Denholme Primary School

Happy Learners High Achievers

Minorca Mount, Denholme, Bradford. West Yorkshire BD13 4AY

01274 832123

Welcome to Beech Class

Year 5

Autumn term

Class teacher- Mrs Lane

Supported by Miss Wood, Miss Hadwen and Mr Arnison

 Remember if you need to contact us please use our class email -


 PE will be our swimming lesson on a Monday. Don't forget your towel, swimming costume or trunks, bobble if hair needs to be tied back and fruit for afterwards !

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 Homework will be given out on a Friday and collected in the following Wednesday. All instructions are provided in your child's purple homework book. Spellings are provided on a weekly basis for Friday tests.


Reading books - Children will choose their reading book from their class library, which is a set of age-appropriate and challenging reading books. It is expected that they read for at least 20 minutes a day. Children will also have the opportunity to borrow a book from the school library. Children should note all their reading in their reading journal- this will need to be brought into school each day.



This term we are working on a clever poem,all about a creature called the Malfeasance. We will be exploring the power of well-chosen words as well as using this to provide inspiration for character descriptions.

We will then turn our attention to Raymonds Briggs The Snowman and weave our way through this lovely story focusing on similes, superlatives and how to capture the thoughts and feelings of the main character.Our independent write will see us plan and write part of the story from the point of view of the snowman himself, using all the clever lenses we have explored whilst sentence stacking.



In maths, we are working on understanding what multiples and factors are. We will look at square,cube and prime numbers before making sure we understand how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1,000 - a key skill. We will answer reasoning and problem solving questions together and independently. Next we will look at fractions starting with looking at equivalence. We will learn how to change improper fractions ( those where the numerator is greater than the denominator ) into mixed numbers and vice versa. We will use our understanding of how fractions work to order and compare.

Our Key Recall Fact for this half term is to know all our square numbers up to

12 x 12 as well as the square roots.

Remember you can play TimesTable Rock Stars at home- your login is in your reading journal. Mathletics tasks are set each week and Bitesize is a fantastic resource for understanding key vocabulary and concepts. Hit the Button provides good practice with those number bonds and types of number. NRich is also a brilliant problem solving resource.


As the term progresses we will work to improve the speed and accuracy of our mental calculations using weekly arithmetic tests and activities.


Geography/ History 

This term we will study the Ancient Greeks. Map work (modern and ancient), timelines, artefacts, written and pictorial sources will all combine to build a picture of various aspects of Greek life and society and crucially how Ancient Greece changed the world ! We will discuss and explore questions about cause and effect as well as investigate and debate the similarities and differences between the city states of Athens and Sparta.


We will be looking at how humans and animals develop as they age and the different stages this involves. We will work to describe the differences in the life cycle of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds and then look at reproduction in some plants and animals.


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Our PSHE focus for the first half term will be Being Me in My World. We will discuss and record our aims and goals as well as explore our rights and responsibilities. We will then move on to Celebrating Differences.