Year 5

Hello and welcome to Year 5.


Hello and welcome to Year 5.

This year each class has been named after a Welsh bird or animal. Our class name is Dosbarth Eryr, this means ‘Eagle Class’ in Welsh.



The people who work in our class are:

Mrs Halley (Monday, Tuesday and Friday)

Mrs Done (Wednesday and Thursday)

Mrs Koscinska and Mrs McKnight


Our week in school and things to remember:

Wednesday- PE day; we suggest that the children keep their PE kits in school at all times though, just in case (our swimming term will be in the Spring term).


Thursday- Swimming day so don’t forget your kits!


Friday- Reading and spelling books should be brought back ready to change each Friday.


We don’t do Forest School on a weekly basis but will let you know any days that we will be working outdoors so that you can bring in suitable clothes and footwear.



What are we learning about this term?

Our topic this term is rainforests and we began by thinking of what we wanted to find out about this theme in our lessons across the curriculum. In our literacy lessons we will be focusing mainly on non-fiction writing, specifically non-chronological reports and persuasive writing. We will be using the writing skills that we develop to write reports about the different plants and animals that live in the rainforest and also about the destruction of the rainforest due to deforestation.


The lessons that have been planned based on our questions will enable us to develop skills in maths, geography, design technology and ICT as well as in music. We will begin by building our own world map and investigating where in the world the rain-forests actually are and why this is. We will explore data about the climate in the rain-forests to help us draw these conclusions. We will investigate the different layers of the rain-forests before learning more about the plants and animals that live within them. We will also learn about humans’ impact upon the rain-forest, from the people whose tribes still live and work within the rain-forest to those who are responsible for destroying so much of it by cutting down trees, reflecting on why this happens.

In science we are now learning about ‘changes in matter’.

This term is our swimming term so all children will need to remember to bring their swimming kits on a Thursday morning please.


Learning at home

Reading- In our class we change reading books on a Friday. Children are encouraged to bring back their completed books on a Friday morning ready to change it for a new book, we understand that as some children will be reading longer books now and may not change their reading books every week. Please write in your child’s yellow reading log to record when you have read with them at home, although we don’t always have chance to write a note back, we do check these books each week and children who have read at least three times receive extra dojos in class.


New spelling lists will also be sent home on a Friday. We practise these daily in school too.


Homework- throughout the Key Stage 2 we all send home take-away homework; more information about this will be sent along with the first set of challenges at the end of the week.

Please see the school calendar for important dates this term.