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Year 5 ( Meerkats )

Class Page Spring 1 2024 

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to the new calendar year and the third term of your child's time in Year Five.  I hope that you have had a good and refreshing Christmas, despite the poor weather, and that the children are ready for some hard work as we move towards getting them ready for Year 6 and High School.  


Our topic for this term will be 'Crime and Punishment'. We will be studying History and Geography through this until the end of term. Our studies will look at the History of the subject and how crime and punishment has formed the legal system and the world in which we live.   We will explore lots of History through this topic. I expect the children to really enjoy the excitement that the topic provides.   


We will be looking at 'Properties and Changes in Materials' in Science, specifically.


The children will be taught to:

compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets

 know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution

 use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating

 give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic

 demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes

 explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda


In RE we will looking at what the bible teaches us about Fairness and Justice, the Golden Rule, the Beatitudes and the Commandments. Followed by Easter.



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



The homework will to be sent out on a Wednesday and due in on the following Wednesday.  It is extremely important that children continue to practice 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. 

The homework will always be set online and can be found on the Meerkats' Class Page. 



In English, we will be looking at The Highwayman followed by Malala's Magic Pencil.

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 Crime and Punishment 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 Multiplication and Fractions Decimals and Percentages.



As we start the new calendar year I would appreciate your continued 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


Spring Term 2024