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Year 5

Welcome to Year Five


Friday, 15th October 2021

Thank you very much for collecting and bringing in your recyclables for our DT project. This week we made our prototype vehicles and will be evaluating them next week. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Learning Showcase next Thursday afternoon where you will be able to see our work from this half term. 

Our trip to Legoland today was fantastic! In our workshop, we were able to construct our own rollercoasters using Lego and test out their efficiency. The children were beautifully behaved and represented our school well. A huge thank you to our parent helpers! Photos will follow next week. 


Home Learning 

Maths - Complete pages 36 & 37 (Rounding Decimals) in your Maths workbook. 

English - Read and answer the questions about 'The Word Party' on pages 2 & 3 of your Reading comprehension book. 

Spelling - We will be learning how to add the suffix -ing to multi-syllabic words. Please learn the meanings and spellings of the following words:

forgetting, beginning, referring, limiting, controlling, occurring, upsetting, worrying. 

Reading - Make sure that you are reading at least five times over the week. Please have your Reading Record in school every day. 


Next week:

In Maths, we will be learning a range of strategies to add and subtract. Some of these include using place value columns, equal sum and equal difference, and estimating by rounding. 

In English, we will be completing our Explorer's Guides (explanation texts) using expanded noun phrases and subordinating conjunctions. We will also evaluate and improve our writing from feedback. 


Deborah will lead our re-dedication service in the hall on Tuesday afternoon. 

We have individual photos on Wednesday. 

The Learning Showcase will be on Thursday afternoon. 

PE days will be Monday and Tuesday. 


Have a good weekend! 

Miss Paxton

Friday 8th October 2021


It's been such an exciting week as we have had a visitor and a trip. On Wednesday, Mrs Lee invited a friend from Church, Clive, to speak to us about the importance of singing as an act of worship and why Christians choose to worship through song. We then continued discussing this in our RE lesson and looked at the lyrics of some songs and working out what the artists are trying to say. Today we had our trip to Merchant Taylor's School to take part in a Harry Potter themed day. We had such a wonderful time! We were able to make our own wands and hats in the DT workshop, make potions in Chemistry, and play Quidditch in the Sports Hall. Photos to follow!


Home Learning 

Maths - Complete page 20 (Factors and Primes) and page 23 (Mental Multiplying and Dividing). 

English - Please complete pages 30 & 31 (Present Tense and Past Tense & Verbs with 'ing') in your SPAG workbook.

Spelling - Please learn the meanings and spellings of these words which are in word families (come from the same root word): 

recognise, unrecognisable, recognition, complete, incomplete, completely, appreciation, unappreciated

Reading - Please remember to read at least five times over the week and get your reading record signed. 


Next Week: 

In Maths, we will be continuing to learn strategies to solve calculations mentally (such as doubling and halving), and learning how to solve a wider range of problems by working backwards and identifying starting points. 

In English we will be learning to use modal verbs to indicate possibility through the use of our book 'How to be a world explorer', and planning our own Explanation texts in the form of an Explorer's Guide. 


Our PE Days are the normal days of Tuesday and Thursday. 

We have our trip to Legoland on Friday! Please bring a packed lunch. Children must wear school uniform, but may wear trainers. 


Have a great weekend! 

Miss Paxton

Friday, 1st October 2021

We enjoyed our Harvest Service at Church on Thursday where we we gave thanks for God's creation. In Science we have been learning about Forces and this week we carried out an investigation into gravity using parachutes. We made them out of a range of materials, such as felt and hessian, and timed their descent. In DT, we have been researching vehicles that are suitable for extreme terrains. Next week, we will begin to create a prototype of our own vehicle designs. Please collect and bring in any recyclables that you would like to use (e.g. egg cartons, cereal boxes, yoghurt pots etc) for Monday 11th October.
Today in Maths we learned about the properties of Prime Numbers and listened to a (very cactchy) song to help us remember them. You may like to listen to it at home to help you with your homework this week. (type 'Prime Song' in Youtube).


Home Learning 

Maths - Pages 18 & 19 (Multiples & Factors and Primes) in your Workbook. 

English - Read and answer the questions on 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' on pages 4&5 of your Reading Comprehension book. 

Spelling - Please learn the meanings and spellings of the following words which contain various prefixes and suffixes: 

reactive, fossilise, purify, aggressive, appreciated, unnecessary, irreplaceable

Reading - Please read at least five times and get your reading record signed. 


Next Week

Our PE days will be Monday and Tuesday next week. 

In Maths we will be continuing to secure our knowledge of prime and composite numbers, and using a range of mental strategies to solve calculations. 

In English we will be reading and writing animal poems, learning how to use effective vocabulary and performing our poems!

We are having a visitor on Wednesday (jointly with Y2) to talk to us about the significance of sung worship to support our learning in RE. 
A letter was sent out today regarding a last minute trip that we have been invited on by Merchant Taylors School to participate in a Harry Potter day next Friday 8th October. Lunch is provided.  


Friday, 24th September 2021

Another week has flown by in Year 5! We have been learning about Forces in Science, and this week we have been learning about friction. We conducted an investigation to find out what surface creates the most friction by dragging a shoe across a range of surfaces using a Newton Metre. We then used our results to explain what kind of terrain we should avoid when travelling across the globe! 

We are thoroughly enjoying 'The Monsterology Handbook' in English and have been reading about some fascinating (and gruesome) creatures.


Home Learning 

Maths - Pages 21 & 22 (Multiplying & Dividing by 10, 100 and 1000) in your Maths Workbook. 

English - Pages 21 & 22 in your SPAG book (Co-ordinating Conjunction & Subordinating Conjunctions)

Spellings - We will be learning how to add a range of vowel letter suffixes (including -ed, -ing, -er, -est and -y). Please learn the spellings and meanings of the following words: 

forgetting, beginning, preferred, dropping, replying, sturdiest, promised, driest) 

Reading - Please read at least five times and get your reading record signed. 


Next Week: 

On Thursday morning we have our Harvest Service at Church at 9am. Please go straight there. 

Our PE days are the normal days of Tuesday and Thursday. 

In Maths we will be learning to identify multiples, factors and prime numbers. 

In English, we will be learning to add detail using adverbials and prepositions in our writing. We will then be planning, drafting and editing a non-chronological text about a new creature!


Enjoy your weekend! 

Miss Paxton




Friday, 17th September 2021

It's hard to believe it's only the second full week back in school - we have been so busy! We finished writing our short stories 'The Elephants in the Walls' this week and they have been so cleverly written. The humour that the children have included is brilliant and they have subtly woven in details which appear throughout. 

This week the children put themselves forward for the various council roles. I was so impressed with the time and effort that they all put into nominating themselves - we had everything from speeches to videos! The children have been told their roles (details of which are in the newsletter) and given their badges (Reading Ambassador badges will arrive in the next couple of weeks).

It was lovely to see and speak to so many of you at the Meet the Teacher presentation on Tuesday. If you missed it and would like the recording, please contact Mrs Palmer in the school office. All information shared and discussed can be found further down this page. 


Home Learning

Maths - Complete pages 6 & 7 (Counting Backwards Through Zero & Place Value in Big Numbers) in your Maths workbook. 

English - Read and answer the questions on 'Wolves in the UK' on pages 28 & 29 of your Reading Comprehension book. 

Spellings - We will be learning how to add suffixes that start with consonants to root words. Please learn the meanings and spellings of the following words:

embarrassment, thoroughly, environment, beautiful, useless, seriousness, sincerely, hopeful

Reading - Make sure that you read at least five times over the next week and get your reading record signed!


Next week: 

In Maths, we will continue to learn about decimals (how to order and round numbers with up to 3 decimal places). We will also begin to learn how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. 

In English, we are going to be learning how to construct multi-clause sentences using subordinating conjunctions using our book 'The Monsterology Handbook'. 

PE days are the normal days of Tuesday and Thursday. 



Thank you for a wonderful week! Have a brilliant weekend, 

Miss Paxton

Friday, 10th September 2021


We've enjoyed all of the seasons in our first full week back this week it seems! At our Start of Term Service at Church on Tuesday, the children showed exceptional attitudes and maturity, and thoroughly enjoyed walking back to school with Year 2. We have begun learning about our new topics this term, such as Forces (in Science) and Mountains (in Geography). Our theme for learning this term is 'Around the World in 80 days'. Detailed information will be uploaded to the class page on Monday, alongside the Meet the Teacher Presentation for you to view ahead of the Meet the Teacher Meeting on Tuesday, 14th September. 


Home Learning 

Maths - Please complete Pages 8 & 9 (Ordering and Comparing Big Numbers and Counting in Powers of 10) in your Maths workbook. 

English - Complete pages 4 & 5 (Nouns & Verbs) in your Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling book. 

Spellings - century, centuries, halves, wolves, potatoes, dwarves, libraries (we will be learning rules for a range of plural suffixes next week)

Reading - Please read at least 5 times this week (it can be a variety of books) and sign your reading record. 


Next Week: 

In Maths, we will be learning to calculate with negative numbers, and with number with up to 3 decimal places.

In English, we will be writing a sequel to a narrative, focusing on varied sentence length. 


PE days next week will be Monday and Tuesday. They will return to the normal days of Tuesday and Thursday the following week (w/c 20th September). 


Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Paxton


Friday, 3rd September 2021


It has been such a pleasure to welcome Year 5 back this week. They have settled in seamlessly this week and are already demonstrating such fantastic attitudes towards their learning. I hope that you all had a restful break over the Summer. 

This page will be updated weekly to share what we have been learning and doing in school, as well as key information for upcoming weeks. Next week, information on the curriculum will be uploaded ahead of the Meet the Teacher meeting on Tuesday 14th September. 


There is no homework this week. All of the children have been given their Reading Records and will have been issued reading books by the end of next week. We have also had a trip to the Library, so they may have brought a book from there home. Please read this week and sign in the reading records. 


Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday - please come to school in PE kit. 


Have a wonderful weekend, 

Miss Paxton