Year 5 Sycamore Class 2023 - 2024

Mrs Beach

Miss Gately



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Mrs Beach Mrs Gately Mrs Gosling  Mrs Ablett

Summer 1



Curriculum Information for Spring 2


Writing: The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe. Within this unit of writing we are going to be writing a persuasive peice about our oceans.

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Reading: Pollution by the Literacy Company and The Last Wild by Piers Torday.

Within this unit children will identify how language, structure and 
presentation contribute to meaning, summarise the main ideas from more than one paragraph, identifying key details and distinguish between fact and opinion.

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Maths: Power Maths unit 12- angles, unit 13 - position and direction and unit 14, decimals.

Science: Animals including humans- This half term we will be focusing on living things and their habitats.

History: 'Journeys' In this unit we will be looking significant journeys through history and the reasons behind these journeys. we'll explore people and events such as Walter Raligh, the Titanic, Kindertransporten and the Windrush.

Art: Painting using mixed media.

RE: Christianity- A walk through the Bible.

Music: Musical minds. 

PE: Dance

MfL: My family.

PSHE: The environment and E-safety.

Computing: Programming hardware and software using Crumble.

Enrichment Opportunties: Safety workshop.



Important Information 

PE- Our PE slot will change this half term and will now be a Wednesday.

PE Uniform: 

  • Team colour t-shirt
  • Plain black shorts
  • Black pumps for indoor PE
  • Trainers for outdoor PE
  • Tracksuits, sweatshirts and leggings can be worn for outdoor PE in colder weather 
  • Ear rings must be removed and long hair must be tied back


Reading Book Changes


It is expected that all children will read at home at least five times each week. This can be a mixture of reading with support from an adult and independent reading. It can be their home reader, a magazine, newspaper, library book, or any other book that your child would enjoy reading. All home reading should be recorded in home-school diaries, this can be as simple as individual date and signature and the book that has been read as well as comment about how your child has read.

All children at Whitby Heath read daily in class whether it be on a 1:1 basis or working within group. As a school, we aim for ‘Strive for Five’. Using our Dojo reward system to celebrate this achievement. As a result, parents will receive a notification of this via the Dojo app as well as children receiving a stamp in their Reading Record indicating their total number of reads each week. 

Each child has an allocated day that their book/s will be changed, linked to their house teams:

Donaldson- Monday (yellow)

Seuss- Tuesday (green)

Dahl- Wednesday (red)

Rowling- Thursday (blue)

In school, we use children’s Reading Records to keep a record of what the children are reading rather than a dialogue between parents and school. We love to see parent comments about how they have got on if you have listened to them reading aloud or have asked them some questions about what they have read. We look forward to catching up with parents about children's reading progress in our parent’s evenings. 


Homework Information

Mathletics homework will be set every week.

English homework will be set every week on Class Dojo.

Times Tables

Please also practice the times tables that your child is on. Children are tested twice every week and cannot move on to the next times table until they have passed their current level three times. This includes multiplication and division.


Should parents need to contact the Year 5 team please send a direct message through ClassDojo. All communication from school will be shared in this way. 


Other useful websites for learning at home

  • Mathletics 

  • Timestables Rockstars
All children have a login for this website.

  • Hit the Button
A great way to practice times tables at home.

  • Newsround
A place for children to keep up with current events!

  • National Geographic Kids
A lovely website for children to learn more about animals, wildlife and the world around them.

  • BBC Bitesize
A place full of information that covers the range of the subjects and topics we study in school.



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