Please find below our Year 5 Newsletter for Spring 1.


Dear parents and carers,

We would like to welcome you all back and hope you have had a lovely Christmas break. We are looking forward to another busy half term in Year 5.

Our topics this half term:


In maths this half term, we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, adding fractions with uncommon denominators and multiplying fractions and whole numbers.  Alongside our maths lessons, we will be completing weekly mental maths tests. ‘Hit the Button’ is a great online game (also available as an app) where children can test their mental maths skills. ( Children can also access Ten Ticks at home which also has lots of times tables and mathematical games.


During this half term, we will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will be using this to help us write our own diary entries, character and setting descriptions and narratives. We will also be doing further work on relative clauses, parenthesis and commas to help improve the writing we do this half term.

Religious Education

Our first topic in RE is ‘Mission’, looking at our big question, ‘Do we all have a mission in life?’ We will be thinking about our own missions and learning more about the role of the diocese. Our second topic in RE this half term is ‘Memorial Sacrifice’, focused around our big question ‘Why do we need memories?’. We will be discussing our memories and what makes them important and special, and will be looking at the Eucharist as a memorial during Mass.


Our topic in science this half term is properties and changes of materials. We will be doing lots of different experiments and investigations to help us learn about the properties of different materials. We will be comparing different insulators, investigating how to separate different materials and will be learning about the difference between solids, liquids and gases.


Our geography topic this half term is enough for everyone. During this topic, we will learn about sustainability, our Earth’s resources and what we can do to take better care of our planet.


In DT this half term, our topic is super seasonal food. Children will have the opportunity to try a variety of different fruits and vegetables, and will learn about where food comes from and the impact this has on our Earth.


We will be focusing on online safety in Computing this half term. We will be learning about emails and why and how they are used, looking at how to use them safely and the importance of strong passwords. We will also identify unsafe behaviour online and learn how we can keep ourselves safe online.

PSHE/Go Givers

This half term we will be thinking about treasured memories, sustainable development and keeping safe in cyber space.


Children will continue to be given weekly homework, consisting of a reading comprehension, spellings and arithmetic. Homework is given out on Thursdays, to be handed in the following Monday. Weekly spelling tests are on a Thursday. Please can I also remind you that reading diaries and reading books must be in school every day. Your child’s reading diary should be signed as part of their homework each week. Topic homework for this half term has also been given out and explained to children. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.

This half term, children will be having PE with Mr Crolla every other Wednesday afternoon. Children will need a PE kit consisting of black or navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a plain white T-shirt and black pumps or trainers.

Thank you for your continued support and for your child’s continued hard work.


Miss Tustain and Mr Corr