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St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith and Love.

Year 5 - St. Bernadette

Support for Year 5 during closure

Welcome to Year 5


We are looking forward to working with your children and enabling them to succeed to the best of their abilities (with your help also!)  Please read the following carefully as it will give you all the information you need.



Our topics and areas of learning for this term are:

  • R.E. - Ourselves, Life Choices, Judaism and Hope.
  • Literacy - non-fiction biography, narrative diary, Historical fiction and non-chronological reports.  We will be reading and exploring the novels War Horse and Millions the not so great train robbery.
  • Numeracy - Place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, factors and prime numbers, angles, length, perimeter and area, fractions and decimals, 2D and 3D shapes, tables and bar charts and applying all of their maths to solve multi-step word problems.
  • Topic - Anglo-Saxons and Map Skills.
  • Science - Forces and Scientists and Inventors.
  • ICT - Coding and e-safety.



Homework will be set on a Friday and completed homework is due back the following Wednesday.  Children will be given a piece of Literacy and a piece of Maths to complete.  Once every half term they will have a learning log topic to complete.  This takes the place of that weeks normal homework but children will still have spellings to learn.  Spellings will be tested on a Friday.  Please ensure that you support your child with their homework.


Home Reading Books

Your child should be reading every day.  This will develop both their reading and writing skills.  Each child is expected to take reading books home and they must be kept in good condition.  Pupils have a Reading Record.  Parents and carers are expected to sign this and make a comment.


Please ensure that you support your child with their homework by:

  • Hearing them read daily and signing their record
  • Testing them on their spelling words before Friday's test
  • Testing them on their times tables
  • Using the local library or the internet to support your child with their learning


In Year 5, they are allowed to change their reading book independently once they have finished.  Please remind your child of this.


Parent Volunteers for Reading

We would greatly appreciate any parents who would be kind enough to volunteer to read will children in our classes.  If you are interested, please speak to your child's teacher.


Book Bags

These bags should be brought to school each day.  They keep homework and reading books safe and tidy.


Prayer Bags

These bags will be sent out on a Monday and should be brought back by the Thursday of that week.  Each child will have a turn during the school year.  This will start after our Parent Partnership Mass on Tuesday 2nd October.



Every Friday your child will have an opportunity to choose a book from the school library.  Please ensure this book is looked after and returned to the school library when finished.  Lost books will be charged for at £5 per book.



P.E. takes place once a week, run by our sports coach  on a Monday.  Children need to have a full school P.E. kit, which includes navy blue shorts, white t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers.  A sweatshirt and jogging bottoms are also needed in cold weather.  All kits need to be fully labelled with your child's name and year group.



Please make sure your child attends school regularly and on time every day.  Year 5 pupils are to line up in the playground at 8.50 am every morning.  At the end of the school day, please collect your child at 3.00 pm from the Key Stage 2 playground.  If you wish your child to walk home alone, you must provide a signed letter giving your permission for this to happen.  Please make every effort to collect your child on time.  Any child not collected by 3.15 pm will be taken to the after school club and you will be charged.  


After school curriculum clubs end each day at 4.00 pm, children must be collected promptly from the front of the school.  Any child not collected by 4.10 pm will be put in our after school club at a cost.


If you have any concerns about your child, that you would like to discuss, please feel free to set a date and time to discuss this with me.


With kind regards


Mrs G Burton/Mrs R Crouch

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