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Welcome to Year 5, Miss Burgon is your class teacher.

In the Year 5 class we also have Mrs Golding and Mrs Clarke as our TA's

Please note that our PE days for this half term are Monday and Tuesday.  Remember to come to school already changed into your PE kit on your PE days.  Swimming will begin on Tuesday 23rd April, don't forget to bring your swimming kit with you to school on that day!  Other swimming days are:  30th of April, 7th, 14th and 21st of May.

Our Topic this Term is the Rainforest

Week 1.

Where are the rainforests of the world located?

Week 2.


What are the different layers of the rainforest?

Week 3.

What are Biomes and vegetation belts?

Week 4.

What is the significance of the equator, hemispheres and tropics

Week 5.

Investigating climate zones within a rainforest

Week 6.

Where is the Amazon Rainforest? What is it like?
Week 7

How is land used within the rainforest? What is the impact of changes

Please see attached our knowledge organiser





Homework: A homework sheet will be given out at the start of term. One piece per week to be completed until the end of term.

 In Literacy, the children will read a range of texts based around                 our Rainforest topic:                          

We are starting the topic by reading ‘The Great Kapok Tree.' This is a book about a man that is going to cut an old tree in the rainforest. The animals that depend on the tree appear to the man on his dreams and tell him why he shouldn't cut it down. It is a great story about ecology, compassion and how everything is connected. It highlights how all trees serve an equally important role, no matter where they are located, and that everyone should think more carefully about cutting them down or abusing them. 

Next, imaginations will soar from the forest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around" with our poetry book, ‘The Rainforest Grew All Around.’ The jungle comes alive as children learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the lush Amazon rainforest.

Lastly, we will finish the Rainforest topic by reading ‘Journey to a River Sea.’ This book embarks on a joyous Amazon adventure set in the lush nature of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and extraordinary characters. Maia, an orphan, can't wait to reach her distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines a loving family with whom she will share great adventures.

We will use the texts to develop our reading and writing skills.

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We are covering the following skills in Numeracy this term:


Understand and use degrees

Classify angles

Estimate angles

Measure angles up to 180 degrees       

Draw lines and angles accurately.

Calculate angles around a point.

Calculate angles on a straight line.

Lengths and angles in shapes

Regular and irregular polygons

3D Shapes

 Position and Direction

 Read and plot coordinates

Problem solving with coordinates


Translation with coordinates

Lines of symmetry

Reflection in horizontal and vertical lines


Use known facts to add and subtract decimals within 1

Add and subtract decimals across 1

Add decimals with the same number of decimal places

Subtract decimals with the same number of decimal places

Add decimals with different numbers of decimal places

Subtract decimals with different numbers of decimal places

Efficient strategies for adding and subtracting decimals

Decimal sequences

Multiply by 10, 100 and 1,000

Divide by 10, 100 and 1,000

Multiply and divide decimals - missing values


  It is ESSENTIAL that your child fluently knows their times tables both division facts and multiplication and have quick recall on these. This is ongoing homework for them and is vital to their progress this year - they should have their x tables rockstars password and every Friday whoever is the highest in their challenge group will be rewarded and they will be celebrated in class. If you do not have it then please email me.


We are very excited to be starting work on our new values system when we come back in school in January.  Each week we have a new value – 12 in total.  Our first value will be Respect.  The children will have an assembly Monday morning about how to show and give respect to others both in school and at home!  We will be expecting this to be demonstrated to all members of our Coppice community,  it is important that even when we move onto a new value, the old one isn’t lost.


Our new core values will now form the basis of our ambassador passports (these have now been renamed – core value passports and the children can achieve their bronze, silver and gold awards throughout the year for each core value. We will of course keep you informed about how your child is getting on with this throughout the year.


Each week Mrs Seaton will sent out a Newsletter that will reflect the value we are working on so that it can also be supported at home.  We look forward to seeing our children bright and early ready to embrace the new weekly challenges!




Reading as much as possible will really help your child’s progress at school. For their learning passport they must have read three times a week all term.   It is very important that they understand what they are reading a few minutes spent asking questions about what has been read helps children to develop comprehension skills which are vital to their education.  We also have a competition running in school each week. The number of times each child in the class each week is added up and the class that has read the most receives a prize in our Star Assembly on a Friday morning. 

Monday 15th April                  Return to school

Monday 6th May                       Bank Holiday 

Friday 24th May                       Break up for a week

Monday 3rd June                      Back to school

Monday 17th June                      INSET Day

Wednesday 19th June              Photograph Day 

Friday 19th July                         Sports Day

Tuesday 24th July                     Break up!