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St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 Webpage


   Year 5 Topic – Spring Term


                       ‘Planting Amazonian Ideas’ 


  • The focus incorporates Science learning about ‘life cycles’ with our geography learning about the Amazon rainforest and later a study of the Maya civilization in history.
  • In English, alongside grammar, punctuation, spellings and reading comprehension, we are looking at a book called ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry to inform pupils’ writing in many different genres and styles.
  • In Maths we will be starting with multiplication and division, before moving on to fractions, decimals and percentages towards Easter.
  • Science – ‘Life Cycles’: learning about and describing the changes as animals and humans develop to old age.
  • Geography – learning about the geographical similarities and differences to Britain through the study of human and physical geography of The Amazon rainforest
  • History – A study of the ancient Maya civilisation of South America, contrasting it with Britain.
  • Art – Drawing and selecting media linked to the rainforests.
  • Music – ‘The Fresh Prince of Belair’ on Charanga Yumu.
  • ICT – safe and reliable use of the internet
  • RE – Christianity: Salvation. In this topic, children will explain what Christians mean when they say Jesus' death was a sacrifice, make clear connections between the Christian belief in Jesus' death as a sacrifice and how Christians celebrate Holy Communion/ Lord's Supper. Islam: Children will make connections between the Muslim practice of the Five Pillars and their beliefs about God and the Prophet Muhammad.
  • PE – ‘Beat the Teacher’ and a choice of yoga, Joe Wicks or their own activity. Pupils in school will have PE activities led by our sports coaches.
  • ML – We are returning to French this term, following our German taster last term. 


While the country is in lockdown your child should access the blended learning via their school Welearn email account. All Y5 pupils have been given details of how to access this and have it stuck into their home/school diary. Parents/carers have also received an email with this information. Please also watch this video explaining how to access it.

The learning provided is the same as the key worker’s children in school will be accessing. A weekly timetable grid will be sent to parents for the week ahead.



A daily TEAMS meeting will be scheduled and an invitation will be sent to pupils' Welearn email accounts. In order for your child to keep up with their peers, please can you ensure that they log into One Note each day. They should read the daily instructions carefully to follow PowerPoints etc and then type their answers to the day's work boxes on One Note or email staff as instructed. Staff will be checking work done after they have finished their teaching commitment each day. By following the daily home learning units of work, your child will keep in line with the curriculum during lockdown.


Please remember that you can email the Y5 teaching team through We check this email inbox throughout the day and will respond as soon as our teaching commitment allows us.

World Book Day Challenge

Storytime with the teachers on the Learning in Action page...

Year 5 Termly Newsletters


Pupils will note in their diary when homework is set.

Mathletics and Study Ladder will continue to be set on a Monday to be completed by the following Monday.

Every week pupils should also do:

daily reading – recorded in diary, at least three times a week

practise of spelling list in diary for a test the following week

regular practise of times-tables


Pupils can use the computer room on Wednesday lunchtime to do their Mathletics/ Studyladder if they cannot access the internet at home.

Please sign your child’s diary every week.

Diaries will be checked weekly on a Friday in Year 5.

Important PE information

All long hair should be tied back for school every day.

Please send your child into school wearing their outdoor kits with purple sweatshirt on the following days:

SM7 (Miss McAleese) – Wednesday

SM8 (Dr Ellis & Mrs Atkins) – Tuesday

SM9 (Mrs Williams) – Thursday


All Year 5 classes have Indoor PE on a Friday. Pupils should wear suitable PE kit on these days too, but bring optional pumps (different to their outdoor trainers) if they don’t want to be barefoot.

Break Time Snacks

Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school. Pupils are allowed to bring in snacks of fruit, vegetables, plain bread sticks or cheese to eat at morning break. Thank you for your support with this.

Thank You Letter

Mila wrote a lovely, thoughtful letter to the NHS thanking them for all their hard work, care and sacrifices they are making. It was shared amongst many people working for the NHS who showed their appreciation for the heartfelt thanks.

Autumn Term Gallery...

Year 5 enjoyed watching these David Attenborough film clips to inspire their writing in English.

We're All in This Together!

Still image for this video

Christian Values

Our new Christian value for this half term is hope. At school, we would have been looking at what this means for Christians and therefore how they live their lives. The attached document has some information about this Christian value and some videos you can watch. Please make sure you ask an adult before clicking the links. It also contains some questions for you to reflect upon.

Spreading Happiness and Kindness During This Time 

We spend many opportunities at school, through collective worship and personal reflections, looking at how we can support others in line with our school's vision and our Christian values. This resource has a few more ideas that you may choose to do during school closure to bring a little bit of happiness to others, whilst keeping everyone safe. We know so many of you are already doing little things to help already. Please feel free to use this as your family would like to. The suggested activities are for those who live in your household. Just a reminder that this is not set home learning and children do not have to do any/all of the suggested activities but we are sure that the children will enjoy spreading kindness and happiness through these and other ways, as they always do. 



You can access Scratch for coding on our Welearn365 site using your email address and normal school password or you can use the following links...



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Our Briar Hill and St. Margaret's vision: 'Flourish as a family, love to learn, make memories, shine!'