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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 5 2019 to 2020

Welcome to Year 5!

Teacher: Miss Appleyard 

TA: Mrs Wilkinson

Autumn 1 Newsletter:

Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to Barnburgh and welcome to Year 5. I hope you have all had a lovely summer! Year 5 is a fantastic year with some great topics that the children will really become engaged in. Our first topic for the whole of the autumn term will be ‘Pharaohs; looking at Ancient Egypt. There are some fantastic lessons within this topic, jam packed with great history aspects! Our class novels, which link brilliantly with this topic, are The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan and The Time Travelling Cat and The Egyptian Goddess by Julia Jarman.


Within year 5, we will be continuing to encourage the children to develop on their skills from year 4, such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term, the children will be writing newspaper reports and narratives, linked to our topic. In maths, the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction and statistics. Reading will see children continue to build on their current skills and continue to develop their understanding by working on the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading. I’m sure this will only help to build the children’s love of reading! .


PE sessions in Year 5 in the Autumn term will take place on a Friday afternoon so please ensure PE kits are in school each week for then. Children will also continue to complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits should be sent into school on a Monday for the full week, where possible, to ensure that children are always equipped. 


Homework will go home every Friday and should be returned by the following Friday. The children will have a spelling test every Friday, after they have had the time to practise them as homework. Children are still expected to: complete a times tables Rockstars activity, complete a spelling shed activity, focus on the KIRF for that half term and read at least 3 times a week.


Please can we ask for your continued support with ensuring that homework and reading is

completed as asked each week, as this is compulsory. The reading record sheet will go home each week for you to note down when your child is reading to an adult at home.


We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading, the children can still choose their own main reading book. Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact on children’s learning. As previously mentioned, our class texts for this half term are linked to our Pharaohs topic, which I am sure many of the children will find engaging. Children should read at home at least 3 times a week. Please try to do this as a minimum where possible. The children will also continue to complete ‘Right to Read’ time every morning in class.


I look forward to working with you and your child for a second year and it will be great to continue developing the things we achieved in Year 4. Thank you in advance for your continuous support.


Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.

Autumn Term Topic - Pharaohs Expectations:

Homework will be issued on a Friday and should be completed by the following Friday.

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activities                                    
  • Times Tables Rockstar activities                   
  • Learn the Key Instant Recall Facts for that half term
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week. 


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Y5 Maths:

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Year 5/6 Spellings

End of Year 5 Curriculum Expectations

Year 5 Recommended Reading List