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Year 5 spring term letter 2018

12 January 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and your child is excited for what lies ahead in their next term of Year 5. As a class, we continued to have an excellent Autumn term with lots of valuable learning and progress made.

This half term our central idea is:

Living things need to adapt in order to survive


Our literacy units this half term are short stories that create suspense and Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. The first will provide opportunity for the children to create some dramatic writing, whilst the second will link in to our Shakespeare production and the drama and dance lessons that the children will be having throughout the term.


We will be covering all aspects of Numeracy this term, including more of an emphasis on fraction work, statistics and word problems. It is vital that all children can recall their multiplication facts up to 12x12 quickly so please encourage this at home. All children have their Mathletics log-in details so this is a further tool which can be used to support your child’s learning outside of school. 


Our Science lessons continue to be linked to our units of inquiry. This half term we will be exploring the elements of biology that link to adaptation and food chains.


This term our unit is journey, authority and faith so we will be examining topics such as the ascension of Jesus through our RE lessons.


This term the children will be taking part in P.E. lessons during P.P.A. time.  This will be on a Tuesday afternoon.  Please ensure that your child comes to school with their P.E. kits on Monday, to be taken home and washed every Friday.


All children are expected to practise their times tables and learn their spellings every week. Spellings will continue to be set on Friday, with a test the following Friday.  There will also be a piece of Literacy or Numeracy homework sent out every Friday to be returned the following Thursday.  In addition to this, the children may be asked to complete research or project work linked to our unit of inquiry; however this will not be weekly. We would like you to continue to ensure that your child reads for 10-15 minutes EVERY day and they have a large selection of books both in the school library and Reading Road Map scheme in order to support this.

Dates for your diary

• Y5 Cake sale – 25 January, 3.30pm
• Y5 Parent lunch 31 January, 12.45pm (15 parents only)
• Half term 12 – 16 February
• Inset day – Monday 19 February
• Parent Evenings – Tuesday 20 February & Wednesday 21 February
• World Book Day – Friday 2 March
• The Shakespeare production, Hamlet - 22nd March, 6.00pm– tickets only
• Last day of Spring term – Thursday 29 March
• First day of Summer term – Monday 16 April

If you have any questions or concerns about your child and their learning please do not hesitate to come and speak to me and thank you very much for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr Berridge
Year 5: Class Teacher




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Photo of Primary pupils in one of the stagings of Hamlet

Acting and dance After a term's worth of rehearsals, the Primary School stage two stunning performances of Shakespeare's Hamlet