Year 5

Teacher: Mrs Michelle Metcalfe                                            Autumn 2017

Learning Support Assistants:  Miss Vicky East & Mrs Carla Stapleton                                                                                                     

The school day:                                                          

Morning:      09.00 - 12.30  

Break:          10.50 - 11.05    Assembly:    11.05 - 11.20    

Lunchtime:   12.30 - 1.35

Afternoon:    1.35 -3.25

Areas of work this term

In Class 4 this term, we will be learning about The Vikings and The Anglo Saxons. Children will be encouraged to ask questions and seek answers from a range of sources. We will learn what Britain was like before and after the Vikings invaded. We will learn about Viking and Anglo Saxon settlements and find out about why King Alfred was dubbed ‘The Great’. Finally we will learn about the end of the Viking and Anglo Saxon era and the legacies they left behind.

The units of work we are studying in science are ‘Changing Circuits’ and ‘Seeing Light’. We will carry out experiments and investigations and record our findings in a variety of ways. Children will work in small groups, independently and with partners while using a range of scientific equipment.

In English we will be writing a short story based on the work of the author Pie Corbett. During English sessions children will be practicing their reading, spelling and punctuation and grammar skills as well as developing the skills to become imaginative and proficient writers. We will also be completing a unit of poetry, reading poems for children by Pie Corbett and Valerie Bloom. During the second half term we will read and study Beowulf, an adaptation by Michael Morpurgo. We will complete a number of writing tasks relating to this text.  

In maths this term we will cover: place value; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division and statistics. Children will be encouraged to use a variety of methods to solve fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions. During maths we will practice calculations and times tables, participate in maths investigations, solve problems and play games.  

This year our studies in RE will focus on God in the first term and the Christmas story during December. Learning will take place in weekly blocked sessions which aim to engage and enthuse the children during the course of a week. There will be an emphasis on group work and discussions as well as being able to produce written and artistic work that provides evidence of their learning.

PE will be on Friday afternoons. This term we will be learning about and participating in hockey and football. Please make sure that children have the appropriate footwear & clothing and shinpads will be required for football and hockey. These need to be in school on the day they have PE and any other days they join a lunch time sporting activity.

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.

Homework will normally include:

  • An English activity related to the work we have been doing in class
  • A spelling activity based upon our spelling rule for that week
  • A maths activity or puzzle
  • Times table practice

It would also be really helpful and beneficial to your child if they practice their times tables on a regular basis. Children will be informed which times tables they should practice and they should write this in their homework book. A child will be ready to move on to the next times table set when they can instantly recall the times tables and inverse operations for the times table they are currently practicing.

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 good work tickets 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 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. try things out even if they might get it ‘wrong’ (the biggest lessons learnt are often made from mistakes) 
  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