Y5 Newsletter - Novermber 2020

Welcome Back! We hope you all had a lovely October half term. Everyone worked incredibly hard last half term and the break was very well deserved for all children in Year 5.

Thank you all for continuing to be supportive with the staggered drop offs and pick-ups, and with the move over to Microsoft Teams for homework. We know the transition to online learning has not been easy and we appreciate all the support from both parents and children.

Now we are heading into the colder months please send your children to school with some warm layers on under their uniform. Our windows/door needs to be opened all day as part of the risk assessment, therefore our classroom gets very cold, so please layer up with warm clothes.


In DT this half term we are making musical instruments. If you have any resources such as shoe boxes, cereal boxes, tubes etc please bring them into school in order for children to make their instrument.


This term we are focusing on the topic Vikings. We will be learning about the Viking invasion, Viking life, the Anglo-Saxons, some key historical figures during the Viking period, and The Battle of Hastings.


We are going to be focusing on writing to inform. We will be writing Non-Chronological Reports about the Valkyrie and an Instruction Text on how to train a dragon. In both Guided Reading and Active English, we will focus on covering new Year 5 content regarding Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, along with their reading fluency and comprehension.


It is important that the children read every day. Not only does it help with fluency of reading and comprehension, but also in their writing.

As we know that children often read to themselves, we trust them to write in their own reading records writing down how many pages they had read. However, if this is the case, please ensure that they are actually doing the reading by questioning them on their book whenever possible.

Questioning is extremely important to develop the children’s comprehension skills. There are example questions in their Reading Record.

Some children will be completing reading interventions this half term to improve their fluency and comprehension. If they are involved in the intervention their reading record will be stamped.


Homework will be set on the Microsoft Teams Assignment tab on a Wednesday and is due in by the following Monday.

It would also be valuable for the children to use the Timetable Rock Star app to help them engage with timetables and improve their recall.

Spellings are given out on Monday and tested each Friday, please make sure your child/children are practising their spellings at home to ensure the best outcomes for their spelling.

This term the children have created a mind-map in History for their Viking topic, for their homework they will need to complete 2 of the tasks from this mind-map. Homework will be due in 8th December 2020. This topic mind-map will be uploaded on Teams in the Class Materials folder.

Although at this age we expect the children to be completing their homework themselves, please feel free to assist them in getting resources, ideas etc.


P.E. this half term will be on a Monday afternoon. Due to the staggered pick-up times children will leave their PE kits on to return home in so they can have the full time for their PE lesson. Please then make sure kit is washed and returned ready for the following Monday. We also suggest that children in Year 5 bring roll on deodorant for them to use after their PE lesson.

As it stands, we are not swimming this half term due to the newly implemented lock down measures. We may do extra PE on the Friday afternoon, so please make sure kit is returned to school for then.

Please can girls with hair long enough to be tied up have their hair up every day.

Social Emotional Mental Health Intervention:

At Bardney, we are passionate about supporting every aspect of children’s wellbeing. In some situations, children need a little extra help with social skills such as turn taking, making good friendship choices and confidence. If you see this stamp in your child’s reading record it means they have received that kind of support in a small group that day. If you have any worries about this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or speak to Mrs Smith, our Family Support Worker.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Miss Hancock, Mrs Walker and Mrs Stephens

November 2020