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Snow Leopards - Year 5

Year 5 Autumn 2

A warm welcome back after the October half term. I hope that you were all able to get a rest and you have recovered from the hard work we were doing last half term. 

For the next 8 weeks, we have lots of fun activities planned and also lots of work to get through. We should all have a great time.

The nights are drawing in and the days become colder, so we ask that your children all have a jumper and a coat to keep them warm when they are outside and they wear suitable clothing for this time of year.

Christmas will soon be upon us, but we have a lot of learning to get through before then. I look forward to working with you again this half term.


Please see below for information regarding events this half term.


Mr Bernard



Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 12th December - Christmas Fair/Wrap a gift/Grotto

Wednesday 13th December - Whole School Christmas Dinner

Monday 18th December - Rock Steady concert

Monday 18th December - KS2 Concert Rehearsal at the Church (Children only)

Tuesday 19th December - KS2 Concert at the church.

Thursday 21st December - Christmas Panto - Aladdin (Children only)

Thursday 21st December - Last Day of Term (Finish at 2:15 pm)

Thursday 5th January - Spring Term begins



Below there will be a series of links to help in building a bank of resources for our Topic. If you have any more suggestions, please let me know.

Please click on the icon above to access the homework sheets. This will be updated each week.

Rotten Romans

Life in Roman Britain | History - The Story of Britain

An exploration of life in Roman Britain shown through the eyes of a Roman family.

Life during the Roman Invasion | History - The Story of Britain

This animation explores life in Britain during the Roman Invasion and Boudica's rebellion in 60AD.

The Roman Empire and its effect on Britain | Primary History - Roman Voices

Historian Bettany Hughes explores what made Britain so attractive to the ancient Romans that they made it a province of their great empire.



Every child in the school is given weekly tasks to complete at home. Please ensure that the maximum amount of effort is put into completing these tasks, as they will help inform your child's learning in class and some may also form the basis of some lessons. If your child can complete these tasks independently, it will give a true reflection of their knowledge, however, we are also supportive of parents helping their children if they become stuck on a task. If you or your child feel that the homework is a little difficult, please come and talk to me before the due date, so we can discuss if extra support can be provided to them.


Please ensure that presentation in homework books is of the standard expected in your child's school books. It is important that the homework is neat and legible. This will foster the same attitude to work completed in lessons and shows their pride in their work. 



Each week the children choose an activity to complete our challenge by choice grids. They can have a go at whichever one they would like to do. It is always great to see the results of their tasks and sometimes to even taste them. Have fun with whichever activity you choose to do. Don't forget to tick off the ones you have done, in order to get your treat for a full row.



Please ensure your child reads every night for 10-15 minutes. They will need to bring in their reading book and signed homework diary into school every morning. Those who don't read at home will catch up in their lunchtime.



Your child will be provided with a spelling list on a Thursday, in which they will need to learn these ready for a test, the following Thursday. To practice their spellings, pupils can use a variety of strategies to help them. These can include 'LOOK, COVER, WRITE, SAY, CHECK', writing a series of sentences, or even a short creative piece of work relating to that week's English lesson focus. There may be an additional piece given to help in key areas such as punctuation, grammar or creative writing.



Pupils are asked to practice their times-tables on a short, daily routine. They usually have a times tables test on Tuesday, however, their knowledge of their number facts greatly improves their daily performance in numeracy. In addition, extra challenges will be provided on a weekly basis which will require children to talk about their maths and use different strategies to work out the answers.


Homework handout day: Thursday

Homework due day: Tuesday

(Should there be any problem with meeting the weekly deadline, please speak to me, or send a message to me through the office, before Tuesday.)

Getting Out and About


It is always fun and enjoyable to go and explore in more detail, something you find interesting in school. If there is something we are learning this year that you would like to look at in more detail, look below for some ideas, for a nice day out.





Go and explore the Roman wall that was built around the old city of London. It can still be seen in many parts of the city, most notably next to the Tower of London, at the Tower Hill Tube station. You may even find a Roman figure there to greet you.


Our PE lessons will be every Tuesday and Wednesday but in case there is a change in the timetable, please ensure PE kit is kept in school every day and only taken home to be washed.


Also please ensure that the correct uniform is worn to school each day and that school shoes are worn, not trainers. The uniform code can be found on the school website, or a copy can be obtained from the school office.

A Message from Mr Bernard


A huge welcome back to school after the holiday. We are into a long 8 weeks now until our next break, so we have to crack on and get learning. It will be a tiring half term, but hopefully, one that is very rewarding. Our school expectations haven't changed, so please ensure your child is aware of how to behave in school.

I hope that we can have a positive time over the coming weeks and your children will enjoy their time in Year 5.

If there are any concerns you wish to discuss with me, please feel free to arrange a time to come and speak with me.


Mr Bernard

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Each day we watch Newsround in class, as a way of keeping the children up to date with what is going on in the world. They are a fantastic resource that explains difficult topics in a clear, safe and easily accessible way. Their website has lots of useful articles for your child to read and engage with. Click on the logo above to go to their site.