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Year 5 Week Ahead Information

16 December 2016

An overview of the first week back after the holidays

  • Our last week of term in Year 5

Information and Reminders

Term begins on Monday 9th January. CCAs begin on Monday 16th January and places for these can be booked online.  

January and February are usually the coldest time of the year in Shanghai. Please make sure your child comes to school every day wearing their winter uniform, and with appropriate layers to equip them for the playground.

Finally, season’s greetings from all the Year 5 team. Have a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!


Upcoming dates

Monday 9th January – First day of spring term

Monday 16th January - CCA’s start

Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th January - Academic Review Evening

Sunday 22nd January - Chinese New Year Temple Fair

Monday 23rd-Thursday 26th January - Chinese New Year Celebrations Week

Thursday 26th January - Chinese New Year Dress-up day

Thursday 26th January - Break up for Chinese New Year

Monday 6th February - Return to school

Wednesday 15th February- EY and Primary workshop and coffee morning

Friday 24th February - STEAM Day

Wednesday 15th March - EY and Primary workshop and coffee morning

Week beginning 20th March - Shakespeare Week


Stars of the Week

Star of the Week in 5A is Max Braumann, for utilizing his skills of persuasion in English.

Star of the Week in 5B is Abby Dexter, for her fantastic effort in handwriting, and for her thoughtful approach to all learning!



During the first week back, we will be revisiting our knowledge of cohesion: the words and techniques we use to link ideas between, within and across paragraphs. To do this, we will look at the way non-fiction texts are structured, and look at the themes, subheadings and topic sentences that help us to order our ideas. We will be breaking up paragraphs and rebuilding them based on textual clues. In spelling, we will return to the ‘i before e’ rule, paying particular attention to the instances where there are exceptions, and thinking of ways to remember these. More games and tips can be found on the Spellzone website.



When we return from the holiday, we will be looking at time in our Mathematics lessons. While some will be reinforcing their time skills in both analogue and 24 hour formats, most will be looking at converting different units of time.  The learning in Mathematics will be given a real life focus by looking at timetables from a range of settings and using them to solve worded problems.  We always try to get our students to apply their learning to outside of the classroom and with some of students having just travelled by different types of transport, this should be especially relevant.



In topic, the children will be learning about the different systems of government that existed in Ancient Rome: Monarchy, Republic and Empire. They will investigate reasons why Rome moved from a Republic to an Empire – to do this - they will be study two famous Romans – Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus. Towards the end of the week, the students will compare similarities and differences between the Patrician and Plebeian classes in Roman society. They will finish the first week back by creating a mosaic for a Roman Villa.