Year 5 Newsletter, September 2017

Hello and welcome to the Year 5 newsletter! We’ve had an amazing start to the year with year 5s displaying a brilliant attitude towards learning, creating a great buzz of enthusiasm around the classroom! We are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead and hope to keep you updated and continue to celebrate all the achievements of the children, Miss Hart and Miss Strachan.

Toolkit for survival
Moving up into year 5 comes with a lot of exciting responsibilities such as becoming a school councillor and being a part of the urban crew. Year 5 is all about becoming independent, responsible learners and role models around school. We have high expectations regarding effort to learning both inside and outside the classroom and behaviour.
We expect children to be reading at home, continuously practising their spellings and times tables and to complete homework on time. With all these things in place, the children have the potential to excel and have a successful year. We look forward to the exciting year ahead and to see all the achievements of our year 5 pupils.

Mission into space!
Our first exciting topic is learning all about the missions of Tim Peake; children will have the opportunity to learn more about the inspirational life of an astronaut. We will use design and technology to recreate parts of a spacesuit, such as a space helmet; we will re-create the planets of the solar system, complete exciting science experiments and learn about the lifestyle and training Tim Peake had to endure in order to become an astronaut. Year 5 will complete a mission using the commando Joe equipment, which will replicate some of the scenarios Tim Peake would have faced during his career. Through these missions, year 5 will be able to develop their team work skills, their resilience and the year 5 focus of empathy. The astronaut training has begun!

Throughout English this week, we have been focusing on grammar; with the children showing excellent knowledge of different types of nouns! Did you know the collective noun for a group of butterflies is a flutter? We have also spent time researching and reading about Tim Peake. During these lessons we were able to define complicated vocabulary the author used, using clues from the text! This also allowed us to practise our skills in scanning texts for key information.

During maths lessons we have been studying the four operations- multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We have applied the knowledge we gained in year 4 and applied this to more challenging questions. Moving forward we hope to challenge ourselves further and develop these mathematical skills. To do this we must have a secure knowledge of our times tables and continue to practice these.  Why not test our skills at home to see how we’re doing?


  • Please ensure reading books and reading records are brought to school daily.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned on Wednesday.
  • Spelling homework will be given out on Monday, with spelling tests on Friday.
  • Please ensure we are notified if your child can walk home from school alone.
  • Please ensure trainers/pumps are brought to school on Fridays ready to be used in PE.

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