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 as well as Mrs Graham and Mrs Hicks


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:

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 the text, ‘The Promise’, by Nicola Davies. 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 use lots of detail to describe. They will do this using atmospheric language and detailed descriptions using similes, alliteration, metaphors and personification. 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 Whale Watchers’ by Dougie Poynter.


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.


R.E. -

Our key question this half term is, ‘How can following God bring freedom and justice?’


Science -

In science, our focus will be living things and their habitats. This links nicely to our topic focus this half term.


French -

In French, we will continue recapping our numbers in French, but our unit focuses on animals. 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 be gymnastics. During this half term, the play leaders will also have the opportunity to teach years 1 & 2 some of their P.E. lessons.



Our key question this half term is, ‘How can drugs common to everyday life affect health?’


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 planet, we are asking children to make a 3D model of an animal in its habitat.

Be creative! 

All designs should be brought into school by Monday 13th February 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.