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Harthill Primary School

‘A school at the heart of its village’

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


Who's Who?



         Mr Newton                         Mrs Sissons                       Mrs Moore                 Mrs Pridmore

        Class teacher                                                 Learning Support Assistants








Autumn Term

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term! I hope you have had a lovely break and that your children are keen to continue their hard work and learning in Year 5.  

During this term, we are still focussing on a whole school topic of ‘Heroes and Villians’. Through this we are going to continue studying ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and learning about Anglo-Saxons.



Key dates for diary

    • 04.11.2016 – South Yorkshire Police Road Safety Assembly
    • 16.11.2016 – Years 5 and 6 Maths Workshop for parents
    • 27.11.2016 – Operation Christmas Child Service
    • 29.11.2016 and 01.12.2016 Parent’s Evening
    • 05.12.2016 – Years 5/6 Winter Production
    • 13.12.2016 – Years 5/6 Christmas Party
    • 15.12.2016 –Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner
    • 16.12.2016 – Last day of term


Important routines in Year 5

  • Spellings are given out on Mondays and tested the following Friday. Children are expected to hand in their spelling sheet on a Friday.
  • Children in Year 5 are expected to read at least 3 times a week for 10 minutes (or longer if they are enjoying the book) and then log this in their reading record. Their reading record needs to be handed in on a Tuesday.
  • Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday.  Your child will need an indoor PE kit (Plain white t-shirt and black shorts) and an outdoor kit (tracksuit and trainers rather than pumps please as we use the ball court and playing field which can get very muddy!)

Home learning will consist of 1 piece every week. It is given out on a Friday and is to be handed in on a Wednesday.  This term the children will be given specific homework linked to our current learning. If home learning is not handed in, children will miss a break to complete it.


Home Learning

As well as our weekly Home Learning is we feel that the following basic skills.  We feel that these are really important and will help the children for the rest of the year. 

Reading:  We would like children to read at home 3 times a week and for a parent/carer to sign their reading diary. These will be checked by volunteers in school and all children who read 15 or more times over half term will receive a prize before the holidays.

Times tables:  For maths, a fast recall of times tables if very important to help children with all areas of maths.  For this reason we’d like the children to practise the times tables for their year group, forwards and backwards.  In Year 5 it is vital that children are fluent with all of their times tables, including using the inverse.  


Handwriting:  We will also be sending a ‘handwriting guide’ that can be used to copy and practise letter formation.  This will include a line guide, which can be placed under a piece of plain paper to practise whenever the children have time.  We won’t be expecting to have these handed in, as teachers will see the skills transferred into the children’s writing in their books at school. 



Ways to support your child

  • Encourage your child to read at least three times a week and record their reading in their reading logs.
  • Ask your child questions about the book that they are learning to improve their understanding of what they have read.
  • Encourage your child to practise their times tables 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.


Transition Week

Our Class Tree - The Contorted Willow

English - Autumn Term 1

Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter