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Year 5 Week Ahead Information

05 February 2016

Find out what we are covering in Year 5 when we return from the Chinese New Year holidays.

Information and Reminders

A reminder that school starts at 8.30am prompt. Please ensure your child arrives at school ready to be in class at 8.30am. 

Monday 15th February - First day back at school

Wednesday 17th February – Junior parent workshop and coffee morning 10.30am – 11.30am. The theme for this workshop will be eSafety, how we use iPads in the classroom to enhance learning and advice for parents on screen time at home. 


After the holidays in our English lessons, we will be revisiting core skills in our writing. This will involve a lot of sentence level skills in preparation for our next round of assessments. We will be looking at what makes a complex, compound or simple sentence, and will be using our new topic to experiment with writing sentences of varied lengths and structures. We will also revisit relative clauses – clauses which provide extra information and begin with which, who, where, whose, or that. We will also revisit our punctuation skills in using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis, and will be linking these to our topic on ‘Being Human’. Similarly, we will be completing short writing activities that develop our understanding of the perfect form of verbs, which we have begun this week. We will be looking at the difference between the past tense and the present perfect, and also extending this to using the past perfect in narrative.


When the children return from the holidays, they will work on multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10, 100, and 1000. This will also include decimals. Further challenge will include identifying multiples and factors of numbers within word problems. The children will also draw upon known facts to help when investigating prime numbers. This will be developed by challenging the children to problem solve and show understanding of cubed numbers. Finally, using a formal written method, the children will calculate multiplication problems where 4 digit numbers are multiplied by 2 digit numbers.


When the children return from the Chinese New Year holidays, they will look at world health issues and become familiar with vocabulary such as epidemic and pandemic. Different scenarios will be discussed to create debate and allow children opportunities to share their opinions. The Ebola epidemic will be a key focus that will enable the children to research the virus, its causes and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of contamination. The children will also look at the main functions of the lungs, the names of specific parts and learn ways to keep the lungs healthy. Prior learning will be revisited when connections between the heart and lungs will be discussed.