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Welcome back to another exiting school year at Marshfield. The children all look very smart in their new uniforms. They are settling into routines in year 5 well. We have had a very busy start. There are lots of exciting things to look forward to during the year. We are busy planning lots of special trips.


In English we are learning to:

  • Recognise & use key words/phrases/ ideas to summarise a paragraph

  • Use punctuation to help read text

  • Use adjectives & adverbs created by adding suffixes such as –ful & -ly

  • Write a detailed description of settings and characters

  • Lay out an informal letter correctly

  • Use past & present tenses appropriately

  • Hook the reader using opening sentence

  • Use connectives to indicate the sequence of time

  • Plan a story using headings and storyboards

  • Use flashback as a story feature

  • Write in paragraphs

  • Use commas to mark off adverbs, adverbial phrases & clauses

  • Respond appropriately to each other’s work

As ever we are continuing to develop our sentence writing skills for instance through teaching Alan Peat sentence types.


We do expect that all children read everyday at home with someone.

Each child has a planner that you will be able to write positive comments in about how well your child has been reading and understanding what they have read. Please ask them questions to help check that they have understood.


Book Bucks

There are rewards for 20, 50 and 100 Book Bucks.

Please remind your child of the fabulous rewards for achieving these reading milestones and check that they are completing the associated reading activities. ( There is a lovely selection of activities in our homework books, although this is not an exhaustive list).

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This term the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding about:

  • place value, ordering and comparing number,

  • addition and subtraction

  • Multiplication and division


Over the next half term year 5 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Mission to Mars.' This is part of the International Primary Curriculum, and is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.


We will be focusing on different aspects of Science, Geography, Technology, History, Physical Education, Society and International.


In Science, we’ll be finding out:


  • About the planets in our solar system

  • About mass and weight, and the effects of gravity

  • How to grow seeds and plants, and choose those that will be suitable for Mars

  • How to identify a living organism

  • About different energy sources

  • About different forces and their effects

  • How to choose the best energy source/s for our Mars shelter



In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the geographical features of Mars
  • How we can prove that there was once water on Math


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the technology that has been used to explore Mars

  • How to design and make a robot to explore Mars

  • How to design and make a suitable shelter for living on Mars


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About what people in the past used to think about Mars

  • About the evidence to prove and disprove intelligent life on Mars


In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to ensure we are fit and healthy for our space mission

  • How to plan and test our own exercises suitable for space travel


In Society, we’ll be finding out

  • How to work as a team

  • How to assemble a successful team for our mission to Mars

  • In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to write our own international rules and regulations for Mars

  • About the reasons why we might one day need to live on another planet


All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.


We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.


By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.


Following our homework policy ( a copy of which can be found on this site), pupils are expected to:

  • read everyday. Reading Eggs is perfect for a reading activity at home.

  • learn the times table they are currently working on. All children have access to Mathletics at school and home. Learning activities are set at regular intervals.

  • learn their weekly spellings using look, say, cover, write, check - then to use each spelling in a sentence that makes sense,

  • to continue to work on their IPC project.



In year 5, this is on Tuesday afternoons. Pupils come to school in school uniform, but may go home in P.E kit.

Kit should only include:

- Navy blue or black jogging bottoms

- Plain White T shirt

- Trainers or pumps (for indoors and outdoors)

Also, if it has been raining - which, let's be honest, will be most days - children may also need to bring boots or wellies!


NO LOGOS OR BRANDED CLOTHING (including team strips)


During our P.E. sessions the children's safety is our priority.

No jewellery or watches may be worn and headscarves should be secured neatly.



This term we will be learning to collect data before using it to create a presentation.

We will be using an ICT program to control a Mars Rover.