Dear Year 5 Parents/ Carers,

Hello and welcome to Year 5

Our topic for this term is Who Was Here Before Us  and we will be learning lots about the history of London through the Roman and also Great War periods. Wherever possible, our topic will be covered through cross curricular teaching and learning so that we can make meaningful links across the spectrum of subjects.

In English, we will be using high-quality texts linked to our topic, which will inspire a range of creative and non-fiction writing. We are going to take a look at newspaper reports, persuasive writing, propaganda, fake news and debates.. Drama, role-play and debate will be used to explore ideas and to support our writing. Grammar objectives will be embedded within English lessons whilst spelling strategies and handwriting will be taught in separate lessons each week.

In Maths, we will be working on ways to reason and problem-solve calculations in different contexts. We will also cover place value, addition and subtraction, fractions and decimals, multiplication and division and shape and geometry.

In Science, we will look at properties of materials and their changes. In computing we will cover Powerpoint, Stop-Motion and E-safety.

In Art and DT, we will be looking at London in pictures, poppy art and propaganda posters. We will also look at Roman style mosaics.

In PSHE, we will use the lessons to explore issues around gender, mental health, budgeting, medication/drugs and stereotyping.   We will take a closer look at our Hawley values and further embed them into our daily routines at school.

Tuesdays will be the day for brass.  Please ensure your child remembers to bring their instrument and folder in every week. Please encourage them to practice at home regularly, it really helps them to feel more confident in the lessons.

Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear and a change of clothes for each PE day. (They will need to change into shorts/ leggings and a t-shirt) This term they will have PE with Coach Charlie every Thursday. (To maximise learning time they will come home in their kits.) I will teach PE on Monday mornings. We will continue to attempt a daily mile, so the children need to wear shoes that make it easy for them to run in. It is also essential that the children bring a water bottle into school every day.

Your child will receive homework every Thursday. Homework is due back on the following Thursday. The children should be increasingly independent in making sure their homework is completed and handed in on the correct day.

Please continue to encourage your child to practise multiplication tables regularly. (A daily run through will really help, even if they know them already.) As part of our spelling curriculum, the children will also focus on developing spelling lists built around letter strings. Accuracy and speed are in both writing and mental calculations become increasingly important as the children mature, and to achieve this they will benefit from practice at every opportunity.

Guided Reading will continue as before. Reading is extremely important so please continue to ensure that your child is reading at home. This can be a book borrowed from school or a book from home or the library. The school are very lucky to have a wonderful selection of books to read in class as part of a Camden library project.

Visits and workshops this term:

Pizza Express    18th September

Cross Country    27th September

Royal Academy of Art   28th October

London Amphitheatre    3rd October

National Army Museum   13 November

Camden Archives    29 November

Jewish Museum  3 December

Museum of London  9 December

 With thanks for your support,


Lucy Sahathevan

Y5 Class Teacher