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Year 6(5) PGL letter October 2020

Please remind your children of the kit required for their PE lessons - see list below:


  • White PE t-shirt
  • Navy blue, black or grey jogging bottoms (outdoor PE)
  • Plain navy blue, black shorts (indoor PE)
  • Socks. Please note tights are not allowed so if your child is wearing tights in school they must have a different pair of socks for PE
  • Trainers – Please ensure these are different from school shoes


Many Thanks,


Year 5 Teaching Team

Year 5 Homework Grid - Spring 1

Learning Week Beginning 10th February: 


In English this week we have continued to look at the book Dragonology. We used the information from the book to create our own page using dragons we made.  We used descriptive sentences and made sure we used the different features such as prominent features about the dragon as well as information about their lair, size and forms of hunting for food.  We have been able to collate the pages and will be making our own class book! 


In Maths this week we have been working on multiplying fractions by a variety of whole numbers as well as using our preferred method of working them out.  We started by multiplying  mixed numbers that we regrouped  as well as converting mixed numbers to improper fractions before multiplying.    To help work out our answers we looked at a variety of models that could help us do that.  .


In topic this week we looked at the Anglo-Saxon Kings and carried out a role play about this.   We will be continuing to look at Anglo Saxons as well as the Vikings as part of Invaders and Settlers in History. 



Learning Week beginning 3rd February


In English this week we focused on sentence structures such as relative clauses, parenthesis, adverbials and relative pronouns.  This was carried out as part of the text we are reading, Dragonology.  We looked at using descriptive language to describe the dragons and used prepositions to help set the scene where they lived.


In Maths we looked at different forms of problems solving and looked at different creating different models to help with this.  We then went on to look at interpreting Statistical information using charts and diagrams and answered questions about them.



In Topic we looked at Anglo Saxons Religion and the Gods and Goddesses they worshiped.

Learning Week Beginning 27th January:


In Maths this week we have been comparing different fractions and have been adding and subtracting improper fractions and mixed numbers. We have continued to use visual representations to show finding a common denominator.  We then used them to either add or subtract to find the answer.  We used a

these to help us prove our answers towards the end of the week.


In English this week we started a new book in class, Dragonology. We begun by immersing ourselves into the next text and listened to music to set the atmosphere.  We then wrote a diary entry in the role of Ernest Drake, the amazing dragonologist. We also had a chance to create a newsreader script about a dragon sighting. Then we had a go at labelling a dragon with our own creative sentences that included relative clauses.  



Learning Week Beginning 13th January:


In English this week we have continued to look at the book Arthur: The Seeing Stone, by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Throughout the week we continued to develop our understanding of the character and considered his thoughts and reasons behind he actions. We have been learning about the use of parenthesis and how to add additional information about the subject into the sentence. 

E.g. The king has been shot with an arrow   

Was then changed into:

The king, how has fought many battles, has been shot with a deadly arrow. 


We also focused on improving our use of conjunctions within our writing to make them more varied. 


In maths this week we began looking at fractions and how to find equivalent fractions. We first practised recognising fractions and how to visually represent them. Then we began to use these representations to compare them and find out if they are equivalent to one another. Once we felt confident with this we began looking at how we can use our knowledge of times tables to multiply the numerator and denominator by the same number to create and equivalent fraction. Then we looked at how we can also use division by finding the multiples of a number and then dividing by that number. For example: 


As our topic is Anglo-Saxons this half term this week we focused on learning about Illuminated letters and had a go at creating our own during our art lesson. This is in preparation to use when creating a piece of writing next week in English. 

Learning Week Beginning 6th January


In English this week we began a new book called Arthur: The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland. We immersed ourselves in the first few chapters of the book to develop our understanding of the main character and the time period the book is set in. We wrote diary entries as Arthur and a letter to Squire School to persuade them to let Arthur join. 


In maths this week we began focusing on division. We began by using the dienes to share out the values and find the answer to our division sums. To do this we had to exchange the values to divide equally. E.g 5 hundred would not share into 4 equal groups and we were left with 1 hundred, which we exchanged for ten 10-sticks. Once we felt secure with this we moved onto the formal written methods of division, which required us to understand how to share equally and what to do with any remainders. 


Our new topic is Anglo-Saxons and this week be began to learn about who they are and where they came from before settling in England during the middle ages. We looked at a typical Anglo-Saxon village and the different roles people carried out. For example, the women would cook and weave.


Learning Week Beginning 19th December:


In Maths this week we began to look at the written methods we can use to find answers for larger multiplication sums. We looked at 4 different ways we can use written methods (which are shown below) and made sure we were comfortable with how to use them. 



In English this week we continued to prepare for our school elections on Friday (13th). We made sure our manifestos were ready to share with the rest of the school. We made propaganda poster that will be shown to the other classes and placed around school and we also recorded our speeches to play over the tannoy for everyone to hear before they vote. 

Learning Week beginning 2nd December:


In maths this week we have continued to use our place value knowledge to add and subtract. We started the week by using our column addition knowledge and working out sums with larger numbers (up to millions) and numbers with 3 decimal places. This meant we carefully had to line up the numbers to find the correct value. We then moved onto column subtraction with the same size variation of numbers. Once we felt confident we used this method to problem solve with problems such as missing number problems. 


In English this week we began our preparation for election week next week. We have been given the task of developing our own political parties for our school to help improve different areas, such as play times, school trips etc. We began by learning about our government in the UK and how it is formed up by political parties and the manifestos they create. We then wrote our proposal for which political party we would like to be in and shared our speeches with the class. Once we were placed into the political parties we began to develop our ideas and manifestos ready to campaign next week. 

Learning Week Beginning 25th November


In Maths this week, we have been developing our mental skills further by regrouping for addition and subtraction.  This involved regrouping a number in order to solve a given sum.  We then looked at using bead strings to find the equal difference and equal sums. The purpose of the all the strategies we used this week were to make them easier solve mentally.


In English this week, we have been looking at information texts. We began by looking at the features of information texts and created our own success criteria to use. We then carried out research and collected our information in note form. With our notes we then developed sentences that used persuasive language. Once we had done this we created out own information text about Greece. 


Mini Police (5P)


We enjoyed our opportunity to go out and help stop people speeding outside our school. We measured the speed and then with support spoke to the drivers who were speeding. We then asked them questions about their speed and whether they were aware of the the dangers. 


Learning Week Beginning 21st October:


In maths this week we have been developing our mental strategies. We have explored the different ways we can break down a multiplication fact to help us find the answer mentally. Once we felt confident with this we moved on to looking at using known facts to help us find the answer. For example, to find 0.3 x 5 we used 3 x 5, because this sum is 10 times larger we knew we had to make the answer of this sum 10 times smaller. Finally, we looked at doubling and halving a multiplication sum. By doing this we found another sum that would give us the same answer. For example, 24 x 6 = 144. If I halved 24 to give me 12 and doubled 6 to give me 12, my new sum would be 12 x 12 = 144. 


In English this week we first used what we had learnt about Apartheid to write a diary entry. We recapped the features and then produced a piece of writing that explained what a day in South Africa during Apartheid could have been like. We then moved onto looking at a pass raid more in depth and produced some great poems, which explained a pass raid and included emotions. 

Learning Week Beginning 14th October:


During Maths this week we continued our work with prime numbers. We learnt about composite numbers ( a whole number that can be multiplied by other whole numbers, not just one and itself) and how we can make a composite number with its prime factors. For example:


In English this week we continued to write our narratives. Our focus was to write our story to include issues from apartheid. We used our word bank to include our topic words and we focused on using the best descriptive words we could. Once we had finished we chose a section of our story to edit and improve, checking that we had used punctuation in the correct place. 

Learning Week beginning 7th October: 


This week we have been continuing to read Journey to Jo'Burg. This week we focused on how the author describes a setting. We focused on the descriptive language used and the figurative language, such as metaphors, alliteration and onomatopoeia. We have written setting descriptions and then begun to plan a story of our own. On Friday, we then begun to write our own story based around the theme of Apartheid and our characters have to go o a journey. 


In maths, we have been learning about how to show factors of a multiple. we then used this method to begin finding prime and squared numbers. Once we felt confident with this we began to look at prime factors. 


This week we took part in a fantastic workshop! We took ourselves back 200 years and played our roles during the Crimean War. All children took part and were able to describe Mary Seacole's life and the events that shaped her life. 

Learning Week Beginning 30th September: 

During English, we have begun to look at a book called 'Journey to Jo'burg'. We looked at the characters and described in our own words how the author portrays them. We made sure to make our point, give evidence and explain. We developed our own questions that we could ask the characters and then had a go at answering them as if we were the character.


During Maths, We have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We first did this with whole numbers and then moved onto decimal numbers. Once we all felt secure with this we moved onto our new topic which was multiples and factors. 


Learning Week Beginning 23rd September:


This week we have been focusing on decimal numbers and their value. We first began by recapping what we have learnt about tenths and hundredths in year. We then looked at thousandths and their value . Once we felt confident with this we moved on to comparing the number and looking at how we can sequence them. We then looked at how we can round decimal number to the nearest whole and nearest tenth. 


In English this week, we focused on Martin Luther King Jr. and his life story. We first focused on the time line of his life and how we could put it in chronological order. We then moved on to creating a newspaper article explaining the main points in his life. 


In science we have been looking at animals and their living things and have looked at how plants and mammals reproduce. In History, we have continued to learn about the Civil Rights movement and discussed how people were treated and may have felt. 

Learning Week Beginning 16th September:


This week we have been looking at negative numbers. We began by counting across zero to become more fluent when answering questions using mental strategies. Once we felt confident with this we moved onto answering difference problems. For example, 'On Monday the temperature was 2 degrees and on Tuesday the temperature was -3 degrees. What is the difference between the temperate on both days?' 


In English this week, we continued to use the story of Rosa Parks and prepared to write a Biography about her. Before writing our biographies we worked on some of our grammar skills, such as past tense and adverbial phrases. We discussed biographical features including sub-headings and writing in chronological order.


We have continued our science topic this week and continued to look at how plants reproduce in different ways. We then discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the reproduction process.

Learning Week Beginning 9th September:


We have all been settling well into Year 5 so far. In English this week, we have focused on a Non-fiction book about Rosa Parks. We learnt all about her life what events took place to make her a big name in history. We took part in role-play to put ourselves into a role and use empathy and emotions to consider how each person may have thought and felt. We then had to use our opinions and write a piece about how we would feel as a witness on the boat. 


In maths this week, we have been learning all about place value with larger numbers. We have looked at the value of each digit in a number (up to million). We then used this knowledge to begin ordering and comparing numbers. We then began to estimate on a number line using these large numbers and different scales. Then we began rounding the numbers using our place value knowledge. 


We would also like to thank those who attended meet the teacher. 

If you were unable to attend please see slides below. 

Meet the Teacher PowerPoint

Week beginning 3rd September:


It has been a great first week back in year 5, which has been filled with exciting activities and a pop art project. While getting to know our new teachers we have been learning about who are classes are named after and an artist called Roy Lichtenstein. All of us are settling into our classrooms well and are learning the new school rules. 

Why do you ask us at home what are three school rules are! 

Team Building

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