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Dear parents and carers, 

Our new Knowledge Organiser is now uploaded in the curriculum area of the website. 


There is  no homework the week of Monday 13th January. Children can get on with their home learning projects. This is now uploaded- the deadline is Monday 10th February 2020. 


Times tables Rockstars

Children need to be practising this at least twice a week, as this will help with multiplying 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers and dividing 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. Also when calculating fractions. If you need any help with your child's login, please see your class teacher. 


The Year 5 team.

We are reading 'Watership Down'



Monday 24th February,  we are having a visit from: Berkshire Birds Of Prey. 

They will bring in a Barn Owl, White Face Scops Owl, Harris Hawk, American Kestrel and an Asian Brown Wood Owl. The children will: 

  • Have a safety talk 
  • Participate with the birds will be done, under supervision, wearing a leather gauntlet (glove) or mangler, supplied by the handlers
  • Each bird is supervised 1:1 with a handler and each member of the public

Each bird’s rules of contact are given by the handler to every member of the public handling them, e.g., “This bird enjoys being scratched by the ear but do not try to stroke it’s chest because it doesn’t like it.” To reduce the risk of injury both to the public and the birds


The trip is free, paid for by the PTFA and will take place in school time and on the premises. If you have any questions regarding the trip, please see Miss Calver. Please sign on Laser. 


CGP homework books:

These have proved very popular with parents and children alike. To cover costs, a voluntary contribution of £6 can be paid on Laser. 


Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 5 team  

Parent volunteers for assemblies or in class discussion.

*  'Why is trade so important to Dubai?' do you work in trade? have you ever been located in Dubai? 

* Are you a vet? our Science unit is life cycles, we would love to hear from you. 

Please let your class teacher know. 

Learning Spring 1: 

Maths: The children will be learning how to use formal, written methods including short multiplication and the bus stop method for division. The weeks of the 6th and 13th January 2020 children will sit NFER Arithmetic and Reasoning papers. So that week will see more explorative activities for maths. 


We have uploaded all of the assessments children have sat so far in maths. These are helpful to use to help with your child's understanding and gaps. These will be good revision too. 


English: We will be reading 'Varmints'  by Helen Ward and illustrated by Marc Craste. Children will be writing a balanced argument about Rural v Urban lifestyles linked with habitats. 


Science: The children will be learning about the life cycles of animals and asking 'Do all animals come from an egg?' linked with this will be an exciting visit from 'Devonshire Birds of Prey'. 


Challenge: We will be discussing 'Why is Dubai so important to trade?' we will be looking at the history and architecture of Dubai. We will also be locating it on a world map and discussing trade, ethics and environmental issues.   


RE: Year 5 will be learning about the Sikh faith.



Home-learning Spring 1

Year 5 Residential Trip to Isle of Wight

Spellings to learn:

Each fortnight we will be working through the units from the Year 5 Read Write Inc spelling programme. Six words will follow a spelling pattern from the programme and six words will come from the Year 5/6 statutory words list (which can be found in your child's reading record). There will be a short assessment of 20 words each half term in order for the children to recap on the words learnt in the spelling units.


As well as on this page, the fortnightly spelling words can also be found in your child's Read Write Inc green log book.



The words this fortnight are:

develop            silence

dictionary         innocence

disastrous        intelligence

embarrass       magnificence

equip               absence


Dictation for these words will take place on Friday 7th February 2020.


Homework cool

English and Maths CGP workbooks go home on Thursdays, they are due back into school on Tuesdays. It is important to get into a routine with your homework. Think about when the best time is for you to carry out the tasks in the CGP books.

Please complete the following pages for homework:


Due Tuesday 28th January 2020

English pages: 52 to 55, Brackets and Dashes.

Maths pages: 24 and 25, Written Multiplication and Division. 



Due Tuesday 4th February 2020

English pages: tbc

Maths pages: tbc



Due Tuesday 11th February 2020

English pages tbc

Maths pages: tbc



Due Tuesday 18th February 2020

English pages tbc

Maths pages: tbc





Books Home Termly - English and Maths

"Knowing where children are, where they need to go and how they will get there".

These are the underlying principles of our Visible Learning approach to teaching and learning at Fielding. They are important components within our assessment structure, which pupils are very much a part of.

The principles that underpin our assessment system are:

  • Every child can achieve: teachers at Fielding have the mindset, ‘What do I need to do next to enable a child in my class to achieve?’

  • Objectives from the  National Curriculum are used as the expectations for all children.

  • Pupils will make age appropriate progress from their different starting points – 12 months in 12 months, more for those who need to 'close the gap' to reach  age related expectations.

  • Teachers are experts at assessment - assessment is effectively used to ensure the correct scaffolding is built into lessons to ensure all children achieve.


How we share this information with you:

  • Books home, at least once each term your child will come home with their English and maths books, ready to share their progress with you, You will have an opportunity to make comments on this to share with your child and the class teacher.


Books will be sent home in Year 5 on the following dates: 


  • 9th March 
  • 11th May



Learning at home

Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise.  We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:


  • Reading and/or talking about their reading to an adult for at least 20 minutes, 5 times a week. This will be evidenced through reading being recorded in reading records. Reading records and reading books should be coming into school daily. Reading records will be signed by teachers to check regular reading is occurring. Pupils are expected to write a short comment about what they have read and an adult should sign the record book once this comment has been written. The diary and organisation of this resource will prepare the child for further independence. Encourage your child to select age appropriate books both fiction and non-fiction. Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets are also great materials to read. 


  • Learning spelling patterns linked to age-related expectations ready for use in dictation towards the end of every week. These spellings will be on year group notice boards and should be practised at home. Dictation (recorded on sheets) will now be sent home weekly in reading folders so you can see achievement and progress.


  • Reciting multiplication tables to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. These will be  tested in our weekly times tables challenge and will be sent home.


  • Half-termly creative home learning will be set at the start of each half term and will celebrated and fed back on during our creative home learning showcases


  • In order to prepare pupils for high school, our older pupils will continue to have homework set for Maths and Grammar from the CPG skills workbooks. These CGP books will be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned to school the following Tuesday. Tasks will be set by the teacher and checked and assessed (using the back of the book) by you, the parent. This gives you an opportunity to see how well your child is progressing and what they are very confident with and what they sometimes may need extra support with. While class teachers do not mark the CGP books, if you would like to share how your child found the activity with the class teacher there is a section which allows for this in the reading record and planner under "Messages for my child's teacher." This will make us aware of how your child found the activity - especially if they required a lot of support. 


You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home at least once during every term as well as at parent consultation meetings.

Year 5 40 recommended reading list


The English team in school have worked hard to identify 40 appropriately challenging books for the children in year 5. The recommended reading lists contain 40 age-appropriate books for children in Year 5 which will capture the children's imagination. The lists contain colour-bands and a description of the books so that the children are able to 'cherry-pick' their favourites according to their book-band level and their personal interests.

While it is not compulsory for the children to read these books, it is highly recommended as it will deepen your child's inference, retrieval and vocabulary skills while also strengthening their love for reading. 

While it is NOT compulsory there are school wide incentives - At the end of each half-term, teachers will award bronze, silver and gold certificates in reward assembly to pupils who have read a set number of books from their year group list AND completed a short reading response activity in their reading records (where possible)

Ideas for these short reading responses might be any one of the following; 

- Describing settings and characters from the story

- Identifying possible alternative endings

- Predicting what might be in a sequel (the next book if the story was carried on)

- Summarising the story in 6 bullet points 

- Writing a book review

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

Many thanks,

The Year Five Team


Times Tables Rockstars!

Times Tables Rockstars is a online programme we have introduced to encourage children to have fun with multiplication facts while improving fluency, recall and speed. Children can access it in their own time on any IOS, Android or Windows device.

What is it?

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of  times tables practice. This programme has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.

How does it work?

Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of your child so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question. The clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each child is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until they have mastered them. It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.

Is this instead of the times table challenge completed in class?

No, this is to supplement the times tables challenge, giving children a fun way to practise and challenge themselves.

Where does this fit with National Curriculum expectations?

From June 2020, all pupils at the end of year 4 in England will take an online multiplication tables check .The national curriculum specifies that pupils at this stage should be able to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12.

The check aims to support pupils to master multiplication skills, which are essential for future success in mathematics. It will help to identify pupils who have not yet mastered this mathematical concept, so additional support can be provided.

How do I log in?

Log in here:, use your child'd details that came home at the end of the Summer Term, lost them? Speak to your child's class teacher.

Multiplication Tables


Children should know all times tables by the end of Year 4. Please encourage children to practice with games, songs and play. Many resources can be found online.   

Year 5 cooking fun:

Our next Cooking and Gardening session is the week of 13th January 2020.


If you would like to help as a volunteer as a helper in our kitchen, please speak to your child's class teacher. 

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