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welcome to Year 5

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Year 5 Staff

Owls Otters

Teacher: Mrs Newton

Teacher: Mrs Hughes

Support Staff: 

Miss Cook

Support Staff: Miss Witcher

Miss Townsend

Phase Leader: Mrs Talley


Key Information


This half term our PE days will continue to be Tuesday PM (outdoors) and Wednesday AM (Indoors). Children should come to school in PE kit on those days. Please ensure that your child is wearing a full PE kit (plain t-shirt in their house colour, black leggings/skirt/shorts/jogging bottoms, white socks and plimsolls or trainers) in school each PE day. Long hair should be tied back, earrings must be removed or covered with tape. No jewellery should be worn for PE.


Class Celebration Assembly:


We will be hosting a class celebration assembly on a Wednesday where we encourage children to bring in any achievements from outside of school. The children will then get the opportunity to discuss their achievements and share them with the class.


My Happy Mind:

We begin our new unit: Appreciation. The children consider what appreciation means, think about things they appreciate and ways to show their appreciation to others. 

We will  continue to practise happy breathing every day to support children in their wellbeing. 


Welcome to Year 5

This half term, our geography focus will be:



Our key focus will be- All rivers are the same as our local river.

 Core Curriculum


This half term we will cover the following mathematical concepts:

Weeks 1    Percentages, decimals and fractions

Weeks 2-3     Perimeter and area

Week 4-5                 Statistics 

Week 6        Consolidation 

Your child should continue to practise their times tables; times table knowledge and fluency underpins the majority of the maths taught in year 5, therefore precision and accuracy is key.   Please encourage them to continue to build their speed and fluency with all number facts by ensuring they spend at least 15-20 minutes every other day on TT Rockstars. The children will also be able to access MyMaths to consolidate their learning.

For the full National Curriculum for Year 5 maths please click here.



Our main text drivers for this half term will be  'The Wonder Garden' and Pandora Discovered.


                        The Wonder Garden                             Pandora Discovered

            The children will be writing a documentary and non-chronological reports, 


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


As a school we are continuing to use a 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 scheme.

To access your child's Bug Club account, please follow this link. The children's usernames are 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). 



Your child will be given a sheet which has the spellings for their group for the whole half term, so that you can support them at home. We ask that you encourage the children to spend at least 5-10 minutes practising their spellings every evening, ready for the spellings quiz on Friday mornings.

Our spellings for this half term will be handed to your child at the end of week 1 and will begin in week 2 of this half term. 


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 during our library slot on Wednesday. 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 reading corner. 

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, carer or family member. 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.



This half term the children have been given a sheet with multiple activities to complete. We will be delighted to share their completed tasks on Wednesday 27.3.24 in class.  Please feel free to email the team with any of your child's completed tasks:  l.newton@emsworth.hants.sch.uk  s.hughes@emsworth.hants.sch.uk