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welcome to Year 5

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Owls class teacher: Mrs L Newton - l.newton@emsworth.hants.sch.uk

HLTA: Mrs K Baldwin, 1:1: Mrs S Collier

Otters class teacher: Miss H Sullivan - h.sullivan@emsworth.hants.sch.uk

LSA: Mrs A Gosling, 1:1: Miss K Knowles and Mrs K Daborn-White

Remote Learning

We will update this page each term with all relevant information for Year 5 pupils, however if your child is not in school due to isolation/quarantine, please see our Year 5 Remote Learning Page. We will only be populating this page if we are made aware of a Year 5 child/children isolating at home.


The children know which spelling group they are in however if you have any other questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher. Our spellings for Spring term 1 are:

Miss Knowles' Group

Mrs Gosling's & Mrs Baldwin's Group

Miss Sullivan's & Mrs Newton's Group

PE & Swimming

Year 5 PE days have changed this half-term to Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon the children will be swimming at Havant Horizon Centre. Swimming is part of the year 5 physical education curriculum. The children will need to ensure they have their swimming costume or trunks, a towel, goggles, a swimming hat, and verruca sock if necessary. The children will travel to and from the Horizon centre on minibuses and will return before the end of the school day ready for a normal 3:15pm pick-up.

The children will continue to have PE on a Tuesday afternoon with the Activ8 coaches. The children are required to wear PE kit/sports clothing to school on these days.


The children will be allocated two books at a time from our school library - one will be kept at school each day and the second is to be a 'home reading book'. Both books can be changed on a Wednesday afternoon. If your child finishes the school book ahead of our library day then they will have the opportunity to choose a book from our classroom book box.

We encourage the children to spend at least 20-30 minutes reading every day; this can be independent reading or reading to a sibling, parent or grandparent. Please ensure you are asking your child about the book they are reading to encourage a deepened understanding and the ability to recommend and/or critique.

Lunch & Snacks

There is a meat and vegetarian option available every day, except for one day every 3 weeks where we go 'meat free' as a school. There is also a daily jacket potato option. Please see the 3-weekly menu below and the jacket potato choices:

Lunch Options

Jacket Potato Options

Bug Club Phonics

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As a school we have recently subscribed to a new phonics scheme called Bug Club Phonics. This is an online/app based scheme that allows the class teacher to allocate the appropriate book band to each child individually. The children can the read their way through the selection of fiction and non-fiction texts, answering comprehension questions along the way.

Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions regarding this new scheme. As with all new programs we appreciate your patience as we iron out any teething problems. The children's book band has been decided upon according to their Lexplore reading age, this a new piece of incredibly accurate AI technology that we have started using in replacement of the previous assessment method.

To log in, the children's username is the first 4 letters of their first name and the first 4 letters of their surname. The password is either otters2021 or owls2021 depending on your child's class (no capital letters). The school code is l7m3


We will be setting the children up on Google Classroom when they return to school and will be showing them how to access their set assignments.

Wednesday 5th January - Friday 18th February 2022

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This half term we are very excited to introduce the children to our CIRCUS topic!

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We will begin by looking at the power of imagery in Kit Wright's 'The Magic Box' before moving onto our novel for this half term, 'A Night At The Frost Fair' by Emma Carroll. We will be encouraging the children to extend their vocabulary repertoire as we explore various literary techniques as well as using our senses to create exceptional setting descriptions. We will also be spending time recapping grammar and punctuation.

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For the full National Curriculum for year 5 English please click here.

Maths & TT Rockstars

This half term we will be continuing to secure the children's understanding of multiplication and division; we will start by looking at 1-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers and then increase at a steady pace until the children are confident when multiplying and dividing 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. As mentioned during our parent/teacher consultations, we have asked all the children to ensure that they are continuing to practise their times tables in order to ensure fluency and precision. We will then move onto fractions, we will begin by ascertaining the children's prior knowledge as the majority of the year group completed this topic at home during lock down.

Please encourage your child to spend at least 15-20 minutes every other day on TT Rockstars to ensure they are improving their times tables fluency and speed.

For the full National Curriculum for year 5 Maths please click here.

Foundation Subjects

Science - Forces (resistance, gravity and using levers)

Geography - Viva Las Vegas! (a comparable study between Emsworth and Las Vegas)

Art - The Circus (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse and abstract art forms)

Design Technology - CAMs (making moving toys)

Spanish - Transporte y ropa (transport and clothing)

Music - Music through the ages (Jazz, Rock, Classical, Pop and Soul)

RSE - VIPs (relationships, conflict resolution and compromise)

PSHE - 'Too much selfie isn't healthy' (thinking about others and selfless acts)

Religious Education - Inner Peace and forgiveness


 Please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher should you have any questions or queries.

Miss Sullivan = h.sullivan@emsworth.hants.sch.uk

Mrs Newton = l.newton@emsworth.hants.sch.uk