Year 5

Welcome to Year 5
 
We have two classes in Year 5: Peace and Forgiveness
Children in Year 5 are increasingly 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. 

Miss Sarah Moores

Forgiveness Class teacher

Mrs Claire Parkhouse

Peace Class teacher

Mrs Sarah Fryers

Peace Class teacher

What will my child do in Year 5?

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 to enable them to solve arithmetic problems efficiently.

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 using modal verbs (these are words like would, could, might and must).

Residential

Another first experience for many children in Year 5  is their first residential visit to London. A couple of nights away from home, learning lots of new things helps children to grow in confidence and independence. Some children are over-excited, some are nervous, some are laid-back and some are homesick. Don’t worry if your child has never slept away from home before. Often, it is the parents who miss the children more than the other way around.

TOPICS
Autumn 2:
Our topic this half term is 'Active Planets...Floods!'
 
How can houses be designed to be flood proof?
What causes floods?
What floods have occurred in history?
Autumn 1:
Our topic this half term is 'When I was a...Roman!' This fun filled history topic will cover chronology, archaeology, understanding historical sources of information to learn about the past, key events in the Roman era and how they link to our country today, and about life as a Roman. 

How can I help my child in Year 5?

Continue to hear your child read, practise times tables, help them with homework and talk to them about their day.

Encourage them to take responsibility

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

  1. Make them 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

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.

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.

Take it easy

Finally, remember that even in Year 5 your child will still need some down-time playing outside or reading a much-loved book. Let them be silly. Let them dress up. Play board games together.