Oldswinford C of E Primary School

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Year 5

5Field - Mrs Joshua

5Craufurd - Miss Harris

Year 5 supported by Mrs Graham


Important dates:

4th & 6th March - Parents Evening

9th May - Cadbury World Trip


Key information: 

P.E. - Thursday & Friday

Children will come to school in their P.E. kits on their allocated P.E. days. Please ensure that children are wearing the correct P.E. kit (black shorts / red t-shirts, black trainers) and that long hair is tied up and earrings are removed on these days. During the colder months, black tracksuits are advised as we may be outside. 



We value reading and have fabulous reading areas for the children to enjoy. We actively promote reading at home, aiming for 15 minutes per evening. Each class has an engaging, fun reading incentive, where the children can move their names around on the display each day in recognition of their efforts with home reading and can earn a treat at the end of the week.

We have a daily reading lesson (Book Talk) which will develop your child’s passion for reading as well as their comprehension skills. The daily reading session will always start with the teacher reading to the children. We will be exploring and discussing the language, vocabulary, feelings and themes within a variety of high-quality texts. In addition to this, we will be listening to the children reading a range of texts and teaching them how to talk about books confidently and develop their comprehension skills to a deeper level.

Books will be changed on Fridays
Remember - Please make sure that reading diaries and books are in school everyday and that you comment in and sign your child’s reading records each time they read to you. 
Books will also be assigned on Rising Stars, our online reading system, but we ask that children complete the comprehension to ensure understanding of what they have read.

If children have read their book from school and their Rising Stars books, we encourage children to read books from home. Why not visit the library? It's the perfect opportunity to look at different texts and find an author you love!


Water bottles

Please send water bottles filled with fresh water everyday. 


New activities will be assigned each week. Please ensure children log in and engage with the activities. We recommend that children take part in 5-10 minutes of spelling and maths every day - little and often. This helps embed the children's learning into their long term memory ensuring that they are secure. Children have the opportunity to earn lots of fun, exciting prizes!




Our topic this half term is:

Healthy Planet

English -

In English we will be learning texts that focus on our world and the different effects that climate change and pollution are having. We will be focusing on poetry about the world as well as an extract from the text, ‘Aladdin's Lamp ’. We will learn the extract through our Talk4writing format and will also send a copy home to learn. This unit of work is going to teach the children how to use lots of detail to describe a character. Our focus will be on villains and the children will be listening to lots of detailed descriptions using similes, alliteration, metaphors and personification and they will then progress onto writing their own villain character description. At the start of each English lesson, children have the opportunity to edit their work based on the feedback given by the teacher - green for good, pink for think.

Guided reading -

In guided reading we will be using the text, ‘The Last Bear’ by Hannah Gold.


Maths -

In Maths, we will be working hard to ensure that all children are secure with their place value with numbers up to one million as well as exposing the children to plenty of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems regularly, as it is important that children are secure with the four number operations. We shall engage in lots of practical activities and use resources to help consolidate our learning. We will continue to work on fractions and decimals and percentages.


R.E. -

Our key question this half term is, ‘What did Jesus do to save human beings?’


Science -

In science, our focus will be forces - pulleys, gears and levers.


French -

In French, we will continue recapping our numbers in French, but our unit focuses on clothing. We will engage in lots of fun songs to help us learn.


P.E. -

In P.E. we will be participating in cricket and orienteering based games and activities to help develop our skills within these sports.



Our key question this half term is, ‘How can we help in an accident or emergency?’


Topic - 

We will be looking at our World and learning all about renewable and non-renewable energy, pollution as well as climate change and the effects it is having on our world. We will work hard to make conscious decisions about how we can make a difference to our planet, to look after it and encourage others to do the same. In this topic, we have cover lots of Geography and have plenty of art opportunities. It is a moving topic that really brings perspective.

Competition Time!

Focusing on our topic, healthy planet, we are asking children to make a piece of artwork based around an endangered animal.


Be creative!


All designs should be brought into school by Monday 18th March for judging. Winners will be chosen from each class and they will earn a special prize! We can’t wait to see them! Good luck!

Optional additional activities:

* Make a poster about recycling, renewable energy, looking after the planet etc

* Use some unwanted items to create a piece of art

* Use a tally chart to encourage those in your family to walk more often

* Write to Blue Peter to share what we are doing in school - you may even be awarded a Blue Peter badge!

* Go to the library and find some fact books all about how to look after our world



Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.