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Year 5

Hello and welcome to Year 5.

Class Information:


See also: Autumn Class Newsletter, Spring Class Newsletter, Summer Newsletter


Religious Education:

Our school follows The Way, The Truth and The Life scheme which has been adopted by the Diocese of Leeds.

'Inspirational People' will be our initial focus for R.E., which enables the children to investigate what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The children will explore historically influential Catholic people that have demonstrated what it means to be a disciple. They will learn to understand how Jesus can inspire them in the 21st century to become inspirational young people.  
During the second part of the term, 'Reconciliation' will enable the children to understand what it means to truly forgive. They will learn how forgiveness can enlighten them and what it means to forgive those who have hurt us. They will draw upon Jesus' experiences on Earth and understand how he forgave our sins and changed the world. 
Our Other World Faith topic will be of Islam this term, where the children will study how the Qu'ran enables Muslims to live a good life, with a comparison to the Bible.

Each term, our class explores a different topic which helps guide the children through their learning. This term our topic is all about the Victorians. We will be learning about how the Victorians changed the United Kingdom through their inventions and international explorations. We will study how they lived their daily lives, including the difficult conditions children were expected to live. We will study the geographical region of the British Empire and we will study the legacy of the Victorians in our local area and West Yorkshire as a whole.

Physical Education:
Year 5 have Pysical Activity each day:

  • On Mondays, Year 5 will continue their School Swimming Lessons. Children need to bring to school a Swimming Kit made up of a towel and a one piece costume for girls or swimming shorts/trunks for boys (goggles, swimming caps, etc. are optional but recommended).
  • Every day, the children will be working to develop agility, balance and co-ordination through participating in 'Wake up, Shake up'. Throughout the term, children will develop invasion games Skills, linked to sports such as tag rugby and football. They will need both an Indoor and Outdoor PE Kit (including trainers and tracksuit bottoms in cold weather).
  • The children will take part in a skipping workshop this half term as part of health week. 
  • The children have had the opportunity to work with dancers from the Northern Ballet exploring the story of the Little Mermaid. They will need an indoor PE kit for Wednesday afternoon. 

Homework and Spellings:
The children’s homework books encourage them to become organized and independent. All homework (with the exception of spelling) should be written in their homework books or on worksheets. Generally, the children will be set homework every week (usually on Wednesday) which they should record in their homework books, along with the hand in date (usually Monday). Parental help with homework would be appreciated if your child requires it.

I hope you have found this information useful.

Mr Parkinson

Class Teacher