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Year 5 – Miss Hester

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Welcome to Seals Class (Year 5) web page!

Welcome back to a BRAND NEW YEAR!

Year 5 Autumn Term Letter 2018 (PDF)

Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Ciao! Hallo! Namaste! Ni Hau!

Welcome to Year 5! I hope you are feeling revitalised, refreshed and ready for the this Autumn Term!

Topic – AFRICA

We are kick-starting the Autumn term with the exciting topic – AFRICA! This topic will see us exploring the phyiscal and human geography of Africa. We will be consolidating and extending our geographical skills and exploring new enquiries in our cross-curricular learning. We will start to consider key questions such as: How has the African Diaspora influenced us? What can the African Diaspora be compared to in modern day? What does nationality mean?

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 2018 (1)


We will be starting the term with some rich acrostic poetry to develop our understanding of the use of language to build a picture. After unpicking a key text from Robert Macfarlane’s ‘The Lost Words’ and identifying its plot, characterisation and writing features, we will challenge ourselves with creating our own acrostic poems that capture a key physical feature on the African continent. As the term progresses, we will be immersing ourselves into narrative writing with our class text ‘The Kidnapped Prince – The Life of Olaudah Equiano’ an autobiographical story which was adapted by Ann Cameron. Here we will be focusing on how an author uses description in their writing to build tension and we will be broadening our writing skills by exploring different sentence structures, rich vocabulary, figurative language, punctuation and paragraphing. This will all contribute to the challenge of creating our own additional chapter to the story that we will send to Ann Cameron herself!




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 now be on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. This term, Year 5 will be taking part in: Dance, Netball, Indoor Athletics and Tag Rugby.  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

In Year 5 reading takes a high priority, as it is the foundation to all of our learning and understanding of the world. In class, we will be sharing a range of texts, to draw out our inference skills as well as our well-practised retrieval reading skills.  We will continue to broaden our knowledge and understanding of different text genres, such as newspapers, persuasive leaflets and poetry, in order to open our minds to new ideas and increase our language skills orally and in our writing.

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

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

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. 

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