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Welcome to Year 5
Mrs Apostol and Mrs Neale


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 you had a fantastic half term and have come back excited to start your final term and new theme.


Our theme this half term is called ‘US vs USA’, we will begin this theme by asking the children to research the various political parties for the UK.

They will research and discuss the different manifestos and discuss what they support or believe is right. We will hold a class debate and choose leaders for our very own political parties. They will write a manifesto, write speeches, discuss main ideas and policies, which are relevant to their locality/life and we will hold our own school vote.

Following this the children will research various states of America and present their findings. They will research past Prime Ministers and Presidents, and discover changes since the 20th Century. (Apartheid) They will look at popular culture and consider their own links to the USA. We will complete the theme by celebrating July 4th in style with a USA day, this will be held one afternoon Wk beginning 3rd July, date to be confirmed.


We will start the term off with our very exciting Science week, this includes Space Camp so don’t forget to start getting your kit ready for this if you haven’t already. How are your rockets coming along? They will need to be ready for 5PM on Thursday 8th June ready for the big launch! One of the year 5 activities during science week (Wednesday am) is exploding volcanoes, so if you would like to have a go at this you will need a bottle of cheap coke and a packet of mentoes!


In English this half term, the children will be continuing with our very interesting unit Narnia and begin to read Journey to Jo’burg which links in nicely to the Apartheid. They will look at older literature language from these texts and create their own additional chapters-how exciting!

The children will recap on the key features of explanation texts and write their own linking it to their science theme life cycles.


In Maths we will be recapping on the four calculation methods, reflecting 2D shapes, looking further in depth with fractions, recapping and developing knowledge on percentages and finally completing year 5 with ratio.


In our science lessons, this term we will be investigating life cycles of animals, insects and birds.


In PHSE we will be considering how we as humans change, and our focus will be hygiene.


Homework will continue in the same way with all homework given on a Friday and due in on a Wednesday. Thank you for supporting your child in encouraging them to read daily, for those children who do read daily I have seen a significant positive impact. Please remember to keep on practising your times tables as they need to be learned so that they are on the tip of the tongue as well as knowing the inverse facts.


P.E. lessons this half term will be on a Tuesday afternoon and a Thursday afternoon. We are fortunate enough to have the Warwickshire County Cricket Club in for 6 weeks to deliver high standard cricket coaching (Tuesday) . Children need to make sure that they bring the correct P.E. kit on both of these days. If possible, please ensure P.E. kits are left in school throughout the week.


If you have any queries or questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see me. I look forward to a brilliant term of new learning.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs Apostol



P.E...athletics day prep!

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Sack races... some fantastic springing!!!!

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Mother's Day creations...year 5 learnt how to knot, sew and make their mums hearts complete!

Year 5 were lucky enough to attend the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair. We had an incredible time and saw some pretty fascinating experiments...see below for some of the best moments...

How to break a glass with your voice!

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Fire tornado!

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Slow how the polystyrene balls hover in the air flow!

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Fairground-Roller Ghoster song performance

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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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