Mr J Phelan


Year leader

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Miss L Dummer


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Miss E Jordan


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This half term in Year 5…

This is an overview of this term’s work:


This half term, we will be learning all about biographies. We will begin with our reading skill where we will learn to select and retrieve information from biographies. This will allow us to learn about a varity of important people, current and historic, while also unpicking the features that make something a biography.

In Writing, we will then use this information to write our own biography about a famous scientist from history. To tie into our Science work, we will encourage the children to write about scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton, who discovered gravity; to Galileo, who discovered that the Earth moves around the sun and not the other way around and Katherine Johnson, who was a crucial mathematician in the NASA moon landing. However, we will also allow the children some research time if they would like to write a biography about any other important scientists they are interested in.

In spellings, we will be revising some spelling patterns from years 3 and 4 while also introducing the year 5 and 6 spelling words the children will be learning over the next two years.

You should be continuing with your daily reading. You may have a library book, your own book from home or you can use MyOn to access Ebooks. 

Pupils all have access to MYON: a fantastic website that allows pupils to access a range of fiction and non-fiction books where they can complete an Accelerated Reader quiz on them when they are finished. Click here to go to the MYON website.

To go directly to the Accelerated Reader website where you can take quizzes on books you have read at home, click here.



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 place value. We will be exploring negative numbers, roman numerals, rounding, ordering and comparing decimals, and count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1000 000. As a result, we will us

e this knowledge to support us in solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums through the use of word problems and open-ended investigations. Furthermore, at the end of every lesson, we will practise and develop our arithmetic skills and knowledge to deepen our mathematical fluency skills.

Maths learning at home:

We will be continuing to encourage many of our pupils to continue with their times table practice on Times Table Rockstars, which will help to support their development of these skills.  Click here to access TTR!

Children regularly have access to SUMDOG which is a game that they can also access at home. This helps to reinforce the concepts learned in school – the children really love this and we enter competitions throughout the year too! Click here to access SUMDOG!


During this half term, we will be learning about Forces. Pupils will explore falling objects and raise questions about the effects of air resistance. We will explore the effects of air resistance by observing how different objects such as parachutes and sycamore seeds fall. In addition, the children will experience forces that make things begin to move, get faster or slow down. Following on from that, we will explore the effects of friction on movement and find out how it slows or stops moving objects, for example, by observing the effects of a brake on a bicycle wheel. Finally, we will explore the effects of levers, pulleys and simple machines on movement.


Our topic is going to explore climate change and the effect it has on the planet. First we will use our map reading skills to identify different parts of the world, such as different continents. Then we will look at how different parts of the world are affected by climate change.

This will all lead up to a debate about what we can and should do to help slow the effects of climate change, from actions of individuals as well as large companies.


This term, our French focus will be Phonics and learning the language for the weather. Exploring phonics will help children pronounce words in French and the focus will be on the days of the week. In the early stages of French conversation, phonetics are possibly the most important element to learn. Giving the pupils a step-by-step guide to speaking in French, this unit aims to ensure that children can pronounce words accurately and fluently, thereby communicating easily in French. By the end of the unit, children will be speaking more fluently and be able to write a report for the weather in different areas of France.


This half term, as part of our learning about World Music, we will be returning to our unit about African Drumming that was started in year 3. The children will expand on their knowledge and application of different drumming techniques as well as exploring different African stories and composing music that works alongside the story.


PSHE this half term will be focusing on new beginnings and how they can use the Langstone Learner skills to be successful in Year 5. We encourage children to find ways to use their Langstone Learner Cards at home in their pursuit for the coveted Langstone Learner Master t-shirt. Moreover, we will be exploring the importance of relationships and how the development of a strong team mindset can be a great benefit to us as a community.


This half term, we will be learning all about how to keep safe online. As part of our digital literacy unit, we will find out ways to protect ourselves when using the internet by doing things such as, not sharing private information, using secure websites and creating strong passwords.


In PE this half term, we will be focusing on our personal cog where we will look to develop our ability to identify of own as well as others’ strengths and weaknesses.

PE is on Wednesday and Friday. Please arrive at school in your PE kit and remain in this for the day.

Wednesday is Real Gym. Children should wear a white t-shirt and black shorts or black leggings. Tracksuit bottoms are not permitted however they may be worn to school over the top of their shorts during winter months. Children will then need to remove these before our gym sessions.

Friday is Outdoor PE. Children should wear a white t-shirt and black shorts or black leggings/tracksuit bottoms.

Each class will be taking part in Real Gym until February and these will take place in their indoor
sessions. As always, the safety of our children is paramount and to ensure this remains, the PE uniform policy is listed below:

-Children must wear the correct PE uniform during Real Gym sessions; black shorts, leggings
or ‘skins’ and a white tee shirt. Children cannot wear tracksuit bottoms or sweatshirts during
Real Gym sessions. As we are asking your children to wear their PE kit into school, they could
still wear tracksuit bottoms/sweatshirts to school in the winter months over their shorts and
tee shirt. They can still wear tracksuit bottoms or sweatshirts during their outdoor PE
-No jewellery can be worn during Real Gym sessions, this includes any earrings, even studs. If
your child cannot remove their own stud earrings for these sessions, please do
not send them into school wearing them on their Real Gym days.
-Watches cannot must not be worn so we ask you not to send your child in with a watch on
their Real Gym days.
-During Real Gym sessions, your child will be asked to remove their shoes and socks as this
will increase their grip on the equipment greatly. If there is a medical reason why you would
like your child to not go barefoot, please discuss this directly with their class teacher.

Our PE uniform for Real Gym sessions is based on advice by the British Gymnastics governing body
and is designed to ensure your child is as safe as possible during their exciting Real Gym sessions.

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Dates for the Diary

1st, 2nd, 5th September 2022 – INSET days

Tuesday 6th September 2022 – First day of term

Tuesday 4th October 2022 – School picture day

Friday 21st October 2022 – Last day of Half Term

Monday 24th October 2022 – Friday 28th October 2022 – Half term break

Monday 31st October 2022 – First day of half term

November 2022 – Black History Month

Monday 14th – Friday 18th November 2022 – Anti-bullying week

Friday 16th December 2022 – Last day of Half Term

Monday 19th December – Monday 2nd January 2023 – Christmas Break

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Please continue to practice your national curriculum exception words. We will be continuing to practice last half term’s spellings alongside the next group of Year 5 exception list this half term. A list of which you can find below:

Daily reading for 15 minutes and times table practice is also expected. Reading can vary wildly! This could be reading a recipe book to help cook or reading a newspaper/magazine…. it really is up to you! Please fill in your Reading Record and hand this in daily to your class teacher.