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Year 5 summer term letter

27 April 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

It’s hard to believe we’re already into summer term – 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.

This half term our central idea is:

Societies change to allow children to have the right and responsibility to a healthy balanced life.

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

• Children’s rights have changed throughout history
• Children’s rights in different societies
• The elements of a healthy balanced lifestyle


Our literacy unit this half term looks at persuasive arguments and we are linking this to the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child. We will then be focussing on story writing and looking at a book called ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty.


This term we will cover geometry, measurement and statistics. This will include work on 3D shapes, angles, position and direction, converting between different units of measurement, perimeter, area and interpreting statistics presented in different ways.


Our Science work this term will be linked to our units of inquiry. This will be explored as we investigate the water cycle and how to purify water in the second half term.


This term our unit is based on looking at different religions with a focus on Sikhism.


P.E. lessons will continue to 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 continue to 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 only be every half term.

We would also like you to continue to ensure that your child reads for 10-15 minutes EVERY day. We are very pleased with the children’s uptake of the Reading Road Map scheme and hope that their enthusiasm for books continues. 

Dates for your diary

• KS2 Disco – 25 April, 3.30 – 5.15pm – ticket only
• Y5 Parent Lunch – 2 May, 12.40pm
• Sayers Croft – 23 May – 25 May
• Half term – 28 May – 1 June
• Class Photo – Friday 22 June
• Sports Day – Tuesday 3 July

If you have any questions about your child and their learning, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me. Thank you very much for your continued support. It has been another excellent year thus far for our class.

Yours faithfully

Mr Berridge
Year 5: Class Teacher




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