Year 5

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Mr Freeman
Class 11 Teacher
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Mrs Locke
Class 11 Teacher
Mr Bowles 
Class 12 Teacher

Welcome to Year 5

We are all looking forward to a great year in Year 5!

The teachers in Year 5 are; Mr Adam Freeman and Mrs Julie Locke (Class 11) and Mr Matthew Bowles (Class 12).  Mr Freeman teaches Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Mrs Locke teaches Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Mrs Jean and Mrs Tailby are the teaching assistants in class 11 and Mrs Tomkins is the teaching assistant in class 12.


Our writing units for the autumn term will include short stories, diary entries and character descriptions. In year 5, we are starting our writing unit with a story by Oliver Jeffers entitled ‘Here We Are’. Using the story as a stimulus, we aim to encourage and support each child with reflecting on their thoughts, feelings and responses arising from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guided reading, spellings and grammar will continue to take place during the week.

Regular reading at home is essential. Children who read at least four times a week make the most progress with their literacy in school - please encourage them to read and sign their logs too!


In the autumn term, we will complete units on place value, addition and subtraction and fractions. In the spring term, we will move onto formal methods for multiplication and division involving larger numbers and look at decimals and percentages. In the summer term, we will look in more detail at decimals, the properties of shapes, position and direction and finally volume.

Quick recall of times tables is crucial to our maths work in year 5 and so the children will practise their times tables weekly. As they progress through the tables the children will need to answer more questions correctly within the time before they can move up to the next level.


The school is continuing to use both MyMaths and Times Table Rock Stars this year. We have found the children have loved using these websites or apps both at home and at school.


Our history topic for the autumn term is The Victorians. In this topic, we will explore Queen Victoria, significant events and figures and attitudes towards children and education. In the second half of the autumn term, we will explore Earth and Space. In this topic, we will explore planet Earth, the moon and day and night.


Each week in class we look at a new spelling rule - sometimes this will be a revision of a spelling rule from year 4. The children have ten spellings to learn at home and there will be a spelling test each Monday using these words.  The children will have weekly spelling homework which includes an activity linked to the spelling words and a handwriting task.  Throughout the week at school, the children complete a SACAWAC sheet focusing on tricky words that they will use throughout their writing. 


Below is a timetable of when homework is given out and expected back in. Please ensure your child has completed their homework within the given time.


- Spelling test

- Homework due back


- Reading Logs checked


- New spelling rule taught in school & new spellings set


- New homework set

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