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 This term we will be learning…


This term, we will be reading “The Highwayman” which is a narrative poem written by Alfred Noyes, first published in the August 1906 issue of Blackwood’s Magazine, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The following year it was included in Noyes’ collection, Forty Singing Seamen and Other Poems, becoming an immediate success. In 1995 it was voted 15th in the BBC’s poll for “The Nation’s Favourite Poems”.

The poem makes effective use of vivid imagery to describe surroundings; plus repetitious phrases to create the sense of a horseman riding at ease through the rural darkness to a lovers’ tryst and soldiers marching down the same road to ambush him.

“The Highwayman” is reputed to be “the best narrative poem in existence for oral delivery”.

Almost half a century later, Noyes wrote, “I think the success of the poem… was because it was not an artificial composition, but was written at an age when I was genuinely excited by that kind of romantic story.”


Useful resources to use at home:

Please use the links provided below to help support your child in their journey to becoming an enthusiastic and skilled writer.

Figurative Language Glossary

Grammar Terminology

Spelling Rules

To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing.  To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.



During the children’s time in Year 5, we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.  We will encourage this by providing opportunities for each child to have frequent practice with complex problems.  They will also develop their own ability to reason using mathematical language and strategies. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a mathematical thinker.

This term’s unit will begin by deepening the knowledge and understanding of the four operations – Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide. We will be exploring new and exciting ways to visualise numbers as parts and wholes, looking at a wide range of strategies to solve problems both mentally and in books using techniques such as ‘bar modelling’. Pupils will discover how these operations link together as both inverse and beyond. In addition, they will secure their knowledge and understanding of the four operations as formal written methods. We hope that by the end of the half term, pupils will be able to apply their learning to complex problems – particularly with the ability to visualise how many steps are required and which operations to use in the correct order.


Useful resources to use at home:

Times Table Rock Stars

Parents guide to the column method of addition and subtraction

Parents guide to short multiplication

Parents guide to long multiplication

Parents guide to short division

Parents guide to long division

Year 5 Whole Year Curriculum – Online Questions

Science – Earth and Space

Our Science this term will be Earth and Space. Children will be introduced to a model of the sun and Earth that enables them to explain day and night. We will learn that the sun is a star at the centre of our solar system and that it has 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (Pluto was reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006). They will then understand that a moon is a celestial body that orbits a planet (Earth has 1 moon; Jupiter has 4 large moons and numerous smaller ones).

We will work scientifically by: comparing the time of day at different places on the Earth through internet links and direct communication; creating simple models of the solar system; constructing simple shadow clocks and sundials, calibrated to show midday and the start and end of the school day; finding out why some people think that structures such as Stonehenge might have been used as astronomical clocks.



Topic – Sailing the Waves – Titanic

This half term, the children will begin by learning about how the Titanic was built, how much it cost and why they thought the ship was unsinkable. They will also be cross-linking their maths to workout the perimeter and area of the ship. Furthermore, they will be exploring recounts from the passengers, using both primary and secondary sources.

In the end, the children will lead their own enquiry after visiting the Sea-City Museum in Southampton (please see dates for diary below).




PE – Football

Our class based PE lessons this term will be  Football. Pupils will learn to use basic principles of play when selecting and applying tactics for defending and attacking. Pupils will develop the skills necessary to outwit opponents. Passing, shooting, control and will be developed through small sided games and conditional situations. Demonstrating high quality performances and accurate replication will be assessed against expected learning outcomes.


RE – Creation

This unit, we will explore how we become co-creators. The starting point for this exploration is the two creation stories in Genesis. This then requires understanding of what it means to be the People of God as expressed by St Paul and of the teachings expressed in the Beatitudes. This will help us to reflect on own own God-given talents and living our lives in response to the teaching of Christ. The multi-faith element looks at the five pillars of Islam.




This term, our French focus will be Weather. Children will understand and say weather phrases; say which clothes they might wear in different
conditions; respond appropriately when asked the date and use the new language in a short presentation. We also aim to have the children initiating conversations when working in pairs or groups.



Useful resources to use at home:


BBC – Sounds and Vocabulary



This term, children will be learning how to read musical notes and experiment with notation with a number of instruments. As part of the music curriculum, we will be exploring the concept of community and how it can be expressed via the medium of music.





PSHE this half term focuses on Living in the Wider World where we will realise the consequences of anti-social, aggressive and harmful behaviours such as bullying and discrimination of individuals and communities whilst developing strategies for getting support for ourselves or for others at risk. We will also resolve differences by looking at alternatives, seeing and respecting others’ points of view, making decisions and explaining choices. Finally, we will learn what being part of a community means, and about the varied institutions that support communities locally and nationally





This half term, Computing will focus on Algorithms. Flow charts can be useful for planning algorithms. On occasion they can also be useful for planning some programming that has just a few components. Before children can write flow charts with decisions they need to know how to read them. It is not enough to just demonstrate a flow chart on an interactive whiteboard, pupils need to use them actively. I don’t think there are many better ways to fully involve children than combining games playing and problem solving.



Dates for the Diary!!!

Class Assemblies

5NB – Thursday 17th January 2019

5CB – Thursday 24th January 2019

5DS – Thursday 7th February 2019

Trips and Workshops

Thursday 24th January – Winchester Science Museum (all classes, all day)


PE kit

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PE days vary depending on weather. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.

Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.