Year 5 Class - Sarah-Jayne Kenyon

Welcome to Year 5



We are Upper Juniors now and have high expectations in all we do. This includes in our behaviour, organisation and of course, in our learning. We don’t expect this to happen overnight, but we do have one thing to ask and that is ALWAYS TRY YOUR BEST! We are learning to work increasingly independently and are starting to more regularly think for ourselves, applying our learning and making wise decisions about how we do things.

Many of us are now independent readers but it is really important that we carry on reading regularly to help build up our vocabulary. Sometimes we can read a word but might not fully understand its definition unless we are questioned about what we read. It is sometimes useful to read aloud to practise our public speaking skills.

Our maths lessons are becoming more challenging as we apply our previous learning to new contexts and problems. It is really imporatnt that we have an instant recall of all our multiplication facts upto 12x12. The more you can practise at home with this, the better you will be. Sometimes it’s a case of practise, practise, practise! Hopefully our 2 minute challenges will help you in this quest. It will then make your life so much easier when you apply these skills in long multiplication and when using the bus stop method in division.

Year 5 Spring 2018 Newsletter

5th January 2018

 Dear Year 5 Parents,

 Welcome back! I hope you have all had a great break over Christmas and that the children have returned refreshed and ready to work hard.

 For your information, PE/Games this term will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit and trainers in school at all times.


 Homework will remain the same as last term.

 Spellings: the children should continue to follow the schedule of spellings sent home last term. In some cases, I have sent home duplicates of this, but if your child has lost their copy, please could they ask me for another. The week shown at the top of each list is the week in which they should be learned for a test the following week.

 Grammar: each week, there will be a sheet of mixed grammar and spelling questions. These will relate to the year 5 English Grammar curriculum objectives.

Start of year 5 newsletter

Dear Year 5 Parents,


Welcome back to our new school year. I hope you and the children have enjoyed a great summer break.  I am excited to be beginning work with the children and this is going to be a busy term.


Inevitably, as your children step up into upper KS2, there will be also be a step up in pace and expectations. Please let me assure you from the outset that I am available to have a chat if you feel that your child is struggling with this. The more I know about your children, the better I can support them, so do come and see me. In addition, there will be a parents’ evening later in the term, at which we can discuss any concerns you may have.  


We are starting the year with some work on British Values and I will be challenging the children’s thinking about the meaning of the word British. Please do have discussions about this at home and ask the children about our ideas in class. It should be a thought-provoking and interesting topic.

Bikeability 2017

Year 5 had a fantastic week with the Bikeability team improving their skills and then learning to be safe on the roads. Year 5 would like to say a massive thank you to the Bikeability team.


PEGS concert 2017

On Monday afternoon, Year 5 took part in a PEGS musical revue at New Mills Art Theatre. They performed two songs beautifully accompanied by Ed Simpson. Then despite the hot climatic conditions, they sat respectfully throughout the rest of the cluster’s repertoire.

Take One Picture

Year 5 had a very fun and busy morning, learning new art skills as part of this year’s project based on the painting ‘Penelope with Suitors’ created by Pintoricchio in 1509.

The children had the opportunity to have a go at French knitting and weaving as well as building a class picture of the Tudor style ship central to the painting.






Termly Letter

Summer Term 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

                                      Welcome to your last term! We hope you all had an enjoyable break and are suitably rested. As before, in our letter we will outline the main topics being covered this term.

English: We are going to become journalists, writing newspaper reports focusing on the use of direct and indirect speech with Ms Grove. Mrs Goddard is writing fantasy stories focusing on adverbials and varying the position of subordinating conjunctions within a sentence. The quality of the children’s writing has really improved over the course of the year – Well done Year 5 and keep up the good work!

Maths:  We will continue following the White Rose scheme which this term focuses on multiplication skills and geometry. Please continue keep helping your child to learn their times tables if they have not completed their times tables challenge- it will greatly help your child next year. Just to remind you ‘squeeble’ is a great resource that will work on any tablet or PC 

Year 5 Science

How to clean up an oil spill

Recently an exciting day was had by all the 'scientists' in Year 5.

We recreated the Exxon Valdez disaster, which happened in Alasksa in 1989. It was one of the largest oil spills ever - an estimated 30-41 million litres of oil spilled. An aea of coastline 2,100 km long was affected. The disaster damaged animals and plants for a very long time.

We poured oil mixed with food colouring in to a container of water, so it looked like an oil spill in the sea.

Then we used different materials to try and seperate the oil from the water.

Kinder Choir

This term, the children of Year 5 represented the school at the annual Kinder Choir spring concert. Throughout the entire day, they were a credit to the school and sang beautifully throughout. The definite highlight of the day, however, was their rendition of ‘Count on me’.

Living History Day

The pupils of Year 5 finished their topic on the Anglo- Saxons with a living history morning. As you can see from the photographs, the children looked amazing and came dressed as a wide cross section of society from noblemen to clergy to farmers. They took part in a range of activities including archery (an important part of Anglo-Saxon life) to making jewellery (inspired by the finds of Sutton Hoo) to trying their hand at calligraphy (which was much harder than it looked!)