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.

Welcome back – Miss McLeod and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to all that 2020 will bring.

Our new topic is ‘The Indus Valley’, which will be mostly history-based.  Our curriculum coverage for this half term can be found here: Raven Class Spring 1 2019 Curriculum Map English will see us sharing our ‘Talk for Writing’ text of ‘The Hobbit’ (a ‘Journey story’, based on the classic text Hobbit Journey story Original), while in maths we will be starting with looking at multiplication before moving on to division and fractions.

May I remind you that it is vital that your child’s P.E. kit is in school every day as this allows your child to change in the event of them becoming wet and/or muddy during morning break or lunchtime play.  Please ensure that your child has kit suitable for the weather, as some days may be mild enough for us to be outside.  In addition to shorts/skorts and a t-shirt, I would suggest that they bring a sweatshirt specifically for P.E., rather than wearing their school one – as it may get muddy and/or wet, and a pair of jogging bottoms.  Please note that for your child’s safety, they need trainers to wear outside – the wearing of plimsolls is not allowed.

Home Learning

Spellings will continue to be sent home 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 aware, spellings are linked into handwriting and your child will be bringing home a sheet on which they need to practise their new spellings each week, in their best handwriting.  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.

Times tables will also be sent home weekly and again tested in school, usually on a Thursday.  In addition to ensuring that your child completes the sheet they have been given, please help them to practise the relevant table every day, including the accompanying division facts, in whichever way you and your child prefer.  The key instant recall maths facts for this half term are attached to this letter and it is essential that they are practised regularly to support your child’s learning.

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, to be brought to school no later than Monday 10th February, please:

  • Make a toy/model of an animal found in the Indus Valley.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation, which they will deliver to the class, on an aspect of the Indus Valley they have found particularly interesting.
  • Cook something using ingredients grown in the Indus Valley, such as grapes, dates, wheat, peas or pulses, to share with the class (no recipes containing nuts, please) and copy out and illustrate the recipe (by hand or using ICT) for those of us who are keen to replicate it at home. Please note that we are unable to reheat food and that if your child brings in something that is not easily portioned by being cut up (such as stewed fruit) we would very much appreciate disposable teaspoons/cups so that everyone who wishes to try it, may.
  • Create a board game which requires dice to play it.
  • Using clay, or another a medium of your choice, create either a decorated pot or piece of jewellery in the style of those found in the Indus Valley.

In order that your child’s memory stick is not lost or damaged, and to avoid the risk of transferring viruses in either direction, please email electronic projects such as PowerPoints to the office, who will then forward them to us to share with the class.

You are invited

This half term’s YAI will be on Friday 14th February, when you will be most welcome to come to join us for a session of science.

Helping in class

We would welcome any help that you feel able to offer us, either regularly with reading, or as a ‘one off’ when you are able for special activities such as crafts or cooking – please contact us either directly or via the office.  In line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy, please note that volunteers within the school community are subject to checks carried out by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and will be asked for references.

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 day.  Please also encourage them to read a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.
  • Encourage children to learn spellings, times tables and key maths facts.
  • Ensure your child brings in their P.E. kit on a Monday and that it stays in school until Friday.  Kit should be appropriate to the activities being taught, which this term will be dodgeball.
  • Ensure children have a water bottle, coat, gloves, hat and scarf now that the weather is colder and wetter.


Of course, should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and talk to me via the office.