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12th April 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome back


It is hard to believe that we are starting our final term of Year 5. We are very proud of the transition the children made to all being back in school last half term and are looking forward to being able to build on their learning and the progress they are making.


Home Learning


  • Home Learning will now be set weekly via Google Classroom and will be followed up in class every Friday.
  • Independent reading is an essential skill. To maximise their progress in reading and therefore in writing, they must read at home for 20 minutes each day, both independently and to a willing listener. Should you be running out of reading material, every week Oak Academy in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust, has a popular children's author or illustrator who provides free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. This Virtual School Library will help to ensure that you all have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether you are learning at school or at home. They’ve worked with brilliant publishers and inspiring authors and illustrators to ensure that the books and activities in their Virtual School Library will support your wellbeing through reading. Please do investigate this at
  • Times tables knowledge being such an essential skill for success in maths it remains important that children are practising these regularly at home. Times Table Rockstar tournaments are set regularly to encourage daily engagement and Tackling Tables is a great platform for extending your child’s times table skills.
  • Accurate spelling is of equal importance and we encourage all children to use Spelling Shed to extend their spelling skills. Please encourage your child to log in daily.



The curriculum for this half term is as follows:


English: Writing will focus on creating a balanced argument for the use of plastics. This will be linked in with our reading sessions on Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick and our Summer term theme of Floods and Flooding.


Maths:  We are continuing to learn more about decimals looking at addition and subtraction as well as sequencing and multiplying and dividing decimals by multiplication and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1,00. This will be followed by expanding their learning about the properties of shape including calculation of angles using protractors


RE: Focuses on Life in the Risen Lord; knowing that Jesus is risen from the dead, learning to understand the meaning of the Resurrection and knowing that the spirit of Jesus works in many is present and among us in many different ways.


Science (Biology): We are learning about how plants and animals reproduce. This will be followed by learning that focuses on recognising the stages of growth and development in humans including the initial changes that occur inside and outside of the body during puberty.


Geography: An in depth study of global warming and its impact on floods and flooding with specific focus on the impact of flooding in King’s Lynn. We will be using maps to create four figure grid references as well as the eight compass points and revisiting the lines of latitude and their significance to the earth’s climate zones.


Music: The children will once again have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele extending their skills and embracing the joy and improved well-being that music brings.


PE: Lessons will be on Tuesday and Friday for Year 5 Blue and Wednesday and Friday for Year 5 Yellow. Each week and will focus on striking and fielding skills through cricket and an aspect of fitness through fitness circuits.


We are very excited at the prospect of having a term of hopefully uninterrupted learning in school. The new website will be going live shortly and more information about what your child will be learning will be available in the Year 5 section. In the meantime, should you have any questions or queries at all, please contact your child’s class teacher via Dojo.


Kind regards


Fiona McGovern and Elliott Odell

Year 5 Class Teachers.