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Year 5

Week beginning 25th March 2024

We have had another busy week in year 5 and all the children have been working so hard. We are looking forward to parents evenings on Monday and Tuesday to share your child's progress with you and celebrate their hard work. Thank you for all the lovely home learning that has already been sent in. We will be sharing these in our classes on Monday 25th March. 

Another reminder that our school uniform is an identity unique to the children of St. James’. It gives us a sense of belonging and pride. Recently, we have noticed quite a few children who are wearing clothes that are not associated with the St. James’ uniform. The policy is on the website, under the parent section about our uniform. Please note: Students should be wearing black sturdy practical school shoes (boots, trainers or high–heeled shoes are not permitted).

Worship theme of the week: 


1 Peter 1:3: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 

 Luke 24: 6 – 7 He is not here; he has risen! 

Curriculum this week:

Please note that our curriculum overview for this term is at the bottom of the page.

Our new topic is: Mighty Mayas! We will be learning all about Maya civilisation. 

  • In English, we will continue our work on the poem called 'Green candles'. 
  • In Maths, we will learn about statistics with tables and graphs. 
  • In history, we will be learning all about the Mayan inventions. 
  • In computing, children will be evaluating our games. 
  • In science, we will be completing our end of unit assessments. 
  • In Destination Reader we are reading: The boy in the Tower.


This term, we are focusing on the suffixes: -ence, -ance, -ent and -ant.

our spelling words are: 

Urgency, decency, existence, innocence, sequence, hesitant, variance, observance, participant, occupancy, different, difference, absent, absence, patient, patience, relevant, relevance, distant, distance, significant, significance, environment, equipment, government, parliament, excitement, servant, defendant, assistant, attendant, resistant. 


The children will have received their homework sheets. We will share all their learning on Monday 25th March. Just a reminder that MyMaths homework is also set every Friday. 


We would love to see Year 5 using their extra time at home to read some brilliant 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.

Coming up:

  • PE days – Please ensure the children are dressed in PE kit every Thursday
  • Monday 25th March - Parents evening in the hall (3:20-6:30pm)
  • Tuesday 26th March - Parents evening in the hall (3:20 - 6:00pm)
  • Thursday 28th March - Last day of Spring term

Many thanks for all of your continued support,

Mrs Clark, Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Hall

Additional resources

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

Recommended reading list:

  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 bear in mind that SATs are Year 6 examinations and your child may not know some concepts.