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Summer 1


This half term, the children will be exploring The Vikings in their topic lessons and will continue with their learning on Living Things and their Habitats in science.


As part of the children's learning of the Vikings, we will be asking the children of year 5 to carry out a homework task over the two week holidays.

 On Friday 20th April, the children will be given the opportunity to present their ten facts (that they have researched about the Vikings) to their peers. The children may use notes if necessary and can bring images or any other props that they feel will help to explain their facts to the other children.


The homework hand in day for this half term will be a Wednesday. Children are also expected to read three or more times each week. This will be checked by the class teacher each Wednesday.



Maths Day!


Today, we began our Maths Day with an introduction assembly to Rockstars, which is a new app we will be using in school! Then, we had four maths sessions ran by all four teachers in Key Stage 2. In Year 5, we searched the classroom for different bus timetables and worked with each other to figure out the answers. We also used the iPads to try out the Rockstars app, with our individual log-in details so that it can even be accessed at home!

We were also lucky enough to have a go at the problem solving workshops taking place, which was ran by an outside agency. Throughout the day, we even had some children recognised as maths stars! Watch out for the maths star of the week which will be revealed on Friday!



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Spring 2


Over the next five weeks, the children will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks. 5JS will have an opportunity to taste different Greek foods, locate Greece and explain how Greece’s physical features differ from ours.


In science, the children will be learning all about living things and their habitats. The children will look at the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian an insect and a bird.


The childrens' literacy sessions will involve cross curricular writing as the children will create a play script using the myth Pandora’s Box as a stimuli.



Spring 1


Welcome back after the half term holidays!


Swimming lessons

Excitingly, 5JS will be starting their swimming lessons on a Tuesday morning from January to March as part of their National Curriculum work in Physical Education during Spring 1.




The children will need to bring:

  • suitable swimwear (a one piece swimsuit for girls and trunks for boys - shorts must be above the knee)
  • a towel
  • any child with chin length hair will need to wear a swimming cap
  • no jewellery is to be worn
  • no nail polish to be worn on hands or feet
  • no swimming goggles unless school receives a letter from parents giving permission for their child to wear them and stating the specific medical reason
  • If your child needs an asthma inhaler, this must be provided to be taken to the swimming baths



The teacher and teaching assistant of 5JS this year is Miss Scrivner and Mrs Fox.




P.E will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Children are therefore expected to have with them; a white tee shirt, navy shorts and pumps for their P.E session.



Homework will be sent out on a Friday and will usually include spellings and piece of maths or literacy. The children are also expected to read at home regularly. The homework due in date is a Wednesday. The children can attend Homework Club which takes place on a Tuesday.



Please could you ensure your child has their book and reading record in school every day.


To encourage reading at home, we have a class reading chart in 5JS that is checked every Wednesday. To get a point on the chart, your child’s reading record has to be dated and signed. The children receive smileys if their group are the winners of the reading chart.


High frequency words and Math passports

At the end of the year, your child is expected to be able to read and spell a selection of high frequency words, as well as being able to complete the tasks set on the math passports. Below are an attached copy of the key words and South America passport for year five.