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Year 5

Year 5: Term 1 2021!


Welcome to Year 5!


The Year 5 Team this year: Mrs Rayman, Mr David, Miss Hunt, Mrs Turk and Mr Davies.


Please make sure you always have a water bottle with you in school as well as ensuring that you have any medication which is up to date.


Hats may be worn during lunch breaks if it particularly warm or cold.


PE Days are as follows:

Maple: Wednesday pm and Thursday am

Mangrove: Wednesday pm and Thursday am

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


You will find our new Topic web, knowledge organiser, spelling homework handout and recommended books attached at the bottom of this page.


As part of the Government guidelines, we still need to ensure the flow of fresh air throughout the classroom as well as use hand gel which children are still welcome to bring in if they prefer.


Many thanks,


Year 5 Team




All children in Year 5 will still be set 3 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.



The children 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.


This term we are focussing on the skills of Vocabulary and Retrieval, which ensure the children understand the words they have read, and can locate information quickly using the skills of scanning and skimming.


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.