Welcome to Beech Class!

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Cooper, Miss Presland.


Spring Term 2 2020






In Maths, this half term, it is all about fractions! Children will learn to calculate equivalent fractions, convert improper fractions to proper fractions and vice versa and learn to compare and order fractions. Children will also calculate with fractions adding, subtracting and multiplying before applying what they have learned to problem solving. Towards the end of the term we will focus on the equivalence between decimals, fractions and percentages as well as comparing and ordering decimals. 

The Key Instant Recall Fact we will be working on is decimal number bonds to 1 and 10. For example, what is added to 4.7 to make 10? What is added to 0.6 to make 1? We encourage children to continue to practise their timestables on Times Table Rockstars. 

https://ttrockstars.com/login. Children have their login details in their planners.  


You don't know how lucky you are. 


Our topic for this term is based on The Victorians and The Industrial Revolution, particularly considering how vast and rapid change was and its various consequences, what life was like for a child during this time, and how experience depended on whether the family were rich or poor.  Alongside developing our knowledge of this topic, the children will also evolve their historical skills - including using sources of evidence to deduce information and selecting suitable sources of evidence.  

In English we will be studying Street Child.  Berlie Doherty movingly captures the life of an orphan in Victorian London. Based on the true accounts of children whose lives led the famous philanthropist Dr Barnardo to set up his homes for children without families, Street Child is the troubling story of Jim Jarvis who is just a little boy when his mother dies leaving him all alone. Initially rounded up and taken to the workhouse, Jim soon escapes and finds a way of survival – and some friends. But surviving as a child in such a tough environment is tough.

In whole-class reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topic will be studied. 



Our Science this half term is Properties and Changes of Materials. Children will 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 know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and be able to describe how to recover a substance from a solution. In addition they will  use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they will demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes and explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials. That this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.



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 


Topic homework will be sent out with plenty of time to complete. Please ask for any support required for time or resources. Occasionally there will be the option to complete weekly homework instead. 



Children will need their swimming kit and a towel every Friday. Arm bands and inflatables will be provided at the pool. Children will be leaving school during lunchtime and travel to Keighley Leisure Centre to participate in a half hour lesson. Children will have their lunch before they leave school. Pupils may bring a small piece of fruit and water for after the session. 


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:

World Book Day - 5th March 2020. 

Armley Mills Visit - 31st March 2020.