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Mrs Leach – Class Teacher

Mrs Smith - Teaching Assistant

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 Year 5

Swans Autumn 2022
Weekly Events


Autumn Newsletter
Swans 2022

Welcome to the Year 5 (Swans) newsletter of the new academic year. We hope that you had a fabulous summer holiday and return to school excited about all the things that we’re going to be doing. This letter will give you an overview of the different topics we’ll be studying.
Read on to find out more...


Weekly Events
PE lessons:
PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. Please come dressed in your PE kit on these days and ensure you have your water bottle filled!  Please either remove or ensure you can take your earrings out independently on PE days.  


Homework is compulsory and includes reading daily to an adult at home. The children have been provided with a reading a homework diary, please sign the books at the end of each week to acknowledge that you have seen the homework which has been set. Children will also be provided with a weekly timetable and over the coming days log in details for Times Table Rock Stars, Mirodo, Spelling Shed and Purple Mash, all of this will be exemplified to the children so they know how to log on and use the platforms.

Healthy Snacks may be brought in daily to eat at morning break.

Water Bottles should be brought in each day and kept with the children throughout each lesson. Water bottles will need to go home daily to be cleaned and refilled.

Pencil Cases: All pupils should have their own stationery for lessons and will all be writing in blue pen. They will need: a blue ballpoint pen, a pencil, a ruler, a rubber and a sharpener (pencil crayons and felt tips are optional). It would also be helpful to have a small glue stick, pair of scissors, a compass and protractor. Please make sure your resources fit into one pencil case.


For the first half term our English studies will be based around Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo using this text for all our unaided writing. From the text we will be writing a non-chronological report, a diary entry, writing from another perspective and also informal letter writing. The text will be used to cover both reading and writing skills.
We will also be focusing on grammar, punctuation and spellings. Starting off revising and embedding word classes such as: adjectives, nouns, adverbs and verbs. Spellings will be weekly homework.


Throughout this term we will be covering blocks on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Decimals and Fractions, Measure and Data, Multiplication and Division.


The Swans will have their Art lessons with Miss Gingel on a Friday afternoon.


This will begin with textiles. The main aim of this scheme of work is to enable students to develop basic textiles skills and an understanding of techniques and methods so that they can build confidence when working in this area to design, prepare and make a textiles items linked to the Ancient Greeks. We will also link our textile work to our science studies, and create a wall hanging of the solar system.


For geography our first topic is Great Britain. The children will learn all about how the UK is organised into countries, counties and cities, as well as learning about the human and physical features of Great Britain, such as population, life expectancy, tallest mountains, longest rivers, coastlines and much more.


We will be looking at Ancient Greece in history, we will learn about who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where and how they were able to establish their empire. They learn how the political system worked in Ancient Greece, investigate the legacy of Athenian Democracy and compare it with the political systems we have today. The children also compare and contrast the modern day Olympics with the Ancient Greek events and use their mathematical skills to present their findings in the form of a Venn diagram. They also learn about and order events from the Battle of Marathon and write in role to present the events from a specific viewpoint. In addition to this they learn about Ancient Greek religion, research information about a variety of Greek gods and write their own Greek myth. Finally, they use historical evidence to find out about the Trojan War and use the information to write and re-enact scenes from it.


Space and the Earth is our first science topic and this will give the children a basic overview of Earth and its place in our solar system.  To support our learning we will be visiting the National Space Centre in Leicestershire on 9th November.

In the mornings Swans will be expected to walk independently to the classroom from 8.45; a member of the Swans team will be in the room to greet them from this time and the children will be expected to complete their morning work. The children will be dismissed from the classroom at 3.20pm. The children have been told that they must return to the classroom if an adult that they are expecting to meet them isn’t on the playground, ie they are not to just walk home. Please reinforce this with your son/daughter. If your son/daughter is going to be walking home independently, please communicate this in their reading/homework diary or by dropping me an email.

Mobile phones: We recognise that some pupils may need to bring a mobile phone to school if they are walking to or from school by themselves. All phones need to be named and turned off once on school grounds. These will then be handed in to myself and stored in a locked boxed and the children will collect their phones before leaving at the end of the day.  No phones will be allowed on any school trips or visits.  If children have a smart watch, these must be put on 'airplane mode' whilst the children are on the school premises.  

As always, please don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything you are unsure of or require further clarification on.

Mrs Leach and Mrs Smith