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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


5Craufurd – Mrs McVeigh

5 Field – Miss Law


Along with Mrs Perks


Summer 1


Important dates this half term


  • Thursday 2nd May - School closed for Polling Day

  • Friday 3rd May - Inset Day

  • Monday 6th May - Bank holiday

  • Friday 17th May - School disco

  • Friday 24th May - Last day of half term 


Our topic this half term is: An Inca Adventure


Join us on a journey through the Peruvian Andes and learn about the culture and natural resources of the region.  Our Art and Geography based topic will explore the importance of the traditional bright-coloured Peruvian textile designs and studies into the Inca Empire and Amazon Rainforest.





We will be tuning into the text The Shaman’s Apprentice using; story mapping, character studies, drama and innovation, to eventually write our own ending to the story.
Towards the end of the half term, we will begin to read and analyse a range of poetry for inspiration to create and perform our own poem.

Alongside this, we will be teaching key spelling and grammar rules and conventions central to the teaching of writing in Year 5. Children will also be given a set of spellings to learn every week and will be tested on a Friday. 



In maths, we will be focusing on equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and improving our calculation work using decimals numbers.

Children are encouraged to revise their table facts and to use Mathletics at home. If you would like to print off number heroes worksheets to practise at home, they are available to download on our website. 




Athletics - our PE days will be on a Tuesday and a Thursday and children should always have their PE kit in school on these days. 




Doing some extra work at home can really help with our work in class.

Try to read every day at home. If your child is good at reading independently, you can ask them for a summary of the plot on the days you don’t hear them read. Talk about what you have read and have a competition to guess what might happen next. It is fine to work as a team - it can be fun to read a sentence or page each if it is a challenging book that they are desperate to read.


Mathletics homework will be set every Friday, related to the work we have been doing in class that week! Mathletics passwords were given out at the beginning of the year. If any children are missing their details, please come and see Miss Law for a replacement password card.


Optional tasks: 

  • Create a 20 fun facts PowerPoint on Peru
  • Create a tourism leaflet for somebody visiting Peru for the first time
  • Research the traditional bright, patterned Peruvian textiles and design your own clothing!
  • Practise some basic Spanish (around 84% of the Peruvian population speak Spanish!)
  • Write a set of instructions on 'How to care for an alpaca'
  • Use different forms of collage to illustrate Machu Picchu 



Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.