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Year 5 Summer term letter

9 May 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

It’s hard to believe we’re already into May – we hope you and your family had a lovely Easter and your child is excited for what lies ahead in their final term of Year 5.

Unit of Inquiry

This half term our central idea is:

Water is a limited and valuable resource and should be shared equally throughout the planet.

To gain an understanding of this central idea we will be focusing on the following lines of inquiry:

• The need for clean water
• Elements of the hydrological cycle
• The management of water around the world

Click here for the mind map.


Our literacy unit this half term looks at significant authors. We are currently looking at texts by Phillip Pullman, with the end goal of creating our own graphic novel. Afterwards we will study the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.


This term we will continue to cover all aspects of Numeracy with a focus on fractions and arithmetic using formal written methods. As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, 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 work this year will be linked to our units of inquiry.  This will be explored as we investigate the water cycle and how to purify water.


This term our unit is journey, authority and faith so we will be examining topics such as Pentecost and 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 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 continue to be a piece of Literacy or Numeracy homework sent out every Friday to be returned the following Wednesday.  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, with you listening to them read at least twice a week.

Thank you very much to those parents who have given up their time to come on trips with us so far this year and if anyone else is happy to be called upon, either for trips or when we need additional adult support, please speak to Rosey or myself.

Dates for your diary

• Tuesday 16 May – Year 5 Parent Lunch
• Wednesday 24 -26 May – Sayer’s Croft
• Monday 29 May – Half term
• Friday 9 June – Class Assembly (Sayer’s Croft)
• Thursday 22 June - P.T.S.A. Summer Fair
• Thursday 22 June - Junior Citizen Event
• Monday 26 June Year 5 Bikeability Week
• Tuesday 4 July – Sports Day
• Wednesday 5 July -  Whole school photo
• Monday 13 July -  Language Celebration Week
• Thursday 13 July – Primary Display Evening
• Monday 17 July - -Y5 & Y6 Olympic Trip
• Friday 21 July - Last day of Summer term

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 Spencer
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