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Autumn Term





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 thy 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!).


In English this term we will be reading a story called Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. We will also be learning to:


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

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

  • Write a detailed description of settings and characters

  • Hook the reader using opening sentence

  • Use connectives to indicate the sequence of time

  • Plan a story using headings and storyboards

  • Write in paragraphs

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

  • Respond appropriately to each other’s work



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


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

  • Place value

  • Ordering numbers

  • Negative numbers

  • Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000
  • Multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Addition and subtraction strategies


As usual we will continue to have a weekly focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving as well as arithmetic. 



Over the next half term year 5 will be following a unit of work called ‘Mission to Mars’. This is part of the International Primary Curriculum, and is based around specific targets for a variety of subjects.


We will be focusing on different aspects of Science, Geography, Technology 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 identify a living organism. 


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. 


In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

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


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About previous space missions.

  • About famous astronauts. 


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. We also 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.



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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.



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

  • Continue to work on their IPC project.