Class 5 Letter Term 1 2018-2019

7th September 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils of Class 5


Firstly, we would like to welcome you all back to St Peter’s and we hope that you have had a wonderful and restful summer holiday.  We hope you are ready and raring to be back at school. The Year 5 Team are Mrs Pickles (Mon – Wed) and Mrs Walters (Thurs – Fri). Mrs Morse is the Class Teaching Assistant.


This term is already looking very busy and very exciting.  Our first topic will be the Ancient Greeks. We will be reading a range of Greek myths in English and rewriting them in different genres. We have a range of Greek mythology books in the school library, so please feel free to grab a copy and continue reading about Greek heroes at home.  During our topic lessons, we will be studying many aspects of Ancient Greek life, including Greek gods and goddesses, the Olympic Games and the Trojan War.


In Maths, our focus this term will be Number, including working with numbers to one million, addition and subtraction methods and some statistics work.  We will be learning a range of skills to apply our knowledge to problem solving activities. 


In Science this term, we will be learning about ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’.  Please see overleaf for more details about the skills we will be covering across the curriculum this term.


Home learning: Home learning will be set on a Friday and is to be returned on the following Wednesday.  It will consist of English, Maths and Topic tasks.  Maths tasks will sometimes be set on Studyzone (your child’s login is stuck in their home learning book). If you do not have access to a computer, your child can take a paper copy home. The children will also be given a green spelling book with a list of spellings to be returned each Friday for a test.  We would also ask you to encourage your child to read at home daily and discuss what they have read.  


PE: This term our PE lessons will be swimming.  These will commence on Monday 17th September.  Please ensure your child has the correct kit, sensible shoes and a coat for walking to and from the swimming pool.  Also, ensure that all jewellery is removed before school on this day.  If you need to contact us at any point, please phone via the office, or catch us out on the playground at the beginning or end of the day.


Yours sincerely,



Mrs G. Pickles and Mrs. E Walters




An outline of the skills we will be learning in Class 5 this term.

English: Reading:

maintain positive attitudes to reading and an understanding of what they read by:

*continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.

*increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions

*learning a wider range of poetry by heart

*preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience


plan their writing by:  identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own

draft and write by: * selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning

*in narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action

*using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs

evaluate and edit by: * proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning  *ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing

proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors



*read, write, order and compare numbers to a million.

*count forwards and backwards in powers of 10

*interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards through zero

*round any number up to a million to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000

*read Roman numerals to 1000

*add and subtract whole numbers with more than four digits, including using the formal written methods

*add and subtract numbers mentally

*use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine levels of accuracy.


*solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph

*complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables

Science—Properties and changes of Materials

· Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (thermal and electrical) and response to magnets.

· Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution,

· Use knowledge of solids liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, evaporation and sieving,

· Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic

· Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes,

· Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible

French - Toute-le-monde

*engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others

*speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures and developing accurate pronunciation and intonation

ICT  - Web Designers

*understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

*use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.


What does it mean if God is loving and holy?

Music— Brass

*play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

*listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

DT—Sheet Materials

Design: use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups

Make: select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

Technical knowledge: apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures


Work towards achieving:

*swim competently, confidently an d proficiently over a distance of at least 25m.

*use a range of strokes effectively

*perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Pupils should be taught: * to create sketch books to record their observations and to revisit ideas * to improve a range of art techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

PSHE—New Beginnings

This theme focuses on developing children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in four key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.

The theme offers the opportunity for them to see themselves as valued individuals within their community and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all. Throughout the theme, they’ll explore feelings of happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness, and learn shared models for ‘calming down’ and ‘problem solving’.


Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

Geography: Ancient Greeks

*locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities

*use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied