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Birchfield Community Primary School

Year 5

Year 5

Mrs Messenger and Ms Stringer
Teaching Assistants:
  Mrs Darby, Ms Hobbs, Miss Milner and Mr Knott 
Year Group News:

Welcome to the Year 5 page! 


This term, Year 5 will begin with a scientific topic looking at their current understanding, perceptions and misconceptions of Earth and Space. Discovering how the solar system formed and discovering why Earth needs the moon. We will further enrich their learning through immersing them in STEAM focused activities.  



 Important days for you to remember in Year 5 this year... 


Wednesday is our swimming day. 


Thursday is our PE day. It is also the day all our homework should be handed in. 


Friday is our spellings and 'Tree of Life' tests. This is also the day that you will have your homework handed out. 


Toilet paper Solar System:


Our topic this term is 'Out of this world' and we have all enjoyed researching the different elements of the solar system. This week we collected data on the size of the planets and their distance from the sun. We then used our 'rounding' skills to round to the nearest 15 million km in order to work out their distance using toilet paper.  



Click on the link below to see our children's British timeline. 

Class British Timeline


Learner of the Week:

 For exceptional learning across the curriculum we have... 


Wonderful Writer of the week:


We have been innovating the story of 'The nightmare man' this week and the children have been AMAZING. They have worked incredibly hard to include a range of suspense techniques to hook their reader in. We look forward to sharing these with you next week. 


Revelling Reader of the week:

The best way to help your child with their progress is to continue to read 3 times a week. Reading is such a fundamental skill. Those children who learn to read for pleasure grow up to become the best readers as adults.


Therefore, our star readers this week are...




 Here's a website you can use to check if there is an Accelerated Reader quiz on a book you want to read: 



Marvellous Mathematician:

 We have been practising our written methods for short division this week and this has been a tricky skill to learn for us all, but we have worked like troopers to make progress with our learning this week. 

PE Kit:

 PE is an important part of the curriculum and it is expected that all children will participate in PE lessons whenever possible.  They will only be excused from PE if they have a signed note from a parent/guardian explaining why.

PE kit should include black shorts, dark-green or white T-shirt, dark jogging bottoms for cold weather and trainers or daps. We would appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that your child comes to school on Thursday in their full PE kit. If your child has pierced ears they will need to remove or tape over them before doing any physical activity.


 This term, children in year 5 have Maths and English homework alongside their spelling and 'Tree of life' practise sheets. Homework will be provided via Microsoft Teams and will be handed out every Friday, to be returned by the following Thursday. Any incomplete homework will completed during Thursday's homework club. 

For English, the focus is on reading and writing, therefore the tasks will be alternate each week. This will involve a creative writing piece or a comprehension task based on  the reading of a short text that will be provided.  

For Maths, they are required to build their recall speed of times tables, practise their 'Tree of life' level and complete a short mathematical task based on their core learning for that week.   

What we are learning:

This term’s topic has moved onto the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. During this topic, we will be covering a lot of our historical and geographical skills, art  and DT and many other areas of the curriculum. 

Take a look at this terms topic overview to find out more. 









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