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Dear pupils and parents, 


We'd like to start by welcoming all of the children to the new school year in Year 5. We hope you've all enjoyed the (seemingly very short) summer holidays and have had a chance to relax, recharge your batteries and engage in some fun activities. The autumn term is the longest of the year, so it gives us plenty of opportunities to get cracking with all of the Year 5 work and we look forward to the children getting settled into their new routines and embracing the challenges ahead. 


Mr Duffy & Mrs Grange



In the second half term, PE will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesday's session will be an indoor dance session, focusing on "Street Dance" led by our dance coach and Friday's session will be a skill based session that will take place outdoors-subject to the weather being amenable. 


Upcoming Events:


Wednesday 13th November 2:15pm- Egyptian Museum Open Afternoon



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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 fortnightly, we will be focussing on the spelling rules for Year 5 and spelling lists related to these rules will also be issued fortnightly. The full list of Orange words (year 5/6 statutory spellings) is attached at the bottom of the page. 




Our Curriculum 



In the second half-term, we will continue our work on Egypt and also incorporate learning about rivers. Our rivers learning will be spread across several topics this year. In our Egypt learning, we will learn about:


Why was Egypt such a successful civilisation? 

What does the discovery of king Tut's tomb tell us about Ancient Egypt?

Who was Howard Carter and what role did he play in letting us know about Ancient Egypt?

What was the Rosetta Stone and how did it let us know about Egypt?




Writing: This half term, we will be looking at  myths and legends, non-chronological reports and newspaper reports. Throughout Year 5, we will expect the children to attempt to achieve the following within their 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 inference, which requires the children to think about what hints and clues there are to unspecified information within the 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.




This term, we will be focusing on statistics, area and perimeter and multiplying and dividing: 


  • 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
  • recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (²) and cubed (³)
  • solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables
  • calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), including using standard units, square centimetres (cm²) and square metres (m²), and estimate the area of irregular shapes



This half-term, we will be continue to study forces, looking at the following strands:


  • 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




We will be organising an event using a range of software tools including word processing, spreadsheets, email, and drawing applications.







Long Multiplication for Y5 at CLEH

As per our calculation policy, this is the method that children from year 5 onwards must use for long multiplication.