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John 10v10

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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


Welcome to Miss Lansley's Year 5 class! We are supported by Mrs Calcutt this year. On this page you will find useful information about our work and routines, as well as ways in which you can help your child at home. Check back often and SCROLL DOWN to see what we've been learning!


Summer Term


Mrs Calcutt and I have been so proud of the way the children have returned to school during the latter end of the Spring Term. It has been great to see the children laughing and playing on the playground, as well as throwing themselves into their learning.


This term we will be continuing to focus on our Covid Recovery Curriculum, working hard to fill the academic and social gaps that may have appeared over the last 15 months. We're looking forward to getting outside as much as possible and we're hoping that we can start to get back to some degree of normality with our usual summer activities.


During Spring 2, we took part in the St Oswald's Dance Festival! Click here to see the performances from all of the classes.


Miss Lansley


General Reminders:


What should the children bring to school? Their lunchbox and drink, reading book and record, PE kit and a coat. They may bring these items in a rucksack. Please DO NOT allow them to bring any other unnecessary items in to school. Pencil cases are NOT allowed. 


PE Children should have their P.E kit in school all week in case of extra P.E sessions or changes to their regular P.E sessions. 


PE kit should consist of:

  • White t-shirt or polo shirt
  • Black or navy blue shorts or leggings
  • Trainers - pumps do not offer the ankle support they need for running! 
  • Tape for earrings if they cannot be removed.


Homework - Initially, homework will be set on Google Classroom. We will be encouraging the use of Google Classroom to help the children build up their technological skills and competency as quickly as possible. Please keep an eye out for your child's Google login, and more information about Google Classroom!


Reading - Please make sure that your child reads every night for around 15-20 minutes (as far as is possible). Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. If you can, listen to your child read and ask them questions about the text. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. SCROLL DOWN to see a website with lots of suitable Year 5 book suggestions!


Times tables - The children should continue to practise their times tables at home as often as they can. A secure knowledge of their times tables will help children in all areas of maths. Games are a good way of practising times tables and there are plenty online. SCROLL DOWN to find a link for the game Hit the Button, which is a great, fun way to get children practicing their times tables! Repetitive chanting, songs and quickfire questions are easy ways to practise them too. In Year 5 the children should also learn their square numbers up to 12 x 12 and prime numbers up to at least 20. 

Our learning in Year 5


English & Topic

This term our theme title is 'Conflict'. We'll explore both World War 1 and 2, focusing mainly on World War 2. We will find out about the people involved in these conflicts, examine key events and find out what life was like at the time. In English we will be exploring the book 'Rose Blanche' by Ian McEwan, which is a fantastic book that will help us to build our writing skills. In Guided Reading we will be reading 'The Butterfly Lion', by Michael Morpurgo.



In KS2 we all follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Patterns include the various ways to spell the "shun" sound (tion, sion, ssion, cian) and the "chur" sound (ture). Children use spelling journals in class to record their learning and support their independent spelling during writing lessons. See below for a copy of the Year 5/6 spelling list from the National Curriculum.

Year 5 and 6 Spelling Words


The whole school uses the Maths No Problem approach to lessons. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link:

Take a look at some of the things we have been getting up to recently...

Irreversible Change Investigation - We made salt dough in science and examined how the materials we started with (flour, salt and water) had changed by the end of the process...

In DT, we made our own trench cakes! This cake was a favourite with front line soldiers in WW1. We found out that the recipe didn't use eggs, because they were not easily available during WW1.

Welcome to Year 5

Forest School Letter

Useful Links!