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Year 5

Welcome to Year Five


Friday, 30th September 2022

This week has flown by! Year 5 have been up to lots of incredible learning - Bikeability, research projects and DT modelling (and that’s just to name a few of the things!). Thank you for bringing in recycled materials. Please continue to do so, as we will carry on with this next Friday. So far, we have created linkages and levers out of coloured card and split pins; we made windscreen wipers (moving in a parallel motion) and snow shovels (moving in a perpendicular motion).


Home Learning – Please bring in on Thursday

Maths – Page 7. (Place Value in Big Numbers)

English – Page 15 (Clauses)


Spellings – Consonant Letter Suffixes (-ment/ -ness):

  1. movement
  2. enjoyment
  3. environment
  4. measurement
  5. sadness
  6. forgiveness
  7. happiness
  8. laziness

(happy -> happiness / lazy -> laziness)


Please continue to read 5 times and bring in the reading record on Friday.


Next Week: 

In Maths, we will multiply and divide numbers by 10,100 and 1000.

In English, we will plan and draft non-chronological reports based on our own mythical creatures, inspired by the ‘Monsterology Handbook’. Even though our creatures are made up, we will be writing in a non-fiction style, so we will aim to include facts, detailed information and multi-clause sentences in our writing.


I hope you have a brilliant weekend,

Miss Bhanderi



Friday 23rd September 2022

Another excellent week in Year 5! In DT, we designed all-terrain vehicles, which we will be making out of recycled materials next Friday. It would be a massive help, if you’d kindly bring in any cardboard boxes (no bigger than a cereal box), cardboard tubes, and bottle tops. No plastic bottles, please!


We created information leaflets/ survival guides in Geography, which were so brilliant that I’ve displayed all of them in the Key Stage 2 corridor for the rest of the school to enjoy reading! We used Chromebooks to conduct research on famous mountain expeditions and explorers. I was very impressed with the range of conjunctions the children were using in their Topic writing.   


Home Learning – Please bring in on Thursday

CGP books have been handed out today: 1 Maths and 1 SPAG. I have their Reading Comprehension books at school, which will alternate with SPAG each week. Home learning will always correspond with the learning we are doing in school.


  • Maths – Page 6 (Counting backwards through zero)
  • English – Page 21 (Co-ordinating conjunctions)
  • Spelling – Plurals: signatures, century, centuries, thief, thieves, family, families, churches


Reading – Please continue to read 5 times and bring in the reading record on Friday.


Next Week: 

  • We are undertaking our cycling proficiency training next week (Bikeability). Please make sure children are suitably equipped to be outdoors for part of the day, if they are attending Bikeability. 
  • On Thursday morning, we are at church for our Harvest Service.
  • The Bishop is visiting us on Tuesday to bless the KS1 prayer garden, and will meet with the Ethos Council during his visit. 


Have a restful weekend,

Miss Bhanderi

Friday 16th September 2022

Hello everyone,

First of all, I would like to say how blown away I am by the exceptional level of work produced across the curriculum this week - what a fantastic start to the year! We have enjoyed researching temperature differences, mountains and extreme terrains, and have written short stories based on the book 'The Wolves in the Walls'. It was also my pleasure to teach the children how to play a chord (2 or more notes at a time) on a xylophone, as we begin to study the 'Blues' in Music. 


Thank you for being patient with me on Zoom in our meeting yesterday! It was lovely to meet more of you. I have uploaded the “Meet the Teacher” slides, for anyone who wasn’t able to make it. I am also available after school if you ever have any questions. Your child/ children will have gone home with at least one reading book that they picked today. Some of them have chosen to keep the same book as last week. They are welcome to change a book at any time during the week or read a book from home. 


Home learning:
Please complete and return this by Thursday, so it can be marked in school with the children. We are waiting for the CGP books to arrive. In the meantime, I have photocopied some work. Please find it attached. Spelling tests will take place on Fridays. I have underlined the tricky parts of the spellings.


  • Spellings – Commonly used and misspelt words: fruit, quarter, Wednesday, island, separate, therefore, medicine, sentence
  • Maths – Place Value. Top tip: Write a place value chart above your numbers like we worked on in class  (H T O, H T O).
  • Comprehension – ‘The Word Party’ poem and questions. Top Tip: if the question is worth 2 marks, try to write two pieces of information.
  • Reading – 5 x signed reading record by Friday


Over the next couple of weeks:

In Maths, we will compare, order and round decimal numbers. In English, we will start studying a book called ‘The Monsterology Handbook’ by Ernest Dr. Drake. The spelling focus will be ‘plurals’. 


Have an excellent weekend,

Miss Bhanderi :)

Friday 9th September 


Welcome to Year 5! We have already had such a fun-packed week and it is only week one! They have settled in wonderfully this week and are already demonstrating such fantastic attitudes towards their learning. At our Start of Term Service at Church on Tuesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed walking back to school with Year 2 and were exceptional role models. Thank you to all the parent helpers that joined us; it was lovely to meet you.  


We have begun learning about our new topics, such as Forces (Science) and Mountains (Geography). The children took home their reading books and reading records today. Please may they read at least 5 times per week and bring in their record every Friday, so they can be praised accordingly. More details about the Year 5 curriculum and reading books will be covered in our Meet the Teacher Meeting on Thursday 15th September. 


Next week 

In Maths, we will be learning to calculate with negative numbers and to interpret data on graphs involving negative numbers. We will be carrying out a mathematical investigation on the average temperatures of mountain climates around the world.  

In English, we will be writing a report, with a focus on including co-ordinating conjunctions.  


PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays – please come to school in P.E kit.  


Home learning 

If your child is interested in becoming part of the School Council, Ethos Council, Sports Council or Eco Council, they can either write a letter to myself, design a poster, create a presentation or make a video.     


I hope you all have a restful weekend.  

Miss Bhanderi