Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Clark, Miss Rusch and Mrs Gentleman


Summer Term 2018



We will continue to read Street Child by Berlie Doherty, which we are all enjoying. So far, the class have learnt a lot about Workhouses in Victorian Britain and they have written persuasive letters to have them all closed down. We will continue to develop our narrative writing, including diary writing and descriptions of characters and settings.  During our Class Reading we will be reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. This 'Real Reads' version is abridged, yet still as atmospheric and exciting as the original. 




So far this year, Year 5 have enjoyed our new approach to teaching maths with new resources and teaching in mixed ability groups and pairs. We will continue this during the Summer term. After having spent most of the first half of the Summer Term on fractions, we will shortly be moving to decimals and percentages - rounding, ordering, as well as finding equivalent decimals, fractions and percentages. Children will continue to focus on building their reasoning and problem-solving skills. 

During this half term we will be seeking to ensure we are competent at finding factor pairs of numbers. Factors are numbers that divide exactly into another number. We will practise daily through a range of activities. 


You don't know how lucky you are? 

This is the name of our new topic, which is based on The Industrial Revolution. It will take a particular focus on what happened in Bradford and especially what it was like for children during this time. We will begin by considering the great changes that occurred during such a relatively short time. For example, what happened in industry, farming, transport as well as the great population shifts from country to town. The children will spend some time investigating how Bradford changed during the 150 years and what it was like to live in the city. Other areas of interest will include what it was like to work as a child as well as what education was like back in the Industrial era.  



Animals including humans. 

This unit focuses on the changes that humans experience as they develop to old age. Children will learn about the life cycle of a human being. They will investigate the development of babies and compare the gestation period of humans and other animals. They will learn about the changes experienced during puberty and why these occur, through a talk given by a school nurse. They will also consider changes to the human body as people get older, as well as comparing the life expectancy of different animals. 



Please ensure that you read regularly with your child at home and make a note in their planner.  It would be helpful if you encourage children to make predictions about the events and understand characters' feelings.  Spellings are sent home regularly with a test date attached.  Please encourage children to practise them in a variety of different ways - write the words in a sentence, write them as quickly as they can, draw an image for the words.

Please also regularly practise times-tables with your child. We focus on a different one each week. This half term we will be ensuring we are able to convert units of measure accurately. Please practise this too with your child. 

Project homework will be sent home half- termly.  This is a great opportunity to spend time with your child creating something they should be extremely proud of. Additional resources are available if needed.



 P.E & Swimming.

Children will need their full P.E. kit in school on a Wednesday.  Children will continue to attend swimming lessons until the end of the year and will need their swimming kit in school on a Friday. 


If you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to get in touch. You can send a note in your child's planner or ring the school office. Please ensure planners are signed over the weekend ready for a Monday morning. 

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 20th June - Class Assembly

Thursday 28th June - Visit by School Nurse.