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Christmas Production- updated

Unfortunately, there was an error in the information that was originally communicated to the children about the angel costumes. Angels should, if possible, wear all white clothing and not black trousers as we discussed when initially deciding on costumes. Obviously, if parents have already made provisions for black trousers, this will be perfectly acceptable, as we do not want to parents to be attempting to source replacement items and incurring additional expense or experiencing undue inconvenience at this late stage.


My sincere apologies for this misunderstanding and if you would like to discuss costumes, or any aspect of the Christmas production, please feel free to come and see me.


Mr Duffy


Please see the attached document for details on costumes for the Year 5 scenes. Costumes can be purchased or made, depending on your preference. 




Hello, and welcome to the class page for the Amazing Year 5 children of Collingham School. Please read on to find out about some of the fantastic things we will be learning about this term. 


In the second half of Autumn Term, PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. 


Upcoming Events:

Christmas Production

Please see the attached document for details on costumes for the Year 5 scenes. Costumes can be purchased or made, depending on your preference. 



Latest News:


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. 


Handwriting update:

Unfortunately, some children in year 5 are not currently meeting the expectations for handwriting. Over the remainder of the autun term, we will be having a focus on this in year 5 and, if children do not make improvements, they will have their pen license revoked and will have to re-earn it. Children will be given two formal warnings in their books and if no improvement is seen following this, they will forfeit their use of a handwriting pen. 


Thank you in advance for your support on this matter. 



Homework expectations:

Learning logs have been sent home for the first time this year. Please note that learning logs are required in school every Monday, even if there is no homework due. This is so that the sections on Big Write and Spelling can be updated weekly. 


If children are struggling or unsure about the homework, they are expected to ask their teacher for help a few days before the work is due and at least a week before larger tasks.



Our Topic this term will continue to be Egyptians. During our lessons, we will learn about:

  • The different Egyptian Gods and Goddesses and their associated myths. 
  • When and where the Egyptian civilisation was.
  • The role of Egyptologists, especially Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon.
  • The identities and life stories of some of the more famous pharoahs. 
  • Life for nobility and working classes during Egyptian times. 
  • The death ritual and mummification. 
  • War and conflict during Egyptian times.
  • The role the River Nile played, and continues to play, in life in Egypt.


  • In addition, we will learn an "Egyptian" themed dance in PE.     





Writing: Big writes will be linked to topics and will include the SPAG features that the children have been working on. Our composition focus will be:

  • I can use a wide range of clause structures, sometimes varying their position within the sentences.
  • 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 inference skills, which requires children to find clues and read between the lines, as opposed to finding information directly in a text.


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.


Marking: Reading Records will be checked fortnightly.



This term, we will be focusing mainly on place value and calculating. The strands we will cover are:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0
  • round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals




  • 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



In Science, we will be looking at properties and changes of materials.






This half-term, we will be looking at cryptology and codes. The children will create and attempt to crack codes using a range of techniques. 



The children will be following the new Understanding Christianity scheme, and this term will be focussing on God and Incarnation. 



Linked to Egypt



Linked to Egypt




PSHE/British values: