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Kingfisher Class (Year 5)

The Highwayman

The Highwayman 1


Welcome to Year 5. 



We have just enjoyed reading and learning some of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and we will also be using this as inspiration for writing a short ghost story.  


For most children, spelling will continue to be taught through the Read Write Inc programme, with a particular focus on those challenging words that do not follow a spelling pattern.


Meanwhile, our reading will draw together all the skills we have been practising throughout the year such as inference, author’s choice of vocabulary and summarising.


Over the next few weeks, we will be consolidating our number skills and will use these to tackle a wide range of problem-solving and reasoning questions. This will allow us to develop increasingly efficient methods when dealing with fractions and percentages and deepen our understanding of geometry, measurement and statistics.


Our topic this term is Voyage to North America.  The children will be learning about the diverse environment in North America as well as learning about the climate and biomes.


Our work in science lessons will be focusing on life cycles, starting by looking at the life cycle of plants and the important role of bees and other insects and birds, and moving on to looking at the life cycles of mammals and birds. The children will then chose an animal with a particularly interesting life cycle to research. After half term, we will move on to looking at electrical circuits, using our skills to design and make games for other children to play.



Please remind your child that they need their (named) P.E. kits in school all week. They have Kids’ Marathon as well as  P.E. on Tuesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon. 


Home Learning


Home learning - Maths will be handed out on a Friday and needs to be brought back on the Monday after the weekend

Topic Home Learning will be handed in on a Thursday and handed back on the Friday. 


  1. Topic- based home learning. Children will have a selection of activities to choose from.
  2. Maths –this may include mental maths questions or work linked to our topic during the week.
  3. Spelling. As part of the Read Write Inc spelling scheme, children have a spelling log books with spellings that are tricky.  These need to be learned as they will form part of an informal test in the week.
  4. Children should be reading every day.  Please encourage them to read a wide range of authors and to discuss their reading with you. Details should be recorded in their reading records.


Other Information


Please take a look at our class page for links to useful websites.


Finally, if you have any concerns do let us know. You can make an appointment to see one of us via the school office.


With best wishes.


Mrs Hughes and Mrs Read. 

Online Safety Update 

Year Five 

  • Media Balance 

  • Private and Personal Information 

In our online safety lessons this half term, Year Five focussed on understanding that good digital citizens are responsible and respectful in the digital world (and beyond). They also learnt about the benefits of sharing information online, but also about the safety and security risks of sharing certain types of information. 

Please take a look at the Family Tip sheets and Activity sheets that support the lessons covered in school. 


Many thanks, 


Miss Lee