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Welcome to Year 5!


In Year 5 the team is Miss Dormer, Mr David, Miss Pearson and Mrs Richards.



Welcome back to Term 4. This term, we have a really exciting history-based topic of The Maya Civilisation. During this topic, we'll be learning all about the Ancient Maya, their significance, achievements and decline. We're really lucky to have a visit from the only Maya specialist and archaeologist in the country, Dr Davis. Please see our updated Topic Web and Knowledge Organiser below, as well as the updated Term 4 spellings. 


Our P.E days this term continue as Monday and Thursday. On Wednesday, we will be completing the daily mile so your child may bring trainers with them if they feel comfier doing so. 


Please ensure you read with and question your child regularly as it is an excellent way to develop your child's reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, as well as their writing. We are continuing to use 'VIPERS' for reading comprehension so please do continue to use the question stems provided when reading at home as the children are familiar with these. Please use these when completing the minimum of three signed reads per week which are still to be entered into their reading records. 


Children will have termly spellings which we have split up into weekly spellings. The children will know which spellings to practise at home. We will introduce each new rule on Friday for the children to practise at home. These will then be checked on the following Friday. 


Please make sure that you keep your children really confident with their times tables knowledge by practising them little and often and also by practising the corresponding division fact. Children should know all their times tables up to x12. By knowing their times tables, your child will feel much more confident in maths as these really do underpin the requirements of mathematics curriculum. 


You will find your child's Mathletics log-in details on the inside cover of their reading record. Mathletics homework is set on Fridays at 3.30pm and  must be completed by the following Friday


As always, we want your child to have a fantastic time in Year 5 so if you have any problems or concerns regardless of how small they may seem, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Below is the link to linguascope:

100 Recommended Reads

At Birdwell, we are passionate about reading but we know it's sometimes tricky to find an age-appropriate book for your child. Please see below our recommended reads for children in Y5/6. We have many of these in our school library and some are included in our '6 Book Challenge'. More information about this challenge can be found on your child's class page. 

This document can also be found at the bottom of the page. 

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