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Welcome back to school of the start of a new academic year!


We can't wait to get back to learning in 2022! Take a look at the things we will be studying 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 in class 5S should come to school in PE kits on Monday and Thursday. 


Q: When should homework be handed in?

A: Thursday morning.


Q: What homework needs to be handed in?


Your child will need to complete these things online that must be completed by Thursday each week 

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

2) Completed MyMaths homework 

3) Reading Eggs Assignment

4) Daily Spelling Shed practice of the word list for the week (these lists are in the back of your child's reading record and can be found on SeeSaw).


Each Thursday, your child will need to bring the following items into school:

1) School reading book 

2) Reading record with five entries signed by an adult. 


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




Year 5 Timetable

Here is a normal daily timetable for Year 5 students:

9.00am – 9.30am: RE.                          1.45pm – 3.00pm: RE/Science/Topic/PE/Spanish                                               

9.30am – 10.45am: Maths                    3.00pm: 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 or eleven words to learn how to spell. They will be tested on this every Thursday. Children enjoy particular success in learning their spellings by using Spelling Shed.


3) MyMaths 

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


4) Reading Logs and reading books

Children need to bring their reading books and reading records every day. When they have finished their reading book, children will sign their book in with their class teacher before being allowed to take another. 


Children should keep their reading records up to date and will be expected to bring them in every day 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



Throughout the autumn term we will be working through our module 'Created and loved by God'. Within this module we will cover four units, starting with religious understanding to support our learning of PSHE themes. 


We will start this term by reviewing the changes that happen to our bodies as we grow older. We will then move on to the topic "Emotional Well-being", where we will look at the topics of body image, managing our emotions and what to do if we see things that make us uncomfortable online. 



This term we will be undertaking writing based on Tony Bradman's Viking Boy. In studying this book, our focus will be learning how to create atmosphere in our writing, as well as how to write great action scenes!


In our writing, will be focusing on the following skills: 

- How to use commas to add extra information to sentences

- How to use parenthesis (brackets, dashes and commas) to add extra information to sentences

- How to use speech to make action move forward


We will also focussing on handwriting. We would like all students to be able to use cursive 'joined-up' handwriting in all their work by the time they leave Year 5.



During the autumn term, we will be studying place value with whole numbers. Children will learn the value of each digit in a number up to one million. They will learn how to round and order numbers using comparative symbols, Roman numerals and work with positive and negative numbers.  



During the autumn term, children will be studying the theme 'Domestic Church and Ourselves'. We will be discovering our God-given talents and qualities, and finding about the ways we are all called to be like God. We will study our class saints and look at how they use their qualities and talents to be holy people. 



Autumn Term Topic: Empires

Children will now study one topic for both spring terms. During spring term, our topic will be "Empires". We will be learning about and comparing two historic empires: The Shang Dynasty in China and the Islamic Golden Age in the middle east (with a special focus on Baghdad). We will be learning how people lived in these empires and how their rulers controlled the areas. We will also be comparing these two areas in geography, talking about the differences in landscape between China and the middle east. Finally, we will move on to look at the more modern British Empire and the way its effect around the world. 



This term we will be looking at the topic of space. We will be studying the movements of the sun, moon and earth in relation to each other, the planets that make up the solar system and creating models of how the solar system moves. 


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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