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Year 5

Year 5 - 2020/21


Autumn Term:

Welcome back to another school year at James Brindley, I hope you have had a lovely and relaxing summer.

Here is our year 5 class webpage where you will find lots of useful information regarding year 5 (please also remember that we do also have a school Twitter account where news and pictures are regularly uploaded).  


**Please note that if our class bubble is isolating and the need for home learning to recommence, all work will be accessed from our class page and Purple Mash will resume as a means of communication between myself and the children. 


During the Autumn Term our topic will be Geography based, we will be focusing on the question, “Why is the rainforest important to us?”. Children will be able to identify and explain the position of different rainforests on a world map. Examining South America, we will begin to understand the significance of the Amazon River and study endangered wildlife in the region. Children will further explore the Amazon Rainforest through our class novel ‘Journey to the River Sea’, a story set in the heart of the rainforest.


Important information:

  • Year 5 P.E lessons will take place on Mondays and Fridays. We will be doing our very best to be outside for PE lessons this year therefore, we would like children to have both an indoor and outdoor P.E kit available for all sessions (indoor kit pumps/outdoor kit trainers).  All PE kits will go home on a Friday to be washed over the weekend ready for the following week.  Could I also give a gentle reminder that ear rings and other jewellery must be removed on these days (if your child can not remove their own earrings please make sure they are removed before school and not worn on PE days).
  • Homework has changed slightly for this year.  Your homework is going to be topic based through a series of pick and mix activities (you may recall that we used the 'pick and mix' activities during your home learning).  A series of activities will be given and you need to pick one to complete each week.  You can complete the activities in any order you like.  I do not expect these to be handed in weekly, however I will be asking that you send me pictures of the work you have completed towards the end of each half term (I will give you more information about this nearer the time).  I will also be keeping a weekly record in school of the activity/activities that you have completed that week.
  • Spellings will go home as part of the homework on a Thursday and will be tested the following Thursday.  Spellings can be accessed using SpellingShed  (  Please encourage your child to be using SpellingShed as part of their homework routine. 
  • Children should continue to read 4 times a week.  Please sign children’s planners weekly as these will be checked on a Friday.  Anyone who does not have evidence of 4 reading sessions will be asked to attend reading club.  This is a club which is open to all pupils on a Friday lunch time.


I can't wait to welcome you all back!


Mrs Haslam


Homework and Spellings

Attached below is your 'Pick and Mix' homework which is based on our current topic the Rainforest.  This homework task will be your homework up until Christmas.  Each week pick one activity to complete as part of your homework.  Written tasks can be completed in your homework book.  Please note, I DO NOT expect your homework piece to be brought in weekly.  Instead, I will ask at half term for your to take pictures of the work you have completed and send it to me through Purple Mash.  Every Thursday I will be asking you which task you have completed that week and I will keep a record of this in school.  ENJOY!


You will also continue to complete your spellings using Spelling Shed.  New spellings will be uploaded on a Thursday to be learnt throughout the week before our spelling test the following Thursday.  Use this link to access Spelling Shed 


This weeks spellings (which will be test on Thursday 1st Oct)

Group 1 - official, special, artificial, crucial, judicial, beneficial, facial, glacial, especially, multiracial 


Group 2 - gym, myth, Egypt, pyramid, mystery, symbol, synonym, lyrics, system, gymnastics

Year 5 letters

Previous Cohorts 

Year 5 – 2018/2019

Year 5 Teaching Videos link:
Useful links: