Raven Class (Year 5)

Class Teacher: Mrs J. Sydney
Teaching Assistant: Miss A. McLeod
Welcome to Class 5.  Here, we strive to ensure that every member of our class develops the confidence and resilience to be willing to take risks and challenge themselves in their learning. It is important to us that children are not afraid to ‘have a go’, make choices for themselves and sometimes make mistakes. We want children to learn to value the mistakes they make and see them as part of their journey to success.
Our aim is for everyone to have fun and try their best with the help and support of one another.

A very warm welcome back from Miss McLeod and me after what felt like possibly the strangest half term ever. With the winter months approaching, please be assured that both of us will continue to do all that we can to look after your child and ensure that they enjoy their time in school.

Here is the text for our new English block (non-fiction: a discussion text): Should Daleks be allowed to live on Earth for which I would like your child to create a text map to be brought in by Monday 30th November, please.

Our new topic is ‘Why was winning the Battle of Britain in 1940 so important?’, which will be mostly history-based.  English will see us sharing our ‘Talk for Writing’ text of ‘Icarus’ (a ‘problem/Resolution story’, based on the Ancient Greek myth) after which we will be moving on to ‘Argument’, while in maths we will be continuing to look at addition and subtraction before moving on to consider graphs and then factors and multiples.

Our Key Instant Recall Facts are here: KIRFs

Our current class read is ‘The Midnight Guardians’ by Ross Montgomery – one of my top three reads this year.

Our intended Curriculum for this term is here: Raven Class Autumn 2 2020 Curriculum Map

And our timetable is here: Autumn 2 subject planner Year 5

P.E. will be on Tuesdays and will be ‘yoga’ this half term.  Your child needs to come dressed in their kit, please, which should be suitable for the weather as some days may now be damp/cooler and we will be outside as often as we are able.  In addition to shorts/skorts/jogging bottoms and a t-shirt, I would suggest that they bring a sweatshirt specifically for P.E., rather than wearing their school one.  Earrings are not allowed to be worn for PE and I suggest that you help your child to remove them before school if this is something with which they struggle.

Forest School will be on Thursday afternoons again after Christmas.

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.

Last week’s spellings are here: Y5 spellings wb 16th November

This week’s spellings are here: Y5 spellings wb 23rd November

Next week’s spellings are here: Y5 spelling wb 30th November

Here is an overview of our spellings up until Christmas: Y5 Term 1B Overview   A paper copy of these will be stuck into your child’s reading record when it is checked next.

We have tested your child on the Lower KS2 statutory spellings and have sent 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.

This week, I will be testing your child on the 8 x table.

This term, at home over the course of the next few weeks, I would like your child to complete an extended piece of work linked to our current topic to complement their learning in class.  They should choose one of the following, which we would ask you not to bring in please, but to send photos to us by Monday December 14th to show what they have achieved so that we can share and celebrate their learning in class:

  • Build a model of a planet or something associated with WWII, such as a Spitfire
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation, which they will deliver to the class, on WWII, Space or how Christmas is celebrated in another country
  • Cook a food traditionally shared at Christmas in a different country, such as Lebkuchen
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation or short video on another Greek myth
  • Using a medium of your choice, create a piece of artwork of a hero from mythology, a book or film.

How can you continue to help?

  • Read regularly with your child asking them questions about what they are reading, the characters and their opinions then signing in the reading diary to confirm that they have read with you every dayReading diaries need to come on to be checked on a Thursday please, and will be sent back home on the following Monday.  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 comes in in their P.E. kit on a Tuesday. Kit should be appropriate to the activities being taught, which this term will be yoga.

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

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