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Dear pupils and parents, we hope you have all had a fulfilling and restful Christmas break and have enjoyed the opportunity to relax. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support during the Autumn Term and to wish you all a prosperous and joyful 2019. 


Mr Duffy & Mrs Grange



As of week commencing Monday 7th January, PE will move to Wednesdays (Indoors) and Fridays (outdoors). Please ensure that your child is in full outdoor PE Kit on both of these days, with indoor PE kit underneath on Tuesdays should they choose to wear it. Outdoor PE will be subject to suitable weather conditions. 


Upcoming Events:



Wednesday 6th February- Trip to Abbey House Museum

Friday 1st March- Trip to Nell Bank, Ilkley

Wednesday 13th March- Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust Rivers2U van visiting school. 

Date TBC- Visit to East Keswick nature reserve. 

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 half of Spring Term will be Victorians. Our lessons on this topic will cover:

  • When the Victorian Era was and who Queen Victoria was. 
  • What life was like for children in Victorian times.
  • Victorian schooling.
  • Inventions during the Victorian Era.
  • Queen Victoria's influence and legacy in England and across Europe.
  • Developments in medicine and living conditions during Queen Victoria's reign. 



Writing: This half term, we will be looking at the works of Rudyard Kipling, with a particular focus on the Just-So Stories. We will also be writing diary entries and a persuasive text. In each of these pieces of writing, we will be checking the following success criteria statements:

  • 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 division and Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. 




  • 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
  • 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


Fractions, Decimals and Percentages:


  • compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
  • recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number [for example, 2/5 + 4/5 = 6/5 = 1 1/5 ]
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, and denominators that are multiples of the same number
  • multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams
  • read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71/100 ]
  • recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • round decimals with 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number and to 1 decimal place
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places
  • solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places
  • recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per 100’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal fraction
  • solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of 1/2 , 1/4 , 1/52/5 , 4/5 and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25



Our Science this half-term will be related to the letter that was sent to all Year 5 parents before Chritsmas.In addition to our learning outlined in that letter, we will also consider the life cycle and reproduction of plants and animals.  



This half-term, we will be looking at digital literacy, using Microsoft Office to complete a range of tasks. 







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