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Year 5 Autumn Term Letter 2018 (PDF)

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


We are super excited to kick-start the term and we will be looking at everything Viking from their history, their religion, how they lived and their conquering of Britain! We are going to be exploring some key questions such as - How has the Viking era influenced our lives today? ‘All vikings were savage’ - do you agree with this?

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)


This term we will be covering a range of text types in our literacy, including performance poetry - we are going to be creating our own sea shanties and imagining ourselves as vikings at sea! We will also be creating our own narrative writing based on Michael Morpurgo’s story ‘Beawulf’ and writing from different character perspectives. Finally, we are going to develop our argument writing - do you agree that all vikings were savage?



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: Rounders, Tag Rugby, Athletics and Gymnastics.  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

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!

This term I would like to trial a new home learning system, using the daily maths home learning as my stimulus. As the daily maths home learning has been so effective over the past couple of years, I would like to trial this with a daily literacy home learning. Likewise, this will be set according to what the children have been learning in the lesson that day. I will alternate the days so that children will only be doing one piece of home learning a night, either maths or literacy. This home learning will be expected to be completed and handed in the following day. In addition to this, every Friday, I will be sending home a list of spelling words (a mixture of the statutory spelling list and words focused on in the week) for your children to develop their familiarity with and revise in preparation for spelling quizzes.

Finally, I want to provide children with the opportunity to sink their teeth into a creative project so if your child would like to create something in relation to our VIKINGS topic, I would be super excited to see what they can come up with! Last term, I saw quite a few Africa home movies!  

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 or... MRS MARSH 🙂