Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clark


Spring Term 2018






In Maths this half term, it's all about fractions -  including equivalent fractions, converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and visa-versa, and comparing and ordering fractions. We will also be calculating with fractions, including adding, subtracting and multiplying. 

The Key Instant Recall Fact we will be working on is knowing decimal number bonds to 1 and 10. For example what you need to add to 2.6 to make 10. 

Children should continue to practise their times tables and children are encouraged to practise using Times Table Rock Stars. https://ttrockstars.com/login. Children have their login details in their planners.  





You don't know how lucky you are. 

We will continue our topic this half term which is based during the Industrial Revolution and will consider not only what it was and what the causes of it were, but also what it was like to live, as a child, during this time. Beech Class will investigate what differences there were in living conditions according to your wealth, what it was like to go to school and some of the most significant inventions of the era.

In English we will read Street Child by Berlie Doherty and use this as our stimulus for writing. Through this novel, the class will study the workhouse and what it was like to live there, before reflecting on those who sought to improve conditions for children. 

As part of our topic we will be visiting Armley Mills for children to have a taste of what life was like for children during the Industrial Revolution. 



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. Children can also practise their spellings on the website Spelling Shed and their login details can be found in their planners. www.spellingshed.com 

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. This half term we will be swimming on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure children bring a swimming costume and towel. Children can bring a piece of fresh fruit to eat afterwards, but please no sugary snacks. 


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:

Swimming lessons begin 1st March

Tuesday 29th March - Visit to Armley Mills.