Class 5

Class 5- Spring Term 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Year 5 and the New Year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable break. We are very much looking forward to this term, building upon the strong start made already.  This letter outlines the areas of learning that we aim to cover this term.


In reading and writing we will continue to develop skills over a range of genres including: mystery and suspense writing, report writing and performance poetry. Links will be made to our topic- The Vikings - and we will be continuing to read Wolf Brother and Viking Boy. We will also continue to be focussing on the key skills of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, these will be incorporated within our English Lessons.


During this term the children will be focusing on securing their understanding of multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages. We will continue our daily focus on skills on mental arithmetic. Throughout these units children will be using and applying their mathematical thinking during reasoning and problem solving activities.


Year 5 will be studying the Vikings this term, with a focus on where they came from and how they travelled.  Where possible, links across the curriculum will be made in English, geography, art and design and technology.


Through our scientific studies we will be concentrating on ‘Earth and Space’ whilst developing scientific skills of: enquiry, planning and carrying out investigations. We will make observations, record measurements and draw appropriate conclusions.


This will be taught by Mrs Sheppard. The children will be learning about E-Safety, how the internet works and Coding.  The children will be continuing to learn about how to stay safe on-line.

Religious Education

This term we will be learning about Big Questions including, “What would Jesus do?”


In Art we will be focussing on impressionism as we recreate paintings by famous impressionist artist including: Monet, Cezanne and Matisse. Children will apply impressionist techniques as they paint mountain scenes.

Physical Education

We have swimming lessons this term on a Friday morning. Please ensure your child brings their kit to school each Friday and that they arrive promptly.  We will also be developing indoor athletic skills. Please ensure PE Kits are always in school.


Our study of a Modern Foreign Language is French and is taught using the Rigolo scheme, providing the children with a basic knowledge. This term we will be focussing on the topic of ‘Clothes’ and ‘Holidays’.


This term children continue learning how to play the clarinet. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn an instrument provided by Thurrock Music Services.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Alongside our focus on the core values and code of conduct, we will be concentrating on ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Good to be Me.’


In Geography this term we will be studying a region of Europe- Scandinavia including, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.


Each week the children will be given maths and English homework on a Friday for completion by the following Thursday. Spellings will go out on a Wednesday to be tested on the following Wednesday. Pupils are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week, as stated in the home/school agreement. Please ensure your child continues to do so. As they are now in upper school they are able to write in their reading records themselves, but, will need an adult signature also.

Thank you.


Mrs J Matthews- (Class 5 Teacher) and Mrs Phillips (Learning Support Assistant)