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Year 5

Year 5: Term 6 2024



Welcome to Year 5!


Hello! We hope you all had a wonderful half term!


For our final topic of Year 5, we are focussing our learning around our topic of 'Extreme Earth: Save our world' which we are sure the children will find fascinating. Please find the Knowledge Organiser attached at the bottom of this page. We use the knowledge organisers as a chance for you and your children to read through together and discuss or go over the vocabulary and ideas in this topic. We have also attached the most updated weekly timetable.


Useful Information:

Maple staff: Miss Scott

Mangrove staff: Mr David

Support staff: Miss Lambert


PE Days will be on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Please make sure you come to school dressed in your school PE kit plus a jumper, with a water bottle on those days and any long hair tied up (including boys). 


Please make sure you bring a water bottle to school everyday this term and a cap if it is warm. 


The Topic Web at the bottom of the page is there if you would like to find out more about what we will be learning in our topic. If you feel that you have any information or contacts with people who may be able to broaden our topic content or enrich our learning opportunities, then please do not hesitate to let us know as we would be very grateful for this.


Attached below is the new Spelling List for Term 6 for you to be looking at at home plus a document with some ideas of how to practice spellings at home. Spelling checks will still be on a Friday. The recommended reads for Year 5 children can also be found below and these are books that your child can find in our library to read and bring home alongside some other topic-related material. 


Many thanks,


Year 5 Team




From October, children in Year 5 will still be set 2 mathletics pieces of homework each week on the Friday to complete by 8am the following Friday. They must see us before the Friday if they have any questions or need help with the homework. For now, we would like children to practice the times tables that they feel they need to practice using Rockstars on a weekly basis. They should, by the end of Year 4, be able to recall all of the times tables up to and including the 12 times tables, so it is important that they continue to practice these, both in school and at home. Please do speak to a teacher in year 5 if you have any problems at all with logging on, access to the internet or the use of a device. We will begin the weekly class rockstars leaderboard from October again so any practice would be useful. 



The children are now moving onto the Year 5 and 6 Expected Spellings, and will be learning one set a week alongside the associated spelling rules to help them to feel confident when spelling these words. The new homework list is in the documents below to use at home. Your child will benefit from looking at and practicing these words as much as possible, both in school and at home, as some of them are words that we don't use that often in every day written and spoken language. In school we will also be ensuring that children know the meaning of the words they are expected to spell and can use them in a sentence, which might be something you wish to consolidate with them at home. Spelling checks will still be on a Friday. If you have any questions about the spellings, please do contact us.



We will be using our raffle ticket system to identify those children who are meeting our expected reads on a weekly basis. Children should still be reading a minimum of 3-5 times a week this term. 3 reads should still be signed by a parent to acknowledge the read and we also strongly suggest the use of the VIPERS questions stuck into their reading record to go alongside these three reads to ensure children have understood what they have read.


We also have a recommendation area for children to do a quick review to help other children choose books more easily.

At the bottom of the page here are also the top 100 reads for Year 5 and 6 which might help your child to decide on a book. 

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.