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Year 5 Summer 1

I can't believe that we are now two terms into the school year, with only 13 weeks of Year 5 left. Time really is flying by.


This half term we are starting a new English book, linked to our new topic on the Egyptians. Our book is 'The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid', by Rick Riordan. If you would like to get a copy of the book and read ahead at home, you are most welcome.


As I have said, our new topic is based on the Ancient Egyptians this half term, moving on to look at modern Egypt next half term. You'll find some videos below all about the Egyptians. A copy of our maths overview is also available below.


I look forward to continuing to work with you and your children for our final term together in Year 5.


Please have a look at our E-Safety pages and check that your child is being safe online at home. We do our best in school to educate about online safety, but if this is enforced at home as well, we can really help protect your children. We have had a focus on E-Safety recently, especially as it was Safer Internet Day on 6th February. Click the link below to see the children's E-Safety page on the school website.


Please see below for information regarding events this half term.


Mr Bernard



Dates for your diary:

Monday 16th April - School Resumes

Monday 23rd April - KS2 Football Match @ Pyrcroft Grange

Wednesday 25th April - Class Photos

Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday

Friday 25th May - CAHMS Parent Coffee Morning 9 am

Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June - Half Term

Monday 4th June - School Resumes


Future Date:

Thursday 12th July - Year 5 Class Assembly


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.

The Quest Story

Year 5 have been constructing a 'choose your own adventure' story. Click the link below to go and read it.

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


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 This year we have begun to use the Abacus Maths scheme in our lessons. Please find below the planned lessons for this half term. Please use this to provide extra support to your child at home.

Maths is not the easiest subject for some people at school and it can take time for us to see the value in learning the subject and to get our heads around some of the concepts. Below are some useful sites to practice using the different strategies that we use in class.


Feel free as well to get hold of the CGP Maths books. These are a great resource for going through clear maths questions and they lay them out in an easy to read format. There are a range of different books, some that go together as a textbook and then a question book.

Ancient Egyptians

Ancient Egypt for Kids | History Video Lesson!

In this Ancient Egypt video lesson for kids, learn about one of the first civilizations in history! Learn about the Nile River, Pharoahs, the pyramids, mummies and more! ❤ Homeschool Pop? Join our team and get tattoos here: Thanks for watching this Homeschool Pop video on Ancient Egypt!

Introducing Ancient Egypt | History - Lost Lands

Suitable for teaching 7-11s. The third of seven films introducing life in ancient civilisations. Nefa, a priest in training, shows us ancient Egyptian buildings and introduces us to their religious beliefs about life after death. Subscribe for more History clips from BBC Teach on Thursdays when we have them in: If you found this video helpful, give it a like.

Daily life in Ancient Egypt | Primary History - Ancient Egypt

Suitable for teaching 7-11s. Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher visits the ancient village of Pa-Demi to discover more about the daily lives and tombs of Egyptians Kha and Merit. Subscribe for more History clips from BBC Teach on Thursdays when we have them in: If you found this video helpful, give it a like.



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 London, the UK's capital city. There is lots of history in this amazing city, which has seen both joyous times and also horrific tragedy. See how the UK went from an island run by tribes to the world's greatest ever power, to where it sits today.


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. This half term is longer than the last one, but it doesn't mean that we don't have to crack on and get learning. The time will whizz by and we will soon be asking ourselves where it has all gone.

This is a crucial time for our Year 6 children as the SATs approach and it will be this time next year that your child will be in their position. Please remind your child how important it is to be mindful of our Year 6s and not to antagonise them while they prepare themselves.

Our school expectations haven't, so please ensure your child is aware of how to behave in school and how we treat others around us.

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

If there are any concerns you have, 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.