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Welcome to Year 5 from Mrs Emms and Mrs Poguntke!

We are so excited to welcome our new Year 5s. Mrs Emms will be teaching Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Poguntke Thursday and Friday this year.

Our Class Book

We are currently reading The Firework Maker's Daughter, a fantastic story by Philip Pulman about Lila, a young girl growing up in China., who is desperate to be a firework maker like her father. We are really enjoying the characters in this story which include a grumpy King, a talking elephant and his keeper - Chulak. 


Year 5 Dates and Events - Autumn 2019!

6th December - Christmas Fair 2:00pm

16th December - Carol Service 2:15pm

19th December - Last Day of School


This half term we have getting to grips with climate change, its causes and how it affects  people across the World.

We were shocked to discover that the people being affected most by climate change are people living in the Earth's poorest coomunities, who have made a minimal contribution to the burning of fossil fuels and the creation of this terrible situation.


The children in Year 5 are expected to read for 10-15 minutes every day at home. They have been given a new Reading Record Book where they can record their reading in school and at home. Furthermore, their weekly homework sheet will have a box where the home reading should be recorded every day.

Please can you encourage your child to read every day (even if they are a fluent reader!) and record and sign that in the homework sheet. We will be checking the sheet every Friday and rewarding the children who have read 5 or more times over the week with a reading certificate.

Do come and talk to us if you have any questions about this or if you need any advice/suggestions on any aspect of reading at home.


Our PE sessions will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. It would be great if everyone made sure they have a full PE kit in school on those days. This includes: white T-shirt, red shorts, spare white socks, trainers and for the winter months a tracksuit.


Times Tables

Fluency in times tables is vital in improving a lot of our maths skills. In Y5, we will continue to practise our times tables knowledge. We will use a number of games, activities and even apps to help us with this task. Times tables learning will sometimes be part of your child's homework.

Please, use the links below to help your child practise their times tables at home. Come and see us to discuss ideas and techniques that your child can use at home to become better at this vital skill.


Homework will be handed out on a Friday each week and will need to be returned by the following Friday (or earlier if completed) and put in the special HOMEWORK TRAY in our classroom.

This half term homework will focus on the children's reading skills. They will bring home a few pages of a book (different book each week) and a task sheet with reading comprehension activities to complete.

Reading the extract is their first priority and that could count as one of their reading sessions for that week. Please encourage your child to read at least 5 times a week and sign their boxes on the homework sheet, so they can get their reading certificate.

If you need a new copy of the homework, please come and see either of us any day of the week.


In Year 5 we place a lot of importance in learning our spellings. There is a strong correlation between being a good speller and being good at writing. Our weekly spellings will be handed out every Friday and they will be tested a week later on the following Friday. The date of the test will be on the hand-out.

This half term we will begin to delve into the Y5-6 statutory spelling list which is attached below. This is a list of 100 words that the children must recognise and be able to spell by the time they finish Year 6.

You can find ideas for practising spellings in the attached sheets entitled 'Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spelling Words Activity Mat Pack'. The children will be using these in class and they could replicate any of the activities on the sheets to practise the spellings of each week at home.

If you need any more help or support, please come and see us!

How we teach maths in Year 5

Year 5 Calculation Policy

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