We've worked really hard in 'Arts Week', based on our Science topic - Space, and we have really enjoyed it. 

Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Clark, Miss Rusch and Mrs Gentleman


Autumn Term 2017



This term we will be reading Cosmic, a Science-Fiction adventure story about a boy who competes with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best 'man' for the job? You can read about the book here: http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/4189/Cosmic-by-Frank-Cottrell-Boyce.html. We will develop our descriptive writing of settings and characters, before writing key parts of the story from different perspectives. During Guided Reading we will evaluate and analyse a range of non-fiction texts, to understand their features and structures. Developing our understanding of the use of modal verbs (for example, could, should, surely, possibly) to indicate degrees of possibility and varying sentence types will form the basis of our grammar work this half term. 




This year in mathematics we are working, as part of a research project, with the White Rose Maths Hub to teach mathematics differently. Year 3 and 5 initially, followed by the whole school, will be using new resources and teaching in mixed ability groups and pairs to support the children’s learning.

The first topic for this half term is place value, working with numbers up to 10,000 then up to a million. We will be rounding, comparing and ordering the numbers. As part of place value we will also be working with negative numbers and roman numerals. For the second part of the half term, the focus will be addition and subtraction. The children will be adding and subtracting large numbers and decimals and solving addition and subtraction problems.


Ancient Greeks

There is so much we could learn about in this topic. We will, in this half term, consider the location of Greece and how it's landscape and climate influenced the lifestyle of the Ancient Greeks. After studying the Trojan war we will consider the social diversity that existed between different city states. The role of women, Hoplites, the Olympics and how Ancient Greece has influenced the world will also be studied. Homework for this topic will be given after half term and due in before Christmas. 




In this unit, we will be considering the spherical shape and relative sizes of the Earth, moon and sun. Understanding the different types of planets that exist in our solar system and the order and relative sizes of them will also be considered. After, we will consider how the Earth rotates on its axis to create night and day and how it rotates at an angle to create seasons. Finally, we will learn about the different moon phases and orbit of the Earth. 



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.

The Year 5 Maths Passport skills are printed in planners.  Children know what their targets are and are familiar with games and activities they can do to learn them.

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.


Children will need their full P.E. kit in school on a Wednesday and Friday. 

Important dates:

Robinwood residential trip will take place on the weekend of 10th November 2017.