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Year 5



Mrs Khan (Monday-Wednesday), Mr Keohane (Thursday and Friday), Mrs Dunmall and Mrs Samuelson look forward to working with the class this year.


PE: Year 5 P.E. will be on a Tuesday this term.  Please make sure the children have their full kit with them on this day (including tracksuit bottoms and trainers for the autumn term). However, children need a full PE kit from Monday to Friday in case we do an extra lesson or activity.


Library:  In Year 5, our library day is Thursday. We will encourage children to select appropriate books to read independently or a book which you could read with them.


Our theme until Easter is THE VIKINGS! 

Please take the time to read the Curriculum Newsletter for the term.

For HOME LEARNING information, please scroll down to the bottom of this page


On 13th September the Year 5 classroom was taken over by a whole host of mischiefmaking
Big Friendly Giants, Oompa-Loompas and Matildas. 

We began the day with an assembly highlighting the impact Roald Dahl has had on the lives of his readers. We also considered how he has created and adapted a variety of words including 'scrumdiddlyumptious' and 'whangdoodle'; teachers were encouraged to create their own with Mrs Filisetti creating 'huggle' and Mrs Coxell wanting her office to become 'super-tidy-licious'. 

Year 5 fully immersed themselves in The Wonderful World of Dahl. It was GREAT FUN!


To kick-start our Space topic, Y5 and Y6 visited the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. We took part in a Discover Space workshop where we looked at how light is used in telescopes to explore the Universe beyond our reach. We then had time to explore the new interactive zone called Explorer: Space where some of us even dressed up in an astronaut suit. The highlight of the day was the awesome Planetarium where we took part in a show called Our Solar System and Beyond.


Our first Science Week of Year Five focussed on Forces. As our current topic is Space, we looked in depth at gravity and wrote our own explanation texts. Throughout the week we conducted a variety of different experiments testing resistance, friction and balancing forces. We ensured we wrote our investigations thoroughly, creating graphs to support our conclusions.


We have been incredibly impressed with the quality of homework this half term, not only creative very informative. The challenge this half term was to complete a self-lead project on an area of space. We received a variety of different creative pieces: rockets, planets, constellations and even whole solar systems. The children each spoke eloquently about their projects and the information they gained from putting them together. Very impressive!


On Thursday 29th November, Miller's Ark Animals came to school to see the children. This was very kindly been funded by the PTA. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves meeting the animals.

Miller's Ark Animals brought sheep and lambs to cuddle, goats and kids, piglets to tickle, two miniature donkeys, colourful chickens and ducks. We also met a female goose called Douglas! We were told how they look after the animals and some humorous tales too! The children were allowed to join their animals in their pens if they wished to do so and so had a real hands-on experience with the animals.



On Friday 30th November, we were treated to an amazing visit by Brightstorm (our class novel) author Vashti Hardy. We have nearly completed the story so had a wealth of questions about where the inspiration came from, where the title 'Brightstorm' came from and how the story will end (although no spoilers!). 

Vashti really shared the message that anyone can do anything and it's important not to be held back but (perhaps most importantly) not to hold yourself back. 

Ronnie was the lucky one to be chosen to dress up as an explorer, complete with scarf and compass - with Felicity Wiggety's lucky spoon making an appearance. 

We were lucky enough to see Vashti's original map of the continents featured in Brightstorm. She then encouraged us to create our own - which could potentially lead to a piece of writing.

Vashti was then generous enough to stay behind and sign books and answer any burning questions.


Home Learning

Times Tables: 

Each Monday Year 5 will be taking part in the Times Tables Challenge.  All children start at the first stage.  To move onto the next stage children must complete the challenge in 3 minutes with all answers correct. Children need to know all their multiplication and division facts up to the 12 x table. 

Children can now practise their times tables whenever they want to with TIMESTABLES ROCKSTARS.  Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.  Log in details are inside Spelling Homework Books. 

Times Tables Support


The children are expected to read at home 5 times each week. Please make sure you sign their reading record each time you hear them read.  You can also make a comment on their enjoyment and understanding of the book, how fluently they read and any difficulties they experienced, at the end of each book. Don't forget the children can also comment on their own book in the new reading record !The children should bring their book bags to school every morning so that we can monitor their progress. Reading Records will be checked on a Wednesday

Children can now practise their reading comprehension whenever they want to with READTHEORY.  Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.  Log in details are inside Spelling Homework Books. 

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Recommended Reading List for Years 5 and 6


All children will get ten spellings to learn every week. The children are given a suggested activity to support them to learn their spellings, these will be stuck in their Spelling Homework Books. Please can their (yellow) Spelling Homework Books be handed back in on a Tuesday. Then the new activities can be stuck in ready for the new spellings to be handed out on Thursday. Children can now practise their times tables whenever they want to with SPELLING SHED.  Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.  Log in details are inside Spelling Homework Books. 

Autumn Term Y5 Spelling List

Spring Term Y5 Spelling List