Welcome to Year 5


Welcome back! I hope you've all had a fantastic break and your child is ready for a busy, but exciting start to 2020.

The Year 5 Team:

Miss Piponides is the class teacher supported by Mrs Littlewood ( Focused Provision).

Holes by Louis Sacher is a short novel that we will be reading and working with. It is about Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather, he is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit. Stanley and the other boys at the camp are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day.
We will be doing an immense amount of work based around this book whist developing our spelling and grammar skills, Furthermore, Reciprocal Reading is a vital part of our lessons. We will continue to use the VIPERS (vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve and summarise) to help improve our comprehension skills.


Our key areas of learning this term includes:
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
A large part of our daily maths work will be Mental Maths. We have allocated a daily 20 minute session to enhance its fluency. Furthermore, we will be consolidating all of our times tables with the use of Times Table Rock Stars.


  • We will be learning all about the changes to the world as a result of human impact such as rainforest destruction and global warming.
  • In Science, we will be travelling out of space and learning all about our eight planets. We will be exploring day and night, seasons and movement of the moon.

PE will now be taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays.

PE kits consist of black shorts, a white top (no logo please), suitable trainers or pumps and all jewellery must be removed. I will suggest that children should have a pair of plain black jogging bottoms or leggings and a fleece for our outdoor sessions.

The Year 5 homework policy is as follows:

Children are given spellings every Tuesday and will be tested upon these the following Tuesday. In order to help children learn their spellings, parental/carer involvement is essential. Children are also expected to read 5 or more times a week for approximately, 20 minutes. Please can children endure that their reading records are signed.

The school has bought into Times Tables Rockstars and every child has a username and password. Children are expected to use this online resource to help them learn and consolidate all their times tables: https://ttrockstars.com/login

Other home learning tasks are included on the ‘Homework Menu - Space and Earth’ and 'Rainforests' . Please be as creative as possible.

Home-School Communication:

In order for us to monitor and inform you on reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement.

Therefore, please check your child’s planner on a daily basis. Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

School Timings:

As a reminder, the school bell goes at 8:45am in the morning, children should be lined up on the playground at this time. Morning break is at 10:20-10.35am so please can you either provide your child with a mid-morning snack or money for toast/drink.

If you have any further questions or worries, please do not hesitate to contact the Year 5 team!

February 2020


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