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     Welcome to Year 5            

  Miss Fowler and Mrs Dale


Spring 2


Welcome back Year 5! We hope that you have had a fantastic break over the half term holiday and have come back excited to start a new theme.


Our topic this half term is called ‘The Highwayman’ taken from the famous poem by Alfred Noyes. Some of the language in the poem is quite complicated so we will be working on the poem in verses to help the children understand. Below are links to websites you may wish to visit at home.The children will be completing lots of Art based activities this half term using The Highwayman as inspiration. We are also looking forward to dressing up as heroes and villains for our ‘Wow In’ day this Thursday (28th February 2019).



In English this half term, the children will be focusing on narrative poetry. We will be reading ‘The Highwayman’ in our English lessons. As part of this work, we will be learning some of the poem and completing lots of drama work linked with it. We will also be working on spelling rules and spelling patterns as well as using accurate punctuation.



In Maths this half term we will be starting our next topic ‘Angles’, where we will be learning to estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles, draw given angles and measure them and identify angles at a point. We will then move on to our next topic ‘Fractions, Decimals and Percentages’, where we will learn to add and subtract fractions, recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal. Finally, we will start a topic called ‘Transformations’ which will involve identifying, describing and representing the position of a shape following a reflection or translation.



In Science, this half term the children will be starting a new topic called ‘Reproduction in Plants and Animals’. The children will be learning how flowering plants reproduce, how amphibians and insects reproduce and how mammals and birds reproduce (we will not be covering human reproduction as this will be taught in Year 6). 



P.E. lessons this half term will be on Tuesday 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 leave it in school until Friday to ensure that they do not miss any P.E. lessons.


Home Learning

All homework, including spellings, will be given on Friday and will be due to be handed in on Wednesday (apart from spellings, which need to be learnt by Friday). Spelling books should be in school daily.


  • 6 weekly spellings. They may have an extra two spellings. These are words spelled incorrectly in their exercise books that week. Please ensure their spelling books are in school every Friday
  • Maths Mastery book
  • Please continue to read with your child at least 3 times a week.
  • Reading homework (green book) every half term



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


We are really looking forward to this half term and hope the children enjoy our exciting new topic.

Celebrating Shakespeare Week in Stratford-Upon-Avon!

We had a great time making Iron Men using scrap metal! Have a look at our finished products. Thank you to everyone who came in to help the children.

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  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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