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Year Five (Miss Bickerdyke)

 Welcome to Year 5!

(2020 - 2021)

Welcome back to Year 5!

I hope you have had a lovely break and enjoyed the sunshine; I hope you are coming back ready for the last 6 weeks of Year 5! We have lots of exciting things coming up this half term:

11th June - Feast of Sacred Heart

18th June - Visiting Church & Sports Day

28th June - Virtual Science Festival

8th July - Our trip to St Anne's Beach

12th July - Science workshops

13th July - Race for life 


I would like to make sure you all feel comfortable about coming into school (and, for parents, sending your children into school). As a school, we have worked incredibly hard to ensure all the government advice and guidelines have been followed in order for us to re-open as safely and normally as possible. 




We will be continuing to use Class Dojo this year, I will be using it to reward positive behaviours such as helping others, persistence and an amazing piece of learning. I will also share learning from the children and photographs of what the children are doing in class.

If you are need to speak to me or pass any messages on, then you can email or ring the office and they will pass the message on. I can then contact you if necessary.


This year we will having a big push on vocabulary in all subject areas.  
Each guided reading group will be spending one guided reading lesson a week focusing on new vocabulary and the meaning of these words. 



In Summer 2 we will be focusing on Science Fiction; we will look at a range of stories; ET, Timespinner & Aquila to name a few. We will be using the "Talk for Write" approach, we will begin by learning lots of new vocabulary and using dictionaries and thesaurus', infering details about the characters and justifying our own opinions. We will be creating our own build up of a Science Fiction story based on ET.

During Guided Reading we are going to be focusing on a variation of different texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry), each child is in a small guided reading group and each week they will:

- pre-read a text and answer questions about the text.

- read with an adult and discuss the text 

- look at the vocabulary in the text and discuss meanings

- answer comprehension questions with support from a TA

- complete a follow up activity based on the book - it could be a prediction or a summary for example.

We will be doing a short spellings session each day, where the children are learning, practising and applying the new words. During these sessions, the children will be focusing on Year 5 words and spelling rules. I will also be sending home weekly spellings, these may come from rules taught in Year 3 and 4 also, we will have spelling tests weekly.

We will also be incorporating grammar lessons into our English when we are learning about Science Fiction, as well as a separate SPaG session where we are looking at learning objectives from previous years.




For Summer 2, we will begin by continuing our unit on fractions; we will begin by focusing on subtracting fractions, then we will move onto multiplying fractions and finding fractions by amounts. Next we will look at decimals and percentages, we will look at equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.
 We will do this learning through practical, concrete and abstract learning, where the children will use a range of objects, mental strategies, jottings and formal written methods.

It would be really useful if children continue to use TTRS and Numbots; this will ensure they are recapping previous learning and practising mental strategies. If children are confident with mental strategies they are more likely to be able to answer arithmetic questions quickly and confidently.





At Sacred Heart, RE is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything we do and say. This half term in Year 5 we will be exploring the Eucharist.

First, we will look at memories and why memories are important. Then we will look at the Passover, The Last Supper and the Eucharist, we will look at how different artists portrayed The Last Supper.




This half term we are learning about Earth and Space We will learn about the movement of the Earth & other planets. We will look at the movement of the moon as well; we will do this through roleplay. We will also look at how day and night are created and why we get shadows.


History - Anglo-Saxons and Viking settlement in Britain.

Last half term, we focused on the Anglo-Saxons and how they settled in Britain and how they lived. This half term we will be learning about the battle between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings for land in Britain, we will look at how the Vikings invaded and the impact this had on the Anglo-Saxons. We will focus on the actions of several Kings during this time.



DT- Moving Toys

This half term we are going to be creating moving toys using cams. We will be designing these toys for a specific audience and then working in small groups to make a toy before evaluating our design.



PE will take place every Friday afternoon, therefore on a Friday children will wear their PE kit all day (plain red t-shirt, black shorts and black PE pumps/trainers). Please ensure children are in appropriate clothing because we will be outside for PE if the weather is dry.



This half term we will be creating a virtual art gallery. We will be using SketchUp to create our art gallery; we will be creating sculptures and artwork to put inside our virtual gallery.



The children will be learning French on a Thursday morning with Mrs Bragg, they will be following Language Angels. This ensures that the children have lots of repetition and oral teaching of the French language before then applying this into discussions with peers and then written sentences.

We will be learning about "Les Habitats" this will recap our science learning from Autumn term.



The children will be learning Music on a Thursday morning with Mrs Bragg, they will be following Charanga. The children will be singing and playing rhythm games. 

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)

This half term is dedicated to "Joining In & Keeping Up " We are going to learn about what anti-social behaviour is and how it can impact a victim, we will learn about certain laws that are in place to stop anti-social behaviour and we will learn about the job role of a magistrate.

General class information


  • Reading is one of the most important skills we teach our children, whether it is a non-fiction text to help them research, a set of instructions to help them make something or reading a fiction to improve their imagination and provide them with amazing vocabulary. You can use Oxford Owl to listen to ebooks and read along.To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to atitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them.  We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week and it can be recorded in a reading/homework diary that we will send home.


  • Toast is available for snack but children must pay online at the beginning of the week and they will get a slice of toast each day. Children can bring cereal bars, fruit or veg from home for a snack too. 
  • Water -  We encourage children to bring in their own water bottles each day.  This ensures that they are able to have a drink regularly and not having to use the schools cups.  Although we will ensure cups are cleaned regularly and only 1 child is using each cup it would be more beneficial if each child had access to their own bottle.  Please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.

If you have any queries or want to chat about your child’s progress, feel free to catch me after school on the playground, send me a message on Class Dojo or make an appointment with Mrs Thompson in the school office.

Curriculum Overview