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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


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                                      Mrs Perkins                                          Miss Eddershaw              

                            Class teacher                                 Learning Support Assistant


Spring Term

Welcome back!

I hope you have had a lovely break and that your children are keen to continue their hard work and

learning in Year 5. I thoroughly enjoyed our first half term together, and now that we have settled

into new routines, look forward to the rest of the year. 


During this half term, our class is participating in a 'Reading Around the World' challenge. When one 

night's reading has been recorded and signed in reading logs, children can move on one destination.

Once destination 30 has been reached, a prize from myself and Mrs Rayner will be awarded. Please

help your child with the challenge by either listening to them read and signing their reading log or

signing their reading log if they read independently. In addition to this, for every night where reading

has been recorded ad signed, raffle tickets are awarded on a daily basis. A raffle ticket draw takes

place on the last day of every half term - happy reading!


This half term, our class text is Clockwork by Phillip Pullman.

We are enjoying this and will be writing a mystery and suspense story of our own using Phillip

Pullman's techniques. After our narrative, we will write an explanation of Automatons.


Our additional must reads are:  




Key dates:


Wednesday 14th March 2018

Open Classroom 9am - 10-.15am - come and join us for a Maths lesson!


Also on Wednesday 14th March 2018

Wales High School Dance Festival (arrival for 5pm)

Children can come dressed in pirate themed costumes if they wish!


Pirate costume ideas:

  • Old tracksuit bottoms or leggings (black and possibly cut and/or with holes in)
  • Horizontal striped t-shirt or plain white t-shirt
  • Red/black sash belt (a neck scarf or dressing gown belt could be used)
  • Pirate eyepatch
  • Red/black/white bandana (a scarf could be used)
  • Waistcoat
  • Black face paint (I have some and am happy to paint faces before school ends on the day)

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Important routines in Year 5

  • Spellings are given out on Mondays and tested on the Friday. Children are expected to hand in their spelling sheet on a Friday.
  • Homework is given out on a Friday and needs to be handed in on the following Wednesday. Please be aware that,  if home learning is not handed in, children will miss a break to complete it.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please can you ensure that a suitable kit is in school from Monday to Friday for both outdoor and indoor PE sessions. Your child will need a plain white t-shirt and black shorts (indoor) and a tracksuit and trainers (outdoor).
  • Our class decided that children in Year 5 should read at least 4 times a week for 10 minutes (or longer if they are enjoying the book) therefore this is the expectation in Year 5. Reading should be recorded and signed by an adult in reading logs. Their reading log needs to be handed in every day.

Times tables:

As all tables are taught by the time children reach the end of Year 4, overlearning of them will take place in Year 5. Rapid recall of times tables is extremely important as it underpins the majority of aspects in Maths learning. In Year 5, it is vital that children are fluent with all of their times tables (with the expectation of being able to say any answer just as quickly as they would respond to the question, ‘what is your name?’). Once the table is firmly rooted, the inverse and other facts such as 10x, 100x, 1000x become easier for children to have at their fingertips. Research suggests that a times table fact needs to be iterated 200 times before it lodges in our memory. The trickier times tables, therefore, will be the focus for the remaining half of Year 5 with chanting, speed writes, say what you see, I say… you say and many more times tables games being played in class.


Week beginning: Times tables focus
19/02/18 10 x 8 = 80, 11 x 8 = 88, 12 x 8 = 96
26/02/18 6 x 7 = 42, 7 x 7 = 49, 8 x 7 = 56
05/03/18 6 x 6 = 36, 8 x 6 = 48, 9 x 6 = 54
12/03/18 8 x 8 = 64, 9 x 8 = 72, 9 x 7 = 63
19/03/18 7 x 12 = 84, 9 x 12 = 108, 11 x 12 = 132



Ways to support your child

  • Encourage your child to read at least four times a week and sign to say that they have read in their reading logs.

  • Ask your child questions about the book that they are reading to improve their understanding of what they have read.

  • Encourage your child to practise the 3 focused times tables, every week, at home to increase their fluency as this will support their learning in all aspects of Maths.

  • Support your child in completing their homework but if they are struggling encourage them to speak to their class teacher.

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