Raven Class (Year 5)

Class Teacher: Mrs J. Sydney
Teaching Assistant: Miss A. McLeod

A very warm welcome back from Miss McLeod and me after what has been a very challenging few weeks for all of us. 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.

Our new topic is ‘What is a River?’, which will be mostly geography-based.  English will see us sharing the nonsense poem ‘On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan before we move on to consider explanation texts, while in maths we will be continuing with our fraction work.

Our Key Instant Recall Facts are here: KIRFs

Our new topic is ‘What is a River?’, which will be mostly geography-based.  English will see us sharing the nonsense poem ‘On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan before we move on to consider explanation texts, while in maths we will be continuing with our fraction work.

P.E. will be on Tuesdays and will be ‘dance’ this half term.  Your child needs to come dressed in their kit, please.  In addition to shorts/skorts/jogging bottoms and a t-shirt.  Please note that for your child’s safety, they need trainers to wear in the hall – the wearing of plimsolls is not allowed.

Forest School will continue on Thursday afternoons after the Easter break.

Our current class reads are: The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L. D. Lapinski in the bubble and The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson at home.  I am intending to read Gargantis by Thomas Taylor to everyone when we are back together.

Our intended Curriculum for this term is here: Raven Class Spring 2 2021 Curriculum Map

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

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 Easter: Year 5 Term 2B Spelling Overview

Here are this week’s spellings: Year 5 spellings wb 8 March

A paper copy of these will be stuck into your child’s reading record when they are next checked.

We will be testing your child on the Lower KS2 statutory spellings and will sendt 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 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 March 22nd to show what they have achieved so that we can share and celebrate their learning in class:

  • Build a model of a building of landmark found by/on a river e.g. Tower Bridge
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation, which they will deliver to the class, on a famous river
  • Cook a traditional Easter food from another culture
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation or short video on a favourite book, explaining why they love it and why we should read it
  • Using a medium of your choice, create a piece of artwork showing a river

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 dance.

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

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