Year 5 2018 - 2019

Mrs Hodgkins

Mrs King

Welcome to Year 5

Summer Term 1


This term will be a little bit different in year 5, we have a different classroom arrangement and the majority of the topics have been chosen by the children.  We will also be moving our bodies a little bit more by beginning every day with a short PE lesson.   In addition to this, the children will be given lots of choices throughout the term which will encourage them to take more responsibility for their own learning thus promoting independence.  


We will begin the Summer term with two special focus weeks.  The first of these weeks is called 'A Week in the life of Simon'.  One of the children requested that we have a look at the achievements of Simon Cowell, so to incoporate this we will have a whole week dedicated to famous 'Simons'.  Throughout the week the children will write news reports about Simon Weston, cook like Simon Rimmer and become song writers through studying the music of Simon and Garfunkel.  The week will end with a tribute to Simon Cowell when the children will share their own talents with their peers.


The second of these special focus weeks is 'Go Outdoors'.  We have a fabulous outdoor area here at school and as the weather should finally be improving we are planning to get out as much as possible.  To kick this off we will spend a whole week working in our school grounds looking at map skills including; scales, compass directions, bearings and grid references.  The children will design their own maps using their surroundings.  They will also be working in small groups to create digital routes around our school.  


We have many activities planned for the remainder of this term which make use of the outdoor areas within the school grounds, around our town of Widnes and even further afield.  The children have canoeing lessons and fishing to look forward to, plus weekly walks to Warrington Road Nursery where they will play with the younger children in their fabulous outdoor facility.  Plus, many more!    



The children will take a trip to outer space and will become experts on the Earth, Sun and Moon, finding out facts like how big each one is, how far away from each other they are, how their relationship to each other creates night, day and different time zones, and so much more.



The children have been given a home/school reading diary that must be brought into school every day.  It has space to record reading times whether that is in school or at home.  We ask that you encourage your child to read at least 10 minutes every day and record this in the diary.  We ask that you as a parent sign this book at least three times every week.  We will sign it every time your child reads with an adult.

The children will be given a book to read at home and in school.  Some children may have books at home that enjoy reading - this is absolutely fine and should be encouraged.  

The children will be working on different types of reading activitives, in small groups, every day, this will improve all aspects of their reading including word reading, comprehension, inference and more.

As a class we will be reading a beautiful story about friendship, called 'A Song from Somewhere Else' by A. F. Harold.



Homework will be sent out via the School Spider (School Website) this year - homework will be posted Thursdays and checked/marked the following Tuesday. If you have problems accessing it,  paper copies can be provided.

HOMEWORK CLUB is every Friday after school until 3.45pm 



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Contact the School

St John Fisher Primary School

Edward Street,

Main Contact: Office Manager Margaret Hassett

Tel: 0151 424 7794