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welcome to Year 5

The Year 5 Team





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Owls class teacher: Mrs L Newton - l.newton@emsworth.hants.sch.uk

HLTA: Mrs K Baldwin, 1:1: Mrs S Collier

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Otters class teacher: Miss H Sullivan - h.sullivan@emsworth.hants.sch.uk

LSA: Mrs A Gosling, 1:1: Miss K Knowles and Mrs K Daborn-White



We will update this page each term with all relevant information for Year 5 pupils, however if your child is not in school due to isolation/quarantine, please see our Year 5 Remote Learning Page. We will only be populating this page if we are made aware of a Year 5 child/children isolating at home.

Year 5 PE days are Tuesday (outdoor - PM) and Thursday (indoor - AM) - children are required to wear PE kit/sports clothing to school on these days. We are fortunate to have the Activ8 PE coaches for our Tuesday session, these sessions are outdoors so please ensure your child is wearing sunscreen if it is sunny and has a jumper or fleece in the chillier months. Our indoor PE sessions require the children to remove their shoes, if your child is unable to do so due to a verruca or infection please speak to your child's class teacher.

Year 5 Library day is Wednesday - the children will have the opportunity to change both their home reading book and in-school reading book on Wednesday afternoon. We have a large selection of texts in the classroom for those children that may finish their book before the library session.

Please note that we no longer off the school lunch bag or jacket potato options. A red (meat) and green (vegetarian) option will be available each day.

School Lunch Options

Please click here for all the key dates for this academic term.

Autumn Term 2

Our topic this half term is:

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We will be using a variety of text and media hooks to engage and educate the children however our main novel this half term will be the wonderful 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty.

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We will be paying particular attention to crime and punishment in our History sessions, before exploring and discussing the difference between the Victorian judicial system and our courts and legal systems today. We will be looking Victorian crafts and hobbies as the children get a chance to write using a quill and ink and learn to sew during our Art and DT lessons. In RE we will be learning about Christianity and the importance in religious belief and the appreciation of the church during Queen Victoria's reign.

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For the full National Curriculum for year 5 English please click here.


The children will be allocated a spelling group in the second week of term. Please find the full set of spellings for each group this half term below:

Group: Miss Sullivan / Mrs Newton

Group: Mrs Gosling

Group: Miss Knowles / Mrs Baldwin

They will have daily spelling sessions with their group adult in order to identify, define and practise the spellings and then we will conduct our spellings tests on a Friday morning.


Our Guided Reading sessions will focus on the Hampshire Illustrated Book Awards. We have been invited to take part in their annual book awards during which the children read, analyse and discuss 6 new short story books. We look forward to sharing our thoughts on the books in due course.

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The children will be allocated two books at a time from our school library - one will be kept at school each day and the second is to be a 'home reading book'. Both books can be changed on a Wednesday afternoon. If your child finishes the school book ahead of our library day then they will have the opportunity to choose a book from our classroom book box.

We encourage the children to spend at least 20-30 minutes reading every day; this can be independent reading or reading to a sibling, parent or grandparent. Please ensure you are asking your child about the book they are reading to encourage a deepened understanding and the ability to recommend and/or critique.

Bug Club Phonics

As a school we have recently subscribed to a new phonics scheme called Bug Club Phonics. This is an online/app based scheme that allows the class teacher to allocate the appropriate book band to each child individually. The children can the read their way through the selection of fiction and non-fiction texts, answering comprehension questions along the way.

Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions regarding this new scheme. As with all new programs we appreciate your patience as we iron out any teething problems. The children's book band has been decided upon according to their Lexplore reading age, this a new piece of incredibly accurate AI technology that we have started using in replacement of the previous assessment method.

To log in, the children's username is the first 4 letters of their first name and the first 4 letters of their surname. The password is either otters2021 or owls2021 depending on your child's class (no capital letters). The school code is l7m3

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Maths & TT Rockstars

This half term we will be continuing to secure the children's knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction before moving onto multiplication and division. As mentioned during our parent/teacher consultations, we have asked all the children to ensure that are continuing to practise their times tables in order to ensure fluency and precision.

Please encourage your child to spend at least 15-20 minutes every other day on TT Rockstars to ensure they are improving their times tables fluency and speed.

For the full National Curriculum for year 5 Maths please click here.

Foundation Subjects

This half term we will be learning about the following:

Science - Space: Gravity, Forces in Motion and the Solar System.

PSHE - Don't Forget To Let Love In

Spanish - Mi Escuela (My School)

Computing - Prezi vs PowerPoint

Religious Education - Christianity - The Magi

Physical Education - Dance & Hockey

Music - Infamous Lyrics (Eleanor Rigby)

History - Crime & Punishment Through the Ages

DT - Sewing Christmas Stockings


 Please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher should you have any questions or queries.

Miss Sullivan = h.sullivan@emsworth.hants.sch.uk

Mrs Newton = l.newton@emsworth.hants.sch.uk