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Year 5 - Jaguar Class

Welcome to Year 5!

 Teachers: Mrs Kruber and Mrs Womack 

Teaching assistant: Mrs Hanley


Here we will regularly post information and pictures of the children's learning in Year 5. Remember to check the Class Dojo page too - this is where you will find the most up to date information and news, as well as helpful learning links.

There is a useful 'messenger' function on Class Dojo, so you can communicate easily with us. You will also get notifications when your child is awarded Dojo points!

                                         Important things to remember

At 8.40 am Year 5 children should enter the supervised main gate independently and line up on the playground, where they will be met by the class teacher. They will need to sanitise their hands on entering the classroom.


We will have PE lessons on Wednesday afternoons each week, please bring your PE kits on this day and get changed in school. 


The school day ends at 3.30pm and Year 5 children can be collected from the playground. If your child is allowed to walk home alone then you need to sign a form available from the office to give permission. 


We have our own class 'tuck trolley' at breaktimes, there are a range of snacks, fruit  and drinks available all for 40p each.  Alternatively you are welcome to bring in water, fruit or healthy snack for yourselves.


What to expect in Year 5

Year 5 offers the time to embed all of the knowledge learnt in lower Key Stage 2 and a year to start the preparations for transition to secondary school. Children in Year 5 are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning: to do their homework, to pack their school bag, to remember their PE kits. And they develop and grow as a result. It is about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.


What will my child do in Year 5?

1. Maths

In maths, there is an emphasis on fractions, decimals, and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

2. English

For English, new punctuation is introduced (such as hyphens, semi-colons, and colons). There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too (for example, modal verbs like wouldcouldmight, and must).

3. New topics

There are some fantastic topics this year: Romans, Space, habitats in Brazil, Vikings and a Science materials topic which investigates removing salt from the sea! This is the year when your child will probably have their first sex and relationship lesson in school as it combines neatly with the science unit on reproduction, puberty, and changes in the human body. 

4. Educational visits

We either plan to have an educational visit or have visitors to school to enhance the children's learning experiences. We will let you know in plenty of time if there will be additional costs involved. 


How can I help my child in Year 5?

Keep doing all of the usual things that we say each year. Continue to hear them read as much as possible, practise times tables, help them with homework, talk to them about their day, and encourage them to read by visiting the local library, bookshops, or using eBooks from MyOn.

Reading with your child and listening to your child read are possibly the best things you can do to help your child’s education.

Take time to discuss the text your child is reading, ask about the book, what do they like about it? Is it similar to anything else they've read? Can they tell you about the characters? What do they predict will happen?

Share reading at home - you can be a good role model by reading too!

Here are a few extra ideas for can try on top of this:


1. Encourage them to take responsibility

Just like in school, give them some independence and responsibility for their learning at home. Here are a few ways you can start giving them some responsibility at home:

  • Ask them to pack their own bag for school so that they get into the habit of thinking for themselves about what they need and what they will be doing that day.
  • Allow them to make mistakes. If they forget their homework, make them tell the teacher themselves (they learn more quickly from their mistake and they are taking responsibility for it too).
  • Get into the routine of doing homework at a set time each week if possible. By all means help them, but make sure they make their own decisions about presentation, for example.

If your child is not very organised, then taping a list by the door or to a lunch box works well, as does getting equipment ready the night before.

2. Be encouraging

Another simple thing that you can do as a parent is to be a good example. Never say: ‘I was no good at spelling at school!’ Never tell your child: ‘Go to Dad and let him help you with your maths because he is better than me.’

Children need adults to show them that learning is fun, relevant, and enjoyable – and difficult sometimes. Does it matter if you don’t know the answer? Of course it doesn’t. Instead, look it up together and show that you want to find things out too.

3. Take it easy

Finally, remember that even in Year 5 your child will still need some freedom to play and rest. 





Autumn 1- What did The Romans do for us?

After a week of transitioning into Jaguar Class, we will be learning about The Romans.  We’ll research Celtic and Roman warriors and write soliloquies as soldiers. Using different source materials we’ll investigate the growth of the Roman Empire and  it's impact on Britain. During our trip to the Time and Tide museum we will practise formations, have a battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. We’ll learn about gladiators, write a commentary of a battle and design and make our own mosaics. Using maps, globes and information books, we’ll compare Britain (the home of the Celts) and Rome (the home of the Romans). At the end of the topic, we’ll reflect on what the Romans did for us.

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