Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Clark, Miss Rusch and Mrs Gentleman


Spring Term 2018



This term we will start by reading Journey, a picture book by Aaron Becker. Our focus will be to develop our narrative writing and use of vocabularly. We will extend the story to link in with our European topic as well as writing a non-fiction explanation based on an image from the book.  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.

This half-term we will continue work on multiplication and division, multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1,000 and known facts to support multiplication. We are also learning about area and perimeter; finding the area and perimeter of rectangles and compound shapes. We will then return to multiplication and division. This includes multiplying 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers, using a formal written method, and dividing a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number.



We will start the topic by learning about the continents of the World and the relative size of Europe. Europe has approximately 50 independent states. Each member of the class has the responsibility for investigating and researching their country and during the first few weeks, they will have the opportunity to develop their work in order to complete a presentation to the rest of the class. The role of the European Union and Brexit and its impact will also be discussed. During this topic, we will also understand more about the structure of the Earth and how mountains, volcanoes and rivers are formed and about the physical and human impact of these physical features. 



Living Things and their Habitats. 

During Science this half term, children will learn how flowering plants reproduce as well as about the process of asexual and artificial reproduction in non-flowering plants. The life-cycles of mammals, birds, amphibians and insects will be considered and the children will compare and contrast different life-cycles. The work of some famous naturalists, for example, David Attenborough will be studied and pupils will write a factfile or biography of one. We will link this work to our topic work, by considering the different species in mountain climates and across different areas within Europe. 



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.