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Year 5 – Swindells and Stevenson

Welcome to Year 5 2017 - 2018



Welcome from Mrs Headington & Mrs Harbour (5 Swindells) and Miss Morris (5 Stevenson)


This week 12/01/18

We have been absorbed in the final chapters of Kensuke's Kingdom and begun to think about how we can use the story line to help us write newspaper reports.


Maths has been more on multiplication, including decimals - part of our Maths homework this week reflects this.


This coming Wednesday (17th), we are excited about the mobile Planetarium that will be visiting us here in school.  Hopefully photos to follow next week!


Spellings:  children will now be tested on their spellings on a MONDAY, and receive their new spellings for the following week.  We are wanting to encourage the children to use their learnt spellings in their work as far as possible, and hope this will help support this.


This week 5/01/18

Welcome back and a Happy New Year!

We have launched straight back into our work in school with enthusiasm.  Our topic 'Stargazers' will begin in earnest next week - more details in our newsletter.


In Maths we have begun groupings in order to specifically target the areas which need developing in children's learning.  Our focus has been the formal written methods of multiplication and their application to reasoning and problem solving.


In English, we have continued reading the story of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.  We have explored the character of Kensuke through role-play and will be delving further into the historical basis for the story next week.



Please see this term's homework grid for this week.  A copy will be sent home with your child.

Spellings will resume as normal  - please see below.



General information


Please can children make sure they have a named water bottle in school each day, and take it home each day.


We have PE on  Fridays, but please ensure that PE kits are brought into school each Monday and taken home each Friday, as there are opportunities for activities that occur during the week. 

Please can children bring a plastic carrier bag for their trainers because they are likely to get muddy on the field.


Please also ensure that all clothing, including jumpers and coats, is named.

Homework - General Information

Each child has been given a homework book for them to write their homework in. Information on the week's homework is stuck into the book or sent separately where appropriate.


Homework - Reading


Each child has been given a reading record to take home and bring into school daily with their reading book. We would like children to record the name of the book they are reading, how many pages they have read on a particular date, and a brief comment on how well they read aloud or what they thought of the text/what happened, and to have this signed by an adult daily. It will also be stamped regularly in school. We would like children to aim to read for at least 10 minutes, five times a week. There will be whole-school initiatives to encourage children in their reading.


Homework - Maths

In addition to specified Maths activities, children should also practise their multiplication and division tables to 12 - a useful website for this is


Homework - Spellings

We are currently learning the Y5 Government Statutory spelling list as part of our spelling activities each week.  The week's spellings are stuck on a sticker in the children's homework books to be tested on a Monday.  Please see below.


Homework Grids

These are provided to enable the children to support their learning in school by having the opportunity to engage in a variety of homework activities from across the wider curriculum. 

This term's topic is Stargazers, therefore the activities reflect this.


We would like each child to complete at least one of the tasks specified each week.