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Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome back to the Spring Term.


Curriculum: Our topic this term is based on the Michael Morpurgo novel Kensuke's Kingdom.  


Literacy : We will be beginning continuing with Read Write Spell (RWS) which will help

to improve your child’s reading and spelling whilst introducing a new grammar

scheme called Grammar Hammer. All work covered in our literacy lessons

includes both fiction and non-fiction writing and reading. It would be greatly

appreciated, if you encourage your child to read on a daily basis and ask them to

explain the audiences for and purposes of the texts that they read.


Numeracy: Again we are continuing with our scheme linked to Singapore maths. Your child will be covering a number of topics within numeracy, but we will be concentrating on

word problems, graphs and understanding fractions this term. If there are any strategies you are unfamiliar with please do not hesitate to contact me and I will show you how we work them out in school. It is important that all the children have a secure knowledge of their times tables, I hope that they are continuing to access 'Times Tables Rock Stars' as some fun revision for their test each week.


Science: Properties and changing state.


R.E: This half term our topic is Mission.  I will be encouraging the children to choose a charity and compile fundraising ideas.


P.E: This term Year 5 will go swimming on Wednesday afternoon.  Please ensure that your child has a swimming kits, complete with hat and goggles if needed. Please note, jewellery is not allowed.

I.T: In I.T we will be using the computers as a research tool to research a variety of topics.


Music: This year the children are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument. Mrs Edgar will be coming in every Friday afternoon. 


Art/D.T: Related to our Kensuke's Kingdom topic, sketching, observational drawing and exploring a range of materials and media.


History/Geography:Mapping and the importance of water.


If you have any concerns or questions relating to the work we will be covering please do not hesitate to contact me.



School Life

Attendance & punctuality:

  • We have a whole school focus on improving our attendance and punctuality. Please try to ensure your child is on the playground by 8:45am, they will be allowed to come straight into class. It is very important that your child has a good start to their day and they are there to hear the beginning of the lesson. There is a government expectation that all children should have a minimum of 97% attendance I hope you will support our school in achieving this target.


Uniform and PE kit:

  • I think we all have to agree the children all look wonderful in their new uniform. It is important that your child’s name is in their uniform and PE kit so that it can be traced should it get lost.


Essentials in class:

  • Any inhalers or medical necessities should be brought in, as well as any glasses, dinner money or any other items required.
  • If your child brings in a snack would you try to encourage them to choose a healthy one, crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks, etc are not allowed.



  • I will be setting homework on the following days.

Monday – spellings.

Tuesday – maths – basic skills.

Wednesday - literacy

Thursday – mathletics (ICT.)

Friday – Research/project work/ times tables.

The children will be encouraged to be independent learners this year, due to this

reason I will be encouraging them to do their homework and bring it in regularly.


School clubs:

  • The children have opportunities to take part in a number of after school clubs throughout the year. If your child chooses to attend any of the clubs would you please ensure that the member of staff running the club has been informed of the arrangements you have for their collection.


Contact details:

  • Would you please ensure that any change of address or phone numbers are passed on to the school office.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries regarding any of the above.


Many thanks

Mrs J Yates & Mrs McGann

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