Rowan Class

Class teacher – Miss Marshall

LSA – Mrs Chapman (mornings only)

Year 5 - Autumn term

This half term our Power of Reading book is the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Linked to the Iron Man, in art we are making mini sculptures using foil and wire. In Geography this half term, we will be looking at map skills. The children might like to explore Google Earth at home. Our Science topic this term is materials and their properties. At home, the children might like to explore different materials, name their properties and explain why they are good materials for certain purposes. For example, metal is a good material for a saucepan because it conducts heat, holds its shape when hot and it is hardwearing.

Next half term, our Power of Reading book will be Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill. In humanities we will be looking at exploration over time, starting with the Age of Exploration in the 15th century. We will also be looking at how exploration discovered the Americas and comparing parts of America to the UK. We will be looking in detail at Shackleton as an important historical figure, but other famous explorers too, such as Thomas Cook, Christopher Columbus, Sir Frances Drake, etc. The children might want to research some famous explorers at home.

Year 5 homework

All weekly, homework is set via online websites which the school has subscriptions to. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you child is unable to access the websites at home so that paper copies of the work can be sent home.

Maths - MyMaths

Each week the children are set a MyMaths task which is linked to the work they have been doing in class recently. They should first review the online lesson and then complete the task. Children should aim to score 75% or above. They can complete the task as many times as they like, MyMaths records their highest score.

MyMaths homework is set on Thursdays each week and due in the following week.

Spellings – Spelling Shed

Each week, the children are set 10 spelling words to practice and learn. The words follow a word pattern which would have been taught in school. The children need to complete at least 7 games on Spelling Shed for the task to be completed. The children are set new words every Monday and are tested on these words the following Monday in school via a dictation task. Each week, the children will record the score they got in the dictation test in their homework book and highlight any words they spelt incorrectly so that they can continue to practice these words.

They children also need to learn the Year 1 and 2, or Year 3 and 4 or Year 5 and 6 common exception words, depending on which spelling group they are in. A year long task has been set on Spelling Shed to help the children with this.


Time Tables – Times Tables Rockstars

It is really important that the children continue to learn and practice their times tables and number bonds regularly. The children have been given personal timetable targets to help them to focus their practice on times tables and division facts that they are not yet secure on. They children can either practice their times tables using TT Rockstars or any other means, e.g. songs, card games, Hit the Button etc.


Please read with your children as often as possible and record this in their reading record. On the Year 5 webpage, there are some useful questions you could ask your child when reading with them at home to develop their comprehension skill. If children read 5 or more times each week, they will get a tick on their StarBooks card.


PE kit

PE days are usually Wednesdays and Fridays, but please can your child have their PE kit in school everyday.

Please check your child’s PE kit regularly to make sure that their trainers fit and that they have got adequate warm clothing in the winter.

Children should have:

A white or house coloured PE t-shirt

Red shorts

Trainers / plimsolls

Tracksuit bottoms or leggings

A jumper or hoodie

White or black socks