Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clark


Autumn Term 2018



We will be reading Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, a story about Liam, who is very tall and ends up in space. This term we will be working towards improving our vocabulary and sentence structures as we write the story from different perspectives, write a formal letter of complaint, a persuasive letter and a description of our own planet.  During our Class Reading we will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topic 'From Inner-Earth to Outer-Space'. We will be working towards improving our skills of inference, summarising and prediction. 




In Maths this half term, we will be understanding numbers up to a million. We will read, write, order and compare numbers and determine the value of each digits. Adding and subtracting numbers with more than four digits, using formal columnar methods will also be taught this half term. Rounding will be used to check answers and calculations. Throughout the lessons, children will be developing skills of reasoning and problem-solving applying these to a range of multi-step problems, deciding which operations and methods to use. 

During this half term we will be seeking to ensure we are competent with all our times tables -that we know multiplication and division facts for all the times tables up to 12 x 12, and are able to answer questions in any order, including missing number questions. We will practise daily through a range of activities, including speed challenges, bingo, online games and 'Times-Table-Heroes'. 

These links will help with practising times-tables. 





Inner Earth to Outer Space? 

We will begin our topic by considering the structure of the Earth and how this has led to the creation of mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. The location of mountain ranges, variation in mountain environments will be studied and investigated. We will consider where most of the world's volcanoes and earthquakes occur, before spending some time understanding some of the most significant world events, such as Pompeii.  




During our science lessons, children will learn about the force of gravity. They will find out how scientists, for example, Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton helped to develop the theory of gravitation. They will also identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces. Investigating levers, pulleys and gears will demonstrate that there are some mechanisms that will allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. 


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. 

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 Monday. 


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:

Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th September - Robinwood Residential.