Year 5 Willow Class 2023 - 2024

Miss Harland

Support Staff- Mrs Ablett


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Miss Harland  Mrs Ablett

Curriculum Information for Spring 2


Writing: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield. Within this unit of writing we are going to be writing a formal biography about Chris.


The Darkest Dark: Hadfield, Chris, Fan Brothers, The:  9781509824083: Books


Reading: Exploring Space by the Literacy Company.

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.

5 Reasons Space Exploration Is More Important Than Ever | Extremetech


Maths: Power Maths unit 9- decimals and percentages, unit 10- area and perimeter and unit 11, graphs and tables.

Science: Earth and Space- This half term we will be focusing on the solar system beyond Earth.

Geography: 'Where should we go on Holiday?' In this unit we will be looking at the Alps, where they are, how they were formed and what makes them an attractive place for holidays.

Art: Drawing linked to space.

RE: Christianity- What concepts are difficult to understand?

Music: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. 

PE: Swimming

MfL: Food, buying food and the french celebration of Pacques.

PSHE: Living- mental wellbeing, E-safety, job interests and influences.

Computing: Vector drawings. Learning how to use applications to make lines and shapes drawings.

Enrichment Opportunties: Swimming lessons, British Science Week, World Book Day.



Important Information

PE- Monday. Swimming! Remember your costume, towel and goggles if you want them.

  • 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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