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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 5


Firstly, I would like to let you all know how much I have enjoyed welcoming your children back into school. I have been very impressed with how maturely and quickly they have adapted to the new routines of the school. They have been an absolute pleasure so far and I am pretty sure that they are going to be an amazing year 5 class! I am really looking forward to getting to know them better this term. I hope you have all had a great summer and the children feel refreshed and ready for a busy term.


In English this term we will start reading “The Whale”.  This unit will help with the transition between year 4 and year 5 and we will cover new objectives at the same time as we make sure we cover any gaps that there might be in the children’s learning due to the lockdown last academic year. Throughout this unit, we will focus on verb tenses at word level. At a sentence level we will focus on noun phases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositions as well as fronted adverbials. This will make the children’s writing more descriptive and less repetitive. At a text level the children will be using nouns and pronouns to aid cohesion and avoid repetition as well as using paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme. In addition to consolidating punctuation previously learnt, this term the children will learn to effectively use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech as well as learning to use commas after fronted adverbials.


This term we will start maths with number and place value. We will cover the year 4 objectives that the children need to be secure with to ensure there are no gaps in their learning and they can access the year 5 curriculum with confidence. This first unit will involve rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, learning about numbers up to 1 million, negative numbers and roman numerals. We will then move on to addition and subtraction, when the children will be adding and subtracting four-digit numbers. They will do more than one exchange. Once the children are secure with this, our last unit this term will be statistics. We will interpret charts and introduce line graphs as well as looking at timetables.  


In Science we will start the term with forces. Children will explore the effects of gravity; water and air resistance; the difference between mass and weight and they will investigate different machines- such as levers- which are used to lift heavy weights with the least amount of effort. We will also cover some of the topics that the children missed last year.


This term, in geography, we will learn about lines of longitude and latitude, climate zones, climate change and biomes. Children will be using maps, atlases and globes and they will be creating graphs to compare data.


I would very much appreciate your support at home with reading by encouraging your child to read as much as possible. We are not collecting reading diaries at the moment, but I would expect everyone to read at least 4 times per week. Practising times tables on a regular basis is also extremely important. Children use their knowledge of times tables during most maths lessons. A good recall will help your child tremendously. Spellings are also important. I will be providing you with the year 5/6 spelling list with the words that your child needs to be able to spell by the end of year 6.

Just a gentle reminder of how important it is for the children to arrive at school on time. Learning starts straight away; even before the register has taken place, the children have a task to complete. Year 5 so far have been amazing! Thank you again for your support.

Due to safety regulations, drop off sessions are not taking place at the moment in the playground but please do send an email to the office or ring school if there is anything you need to let me know about or if you would like to arrange a conversation over the phone. It is important that we continue to establish excellent home/school links. We normally have a meeting at the start of the year when I could have had the chance to introduce myself and explain a little bit about year 5. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, this is not possible this year. However, if there is any information you need or you are unsure about anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school.

Miss Garcia


The staff at Willaston C of E Primary School are missing their pupils and the entire School community, so here are some little messages from them all.

Easter message from Mrs Chambers
Mrs Lamb's 
Easter Story 
Message from Mr Graham
Miss Hughes reading 
Monkey Puzzle.
Mr Ellinson's Forest School At Home 
virtual bunch of flowers, rainbow of hope,  recycled bird feederThe Happy Tree

Mrs Chambers 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 
'Compassion' Assembly.
Miss Bell (and Buddy) reading There's A Snake In My School by David Walliams
Just a few words to say 'hello' and we are thinking of you all
Miss Hull's Challenge
Value Ambassadors'Perseverance' Assembly
Miss Chapman reading a story about a Rainbow
Revd Bazely's 'Creation' Assembly
Miss Hull's 'Service' Assembly
'Possible' read by Mrs Robinson
Mr Graham's 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Lamb's'Compassion' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 'Perseverance' Assembly
House Captain's 'Creation' Assembly
'Service' Assembly by Miss Hughes & Miss Garcia
Mrs Edge reading 'Meerkat Mail'

Home Learning w/c March 202020th April27th April, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 1st June, 8th June15th June, 22nd June, 29th June, 6th July, 13th July

Sending best wishes to everyone.

Take care and keep safe.


Please come back soon!


Newsletter Autumn term 2.pdf (PDF 423.9KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 5 and 6, including word lists.pdf (PDF 70.5KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 5.pdf (PDF 63.6KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 5.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)
HFW list. Help your child with spellings.doc (DOC 250KB)