Year 5

Year 5 Blog

Mrs Dooley

Autumn 2017

English Writing: Our main focus in English will be linked to our key texts – ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo and ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells. We will be looking at key features of each text type to develop our knowledge, as well as showing grammar and punctuation in action (e.g. relative pronouns, modal verbs and conjunctions) and enriching the children’s vocabulary. We will then use these books as scaffolds for the children’s own writing, which will include the following composition types:

  • Diary
  • Explanation Text
  • Narrative
  • Letter

We had a big push on handwriting last year and will continue to do so by every child being given a handwriting pen on entering Year 5. It is very important that handwriting is well formed and accurate at this point in Year 5. Handwriting lessons take place regularly, but please encourage your child whenever written homework is set; to present it with care and to proof read their work.

English Reading:  The children are encouraged to read at home for at least 20 minutes every night.  Please support you child in completing their reading record each night. The children are also encouraged to talk about their books before moving onto their next book. We will continue to listen to the children read on a regular basis in Guided Reading lessons. The focus for this term will be on comprehension skills, inference and deduction.

English Spellings: Year 5 will be focusing on: silent letters and various suffix endings e.g.  – ible, -able, -ent, -tious introducing them to some more unusual examples.

Maths: The focus will be upon these key areas: Numbers up to 1 000 000, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, graphs, fractions and word problems.

Religion: Year 5 will be learning about ‘The Bible’ this term to widen the children’s knowledge and understanding of how and why Christians read it?  They will be learning about how to reference a Bible, the translation of it in history and today, for example by exploring the life story of William Tynsdale.  Year 5 will explore the manuscripts of the monks of Lindisfarne and will be recreating their artwork in the Gospels.

Worship: The children are learning about the Christian value of ‘Koinonia’ this half term, through stories, craft, drama and prayer activities.

Homework: Your support is extremely valuable to us and you can help by encouraging your child’s interest in any of the subject areas listed above and assisting them to complete homework set each week.  Please encourage children to read every day, recording this in their yellow reading records and to practise their times tables and spellings. Please feel free to record any reading that you do with your child in the yellow record. It is important that all reading books are in school each morning as we have daily guided and independent reading sessions.


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