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Year 5

Thank you to those parents who were able to give up their own time to help us make our own Iron Men. The children had an incredible morning and were very happy with their creations.

There will be more opportunities for parents to come in and help out in January when the children make the automata kits and their fairground rides.


Welcome to Year 5
Mrs Apostol

Mrs Milbourne & Mrs Harbour


At times your child may come home with additional 'optional' homework to support them in their learning and development.

This may be a great resource, web links or activity sheets to support your child or reinforce their knowledge and understanding in a particular area. If you have any queries or questions about this please don't hesitate to pop and see me.


Welcome back Year 5! I hope that you had a really good break over the summer holiday and have come back full of enthusiasm and energy for the term ahead.


Our first topic this term is called Mysterious Materials. The main subjects linked with this topic are Science, Design Technology and English Art. In Science we will be learning all about circuits, forces, light and sound; in Design Technology we will be researching, designing, making and evaluating fairground rides and in ICT we will be creating posters to advertise our new rides! Our English work this half term is also linked in with our topic work. We will be starting off with a unit of work on poetry where we will be learning more about figurative language such as similes, metaphors and personification. We will then be moving on to a longer unit of work on persuasive writing where the children will take part in debates and have the opportunity to write adverts and letters.


In Maths this half term, the children will be revisiting key number facts from Year 4 and recapping on the 4 calculations using written methods. Please support your child to ‘over learn’ their times tables. Having these facts at their fingertips will really help your child to make good progress as they move through Year 5. In Maths lessons children will be counting on and back in steps of different sizes, using whole numbers and decimal numbers. They will also be developing mental and written methods further and will use their knowledge of rounding, place value, number facts and inverse operations to estimate and check calculations. Children will then move on to describe properties of 2D and 3D shapes. At the end of this half term, children will plan an enquiry where they will collect information and present their findings using graphs and ICT.


Home Learning will continue the same as in Year 4. The children will be given their homework on Fridays and they will need to hand the homework in on Wednesday’s (apart from their 6 weekly spellings which will they will need to learn for a Monday morning) Please also make sure that you are listening to your child read at least 3 times a week. This should promote discussion about the text e.g. talking about the characters or the meaning of words in the book.


P.E. lessons this half term will be on Thursdays and Friday afternoons. However, sometimes there may be unforeseen changes in the timetable which could mean that P.E. would have to move to a different day. Therefore, it is best if your child brings their P.E. kit in on a Monday and leaves it in school until Friday to ensure that they do not miss out on any P.E. lessons.


If you have any queries or questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see me.


I am really looking forward to this half term and I hope the children enjoy the exciting learning ahead.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs Apostol



The creation of The Iron Men

Receommended Reading for Year 5

Maths calculation policy Year 5

Links to activities which support our current topic - Fairground

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  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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