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We are committed to safeguarding; if you have any concerns about the wellbeing of a child in school please contact a member of staff.

Thank you for your understanding last week regarding the postponement of the Y5 parent consultation meetings. As explained, this was due to unforeseen circumstances, but I am pleased to confirm that we would like to proceed in terms of rescheduling these appointments for next week. 


For parents who had an appointment scheduled for Tuesday 13th November, we would like to offer you an appointment to match your previously confirmed time on Tuesday 27th November.For parents who had an appointment scheduled for Wednesday 14th November, we would like to offer you an appointment to match your previously confirmed time on Monday 26th November.


If you  are unable to make an appointment on the days offered, please contact the school office to arrange another suitable time.


Dear pupils and parents, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Year 5 and hope that you are all anticipating the new school year as much as we are. Following a fantastic transition week towards the end of the last school year, we are looking forward to getting started on all of the Year 5 learning and the exciting year ahead. If at any stage during the year, you would like to come and speak to us about anything, please know that you are always welcome and we will always be happy to see you. 


Mr Duffy & Mrs Grange



As of Monday 10th September, PE will now be on Mondays and Thursdays. 


Upcoming Events:

Wednesday 28th November, 2.00pm - Parent Topic Invite 'Egyptian Museum'

Friday 29th March, 9.00am - Parent Topic Invite

Tuesday 21st May - time tbc - Parent Topic Invite

Monday 15th July - time tbc - Parent Topic Invite 'Space'


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Year 5 Reading

Children in year 5 should still read to parents as often as possible, and should aim to record any questions that are asked of them in their reading records at least once per week. They will also still need to record any reading done each day. Guidance on questions that parents can ask is attached in the documents section at the bottom of the page. There are no set texts for pupils to read in Year 5, although we do ask that children read as wide a range of text types as possible. 



Homework expectations

In addition to the online homework and learning log tasks, children are asked to continue reading daily, practising times tables and learning spellings. In addition to six new orange words to learn weekly, we will be recapping four that we have previously learned. Each half-term, there will be a test on all of the orange words learned so far. The full list of Orange words (year 5/6 statutory spellings) is attached at the bottom of the page. 




Our Curriculum 



Our Topic for the first term will be Egypt. Our lessons on this topic will cover:

  • Locating many of the world's countries and major cities in an atlas
  • A timeline of different civilisations/empires/eras and a focus on key events during the Ancient Egyptian civilisation.
  • The most famous pharoahs of Egypt
  • Egyptian beliefs and gods/goddesses
  • The daily life of Egyptians
  • The role of the River Nile in Ancient Egypt
  • What were the pyramids and why were thy built
  • The discovery of Egyptian tombs
  • Hieroglyphics and Egyptian communication. 
  • The role of Egyptologists in what we know about Ancient Egypt



Writing: This half-term we will be writing a biography of Howard Carter, a famous Egyptologist and creating diary entries for the discovery and opening of Tutankhamun's tomb. We will look at the features of each type of text and try to achieve the following in our writing:

  • I can use a wide range of clause structures, sometimes varying their position within the sentences.
  • I can use commas, dashes and brackets to add parenthesis
  • I can use commas to mark phrases and clauses and to provide clarity or avoid ambiguity.
  • I use a range of sentence starters to create specific effects.
  • I can use relative clauses within my sentences. 
  • I can use and punctuate speech correctly.
  • I can use modal verbs and adverbials to provide degrees of certainty or possibility.
  • I can use adverbs, preposition phrases and expanded noun phrases to add detail, qualification and precision.


Reading skills and comprehension

Please continue to read a variety of different texts at home. Once you have read, write down the questions you have been answering (but not the answers) in your Reading Record.


As the children progress through school, the level and type of questions that they are asked in reading tasks increases in difficulty. This term we will be spending a lot of time focusing on authorial technique, which requires the children to think about why authors make specific vocabulary and phrasing choices and the intended impact on the reader. 


A good tool to help support this skill at home can be found at

Although the questions on this site can be a bit basic, they introduce the concept quite well so that parents can help support by asking these types of questions when reading with children.




This term, we will be focusing mainly on Calculations. 



  • add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
  • use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of 2 numbers
  • know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers
  • establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
  • multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
  • multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
  • multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000
  • recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (²) and cubed (³)
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates



Our Science this half-term will be about Forces 

  • explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect




This half-term, we will be looking at coding and programming, using Purple Mash to plan, write and debug algorithms.  







Purple Mash Display Board


Our Purple Mash display boards will showcase some of the work that we have completed in school this year. Each time we complete a different piece of work to be shared, we will create a new board and advise parents that the links have been added to this page. 


Our first board of the year is showcasing our E-safety themed comics, created using 2Publish. To access the board, please scan the QR code below or click on this link



E-Safety comics

E-Safety comics 1 Scan the image above to access our board.