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Year Five 


Autumn Term 2019



In year 5 our key text is Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. The children will be using this book as a key focus and where possible the whole curriculum will be linked to the text. We look forward to exploring the book, stepping into Russia and engaging children with all areas of their learning.

In Maths we have been focusing on place value and will be moving onto addition and subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division and finally, area and perimeter. In English we have started to think about the writing process of an author, using Katherine Rundell as a fantastic example, to create initial chapters for potential books written by the children. We will be moving onto non-chronological reports, again thinking about the research a writer has to undertake in order to write an award winning book. Your child will continue to learn the full curriculum within discovery time (a recently introduced allotted time for independent choice within their learning) and set lessons to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum. 


Some key pieces of information for this term: 

  • Outdoor PE takes place on Friday afternoons, please send in suitable PE kits as the weather changes. 
  • Indoor PE is on Tuesdays until half term and then will be on Thursdays after half term with JA Sports. 
  • Cooking is planned for the first half term please pay £3.00 at the office as a contribution to your child's cooking for the whole of year 5. 
  • We have a curriculum meeting at 6pm on the 8th October, this is a chance to meet the year 5 teachers and find out what the plans are for the academic year. 
  • We have our year 5 residential Kingswood trip on the 6th-8th November 2019. There is an information meeting on 15th October at 3:30pm for parents to attend to find out more about the residential trip, ask questions and fill in the last few important forms. 
  • Core homework is split into 4 sections, reading record stickers, GPS, spellings (access through spelling shed) and times tables (access through times tables rock stars). Reading records are due in on the Monday of each week, the other core pieces are due in on Wednesdays of each week. It will be given back to your child by Friday to allow a sufficient amount of completion time. 
  • SeeSaw is gradually becoming embedded as part of our learning, feeding back and communicating to parents, so please ensure that you have sent in your reply slip to receive your QR code to access your child's learning journal. 
  • Forest School is planned for year 5 over two dates. Hawks will be participating on the 15th October alongside half of Eagles and the rest of Eagles on the 22nd October. The office will send out information to Eagles parents/guardians informing them of their child's allocated date. 




Have you ever heard anyone say “I can’t draw,” or “I’m not good at sports,” or “I could never do that?”

As the new school year begins, we will be thinking about developing a growth mindset. By learning that our brain is a muscle which can be exercised and grow, we can all become better learners and be able to face the challenges. We will also be looking at our school values and writing stories to with a growth mind-set moral or message. We will be using three key texts as a starting point, these have wonderful vocabulary and illustrations for us to explore.

The Koala that could- focus on growth mindset

The lion inside- focus on innovation

Squirrels that squabbled- focus on collaboration


Ask your child about these books to find out more - they really know them rather well!