Year 5

Teacher: Mrs Michelle Metcalfe                                               Autumn 2018

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Rosemary Gammon & Mrs Carla Stapleton                                                                            

The school day:                                                         

Registration: 9.00 – 9.10

Assembly: 9.10 – 9.30

Morning session one: 9.30 -10.50 

Break: 10.50 - 11.05                                                                                                                        

Morning session two: 11.05 – 12.30                                                                                                                      

Lunchtime:   12.30 - 1.35  

Afternoon sessions: 1.35 -3.25

Our main topic this term is World War 2. We will start our project by thinking about what we know and what we would like to find out. This project will be led by what the children would like to discover about this period of history. They will be encouraged to research using primary and secondary sources and will produce a range of work that demonstrates what they have discovered. In art, Class 4 will be researching the war effort “Make do and mend” and relating this to the present day. I would be very grateful if every child could bring in a piece of clothing that they no longer wear that they can go on to re-purpose in some way. I will send further details via parent mail in due course. If your child would like to bring in artefacts and or photos we will share these with the class and take very good care of them whilst in school.

English: This term we will kick start the year by practicing our sentence level work in a short unit called ‘Super Sentences.’

This will give us lots of experience of writing a range of sentences fit for a variety of writing styles.

Our class book this term is a World War 2 text by Michael Morpurgo called Friend or Foe. This text will generate lots of opportunities to write quality texts including a diary extract, a short story and an information text. Each Monday we will work on practising our spellings ready for a spelling test each Thursday. Grammar will be learnt and practised on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and on Fridays we will read a range of short texts in our reciprocal reading groups.

Maths: During the autumn term in maths we will be revising and developing our knowledge and skills in place value, all four operations and measurement relating to perimeter and area. Children will practise fluency, reasoning and problem solving in a variety of ways. They will use resources, play games, work individually and in pairs and groups to answer questions and solve problems. Each day we will practise a multiplication rap which will help children to learn all their times tables for instant recall. Children will also take a times tables rock star test three times a week.

RE: Children will participate in two RE enrichment weeks this term. The first will be at the end of the first term and our class will focus on the question: What matters most to humanists? The second week will be in December and we will ask the question: Was Jesus the Messiah?

PE: PE will be on Monday and Friday. Children will participate in ball sports including football and basketball.  Please ensure children have their PE kits in school all week.

Homework will be given out on Monday to be handed in by Friday. Please remind your child to hand their homework in on time as this will give me time to mark it. Homework books should always be handed in on Friday, even if homework is not completed, as their new homework will need to be stuck into their books.

My Style Homework

Once a term, children will be given a title which should be the inspiration for a piece of project homework.  This homework should reflect things that they enjoy or an area of learning they would like to find out more about. For example; if your child loves art they can create a painting, sketch or collage, if they enjoy computing they can create a power point or similar presentation, if they like cooking they can cook something and bring it in for the class to sample. The possibilities are endless. Children can work on their projects with a parent or other family member. Children will be asked to present their homework to the rest of the class and they will be awarded fuzzies for their time, creativity and effort. 


Children should be reading to an adult on a regular basis. If your child is a reluctant reader at home please let me know and we will keep an eye on this at school. Reading will take place in a variety of contexts in school, including reading to an adult, in small groups, to the whole class and in guided sessions. A greater emphasis is placed on children’s understanding of a text rather than de-coding in year 4 and 5 so please discuss what your child is reading and ask lots of questions. If you would like a list of suitable questions let me know and I will pass this on through your child.

Class rules and behaviour

Children will be expected to follow the Golden Rules that are displayed in class. If children decide to break the rules they will receive the sanctions as set out in the School Behaviour Policy. However, I believe in creating a nurturing and supportive environment where I expect children to:

  1. Try their best in everything they do.
  2. Not worry about making mistakes and have a “can do” attitude.  
  3. Be supportive and encouraging to their peers.
  4. Look after themselves, their classmates and school property.

In return for hard work and good behaviour children will be awarded ‘Fuzzies’. They will be able to save their fuzzies and exchange them for a range of prizes.

Clothing and Belongings

Please make sure your child remembers their water bottle, reading book & diary, a packed lunch and snack (if required). All things brought into school, including clothing, should be clearly labelled to avoid things being difficult to identify.  As you know the space in a cloakroom is limited so please encourage children only to bring in what is necessary. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times in a small draw string bag if possible. Jewellery is not permitted in school with the exception of an inexpensive watch and stud earrings for those with pierced ears. Please limit the amount of stationary your child brings to school as unnecessary items can sometimes cause a distraction. One pencil case with felt tips and/or pencil crayons is sufficient as we have everything else they need in school.

Thank you for your support. Please feel free to speak to me at the end of the school day if you have any queries, questions or concerns.

Mrs Michelle Metcalfe