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Welcome to Year 5  2019-2020!


Dear Parents and Children,


A huge welcome to Year 5! You will find lots of important information on this page as well as photos that capture the children's learning. Your class teachers this year are Mrs Stevenson (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Thompson (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).  Mrs Solomou is the class TA and will be working daily. We are all really looking forward to the year ahead. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 


Kind regards,


Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Thompson


Year 5 Topics


Term Topic Science Enrichment
Autumn 1 Peasants, Princes & Pestilence Properties & Changes of Materials

Tales of the Plague 

Mosque visit

Autumn 2 Stargazers Earth & Space Maidenhead Astronomical Society
Spring 1 Pharaohs Forces Tutankhamun's Treasures
Spring 2 Time Traveller Animals Including Humans Stanley Spencer Gallery
Summer 1 Beast Creator Living Things & Their Habitats Braywick
Summer 2 Off With Her Head   Ufton Court


Current Topic Information - Autumn 1

Maths and English Non-Negotiables

Writing Documents

Spelling Documents

Ufton Court kit list


Outdoor games is on Tuesday and indoor PE is on Thursday.

It is helpful if PE kit is left in school as timetables can be subject to change without notice. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit including trainers. We aim to go outside every week, (even during the winter!) so please feel free to include base layers (preferably plain black), gloves and hat. Scarves are not permitted for safety reasons during games lessons although children can wear snoods. If children wear tights to school then please remember to keep a spare pair of socks in their PE bag.



We really hope to instill a 'love of reading' in Year 5 and we have a wide selection of recommended Year 5 books for the children to choose from. We ask that the children have their reading diary and reading book in school every day. It is really important that the children are reading at least 3 times a week and that they continue to read to an adult (even for a few pages). We would really appreciate parental support with asking your child about the book they are reading, in order to continue to develop their comprehension.

Throughout the year, we will be studying recommended reading texts for Year 5, during Guided Reading. Fortunately, we have some class sets of books, but we may ask if you are able to buy or borrow copies of a particular book, in order for us to be able to study a text in detail. We really appreciate your support and generosity with this.



Homework will be sent out on a Thursday and needs to be handed in on the following Thursday. The children will be given plastic folders to keep their homework in.


English & Maths

English homework will be sent home usually in paper form, but maths homework will be set online, using Mathletics.



Each week, the children will be taught a particular spelling pattern/rule from the Year 5 curriculum. The children will have opportunities to explore words with the particular pattern and daily morning spelling practice. The children have also been individually tested on year group word lists. They will be given 10 spelling words with the spelling pattern that they have been taught that week, and they will also choose 5 of the words that they need to learn from the year group word list. The children will be tested on their spellings every Friday morning and given new spellings for the following week. More information about useful spelling strategies has been included within this pack.



In addition to this, the children will have research that must be completed by Monday of the following week. This is normally given out on a Thursday and will help the children feel prepared for the topic learning ahead. They will have the opportunity to share their research with the rest of the class every Monday.


Extended Writing Prompt

On Wednesdays, the children will be given an extended writing prompt to take home and we would really appreciate it if they had an opportunity to discuss their ideas at home, ready to write on Friday.


Times tables

Every other week we will be testing the children on their times tables, and giving them a mental maths test. It is important that the children continue to practise their times tables on a weekly basis.


‘Pick n Mix’ 

We have given the children ‘Pick n Mix’ style Topic homework. We would like the children to complete at least 3 items from the list given, during each half term. We love seeing any topic work that the children have completed at home and encourage them to bring these in when they are completed to share with the class.

Year 5 Photos 2019-2020

Tales of the Plague Visit

A very rainy PE lesson! A VERY competitive round of Shove Ha'penny!

Monday 13th Jan

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Ancient Egypt Social Structure.mp4

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Howard Carter and Tutankhamun's Tomb.mp4

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Monday 13th Jan

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Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,

Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.

Tel: 01628 482734.