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Dear Parents,


Welcome back to what I hope will be a full academic year and your time with me in Year 5. I hope that you have had a good and refreshing Summer holiday and that the children are ready for some hard work and fun in their learning during the their time with me.

Our topic for this term will be North America and The Victorians and we will be studying History and Geography through this until the end of term. Our studies will look at the Geography of North America, in History, the lives of the Victorians and the incredible advances that were made by them.


We will be looking at Forces in Science. This will include knowing that:

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


In RE we will look firstly at World Views and Christianity where our Big Question will be 'How do I form my views of the world?' In the second half of the term, we will be exploring the Worldview of Christians, our Big Question will be 'How useful are the commandments to Christians today?'


There will be two PE sessions each week so the children will required to come to school in their PE kits on a Tuesday and Wednesday. One session will be on a Tuesday afternoon and one on a Wednesday afternoon.



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 will run alongside the Google Classroom where homework will also be set due to the success during the rectent lockdowns.  I intend to continue with these for the rest of this academic year. Please use them as often as possible. It will impact on your child's progress. 



In English, we will be looking at the story ‘King Kong’. Opportunities to write include:


  • Setting descriptions
  • Character descriptions
  • Persuasive letters
  • Diary entries
  • Newspaper reports
  • Alternative endings 






We will be creating our extended writing through our topic of North America and 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 topics and the previously mentioned varying genres. 

These opportunities form an interesting and varied list 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 with them 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.

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 looking at Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Statistics, Multiplication and Division finishing with Perimeter and Area before Christmas, whilst continuing to consolidate previously learnt concepts.


We will ultimately be problem-solving with the skills learnt.  

In preparation for the end of year tests 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 Spring term.



As we enter the new academic year 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


Autumn Term 2021