Year 5

Week Beginning 23rd January

Well done Year 5- another wonderful week filled with excellent learning. We are so pleased with how you are all immersing yourselves in our ‘Earth and Space’ topic and you have produced some excellent work!

We are very much looking forward to our exciting science trip on Monday 6th February. Thank you so much to the parent volunteers that have offered their help!
 It will be a fantastic day and we are sure that you will have just as much fun as the children in the planetarium and the other interesting exhibits! 
As it is a Monday, children will be in PE kit. Could we please ask that children are wearing their St. James’ green jumper/cardigan over their yellow PE polos and sensible shoes/trainers- we will be doing lots of walking around, looking at the incredible exhibits!
Thank you for your continued support.

Curriculum news

In maths, we will be continuing with 4-digit by 1-digit division using the short division method.

In English, we are continuing with our very own non-chronological reports which are filled with mind-blowing facts about our solar system. They are looking incredible so far and we can’t wait to share some on our page in next week’s update!

In science, we will be looking at how the Earth’s rotation causes day and night.

In art, we will be continuing with our ‘out of this world’ paintings; with a focus on marbling and layering. Watch this space for pictures soon…

In computing, we will be continuing with our work on coding.

In geography, we will be looking at different time zones.


Worship theme: Memories/Remembering – Holocaust Memorial Day



This week our spellings in class are:

bruise, yacht, vehicle, immediately and guarantee



This term, we will be reading ‘The Jamie Drake Equation’.

The Jamie Drake Equation : Christopher Edge: Books

If children read three times at home, they get a raffle ticket. Please therefore keep a quick record in reading logs – your children can write the title in to help! We would also like to encourage children to bring their reading records into school everyday.


Online and television safety

*Update – Unfortunately some children in Year 5 have been talking about watching inappropriate TV programmes which are on after the watershed and aimed at adults aged 18+. Please can we just ask parents to be vigilant in keeping an eye on what the children are watching on Tv, ipads and phones. Thank you for your continued support.

Earlier in the year, we also noticed that some children are talking a lot about TikTok and we have heard some inappropriate language and conversations about what they have seen on this platform. The children have been spoken to about how we use the internet and we spend time in school teaching the children about how they can stay safe online; we would just like to reiterate that TikTok is for 13+ and children under 18 should be supervised by an adult. Please see the below poster for further information and advice.


The children have now received their project homework sheets; we would like this children to choose at least three tasks to complete over the course of our project and e look forward to seeing what they produce by the 10th of February.

Please see the virtual copies also available here:

Project homework sheet

Project overview

My Maths has been set; this week the children will be completing ‘Mental multiplication’. This is due in by next Friday 27th.

There will be a homework club during lunchtime for children who do not complete homework at home.


Key information: 

As we will no longer be having golf lessons, please can children go back to  wearing their PE kits on a Monday and Friday. Please note, we work on a two week timetable and PE will take place on alternate Fridays. For consistency, please continue to wear PE kit every Friday.

Thank you for standing in solidarity with Afghan women and for trusting Rukhshana Media

Mrs Clark and Miss Peel


If you wish to do any extra activities with your children at home, spelling is a key focus for us this year and we would love children to be practising words from our national spelling list here:  Y5 and 6 spelling list

Below are some other resources that you can use for optional  work at home:

English reading activities

English reading activities should consist of reading an extract or short story and answering questions. Guidance here:

  • All activities through this link

  • What are facts and opinions?
  • What does an author do?
  • What is inference?

  • All activities through this link



Remember, MyMaths tasks will be set each week as identified in the weekly web update.  Please ensure that you do the tasks set for the week.  Remember, you also have access to Timetables Rockstars, too.

Remember, the Maths exam is split into three; one arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers.  The arithmetic paper is more calculation based, whereas the reasoning focuses more on the application of these skills.




Daily arithmetic can be downloaded here:  1-4 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-26 27-30 31-34 5-8 9-12.


Reasoning – excellent reasoning resource. You need to sign up for free, but then the download is also free. – access to a range of free papers in a very similar style to SAT tests – please bare in mind that SATs are Year 6 examinations and your child may not know some concepts.