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Year 5 – Miss Hester

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Welcome to Seals Class (Year 5) web page!

Snow Day Home-learning

Year 5 Snow Day Home-learning

Welcome back to the new SPRING term and to 2018! 

Topic Web SPRING 1 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break and feel revitalised and inspired for 2018!


We are super excited to kickstart the term with SPACE and we will be looking at the history of the universe, the planets in our solar system and the life of an astronaut! Our big questions include: How big is space? Are we alone? Tim Peake, Katherine Johnston or Galileo? How could a robot contribute to your life? We have some fantastic WOW experiences lined up which include Woolacombe School going into space! We will be sending a near space balloon up into our atmosphere, attached with a camera to record its journey up into space!

Please click on the link below to see this term’s topic web for more information on the curriculum subjects this term.

Topic Web Autumn 1 2017


This term we will be covering a range of text types in our literacy, including performance poetry, journalistic writing to cover Woolacombe School’s Space Launch, and narrative writing to create tension based on the 1970’s space mission ‘Apollo 13’. Our performance poetry is going to be really exciting because we will be using Gustav Holst’s musical series ‘The Planets’ as a stimulus for our writing!




This year we are going to focus on thought bubbling our maths. We are going to delve deep into our minds to show and explain our answers to truly become mathematical masters! We are also going to continually track our progress throughout the term with the use of elicitation tasks before and after a topic has been learnt. This will enable us to see how we have progressed in our mathematical skills and identify where we need stretching and where we may need more support!

Another key focus this year is to crack our times tables! What multiplication facts could we use to solve our 6 times tables?! What about our 8s and 9s?! We are going to be competing against ourselves twice a week to beat our scores in the ‘TIMES TABLES CHALLENGE’ which provides us with 3 minutes to complete as many times tables problems as possible! Can you beat your score?


PE will continue to be on both Wednesday and Friday each week. This term, Year 5 will be taking part in: Gymnastics (indoor), Handball (outdoor), Football (outdoor) and Tennis (outdoor).  To ensure that we get the maximum enjoyment and learning from our physical activity, can you ensure that your child has ALL the correct PE kit for each session with their kits in class EVERY MONDAY. Due to the cold weather, it is vital that your children have WARM clothing for their outdoor PE sessions: an underlay, warm hat, gloves, appropriate shoes and a waterproof light coat is recommended!

In addition to our P.E. lessons we will also be completing our ‘Daily Physical Activity’ and are currently focusing on building up our stamina to see how many miles we can run in 10 minutes! Are you ready for the 10-minute challenge?!

Reading at Home

Home reading in Year 5 has been FANTASTIC so far, this year! I am really impressed with all the effort that has been put in and it really does make a huge impact on your child’s reading and understanding of a text.

Please do not forget our weekly ‘Reading Raffle’ and to be given this opportunity children will have to have read with an adult at least five times in a week and have it signed in their contact diary’s. 

Need some inspiration for a good book? Check out this website which offers “100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school”.

Just click on the link below!


Please ensure your child is equipped with their pencil case every day. Their pencil case should include, a pencil, a handwriting pen, a coloured biro to respond to feedback, a sharpener and a glue stick!

Home Learning

The effort and commitment shown to home learning from this class has been INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much for all the support you have shown and it really has impacted on your child’s progress!

Literacy home learning tasks will be set each Friday and then submitted for marking and written and oral feedback the following Friday.  This term, the literacy home learning focus will be on spelling and word classes.

The daily maths home learning will continue from Monday to Thursday each week. Again, thank you so much for the commitment that has been shown towards this. This term, I will be asking children to spend only five minutes on their daily home learning and then will encourage them to use the remaining five minutes to practise their times tables. It is really important in Year 5 for children to be able to recall their times tables, as it unloads the amount on their working memory and will help them progress in their learning.

Finally, this half term I will be setting a home learning project based on our topic SPACE. This is completely optional but I want to provide children with the opportunity to sink their teeth into a creative project. 

The full Statutory Spelling List for Year 5 is also available below.

Statutory Spelling List Year 5 and 6

Finally, home learning tasks are an assessment tool for me to monitor the progress of your child’s learning and the impact that my teaching is having on them. Therefore, if your child struggles or makes mistakes that is fine, I just encourage all children to try and if they feel that they really can’t do it, then I ask for them to write me a sentence explain why they are struggling – I can then support them the following day.

For any additional information or to answer any questions please do not hesitate to catch me in the mornings or after school! Alternatively, if you cannot not see me during those times, feel free to email me at

Thank you for all of your ongoing support. I am really excited for another wonderful term with Year 5!
Miss Hester

Key Dates

Assessment Week – Week beginning 8th January
Literacy Focus Week Workshops – Week beginning 29th January
Parent Consultations – Week beginning 5th February
Woolacombe SPACE LAUNCH – Week beginning 5th February
Half Term – Week beginning 12th February
World Book Day – 5th March
Maths Focus Week Workshops – Week beginning 12th March
Science Fair – 22nd March
Easter Service and Last day of Spring Term –  29th March