Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Clark, Miss Rusch and Mrs Gentleman


Summer Term 2018



This term we will start by reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty. This will link in with our topic this term, about the Industrial Revolution, and help develop our knowledge about what it was like to live during these times. Our focus will be to develop our narrative writing, including diary writing and descriptions of characters and settings, as well as to begin to understand the different levels of formality when writing letters.  During our Class Reading we will evaluate and analyse a range of non-fiction texts, to understand their features and structures. These will regularly linked to our topic work. For example, our first two texts are about The Victorians. 




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. For the first few weeks, the focus will be on fractions - converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, sequencing fractions, ordering fractions, adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, as well as finding fractions of amounts. We will then move on 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 converting units of measure - for example kilometers to meters and centimeters, kilograms to grams and litres to millilitres. 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.  



Properties and changes of Materials. 

During Science this half term, children will learn to compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. They will also know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and describe how to recover a substance from a solution. They will use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how materials might be separated. Finally they will consider the differences between reversible and irreversible changes. 



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.