Year 5 - Miss Kirkbride

Welcome back to the Summer Term, Mrs Skipper, Mr Nathan and I  hope you had an enjoyable Spring holiday

We had a busy spring term and really enjoyed our topic on ‘Anglo-Saxons. This term our topic is Earth and Space. We will be focusing in the first half term on the Earth and the environment we live in. Most of the children’s  literacy, Science, history, geography, art and D&T will be based around this topic so lots of practical experience will be required. We are also hoping to encourage our parents and/or grandparents into class with some opportunities for you to join us on some projects in class. The second half term will be a science based topic, in which we will learn about the Earth and planets in our solar system. We will be finding out more about Tim Peake and comparing his experiences with those of Neil Armstrong.

Last term we also begun to see some progress in our writing and some areas of maths.

Maths interventions, the continued work in writing and a strong focus on reading will take place during this term so that all children have a strong place to start from in year 6. To ensure that the children become the best they can be, it is important that support in all three areas is being  provided at home as well as at school. This should include: listening to your child read at home, giving them time to complete all homework and where possible discussing with them their learning and aspirations for the future.


We look forward to another exciting term,


Kind regards,

Miss Kirkbride and Mrs Lever


Please remember PE is part of the school curriculum and therefore every child must take part unless a letter has been received with  a valid reason for missing the session.

Our PE session is on Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit of a white T-shirt and black shorts. This also includes trainers or plimsols as PE will take place outside whilst the weather permits. Jogging bottoms are an option if the weather is still cold.

Please ensure that children with long hair have this tied up and earrings are removed.



· Each week the children are given spellings to learn, these are given out every Friday and tested the following Friday. There is an opportunity to win a very smart badge each half term for our spelling champions

· Times tables should be practiced every evening, these include inverse operations (e.g. 3 x 12 = 36 and 36 ÷ 12 = 3) squared numbers ( a x a = ) and cubed numbers  (a x a x a =)

· Reading is expected to take place each evening. This can include texts at home, newspapers and poetry. Reading records will be checked daily, please sign your child’s reading record each evening to acknowledge your support.

· Comprehension and SPaG homework will be given in published books and Topic homework will be given at the beginning of the term with completion dates attached.

Thank you again for your support in this area—homework is a necessary preparation for year 6 and secondary school. Please do not hesitate to speak to myself or Mrs Skipper if you have any concerns in this area.

 Class visits and Parent come to school sessions

Visits and opportunities for parents to come into the class and celebrate children’s learning are very exciting and an  important part of children’s learning. We plan trips and class events very carefully to give children real life experiences which they can use in their learning. These experiences give purpose to children’s writing and add to children’s knowledge and understanding, in turn, making their writing more successful, as well as offering them social situations in which to learn from.

‘Come to school sessions’ and ‘exhibitions’ are an opportunity for you to see first hand what your child has been learning and how they interact in different situations. Information will be sent out when these events take place and we hope as many parents, carers, grandparents and others’ will support us by attending.

Please come in and speak to us if finding payments for trips is an issue. We ask for a voluntary contribution towards these trips, and are very willing to organize payment plans to help out.  Class visits are part of our curriculum learning and therefore children need to attend school on that day. I will endeavor to give as much notice as possible when a class trip is due to give families enough time to make payments or speak with me as required.

Dates for your Diary


Bank Holiday Monday


Class visit to MK recycling centre


Assessment week


‘Get Caught Reading’ week


Bedtime Stories (All family members welcome)


Inset Day

27.5 —5.6.17

Half Term


Sparkling Starter ( A n exploration of space through music and art)


Science Day


Mobile Planetarium visit to year 5.


Assessment week


Sports day

14.7.17                                               Earth & Space Exhibition

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