Year 5-Curriculum Letter Spring 2018

Year 5: Spring Curriculum Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,


We hope you have had a fantastic break and welcome back. We are looking forward to a happy and successful term working with you and your children.



We are continuing to promote our 6 learning attitudes. They aim to make the children successful learners and develop skills that will help them learn throughout their lives. Please ask your children which one they think they have demonstrated throughout the week. These 6 qualities are: Readiness, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reflectiveness, Responsibility and Risk Taking.


PE – Indoor and Outdoor

This terms PE is dance. Your child will be required to bring a white t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and plimsolls/trainers every Thursday. Please remove any jewellery from your child before they come into school on Monday. Even though PE is on Thursday please send your child to school with sensible shoes for morning motivation.


School Uniform

We are pleased to see so many children looking smart in their school uniforms. Children need to wear a blue top, black or grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/polo shirt – please avoid labels or badges other than Northfield!



Our behaviour strategy ‘It’s Good to be Green’ will continue. Teachers reward children with house points that are displayed in the classroom. When children reach various totals, badges are awarded and worn on a lanyard. Like last year, parents are invited to come and see their children get the badges in Friday morning assemblies. An invitation will be sent out when the children have earned their badges.



It is vital for your child’s education that they attend school regularly and promptly. If your child is absent please ring the school office to avoid us needing to telephone you as we now contact all parents if a child is not at registration. If you are planning a family holiday please make every effort to take this during school holidays. Please be aware that Leicester City Council will check attendance and may issue fines for unauthorised holidays. Please also remember to collect a holiday authorisation form for any holidays planned during term time.

We value your support and comments so do not hesitate to contact us if you have a concern. Send a note, talk to us on the playground or alternatively contact the office to arrange a meeting. Just a reminder that teaching begins at 8.50 so it is not possible to speak to any parent at this time unless it is urgent. We appreciate your continued co-operation.



In mathematics pupils will be learning to:

  • Read, write and order numbers with up to 6 digits and understand the place value of each digit
  • Multiply and divide by 10/100/1000 using a place-value grid
  • use counting on as a strategy to perform mental addition of 2-place decimals to the next whole number
  • find squares and square roots of square numbers
  • Know properties of equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right-angled triangles; find that angles in a triangle have a total of 180°
  • Use a written column method to add amounts of money in pounds and pence
  • On a weekly basis children will have a times table test. If you would like to help your child at home, it would be really beneficial if you could practise mental maths strategies and times tables. Pupils should know these up to 12 x 12.



In English this term we are going to be using:

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – informal letter, biography and story myth
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz – explanatory text, persuasive text and description
  • All English lessons will strive to include a variety of learning styles including drama, reading, grammar and comprehension practice.

Science: Properties and Changes of Matter

This term we will be comparing and grouping materials on the basis of their properties. They will be able to investigate and demonstrate reversible and irreversible changes using mixing, filtering, sieving and evaporating. They will be able to give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials. They will also be able to explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials and that this kind of change is irreversible.


Science: Forces

Children will be able to explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object. They will identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces. They will also recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

Home Learning

Please spend 10 minutes, as a minimum, reading with your child every day.’ Reading Logs ‘are expected to be completed, signed and brought in to school every day.

Pupils are expected to complete spelling, reading and maths homework and be handed in by the following Friday.

We also give out exciting ‘Grid homework’ for each new topic that will allow your child to be creative.

Important Dates


Parents Evenings: Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018


We look forward to a happy and productive term with you and your children.


Yours faithfully


Mrs. Wakeling, Mrs. Hawkins and Miss. Ludlam

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