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What are we learning this term?


This half term, we will be studying a the text 'Goodnight Mister Tom' by Michelle Magorian.


Willie is an 8 year old London boy who has been evacuated as part of the war effort. He is taken to the village of Little Weirwold and stays with a Mr Tom Oakley. Throughout this half term we will be exploring what it would have been like as an evacuee during WWII, putting ourselves in their shoes. We will be looking at different text structures based on the novel as well as drama and role-play activities.

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Next half term we will be studying Kensuke's Kingdom, why not try other titles by Michael Morpurgo? Take a look below at some of his work.
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In maths, we will be developing our skills of multiplying and dividing mentally and using written procedures. We will be furthering our knowledge of place value, rounding and ordering to include decimals. Following this, we will be looking to apply new skills in problem solving contexts.


We will also be learning to recognise common equivalent fractions decimals and percentages and how to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions. Following this, we will be introducing ratio and proportion and learning how to solve problems involving these. 


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


This half term we will be developing our knowledge and understanding of properties of materials. We will be learning which materials are soluble and which are insoluble. Through conducting experiments and investigations, we will be developing the ability to work scientifically and how to properly conduct and lay out and experiment. This will allow us to identify reversible and irreversible changes.



This half term we will be learning about one of the more recent eras of British history, WWII. We will be sequencing the key events in chronological order and identifying which countries were involved using world maps.


This topic will also allow us to think what life would have been like for the evacuees and the soldiers at the war front! Do you think you would have what it takes to fight for your country?

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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. It is expected that children read at home at least three times a week.



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.



Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school on Tuedays and Fridays.