Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clark


Autumn Term 2018






In Maths this half term, we will be using multiplication and division mentally, drawing upon known factors. Identifying factors and multiples of numbers, including finding all factor pairs and common factors of two numbers will also be part of our lessons this half term. Children will learn to recognise square numbers, cube numbers and the notation used for these. In addition, they will know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers. The other topic this half term will be area and perimeter, where children will be taught how to calculate the area and perimeter of composite shapes.  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 that we are able to multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100. 

Children should continue to practise their times tables and these links will help with practising times-tables. 





Inner Earth to Outer Space. 

We will continue our topic this term, which will encompass our English, Science and Topic curriculum. In English, we will continue to read Cosmic and our core writing will be to tell some of the story from a different perspective. Alongside the children will continue to develop their understanding of different sentence structures and how to engage the reader. In whole-class reading, our texts will be linked to our topic and include a range of non-fiction and fiction pieces.  Our science work will consider: the solar system; the different planets - their relative sizes and distances from the sun; the moon and its phases and how the Earth rotates on its axis. Children will design their own planet, write about it and create it in textiles.  



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 5th - Wednesday 7th November - Robinwood Residential.