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Church of England Academy

'Strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high'

Courage – I rise to a challenge and I am brave.

Friendship – I encourage others and build them up.

Trust – I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.

Respect – I treat others how I would like to be treated.

Golden Willow

We are a class of Year 5 pupils.  Our first job was to set up our class charter, which sets out our rights and responsibilities.  This supports us in our learning by creating a supportive, co-operative  environment. 

In Golden Willow we have a reading challenge made up of 30 books, selected by our teacher, which we have to try and read over the course of the year.  We love reading!

SubjectsFocus for half term

Pax by Sarah Pennypacker which focuses on the aspect of the complex narrator.  We will read other texts to build our understanding of the world, our fluency of reading and increase our vocabulary.

At home: children should be reading daily to increase their fluency and build their vocabulary. Ask them if they came across any new vocabulary when they were reading and define it for them.


We will be writing two narratives this term: one based on Hansel and Gretel and one based on Michael Moppurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom.  We will be focusing on creating complex sentences, sentences that include at least one main clause and one subordinate clause, as well as embedding Year 4 objectives e.g. using fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases.  A big focus in Golden Willow is to apply our spelling skills that we learn in our spelling lessons to our writing. 

At home: The basis of writing, is reading - ask your child to collect amazing phrases or words they wish to use in their writing. Discuss different types of writing with your child, such as instructions, news articles, non-fiction pieces, blogs etc. When they are writing at home, ensure they employ their spelling strategies they have learnt in school. 


Number and Place Value - this involves decimal numbers to hundredths. Children will recognise the relationship between the place values which leads on to supporting their understanding of fractions. 

At home: it is important that your child continues to practise times tables as these are the basis of most of the new learning in Year 5.  We recommend practising at least 3 times a week.

REBig Question: the six religions - this will involve looking at what people of each faith believe about when they die, why bad things happen and how religious communities live together.

At home: discuss your beliefs with your child and ask them theirs. Do they know other people who may believe differently? 


Light - sources give out light, which travels from them in various directions and is detected when it reaches and enters our eyes. Objects that are seen either give out or reflect light that human eyes can detect.

At home: research how light travels and have a look at Isaac Newton's experiments on light and colour.

Other subjects

History: The British Empire - this will involve learning about the impact of the British empire.

Art: Digital Media - children will create a puppet show that they film.

French: Basics of language, including Sports and Countries

PE: Netball and Fitness

Music: learning about the 7 musical dimensions - structure, pitch, rhythm, dynamics, timbre, texture and tempo