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Year 5

Responsible, Caring & Secure

A very warm welcome to Year 5! I am very pleased to welcome all our children and their families to Year 5 as they begin their journey into Upper Key Stage 2. Year 5 is an exciting and challenging year for the children as they develop a more mature and independent approach towards their learning. These skills will be explored throughout the year during a variety of tasks and lessons to provide the key foundations that will prepare the children for the challenges of Year 6. I look forward to supporting your child on their journey.

Below are a few helpful reminders to make this year as successful as possible:

P.E: P.E. lessons will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. P.E. kits must include: suitable foot wear (plain black trainers or plimsolls), a plain white short sleeved t-shirt, plain red sweatshirt, and black shorts or plain dark-coloured tracksuit bottoms (in the winter). Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school each week.

Homework: Each week, on Friday, your child will receive maths, reading, spelling and times tables homework, which will need to be completed and returned to school on Monday. Additional homework may also be set as the year progresses and where a child may benefit from further consolidation of their learning.

Spellings: Spellings will be handed out on Friday and tested on Fridays. Spellings will include a combination of the Year 5/6 spelling words and they key Year 5 spelling patterns as set out in the Year 5 National Curriculum. They may also be set key words from the current topic being studied.


Times tables: The National Curriculum stipulates that children must be fluent in all tables up x 12 by the end of Year 4. In Year 5 we consolidate times tables knowledge from Year 4 and work towards children knowing the corresponding division facts quickly and fluently. Please practise times tables and their division facts regularly with your child. Children will complete a multiplication and division fact challenge on Fridays.

Reading: Children should read at home for at least 30 minutes every day. It is extremely beneficial for children to discuss the text/ read to a parent or another adult on a regular basis to question and check for understanding of the book and improve reading skills. In Year 5, children need to write their own comment in their reading record every day. Children do not need to have completed their book in order to write a comment. Reading records need to be brought into school and are checked on Fridays.

Thank you for your on-going support.  Should you have any other questions or concerns, or simply wish to discuss your child’s learning, please make an appointment to see me through the office staff.

Kind regards,
Olufunmilayo Dairo
Year 5 Teacher