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Welcome to year 5

Miss Bird and Miss Cooper

Online Reading Library


Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.

This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson. A great way to keep children reading at home!


Class Saint




The children will gain a deeper understanding of Lent; understanding the temptation of Jesus and temptations that people face today. 

They will revisit the stations of the cross and look at forgiveness and repentance.



Can you feel the force?

This half term we will be focusing on the ‘forces in action’ unit. The children will be exploring different forces such as: gravity, air resistance, friction etc. They will have many opportunities to work scientifically by carrying out experiments involving newton meters, magnets etc. This will help them to explore our over- arching question above.





Who were the Mayans and what have we learnt from them?


During our History unit, children will be exploring the early civilisation of the Mayans. We will be exploring the questions below to help us answer our over- arching question.

Who were the Mayans and where did they live?

What evidence do we have that the Mayans were an advanced civilisation?

What can we learn from the way they built pyramids?

What do we know of the rituals carried out by the Mayans?

Why was the sun important to the Mayans?

How did the Mayans use chocolate and what did they believe about it?

What caused the Mayan civilisation to disappear?



Could you help build a Mayan Pyramid?

Children will be following the plan, make, and evaluate process.

They will be exploring pulleys and gears and using their knowledge of these to build a prototype of a machine that could be used to maneuver bricks to build a Mayan pyramid (linking with our History unit


This half term, children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of online safety and we will be working on the online unit from Purple Mash. Children will continue to learn and practice good online safety and will understand the reasons behind the importance of being a responsible internet user

Class Texts

Autumn 1 Varjak Paw by SF Said

Autumn 2 Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Spring 1 Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird

Spring 2 The Nowhere Emporiumby Ross Mackenzie


Spring 2 2021 

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breath-taking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever?

Homework/Reading Expectations

Children will continue to receive daily Maths and Literacy homework, which is to be completed each night.

On Thursdays, children will receive one piece of either Maths or English homework plus one piece of homework linked to a foundation subject (Art, Science, MFL, Computing, Music, Geography, History etc). 

This will be due in on the following Monday.

Reading-We strongly encourage children to read at least 3 times a week at home. Reading underpins the whole curriculum and so is vital to children’s success. We encourage children to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to encourage stamina and also reading for pleasure. It is fine for children to read about topics that they are interested in and also books from home as long as they also read their Accelerated Reading books. This is so that they can take quizzes to acquire points towards their reading targets. Children who read at least 3 times a week, every week will be rewarded at the end of term.

Each class will also be selecting a ‘Reader of the Week’, which will be awarded in celebration assemblies on a Friday.

Spellings-spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested on the Friday.

Please practice these at home.


Particular focus this Autumn term


During Spring 2 term our Literacy focus will link to our class text 

 ‘The Nowhere Emporium’. Children continue to develop their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar in the context of the story and will apply their understanding of these concepts to their writing. Children will be continuing to develop their narrative style of writing and will be writing stories set in imaginary worlds.





Y5 will begin the half term by completing our fractions, decimals and percentages unit.

We will then be moving on to Measure. Children will need to know how to convert measures including: inches, pints and units of time. They will also be calculating the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes and estimating and calculating volume. The children will also need to solve problems linked to measure, which will be embedded throughout the unit through a wide range of problem solving and reasoning activities



Unit 8 Qu’est-ce que tu veux?

At the end of this unit, most children will be able to ask for drinks, ice-creams, bread and snacks, understand how to work out prices in Euros; sing a song or recite a poem from memory on a related topic; listen to a story and select key words and phrases; devise and perform a short sketch, in groups of two or three, using structures learnt in the unit.



Is being healthy really such a big deal?

Children will be exploring why they need to live a healthy lifestyle and some of the choices we can make to promote this, including diet and exercise.

They will also be looking at smoking and the use of alcohol.

They will be developing their communication skills through debates and P4C enquiries.



PE will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Please note Children will need to come to school in PE kit on these days.

PE kit must comply with the uniform policy.



Music continues to be taught by Mrs Amison, our specialist music teacher on Wednesday mornings. 


Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

2nd/ 3rd March Parent’s Evening- letter to be sent out with regards to format.

Thursday 4th March- World Book Day.