Dolphins Sharks
              Mrs Gunn               Miss Swift (Team Leader)

Year 5 Autumn Term Newsletter
Year 5 Spring Term Newsletter
Year 5 Summer Term Newsletter 


There is a great deal to look forward to in the two terms ahead.  We are continuing our topics of Space and the Victorians part way into Term 5 and will then start our Ancient Greek Topic, where later in Term 6 we will be visiting The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford to learn much more about this period in history.  Both Dolphins and Sharks will take part in Squash lessons during the Summer Terms. Dolphins and Whales will take a weekly trip to St Andrew’s School in Chinnor to enhance their swimming skills. Further information will be sent out regarding our Living Museum about the Ancient Greeks in Term 6, where you will be invited to share in the children’s learning. 


Spellings will be given out every Friday on the weekly homework sheet with a spelling homework to be completed. The spelling test will be the following Friday.

Please click on the link below to access your child's spellings. Tests will be on Friday mornings.

SpellAnywhere Website 


Topic & Science

Our History topics include the Victorians and Ancient Greeks. The Science topics will be Space as well as Animals and Living Things. We will look at Ancient Greek urns and the art from this era.  The children will create their own Ancient Greek art based on this.  Also, children will make the planets with different mediums, to show their learning about our solar system. 




In our Guided Reading sessions we are continuing to focus on our inference and deduction skills, by looking for clues in the text. There are lots of interesting and exciting books for Year Fives to read and we encourage them to read as much as they can across a range of genres. 



To tie-in with our History and Space themes, many of the writing genres that we will look at in English will have this topic connection. We will be exploring a range of Space and Victorian themes in Term 5. Similarly for term 6, we will be looking at Ancient Greek Myths and stories associated with this time period.

To view the English objectives that we will cover this year, please click on the link below:

Year 5 English Objectives



Maths subject areas being taught in these two terms include: geometry, converting measurements, prime numbers and perimeter/area. Children will also revisit some of the areas of Maths which have been most challenging during the year, so that they can review, develop and master these areas of learning.  The children will apply their skills to real life problems and within Maths investigations. We will also continue to set homework through the ‘MyMaths’ website. 



In computing, children will continue to learn coding and also about how to stay safe on the internet.


As mentioned in the introduction, swimming and squash will continue for the below mentioned classes. In Term 5 the children will take part in striking and fielding games such as cricket and rounders. In Term 6 Athletics will be our main focus. During indoor P.E, we will focus on dance in preparation for the ‘Summer Picnic’.
It is really important that your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times – P.E is a national curriculum subject and without a P.E kit it is not possible to take part in these lessons. If necessary kit should be taken home for washing at the end of the week and returned on Monday morning.
Monday:  Outdoor PE (weather permitting )/Squash
Tuesday:  Swimming (Term 5 Dolphins/Term 6 Whales)
Friday: Dance



This will be set each Friday.
Children will have a piece of maths work (usually a mymaths online homework); a small talk for the big write; and spellings to learn (tests will be on Fridays).
No piece of homework should take longer than 20-30 minutes to complete.
Children still need to read on a minimum of 3 times a week at home– this could be snuggled up with a book at bedtime! We will keep the reading records in Year 5 but also operate a reward system where if children have their reading record signed three times in one week they receive a classroom reward.



If there are any experts on the topics of the Victorian, Ancient Greeks or Space it would be fantastic to hear from you. Talking to the children or presenting about these topics would be a valuable learning experience for our Year 5s.
If you are keen to hear readers we would appreciate any help in this regard. Afternoons are usually a more suitable time for this.
We would also be very grateful if parents with CRB disclosures (or those interested in getting one) could help out at swimming - organising the children in the changing rooms and at the side of the pool. Please see Mr Nethercott if you are interested.