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St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 Webpage

 Our autumn term topic is called ‘One Small Step’.

•The focus incorporates Science learning about ‘forces’, then ‘Earth and space’ with English work on the same theme.
•In English, alongside the whole school, we started the year looking at a book called ‘Mrs Noah’s Pockets’ to inform pupils’ writing, before moving on to biographies from the book 'Little Leaders'. We will also be using the short animation 'La Luna' and Oliver Jeffers fabulous book 'Here We Are' to inspire writing in many different genres.
•In Maths we will be starting with place value, moving on to addition and subtraction, length and perimeter and then multiplication and division.
•Science – ‘Forces’ then ‘Earth and Space’

•History – The Space Race

•Geography – time zones
•ICT – E-Safety and Coding to create games
•RE – Christianity – the gospels; Islam
•PE – yoga and outdoor team sports
•Art – Drawing skills / DT – creating a moon buggy with computer programming
•Music – Livin’ on a Prayer
•ML – German taster term


In the case of your child being unable to attend school to await Covid test results or a class bubble being closed, your child should access the blended learning via their school Welearn email accounts. 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 all Y5 pupils in school will be accessing. In order for your child to keep up with their peers, please can you ensure that they log into One Note each day that they are absent. If your child is off school and well, or a class bubble is isolating, children should read the daily instructions carefully to follow PowerPoints etc and then type their answers to the day's work boxes on One Note. 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 other Y5 pupils still in school.


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.


In the case of a class bubble closure, we will aim to add some teaching videos to the One Note provision to assist children with their learning, however, this will take a little time for us to make, edit and upload to One Note, so please bear with us. We hope there won't be teething problems! 

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

Year 5 Termly Newsletters

SM8 Class Christmas Song


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.

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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Welcome to our website. Please go to the Testimonials, Year Group and Learning in Action pages for a window into our wonderful schools. We aspire that everyone at Briar Hill Infant School and St. Margaret's CE Junior School will 'Flourish as a family, love to learn, make memories, shine!'