Oldswinford C of E Primary School

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Year 5

5Field - Mrs Joshua

5Crauford - Miss Harris

Year 5 supported by Mrs Walta, Mrs Sylvester, Mrs Josephs and Mrs Hart


Important dates:

17th October - Children to come to school in Egyptian themed clothes for a day filled with fun for our topic.

17th & 19th October - Parents evening


Key information: 

P.E. - Wednesday (swimming) & 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. Swimming takes place on Wednesday afternoons, so children must bring their swimming kit in a bag.



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. 

Mathletics & EdShed

New activities will be assigned each week. Please ensure children log in and engage with the activities. Children have the opportunity to earn prizes and be on the school leaderboard, so everyone can see their success! 




Our topic this half term is:

The Gift of The Nile

English -

In English, we will be focusing on the text, ‘The Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll’ by Scott Peters. This text is part of an exciting book series, which see the character Zet explore ancient Egypt. We will learn the text 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 build suspense within a story, through keeping the danger hidden, using personification, expanded noun phrases, rhetorical questions and more. 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 Secrets of a Sun King’ by Emma Carroll.


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. We shall engage in lots of practical activities and use resources to help consolidate this. Once secure, we will then progress on to adding and subtracting and multiplication and division.


R.E. -

Our key question this half term is, ‘What does it mean if God is holy and loving?’


Science -

In science, our focus will be forces. We will be carrying out lots of experiments to test the different forces such as, gravity, air resistance, friction and more.


French -

In French, we will be recapping and continuing to learn our numbers in French up to 100. We will engage in lots of fun songs to help us learn.


P.E. -

In P.E. we will be swimming every Wednesday, with the aim that, by the end of the year, all children will be able to swim 25m, swim using a range of strokes and be able to perform safe self rescue in different water based situations. Our other P.E. lesson will provide the children with the opportunity to be Play Leaders. With this award, the children will be trained to lead lunchtime activities and they will be able to develop a P.E. lesson to KS1 children.



Our key question this half term is, ‘How can friends communicate safely?’ (Including how to use the internet and social media safely and what to do if they are worried.)


Topic - 

Come on an adventure with us as we travel back in time to ancient Egypt and discover their way of life. We will be locating Egypt on the map and experiencing what it would have been like to be Howard Carter discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time. We will be making canopic jars and try a little mummification of our own to understand the process. This is sure to be an interesting topic!

Competition Time!

Linking with our topic, we are asking children to design and make their own Egyptian headdress. All designs should be brought into school by Monday 17th October 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:

* Research an Egyptian God

* Make your own pyramid 

* Make your own sarcophagus 

* Watch some Egyptian Horrible Histories episodes

* Go to the library and find some fact books all about ancient Egypt!



Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.