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Welcome back to Autumn term 2!


Mr Kelly, Mr Simms and Mr Naughton can't wait to get back to learning this half term. 

We have updated the subjects we will be learning this term - find out more by scrolling to the section 'curriculum overview' below.


News and Updates

During our parent consultations, many adults asked us for suggestions for great books that their children could read. You can find an excellent list at the website The Reader Teacher by clicking here


Quick answers


Q: When do students need their PE kits?

A: Students come to school in outdoor PE kits on Monday and Thursday. 


Q: When should homework be handed in?

A: Thursday morning.


Q: What homework needs to be handed in?

A: Five things:

1) Seesaw homework (we set homework online instead of learning logs)   

2) Completed MyMaths homework (online) 

3) Reading log with five completed entries, signed/initialled by an adult

4) Spelling practice book 

5) School reading book 


Q: How do you use Seesaw?

A: Seesaw can be used on laptops, tablets and phones. You can watch a video of how to use it by clicking this link:


Home Learning

If students need to continue their learning at home, you can find links to materials to use for home learning below. If you would like us to mark your week, please send it to us on Seesaw


Maths Lessons




COVID-19 Arrangements Questions


Q: Can students bring a water bottle to school? 

A: Yes they can. Students can bring water bottles into school on Monday and take them home on Friday for thorough cleaning. They must not be taken home during the week. 


Q: Can students still bring bags into school?

A: Yes they can. 


Q: Can students bring their own pencil case/stationary to school?

A: No. For hygiene reasons, we provide each student with their own stationary to keep in school. 


Q: What sort of face mask can a student wear?

A: A student can wear a plain face mask (no designs) that is a uniform colour (grey, white, black, navy).



Year 5 Timetable

Here is a normal daily timetable for Year 5 students:

9.00am – 9.30am: RE.                          1.10pm – 3.00pm: RE/Science/Topic/PE/Spanish                                               

9.30am – 10.45am: Maths                    3.15pm: Prayer and home time

10.45am – 11:00am: First break

11:00am – 11.30am: Reading

11.30am – 12.30pm: English

12.30pm – 12.45pm: Prayer and reflection

12.45pm – 1.45pm: Lunch


Key information



Students will be given the following homework each week which must be handed in on Thursday morning:


1) Seesaw online homework

This year, instead of students completing a learning log they will be set a piece of homework using the website/ app Seesaw. Seesaw has been chosen because it is extremely easy to use and works on almost every single device, including phones. If your child does not have access to a laptop or tablet, then we recommend that students complete their work on paper and that an adult uses the Seesaw app on their phone (available in both Android and Apple app stores for free) to take a picture of their work. This gives students an excellent opportunity to view each other's work and leave positive comments for their classmates.

Homework will be uploaded onto Seesaw and reviewed every Thursday - please note that your child will be trained on how to do this in school. Homework can be completed on paper and an image of it can be uploaded to Seesaw. Please click the following link for a video tutorial of how to upload work:


If you are finding it difficult to do this, please speak to Mr Simms for help and to make alternative arrangements. 


2) Spelling 

Each week, Year 5 students will be given a list of ten words to learn how to spell. They will be tested on this every Thursday.


3) MyMaths 

Each week, students will be set activities to complete online by their class teacher. These will be checked every Thursday. 


4) Reading Logs and reading books

Reading Books can be changed on Thursdays only. Books from home should not be brought into school because of our COVID-19 secure arrangements. The children should keep their reading records up to date and will be expected to bring them in every Thursday even if they have not finished their book. This will allow us to monitor how much your child is reading at home. We would like parents listen to their child read, initial their reading record and to discuss their book with them at least once a week. We expect your child to read for a minimum of 30 minutes each evening. This will really help them to make good progress in all aspects of their English. 


Curriculum Overview



This term we will be undertaking writing based on the book Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. This is an action and adventure book set in Viking times and features an exciting mix of battles, Viking Gods and evil kings. 


We will writing fictional diaries for the characters, describing epic battle scenes and writing our own newspaper report of a Viking trial. 


This term, we will be focussing on using commas, direct speech and relative clauses. We will also be looking at how to use parenthesis in our writing. 



This term, our main focus for maths will be multiplication and division. To make this process easier, it is really important that students know all their times tables really well. We will be looking at multiples, factors and multiplying & dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000. We will then move on to learning new skills of multiplying and dividing with large numbers. We will learn to multiply numbers by two-digit numbers (for example, 3,456 x 34) and how to divide four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers (for example, 2,376 ÷ 4).



We will be starting the year by focussing on the subject of remembrance, looking at the festivals of All Saints and All Souls, as well as remembering those who fought and died in the two World Wars. 


Our main RE topic will then be hope, focussing on advent, he idea of giving to others and the lead-up to Christmas. 


Our key scripture will be 1 John 4: 10-12: "This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent us his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.'


We will then be looking at the religion of Islam in our work on other faiths. 



Autumn Term 1: Coasts

In the geography topic, we will study:

  • Map reading skills
  • How humans and nature shape coastal areas
  • The scientific names for coastal features
  • The water cycle
  • How artists use paint to create different watery effects


Autumn Term 2: The Vikings

In this history topic, we will study:

  • Where the Vikings came from and how they invaded England
  • Viking technologies of navigation and boat building
  • How the Vikings changed England
  • The Viking conquering of York and defeat at Stamford Bridge


Spring Term 1: America

In this history and geography topic, we will study:

  • The differences between North and South America
  • Why different time zones exist in North America
  • How North America contains a huge range of different biomes, including many plants and animals
  • Famous North American artists, including Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiet
  • Mayan architecture, including amazing Mayan stepped pyramids
  • Mayan language and writing
  • What the Maya ate and their love of chocolate
  • Ancient Mayan religion and astronomy


Spring Term 2: Empires

In this history topic, we will study:

  • How countries such as Britain have built empires
  • The movement of people across empires
  • Trade routes across different countries
  • The effects of empires on our lives today



We will be studying materials in science this half term. We will be learning to:

  • compare materials based on their properties of hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and response to magnets.
  • dissolve materials and then recover a substance from the solution made.
  • separate materials by filtering, sieving and evaporating.
  • look at ways materials can be changed and whether these changes are reversible or not.


Useful links






Helping at home - English

Oak National Academy - English

Oak National Academy - Grammar

Oak National Academy - Spelling

BBC Bitesize

Spelling Shed:


Helping at home - Maths

Oak National Academy - Maths

BBC Bitesize - Maths


Useful documents

Below are links to the Year 5 Google Drive. Here, we keep copies of homework, trip letters and documents to help learning at home. We will put files into these folders as the year goes on


Copies of homework:

Copies of letters:

Documents to help learning at home:






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