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Year 5 – Miss Hester

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Welcome to Seals Class (Year 5) web page!


Welcome back to the new Autumn term and to Year 5, Seals Class! 


Welcome Year 5’s of 2017-18 to a brand-new term, to a brand-new class and to a brand-new teacher! I hope you all had an amazing summer holiday and I cannot wait to catch up with you and hear all about it!


We are kick-starting this brand-new year with the topic – Harmony and Conflict with a focus on World Wars. We will be consolidating and extending our historical skills by exploring new enquiries in our cross-curricular learning and developing our skills in asking perspective questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments and developing a perspective and judgement. This topic will see us exploring the role of Britain and our very own Woolacombe during the Second World War and we will start to consider key questions – ‘How did Woolacombe contribute to the defeat of Germany in World War 2?’ and ‘How did the role of women change during wartime Britain?’

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 broadening our writing skills by exploring the linguistic features in a range of text types, including performance poetry and narrative writing. In adopting Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing technique, we will be looking at imitating, innovating and independently adapting class texts that capture the life of Britain and Woolacombe during World War 1 and 2.




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?


This term our PE afternoons are Wednesdays and Fridays! Please ensure children are fully equipped for P.E. with well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black or navy tracksuit trousers, a spare white T-shirt and a clean pair of socks. I would also advise to keep a plastic bag inside the P.E. bag for muddy trainers or wet clothes to be stored in!

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

In Year 5 reading takes a high priority, as it is the foundation to all of our learning and understanding of the world. Reading at home is vital for your child’s understanding of different text types and in developing a true love for reading. Our school’s aim is for children to be reading with an adult at home five times a week with their reading diary signed by a parent or carer. This will result in your child being entered into the weekly READING RAFFLE, offering the opportunity for children to win a new book every week! Also, please remember, as highlighted in previous years, a good quality read doesn’t necessarily have to be a long one. A good read could last for ten minutes which allows you and your child to focus on one paragraph and develop a rich discussion that includes a range of literal and inference based questions, summarising and making predictions.

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

Literacy home learning tasks will be set each Monday and then submitted for marking and written and oral feedback the following Monday.

For Numeracy, continuing on from Year 4, the children will be set home learning tasks daily from Monday to Thursday.  The tasks set will continue directly on from the learning in class each day, so will serve to both consolidate and extend your child’s understanding of the topic being focussed on.  The tasks should only take up to ten minutes to complete, and follow the approach that ‘little and often’ tasks aid long term understanding of concepts.  Each morning, your child will be expected to bring the task back into school, and to stick the task into their numeracy books ready for discussion and feedback in lessons each day.

Also, a half termly spelling focus will be provided in a letter format and uploaded to our website, and then tested at the end of each half term. Finally, 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

I am truly excited to be starting my career as a qualified teacher with this class and at Woolacombe school, so here’s to a brand-new year!

Miss Hester