will be fractions, decimals and percentages; then the pupils will study statistics (focusing on reading and interpreting information in tables) , for one week, before spending a further two weeks on place value. Finally we will move on to consolidating our understanding of written methods of addition and subtraction.


Our focus text for this half-term is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis.  This will involve an in-depth study of the text, producing letters and diary entries that fit in with the narrative, a piece of persuasive writing and finishing with the children using the same plot device (i.e. going through a mysterious door) to compose their own narrative.

In spelling we will be focusing on adding suffixes, such as –ably, -ent and -ence to words.  We will also be continuing to learn the orange set of irregular words.


Our focus will be ‘Reproduction in plants and animals’ which will involve looking firstly at how plants reproduce including pollination and seed dispersal to germination and flowering.  The focus will then switch to comparing the life cycles of birds, amphibians and insects before finally moving on to the physical changes in humans brought on by puberty, which will involve watching an educational video and separate girl and boy talks to be led by the staff (more details to follow).  

Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Time Travellers’.  During this half term, the children will be discussing what time is and compare their own lives to older people before considering their own hopes and dreams for the future and using photographs to discuss how parts of Aylesbury have changed over the years.  The topic will conclude with the children debating the pros and cons of time travel and designing their very own time machine, explaining where they would go and why.


Our focus this half term will be leadership and responsibility, the children will be developing these skills through participation in gymnastics and tag 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 continues to turn 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 - Wednesday and Friday

Hughenden - Tuesday and Wednesday (swimming)

Chatsworth - Monday and Friday


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.  The children will be allowed to take their finished sheets home so that parents can see how they are doing and where they could perhaps do with a little extra reinforcement.

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).  Children without access to a computer at home are more than welcome to join a special ‘My Maths’ lunchtime club held on Mondays.


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

Class teachers