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Welcome back to Summer Term 1!


Mr Simms, Mr Kelly 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 in class 5K should come to school in outdoor PE kits on Mondays. 


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


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




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.                          1.45pm – 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 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



Throughout the summer 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 then move onto the unit 'Me, My Body, My Health' before exploring the third unit 'Emotional Wellbeing'. We will finish the summer term looking at our final unit of 'Life Cycles'. For any further information please see the TenTen parent portal. 



This term we will be undertaking writing based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We will be exploring Shakespeare's use of metaphor and comparative language while practicing all of the grammatical skills that we have been developing in year 5. The children will have lots of opportunities to explore the emotion in the play and to act important scenes out.


We will be using this as an opportunity to get students back into the practice of writing. We will be asking them to focus on using the correct punctuation and to revise the sentence structures that we have been developing their understanding of in the previous terms.


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.



This term, we will be spending the first few weeks revising calculation strategies and multiplication & division facts which will then support us as we enter into studying fractions. In this unit, we will be ordering, comparing, adding and subtracting fractions. In Summer term 1, we will extend their knowledge of fractions by learning how to multiply fractions and learning the decimal and percentage equivalencies to commonly used fractions.



During our Easter period the children will be learning about the transformative effects of the Holy Spirit. They will be studying the Pentecost bible story and looking at how they can transform their energy for the good of others. 



Summer term 1 Topic: Manchester

In the Summer term we will be studying our local Geography, in and around Greater Manchester. We will be studying maps and locating Manchester's position in relation to other key landmarks, important cities and geographical features such as mountain ranges, rivers, lakes and communication links. Within this unit we will also take a close look at the key landmarks within the boundaries of the Manchester Boroughs and try to gain a good understanding of where these are located in relation to our position in school.




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

That unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of Gravity.

To identify the effects of air and water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces.

That some mechanisms, including levers, gears and pulleys allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. 



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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