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Year 5 Newsletter November 2017


Dear Parents,


I hope that you have all had a fabulous Half Term break.  The children have settled well to their new classroom environment.  I believe that happy children learn best and will strive to ensure that your child has a positive experience in Year 5.  Your child will learn that rules and boundaries are there to put them in a position to learn and to ensure the consistent learning of all children in my care.   


During this Autumn Term we will be using The Victorians as our topic, which will link into our Geography and History and across our Foundation subjects where possible. 


We will be looking at 'Forces with Experimentation' this half term in Science. This will include knowing how to:

 explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
 identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
 recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


During History lessons the National Curriculum requires that pupils can:


Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.




On Wednesday afternoons the class will be taken by Mr Kelly and Mrs Hayward for PE and RE. The first PE session of the week will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Kelly and there will be a second PE session on Friday afternoons taken by myself. Please make sure that all PE kit is named and that your child has trainers for outdoor sessions. Mrs Hayward will be taking the children for RE lessons on Wednesday afternoons following PE.


The homework will continue to be sent out on a Wednesday and due in on the following Monday.  Mrs Watkins and I will be running a homework club on a Thursday lunchtime when children can choose to do their homework in school time. It is extremely important that children continue to practise their tables and read regularly. The 'My Maths' has proved a really useful tool for homework and general practice of what we had been doing in class this term. It consolidates Mathematical methods and makes the learning and interaction more fun for the children at home. I intend to continue with this during the academic year. Please use this as often as possible. It will impact on the child's progress. 



In English we will be finishing the unit of King Kong continuing to learn about several different genres of writing.

Opportunities to write will include:


  • Character Description

  • Setting description of Skull Island

  • Setting description of New York

  • Story Islands

  • Letter writing

  • Postcard home from Anne

  • King Kong’s feelings

  • Persuasive letter from Carl Denham


We will then be moving onto the Highwayman looking at:

  • A setting description of the Moor

  • Highwayman character descriptions

  • Newspaper articles on The Highwayman

  • Different Highwayman story openers

  • Monologues of different characters from The Highwayman



We will be creating our extended writing through our topic of 'The Victorians' giving the children lots of creative and interesting information for them to improve their Spelling, Grammar and text construction through research and analysis of the topic and the previously mentioned varying genres. 

These opportunities form an interesting and varied list of exciting opportunites to write and I will endeavour to keep writing opportunities as interesting as possible.


As always, please continue to read regularly with your child as this really helps their comprehension skills and improves their understanding of English Grammar and spelling patterns. I would stress to parents of our class to discuss anything the children have read in any one session at home to improve their comprehension skills. This has to be a focus for us moving forward through the year and also towards their personal preparation regarding the reading test at the end of Year Six. Reading helps massively with the children's writing. Also, and I will be looking for the children to undertake the school reading challenge, they need to get their reading record signed by parents each time they read at home. The children will progress through a series of certificates for reading enough and I fully expect this to impact on their achievement in Literacy.


If you can find the time please read with your child and ask them the meaning of the text they have read. The children need to find evidence for their reasoning within the text.


Spellings that come home will come from the Year Five National Curriculum requirements.



In Maths this half term we will be completing addition and subtraction before moving onto  multiplication and division.

The children will be learning to:

identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers
 know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers
 establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
 multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
 multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts
 divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
 multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000


We will ultimately be problem solving with the skills learnt.  

In preparation for the topic of Fractions a little further into the academic year here is a signpost to a useful tool for you at home.


This uses the Singapore Bar Model to help your child understand and unpick problems in a logical and systematic way. You may wish to have a play with this before we get to the notoriously difficult area of fractions.



I am really looking forward to further educating the children combined with all of the really exciting things that happen in Primary School during the lead up to Christmas.    


As we enter the new half term I would appreciate your support and encourage you to speak to me directly should there be anything to discuss. Please feel free to speak to me at the beginning or end of the day so that I can deal with any issues that you may have as quickly as possible. This makes for good communication and relations between us all and keeps things positive and forward moving throughout the year. Good communication between myself (as a teacher) and yourselves (as parents) leads to your children being in the frame of mind where they are ready to learn. 


As always, I will strive to keep your children happy at school, encourage a love of learning  and to equip them with a passion for their future time in Year Six and High School.


Many Thanks


Mr. S. Hewson


November 2017