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Welcome to Year 5 with Generous Giraffes and Proud Panthers

Latest News


Summer 1

  • In Year 5, we are really excited about our next topic about 'The Midnight Fox'.
  • We are also looking forward to starting our dance lessons with Claire on Friday mornings (this will be until the May half term holidays). 


Here is our latest newsletter (Summer Term 1)



The Year 5 Team

In Generous Giraffes, our teacher is called Miss Grice and in Proud Panthers, our teacher is called Miss Johnston.

The Year 5 teaching assistants are:

Mrs Golding, Miss Richardson, Mrs Cope and our learning mentor is Mrs Anderson (Mon-Thurs am only).  


Our Topics

Autumn 1: Ancient Greece

Autumn 2: Based on text 'The Highwayman'

Spring 1: Based on text 'The Iron Man'

Spring 2: India with text 'Grandpa Chatterji'

Summer 1: Based on text 'The Midnight Fox'

Summer 2: Aztecs (various texts)


Year 5 Long Term Overview



In Year 5, we are keen for the children to practice the skills and learning objectives that they cover in school and we will expect them to complete:

Literacy Homework

1 piece of literacy homework every 2 weeks - this will be a task that the children will choose from a 'menu' of different writing activities linked to our topic!

There may be opportunities for some arty work to go with the writing, too! We would like this homework to be handed in within 2 weeks of been set.

The deadlines for the half term are always given at the bottom of the menu and are always on a Monday.


Maths Homework

1 piece of maths homework every week - this will be linked to the learning that they are about to cover. This will always be given on a Friday and the children will need to give it in on a Thursday.


Children will have a list of 10 spellings they must learn where they will be tested on a Thursday.  These will practice the year 5 spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum. The children will also get 5 unknown mystery spellings; these will follow the same spelling rule and will be marked out of a bonus extra 5.  This will allow us to see if the children are just remembering the spellings (memory only) or if they are remembering the spelling rule and applying it to other words (embedded).

Please help and encourage your child to learn their spellings as this is so important for their writing!

Children will also be tested on the Year 3, 4 and 5 spellings words from the National Curriculum word bank once every half term.  Children will be sent home their scores and which words they got correct and incorrect.  Please ensure your child is always practising these words too so as they can improve their scores each half term!


Please continue to complete your child's FAB 4 Reading Record in their new Home School Diary.  Children are expected to complete at least 4 reads every week.  Children who complete all 4 reads and have their reading record signed every week will benefit from the half termly FAB 4 reading treat.



We love to reward the children for excellent effort, which is why they will receive spotty stickers for completing their homework.  The children are also aware that if we can say WOW to their work, at any time, then they will receive raffle tickets and be entered into a weekly draw for Miss Grice's or Miss Johnston's special prizes!


Physical Education (PE)

Giraffes and Panthers will be doing PE on Tuesday each week with Mrs Aspinall and on Friday afternoons with Mr Murray.

We will also be doing dance lessons for this half term (Summer Term 1) on Friday mornings.

At all times your child will need an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school.

Indoor PE kit is a white T-shirt, dark shorts (black or navy blue) and trainers or plimsolls.

Outdoor PE kit is a white T-shirt, dark jogging bottoms (black or navy blue), dark sweatshirt and trainers. Jewellery must not be worn on PE days.

If your child can not take part in PE for medical reasons a letter should be sent to Mrs Aspinall.



 Children in year 5 have an exciting opportunity to be able to play the ukulele!  These lessons will take place on a Tuesday afternoon (opposite PE lessons) with a qualified music teacher.  School provide ukuleles for your child however if your child wishes to bring their own ukulele in too, that is absolutely fine!