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Welcome to the home page for 5W, Mr Walsh. Year 5 teaching assistants include Mrs Agnello, Miss Akhtar and Mrs Cronin. We have many exciting learning opportunities planned for spring 2019.


Year 5 have made a truly impressive start throughout the autumn term; they have proved themselves to be hard working, conscientious and polite members of St Edward’s school.  


During the spring term we will be studying the modern novel, ‘Wolf Brother’, by Michelle Paven.  Through ‘Wolf Brother’, we will explore characterisation, manipulation of vocabulary, sentence structure and figurative language. We will also study the author’s style and recreate this in our own writing. Based upon key issues of Paven’s novel, we will look at argumentative writing. This term, we will also expand our understanding of poetry through a detailed poetry study including ‘Cosmic Disco’ by Grace Nichols and ‘Journey to the centre of my brain’ by James Carter. Our focus will include performing, reciting and writing poetry.


In Maths, we will work on the following objectives:

• recognise the percent symbol (%) and understand that percent relates to ‘number of parts per 100’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal 

• read and write decimal numbers as fractions (for example, 0.71 =71 ⁄ 100)

• compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number 

• identify, write and name equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths 

• add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number

• complete, read and interpret information in tables 


In Religious Education, we will hear about the story of Christmas from St. Matthew’s Gospel.  The children will explore the difficulties faced by Mary and Joseph and the tensions that arose in King Herod.  The concept of the Kingdom of God will be explored from the teachings of Jesus and the ways in which Christians respond to this teaching today through their belonging to the Church.  During Lent, we will be thinking about the concept of ‘temptation’ as we study the temptations of Jesus. At this time, we will have the opportunity to reflect on what nurtures and damages human relationships. We will study some important texts from the New Testament about Christian living and will learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a Sacrament of Healing and God’s forgiveness. Holy week is an important time of year for Christians and, during the spring term, we will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the last week of Jesus’ life and how the Church celebrates this through liturgy and prayer.


In Science, we will explore the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants, creating clones of the parent plant. They will learn about different types of mammals and their different life cycles, making life cycle wheels to present their learning. Furthermore, the children will find out about Jane Goodall and her work with the now-endangered chimpanzees in Africa. They will explore metamorphosis in insects and amphibians, comparing their life cycles.  Space will be our main focus during spring 2. We will be learning about the movement of the earth, and other planets, relative to the sun in the solar system. This movement will also include the movement of the moon relative to the earth and how the earth’s rotation explains day and night, and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.


Our historical unit of work will focus on one of the most fascinating civilisations in history as we discover who the ancient Greeks were. We will learn about when the ancient Greeks lived, how they lived in their separate city states, how their armies lived and fought, the gods they worshipped on Mount Olympia and much, much more.  Art links will include Greek pottery design and comedy and tragedy masks.   


Reminder for parents:

In Year 5, P.E./Outdoor Games will be on a Monday morning. 


Please ensure your child has a full kit in school.

Indoor kit: Blue shorts, white t-shirt with school logo and black pumps.

Outdoor kit: Blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers.

All clothing and footwear should be clearly named. All jewellery must be removed for P.E. and long hair must be tied back.


Y5’s homework rota is as follows:

Your child has a home reading book and record. Please hear your child read at home on a regular basis. When your child has finished their book, please sign your child’s reading record and they can change their book.


Spellings will be handed out on a Thursday and will usually follow a pattern / rule or may be from the National Curriculum word lists. Please help your child to learn the spellings by writing them into sentences and by using 'LSCWC' (Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check). They will be tested on a Thursday before the new list is handed out.


English and Maths homework will be set on a Monday (to be returned on Friday).

Please also encourage your child to learn all of the times tables (up to 12x12) and their related division facts. This will help your child in several aspects of mathematics.

Year 5 Educational Visit to Safeside information

Year 5/6 Parent Presentation

Optional Y5/6 Homework Menu

Outdoor day - we brought spider webs to life for our myth 'Arachne the spinner', demonstrated our map reading and mathematical problem solving skills with a 'crack the code' hunt and, finally, focused on the skills and qualities of effective teamwork.

An afternoon of reading, artwork, building and play with our reception buddies

Outdoor Day

On Thursday (8/11) we had our Outdoor day. We had fun doing lots of different activities, including making Labyrinths like the ancient Greeks, creating a sound map of noises we can hear from our KS2 playground and plotting line graphs based on how many times we can pass a ball between ourselves in 5 attempts! Look at some of our fantastic work below.

The Borrowers

In Autumn 2, our text we are reading in class is 'The Borrowers'. The Borrowers are known for crafting furniture out of small objects you would find in a house. We decided to become Borrowers for the day and we built some magnificent creations, including a bed, a bag and even a chandelier! 

Safeside reflections


A huge thank you and well done to Sarai, Arron, Katelyn, Vamikah and Ava for writing about our wonderful trip to Safeside! You can read their accounts on the document below, as well as looking at some pictures from our trip.

Picture 1

Safeside - A great day experiencing the Junior Citizen programme, bringing PSHE to life through life-like scenarios.

Mary's birthday

Mary's birthday 1

Look what we're reading...

Look what we're reading... 1