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Year 5 - Challengers (Miss Ellis) and Voyagers (Miss Holmes)

Welcome to the home of the Challengers/Voyagers


We have started this year by looking at a picture book ‘The Viewer’ Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. Whilst reading this picture book, we will be developing an understanding of the character Tristan, who is filled with curiosity, and using his adventures to complete narrative and persuasive written work. Later in the term, we will be studying the novel ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan. During our novel study, we will be reading through the text and taking part in a range of immersive activities. We will then use all that we have learnt about the characters and their life living in dumpsites to support us when writing a range of different genres: reports, discussions and recounts for example.

In maths during the autumn term, we will be looking at our place value knowledge before moving on to apply this to calculations. We will be using formal written methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide before continuing our learning in fractions. As ever, we will be practising our times tables – lots of practise at home or on T T rockstars will help with this.

In science, we will be studying space and learning about not only our planet but others in our solar system. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to see some of the wonders of the universe during our visit to Castleton in October – keep your fingers crossed for a clear night! In our Science lessons we will be continuing to develop our investigative skills and think about what makes a fair test. In our project sessions we will be looking at how invaders such as Anglo Saxons influenced and changed Britian.

You will notice that our homework is different this year. The children will have one sheet with a range of different activities relating to our learning. Each week, the children can choose whichever activity they want – this can range from a research task to a creative task and can be completed in any format they choose. We ask for children to spend around an hour per week on their homework task.


In Year 5, we encourage personal organisation. The children should ensure that:

· P.E kit is in school every day. Children are to bring their kit on a Monday morning and take it home on Friday. Our P.E days are Monday and Thursday.

· They are reading at home five days a week and this is recorded in their reading log book

· Spellings are practiced regularly at home and their spelling log book is brought into school every day – they will need this for their lesson

· They are practicing and learning their times tables up to 12x12 with the related division facts

· They have their water bottle and indoor shoes in school every day


If you have any questions then please feel free to pop in!