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Year 5

Welcome to Year Five


Friday, 23rd October 2020


The children look wonderful and bright for Rainbow Mufti Day today. Thank you for your donations. Today we celebrated Mrs Foster and Mrs Garland who are sadly leaving us and moving on to new and exciting ventures with their families. 

It has been a brilliant first half term back at school. I am so proud of the way that the children have settled into their new routines, their fantastic attitude towards learning and their resilience. 


There is no homework set over half term. The children will have come home this week with the rest of the CGP books purchased in the bundle, should you wish to use these for some learning over half term. This includes 10 minute maths, a mental maths workbook and a handwriting book. I will also upload a list of useful websites.


When we return on the 2nd November, we will be learning:

Maths - Method for formal multiplication and calculating area

English - Explanation Texts (including modal verbs and noun phrases) using the book How to be a World Explorer

PE will be on Thursday and Friday on the first week back as the School Sports Partnership are running a Basketball session. 


A more detailed overview of our curriculum is in the document shared at the bottom of this page. 



Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe break. 

Miss Paxton




Friday, 16th October 2020


Can you believe our first half term is nearly over?! I look forward to catching up with you all next week at Parent's Evening and celebrating the children's hard work over the last few weeks. Below is the homework for this week and our focus of learning for next week. My apologies for the late notice, but next week our PE days will be Monday and Friday as the children will be having their individual photos on Tuesday. There will be a rainbow mufti day on Friday. For this, the children should come in clothes suitable to do PE in please! 


Home Learning:

Maths - Please complete pages 6 and 7 (Counting Backwards Through Zero and Place Value in Big Numbers)

English - In your reading comprehension book, read page 2 (The Word Party) and answer the questions on p.3. 

Spelling - chef, chalet, machine, brochure, parachute, league, tongue, antique, unique, fatigue

Reading - Don't forget to read at least 5 times this week and get your reading record signed. 


Next week we will be learning:

Maths: Different strategies to add and subtract (e.g. estimating, place value, regrouping). 

English: To use similes, metaphors and personification in poetry (based on Remembrance). 


Have a restful weekend. 

Miss Paxton

Friday, 9th October 2020


Thank you for being prepared for our change of PE day this week. Next week, we will return to the normal days of Tueday and Friday. Thank you also for the cardboard that the children brought in to begin our DT project of toys with moving mechanisms, as we have been learning about levers and linkages. Pictures will be coming next week as these develop!


Below is the Home Learning for this week:

Maths - Complete pages 22 & 23 (Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, and Mental Multiplying and Dividing).

English - In your Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar book, complete pages 4 and 5 (Nouns & Verbs).

Spellings - scheme, chorus, chemist, echo, character, stomach, school, chaos, ache. 

Reading - Please read at least five times during the week and get your Reading Record signed. Remember, this doesn't need to be just your school book! 


What we will be learning next week:

Maths - To read and use negative numbers (counting backwards and forwards, using scales etc. 

English - Choosing specific vocabulary for poetry, using similes and metaphors, and performing poems (based on animals) .

Our topic in Science is Earth and Space, and last week we were learning how day and night occur. We used basketballs to represent Earth (with pieces of blue tack to show the UK), and torches to represent the Sun. We explored how the Earth rotates while the Sun stays still. We then showed how the Earth revolves around the Sun whilst rotating, by revolving and rotating around our partner - very dizzy business!

Friday, 2nd October 2020


This week we were invited to the Harvest Service at Church and experienced our first socially-distanced service. It was quite strange (and very quiet) but a lovely opportunity to celebrate Harvest together. We have been having Collective Worship online together so we are quite used to a different kind of worship now!


Below is the Home Learning for this week:

Maths - Pages 18 & 19 (Multiples and Factors & Primes)

English - Pages 4 & 5 of your Reading Comprehension book (An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth)

Spellings - Usually, finally, happily, frantically, truly, busily, completely, definitely

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


Next week:

  • PE will be on Monday and Friday (next week only)
  • We will be learning to use different mental strategies to multiply and divide in Maths (e.g. using known facts, doubling and halving, and divisibility rules). 
  • In English, we will be writing letters and reports based on different perspectives from Coming to England (by Floella Benjamin)
  • As October is Black History Month, we will be learning about different famous black astronauts (e.g. Mae Jemison), and explorers (e.g. Matthew Henson)


Wishing you all a great weekend.

Miss Paxton

Friday, 25th September 2020


Another week has flown by! The homework for this week is listed below. The children have their own CGP books; for English we will alternate each week between a grammar task and a reading comprehension. 


Home Learning

Maths - Pages 8 & 9 in your Maths Workbook (Ordering & Comparing big numbers, and Counting in powers of 10). 

English - Pages 20 & 21 in your Grammar Workbook (Phrases and Co-ordinating conjunctions). 

Spelling - Homophones: our, are, hear, here, groan, grown, peace, piece, weather, whether. 

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


Next week we will be learning:

Maths - To find multiples and factors of numbers (as well as prime and composite numbers)

English - To write reports and recounts (Coming to England by Floella Benjamin)


Deborah has invited us (Year 5 only) to visit Church next week to celebrate Harvest. We will be walking to church from school on Tuesday morning, so please remember coats etc if it is raining (PE kits as normal). 


Have a wonderful weekend. 

Miss Paxton

Friday, 18th September 2020


We have had another busy week in Year 5, and have been blessed with beautiful weather! 

For Homework this week, please learn the spellings and meanings of the words below. They all contain prefixes which have negative meanings. 


disappear, disagree, disappoint, misbehave, mislead, misspell, inactive, incorrect


Please also read 5 times this week. This should be mainly, but not exclusively, your school reading book. 


Next week we will be learning to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 (including decimals)  in Maths. 

In English, we will be learning to use co-ordinating conjunctions to vary sentence length within short stories. 


Have a great weekend. 

Miss Paxton



Friday, 11th September 2020


What a busy week we've had! We've managed to fit a lot into our first full week back and made a start on some of our exciting topics this half term. Thank you for ensuring that the children are coming to school well-equipped each day! It has meant that we are able to maximise learning time in class. 


The children have been set Reading and Spellings for homework this week. They have all been given a school reading book and their reading record. We expect that they read at least 5 times this week and we actively encourage you to read texts other than just your school book! The spellings for this week are below (taken from the Year 3 and 4 Statutory word lists); we will test these words next Friday. 


Height, weight, eight, eighth, reign, believe, build, straight. 


Below I have attached some documents for your information regarding the curriculum, including the Meet the Teacher Info Session presentation. 


Have a great weekend!

Miss Paxton



Welcome back!


It has been wonderful to welcome Year 5 back to school this week. We have had a busy two days settling into new routines, but the children have taken all of the changes on board brilliantly! I hope that they have enjoyed being back in school and spending time with their friends. 


I will update this page regularly with photos and notes of what we have been doing, including any important reminders for the week ahead. Details of the weekly homework will be uploaded here too. 


There is no homework this week (04/09)! Over the next week, we will be reading with the children and providing school books to send home along with reading records. As a reminder, our PE days are Tuesday and Friday.


Detailed curriculum information will be uploaded here from next week so that you can see what we will be learning this year - there's lots of exciting topics which we have already begun to explore!


Have a wonderful weekend!


Miss Paxton