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Welcome to Year 5!

Please take a moment to look  at some of the exciting things that we will be doing this half term.

We have two classes in Year 5:

5F – Mr Foster and Mrs Smith

5H – Miss Hanley and Mrs Cunningham

Pupils are also supported by members of our fabulous EAL and SEN teams.

Online Programmes

 The details for MyMaths are: 

School Username: stlukes8

School Password: square64

 Our pupils also will also have access to Times Table Rockstars from September. Use the school's name as well as the username and password that you have been given to login.


   What to bring to school this term:                       

  • Your Author project - due 7th September, 2018
  • Full PE kit (see PE section below)                                                                       
  • Reading book and reading record (everyday)
  • Water bottle
  • Homework (Mondays)
  • Your inhaler if needed


 Current Learning Foci

Please ensure you know all your times tables and division facts (up to 12x12). Use the link below to help:

Brush up on basic punctuation skills during and after the long summer holidays

READ – EVERY DAY! We can overemphasise the importance of reading.


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This half term, we will be learning how to work like journalists and use the knowledge that we have gained to help us to create outstanding newspaper reports. Let's see whether we can give First News a run for their money!


Why not get a head start by learning about what it takes to produce a newspaper report - See below or click these links:

Newspaper Report Features: Youtube:

Features In-depth 


First News:




Now remember, when you are writing your own newspaper article:

  • Make your headline short and snappy.
  • In the first sentence sum up what the story is about.
  • Write your report in the third person and the past tense.
  • Split your newspaper report up into paragraphs to help the reader clearly understand the information.
  • If you use quotes to make your report more interesting, don't forget to use speech marks!
  • Use a photo with a caption to give the reader more information.
  • Fill your newspaper report with both facts and opinions. Facts give the reader all of the information they need by using the 5 W's.

Newspaper Report Writing Tips

We will also be investigating how to structure arguments and debates, using PEEL to help us compose stronger and more persuasive arguments.

PEEL Paragaphs: 

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 This haImage result for forceslf term’s topic is Forces  

We will be learning to think and work like real scientists. During this unit, we  will conduct different investigations to enhance our understanding of different forces. Since forces, though invisible, a

re all around us, it is important that we are able to manipulate them.  

As we build up our knowledge, we will:

  • identify where forces are balances and unbalanced
  • research Newton's work with gravity
  • learn how to measure forces
  • understand the difference between weight and mass
  • investigate friction, air resistance, water resistance
  • present the findings of different investigations
  • identify whether a fair test has been conducted and identify improvements for future investigations
  • recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect

 Working scientifically:

  • Planning different types of scientific enquiry to answer questionsImage result for forces
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment
  • Recording data and results
  • Using test results to make predictions
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments 

Useful Websites:

Forces: Friction: 

Air and Water Resistance 


Key words: force, pressure, tension, (un)balanced, weight, gravity, reaction, Newton, drag, air resistance, streamline, fair test, oppose, lubricant, accelerate, effort, load, pivot, gear, lever

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During this unit, pupils will understand why winning the battle of Britain was so important. Victory in the Battle of Britain represented a very important turning point in the Second World War, as well as being a moment of decisive change in the long history of the UK.

This investigation will enable the children to examine a wide range of historical sources to help them gain insight into the thinking of the leaders of Nazi Germany in May 1940 and the reasons why securing air superiority was so critical to them for any invasion plan to succeed. From this, the children will then be able to argue the factors that contributed to Britain's success. 


Questions to consider:

  • Why was winning the Battle of Britain so important?
  • How serious was the risk of invasion by Nazi Germany in June 1940?
  • What did Hitler need to do if an invasion was going to succeed?
  • Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?

 Useful Websites: 

Key words: Second World War, invasion, Nazi Germany, occupied, territories, speech, prime minister, parliament, evacuation, battle, government, surrounded, withdraw, preparation, challenge, significant, warning, broadcast, tactics, opponent

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Homework will be handed out every Friday to be completed and returned on Monday.  Usually, the children will receive Maths and English homework as well as reading and spellings.  However, they are also expected to practise their times tables daily. Please support and encourage your children in their out of school learning.

CLASS NEWS!                                                                                               BikeAbility                         

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5F will take part in BikeAbility training on Friday, 25th January and Friday, 1st February. Please click here for further information of speak to your child's class teacher. 5H's training will be conducted on  Friday, 1st March and Friday, 8th March. Thank you.

Trip to MOSI, Manchester

 5H - Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

5F - Thursday, 15th November, 2018

On the morning of your trip, please aim to be in school by 8:50 am at the latest. 

Don't forget:

  • Ensure that children, who require an inhaler and do not currently have one in school, are provided with one. These should be handed your child's class teacher and the relevant forms should be signed at the office.  
  • To pay your contribution towards the cost of the trip at the office if you haven’t already done so
  • Your packed lunch, snacks and drinks (if you have not ordered your packed lunch from the office)
  • Your waterproof jacket or coat 
  • To take your travel sickness pills before you come to school (if needed)
  • Your rucksack to take your packed lunches in 

 Trips are an essential part of your child’s education:

This trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) will help the children with their learning about Forces in Science. It will also enable them to conduct some practical activities that we otherwise would have been unable to provide in school.


During our trip to Hathersage, the children gained valuable experiences during their study of Rivers as part of our first unit of work in Geography. It also helped to deepen their understanding of a different locality outside of Manchester and offered opportunities for the children to develop their social skills and build relationships with their classmates.  

Watch the video below to get a flavour for what last year's Year 5s experienced. This year, we visited Matlock, where we conquered the Heights of Abrahams! Videos and photos pertaining to what we actually did will follow soon!


Our focus this half term will be Statistics, Multiplication and Division. We will apply what have learnt to reasoning  and problem solving.  

An excellent understanding of times tables is essential in Maths, especially as it relates to multiplication and division, therefore we will also be ensuring that children are confident with their tables! Consequently, please encourage your children to practise their times tables (Times Table Rockstars) daily.

We will be looking at strategies for mental multiplication and division as well as the corresponding standard written methods.


Follow the links below to help with your developing understanding:

Place Value: 




Multiples and Factors:

Factors :

Square numbers


Hit the Button         KS2 Bitesize Maths          AAAMath          IXL Math

Furthermore, you can visit Times Table Rockstars. Use the school's name as well as the username and password that you have been given. 


Are you visiting MyMaths as well??  If you don't know your password, please speak to your teacher!


The children are encouraged to use the MyMaths platform both at home and in school. The details that they need to login are:


  School Login: stlukes8 (all lowercase)

 School Password: square64 (all lowercase)

Username: 3-digit number (These were given out to the children)

 Password: This has been given to all the children, so please ask them.


Please ensure that the children log in frequently and complete as many of the tasks as they can. This will help to reinforce and consolidate the areas that they have covered in class.


Coming soon:  Our new online learning platform Purple Mash! (Details to follow)  


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Please ensure that the children bring their kits to school every Monday and leave them in school all week so that they are ready for their lessons.


Your child will need a white T-shirt and black shorts. Leggings may be worn but must be above the knee for gymnastics. 

Outdoor Games

 The full kit for outdoor games is: pumps/trainers, white T-shirt and track or jogging bottoms.

Children should not come to school wearing any form of jewellery. Earrings should also be removed. Long hair should be tied back.  Any medical issues MUST be reported to the office and the necessary forms MUST also be signed. No child will be exempt from taking part in lessons unless you have sought permission from the Head Teacher.

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We will be evaluating different accounts of the Christmas story. We will learn that accounts of the same event can vary and be able to ask questions to argue these are true or false.  

During this unit, we will investigate two key questions:

  • Is the Christmas story true?
  • Why are there different versions of the Christmas story?
  • Can we learn from stories even though they haven't been recorded exactly as they happened?

Useful Sites: 

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During this unit, we will: 

  • investigate toys with moving cam mechanisms
  • investigate different types of cam mechanisms
  • investigate ways of strengthening structures for a moving toy
  • design a moving toy with a cam
  • follow a design to create a moving toy with a
    cam mechanism
  • evaluate a finished moving toy



Children have their own reading books which should be brought into school every day and they are expected to read every night for 10-20 minutes.  This will help them to develop their fluency, expression, accuracy and comprehension skills. Parents are kindly asked to write a comment in their child's reading record after listening to them read. Your child will receive a new reading book by the end of each week if they have shown that they have read and understood it.

Feel free to contact your child's class teacher at:

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