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This half term, we will be linking a lot of our Literacy to what we have learnt in our Topic lessons.


We will be putting ourselves into the shoes of the Spanish Conquistadors as we think from their perspectives when writing diary entries about their discoveries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this, we will be breaking the news about what was found as we write newspaper articles about the lost Mayan civilisation. 


The Mayans believe in a different creation story to the one we are most familiar with. Therefore, we are going to study Mayan myths, particularly creation myths before having a go at writing our own.


In maths, we will be developing our knowledge and understanding of place value and number. Following this we will look at different strategies for solving multiplication and division problems. We will also look at fractions, decimals and percentages. Throughout all numeracy topics, year 5 will have the opportunity to solve word problems and mathematical investigations, developing their logic and reasoning.



Below you can find the links to some useful and fun maths activities.


This half term we have been learning all about the differing life-cycles of not only animals, but also plants. We will be identifying the different parts of a plant through dissection. Later in the topic we will be researching different species of animals from around and comparing their life-cycles to local animals, thinking about how climate could affect their life.


This half term we will be thinking about coding programmes and making our own games using 'Discovery Coding'.

Below are the links to the fun things we have been learning about in computing.


Our first topic of the year is Mexico and the Mayans. You will be exploring where the Mayan civilisation was discovered and finding out how they developed their community. You will also learn all about the daily life of the Mayans and how their society was organised. We will look at the Mayan calendar and investigate their number system.


We will also be looking at the Geography of Mexico using maps and atlases and compare its climate to the UK. You will also have the opportunity to research and create a holiday brochure for a Mexican resort.


Here is what the Mayan calendar looks like!



In year 5, children are given homework twice per week.

Mondays: Maths homework (due in Thursday).

Thursdays: English homework (due in Monday)



Pupils are also expected to read at least three times a week and learn tables for their CLIC and Big Maths tests. Reading books are changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.



Library books are changed every Thursday.



Spellings are given out every Friday and tested the following Friday. We would appreciate you spending time with your child, learning these for their weekly test.



Physical Education takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please ensure that pupils have their kit with them on these days. For indoor PE, children need to wear a white t-shirt and black shorts with pumps or trainers. We would appreciate it if you could ensure your children have the correct kit.