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Year 5

 Welcome to Year 5            Miss Fowler and Mrs Dale


Spring 1


Welcome back Year 5! Happy New Year! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.


Our topic this half term is ‘Fairground’. The main subjects linked with this topic are Science, Design Technology and Computing. 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 Computing we will be creating posters to advertise our new rides. We will kick start this exciting theme off by taking part in the Knex Challenge 2019 and we will also be making our automata kits. 



In English, this half term will be starting with a unit of work on play scripts where will focus on The Tempest by William Shakespeare. We will then move on to a unit of work on traditional tales, fables, myths and legends where we will be learning more about figurative language such as similes, metaphors and personification. We will continue with our work on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG), constructing more complex sentence structures and embedding the use of commas in our writing.



In Maths we will be starting with a one-week unit called ‘Perimeter and Area’. We will then move on to fractions and decimals, where we will be comparing and ordering fractions, recognising and using thousandths and relating them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents; we shall read and write decimal numbers as fractions, round decimals and compare numbers with up to three decimal places. We will then start our unit on angles towards the end of the half term. We will learn that angles are measured in degrees, how to estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles, we will also draw given angles and measure them and finally we will identify different types of angles.




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 taken from the high frequency words list. An additional spelling sheet may be introduced to your child (words found incorrectly spelt in their independent work).
  • 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.

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
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