Raven Class (Year 5)

Class Teacher: Mrs J. Sydney
Teaching Assistant: Mrs M. Canwell

A very warm welcome back from Mrs Canwell and me – we both hope you enjoyed the summer break. As we enter the first term of the year, please be assured that both of us will do all that we can to look after your child and ensure that they enjoy their time in school.  If you were unable to attend our ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting, the Powerpoint is here: Meet the Teacher outline presentation sept 2021 final

Our new topic is ‘Why are mountains important?’, which will be mostly geography-based.  English will see us writing a narrative based on the short Disney animation ‘Feast’,  a speech on the subject of ‘Refugees’ and a poem based on ‘The Malfeasance’ by Alan Bold

In maths we will be starting with place value before moving on to addition and subtraction.

P.E. with Premier Sports and ‘The Learning Tree’ will both take place on Tuesday afternoons this half term – please ensure your child comes to school appropriately dressed.

Our current class read is Malamander by Thomas Taylor.

Further information on our intended Curriculum for this term is included in our newsletter here: Curriculum newsletter for parents Year 5

And our timetable is here: Y5 timetable KS2 Autumn 1 2021

Home Learning

Spellings will be added here on a Monday and tested the following Monday.  Further information on spellings for year 5 (and the rest of the National Curriculum) can be found at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum In accordance with school policy, all members of the class will be learning spellings aimed specifically at Year 5, while revising spelling rules from previous years with which they are less confident in class.  As you are probably aware, spellings have been linked into handwriting previously, and I would encourage your child to practise their new spellings each week, in their best handwriting using this sheet.  Until your child has gained their ‘Year 5 pen licence’, pencil is preferred to pen – especially biros or felt tips as they often smudge or leak, which impacts on the appearance of your child’s writing.

Here is an overview of our spellings up until half term: Year 5 Term 1A Overview

And here is the overview for the spellings up until Christmas: Y5 Term 1B Overview

Here are this week’s spellings: Y5 spellings wb 11 October

And here are next week’s: Y5 spellings wb 18 October

We will be testing your child on the Lower KS2 statutory spellings later this term and will send home a highlighted list of those your child has spelled correctly/needs to learn as soon as we are able.  Lists for both Lower and Upper KS2 are here to enable you to continue to practise these at home:



Times tables will also be tested in school, usually on a Thursday.  In order to improve your child’s speedy recall of both multiplication and division facts, please help them to practise their tables every day, in whichever way you and your child prefer.  For most of the class, I would suggest that you start with the 2 x table and then move on to 4, 5 and 10 x to build confidence.  The key instant recall maths facts for Year 5 are included here: KIRFs  and it is essential that they are practised regularly to support your child’s learning.

If your child needs to be kept at home because they have Covid or are self-isolating, work will provided via Teams and will comprise: one English lesson, one maths lesson and one other subject.


How can you continue to help?

  • Read regularly with your child asking them questions about what they are reading, the characters and their opinions and using GoRead to write comments after you have heard your child read.
  •  Please also encourage your child to read a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.
  • Encourage your child to learn spellings, times tables and key instant recall maths facts.
  • Ensure your child continues to bring in their water bottle, and has sunblock/ a sunhat on any hot days and a change of footwear for the field for wetter days.

Of course, should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the office.

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