Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Cedar and Oak Class

Spring 2020

Welcome back! We hope you all had a good Christmas break and that you are ready for another exciting term ahead.


The key topic for this term is Fairgrounds, during which the children will develop an understanding of electricity and forces whilst looking at the structure of fairground rides. We will be exploring this topic in a cross-curricular way, and will have opportunities to look at how the topic can fit into PE, Art, Computing and English.


This term, we will continue to focus on place value, the four operations, and statistics. While covering these areas, we will focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. All children are expected to recall all times table facts (up to 12x12) by the end of Year 4. Although, we put every effort into supporting the children in this area we would appreciate your support too.


In English, much of our learning will be based around our topic. This will involve reading a variety of texts to inspire the children to write in different genres using the taught skills. We will be looking at ‘Ned’s Circus of Marvels’, by Justin Fisher, through Guided Reading sessions too.



For Cedar class, P.E. will usually be on Monday and Thursday. For Oak class, P.E. will usually be on Wednesday and Thursday. However, as we are sure you can understand, school timetables are always flexible, and subject to change, so we ask that the children have the appropriate kit in school throughout the week. As the weather can still be quite cool at times, we would ask that the children bring in their winter kit as well as their shorts and t-shirts. The children will continue to be developing their skills through games and dance.

Just a reminder that jewellery is not permitted during P.E. therefore children should be able to remove jewellery and earrings by themselves. If they find removing earrings difficult, then it would be best if they did not wear earrings on P.E. day.

Please ensure that all P.E. kit (including plimsolls or trainers) are NAMED!

Out of Lesson Learning (OLL)

The OLL, this term, will be related to our class learning. The Maths and English will be sent out on alternate weeks. The English OLL will be completed mainly through the CGP books and the children will know which tasks to complete that week due to the indicated pages. Spellings will be given out for practising.

The children should be reading every day at home either independently or to an adult. Comments can be made in the Home Reading Diaries. We also expect the children to be practising their times tables during the week as part of their OLL. If your child does not understand any OLL, please encourage them to speak to us during the week and we will provide support.

In addition to this, children have the opportunity to undertake a creative OLL project. This term, the project will be based on our topic of ‘Fairgrounds’. For example, creating fairground models, creating a piece of art work, fact sheet or making their own game etc.


Regular reading with your child will really support them with their learning across all areas of the curriculum, as reading underpins so much of the work that we do. Please could you encourage, and ensure, your child is reading on a daily basis, either independently or preferably with an adult. Time spent reading should be recorded in the ‘Home Reading Diary.’ This needs to be brought into school every day, as they enable us to see what the children are reading at home. It also gives us a space to make a comment when we read with them.




17th February to 21st February – Half-Term

5th March - World Book Day

16th March - OLL project due in

19th March - OLL exhibition

Friday 3rd April - LAST DAY


Ways to support your child

  • Provide a quiet place for study.
  • Support and encourage your child in their organisation of OLL.
  • Listen to your child read.
  • Practise times tables.



Key items summary

Daily - Reading Diary, break time snack and a water bottle.

Monday - Completed OLL to be handed in.


Contacting the teaching staff

As mentioned at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting, should you wish to contact us, you can do so via the school office or in the form of: a note in the Home Reading Diary, email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (01342 323906).


  • Children can have two pairs of shoes in school: outdoor shoes for playtime and indoor shoes.
  • Please make sure that all items of school uniform and P.E. kit are named, so that if they are misplaced they can be easily returned to the rightful owner!
  • Named water bottles should be brought in everyday and placed in the trays.

Miss Parfrement, Mrs Hickmott, Mrs King and Mrs Hoskins

The Year Five Team