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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 5

Welcome to Summer term in Year 5! 

It's great to back and we're excited to jump straight into our Shakespeare topic exploring the comedy 'Twelfth Night'.

At the end of the last half term, we were very lucky to have Mrs Harding from the Children's Shakespeare Festival come in to launch our topic with a fantastic drama workshop.  She showed us lots of different drama techniques and we will be using these, and others, to learn about this comedy of mistaken identity and mishaps.

We will be using our drama workshops to help us with our creative writing - Shakespeare's work lends itself perfectly to any genre - and we will be writing our own script to perform at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.  As part of our reading, we will be focusing on language and how Shakespeare structures his writing for performance.

In maths, we will be working on:

  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Angles
  • Shape

We will continue to develop our reasoning skills when we complete our black belt challenges and solve more complex problems using our understanding when we complete maths investigations.

In Science we will be learning about forces - we began to explore this in Forest School with Mrs Owens last term.  We conducted experiments about gravity when we timed how long it took a toy character to descend to Earth with different sized parachutes (and no parachute!).  We will continue to experiment with forces, gears, levers and pulleys.

In our topic lessons, we will be learning about drama in Elizabethan England but we will also be working on our special book topic as we did last year.  After the success of The Tickle Tree, we are coming together as a whole school to work on a book.  It's very exciting and the launch is very soon!

Our Forest School lessons always support our topic learning and we will be learning about forces and linking our sessions to our book topic when it launches.

In Computing, we have been considering how we can keep safe online and we wrote our own radio jingles to help people understand the dangers of 'spam' e-mails and pop-up adverts.  We also signed a Year 5 contract to make sure we understand the importance of e-safety. 

We will continue to learn about British Values; we really enjoyed learning about diversity during Diversity week and it definitely helped us to celebrate all the ways we are different.


The children's reading diaries are checked regularly and reading at home will have an impact on the children's understanding during lessons. Asking your child about what they have read, what they think about certain characters or what might happen next is a great way to explore a book together.

Homework will be sent out on Friday. This is to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday. This will often link into something that is due to be taught the following week or will consolidate the learning that has taken place. It’s important that homework is completed to the best of the child’s ability and it is a great opportunity to support your child’s learning.

P.E and Forest School

Our PE slot is first lesson Thursday morning.  Forest School compliments the learning undertaken in class and our slot is every other Thursday afternoon - dates can be found on the Forest School page of this website. It is important that your child has a fully labeled PE kit in school and wears appropriate water-proof clothing for Forest School.


Drop-in sessions are still available every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or ask any questions you may have. Your input into your child's education is more than welcome so feel free to pop in. If this time is not convenient, you can also arrange a time to speak to myself on the phone, or I may be able to offer a meeting at a later time, by prior arrangement.

Please read our Year 5 Summer Term 2016 Newsletter, attached, for more information about our curriculum and important events.

Don't forget to follow the school on Twitter for updates about the exciting learning happening within our classrooms: @willastonce

Thank you,

Miss Hull :)

Please come back soon!


Summer Newsletter - Year 5 2017.pdf (PDF 105.8KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 5 and 6, including word lists.pdf (PDF 70.5KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 5.pdf (PDF 63.6KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 5.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)
HFW list. Help your child with spellings.doc (DOC 250KB)