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In class today (31st January), we had some fun challenging ourselves to solve Countdown style maths puzzles.  The children were shown a set of number cards and a target number and had to solve it using their knowledge of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and their times tables.


It is a great way to improve fluency and practice calculations (even if you don't end up with the target answer). I join in with the children and sometimes they see the answer before me!  Ask them to explain their method as mistakes are made.


The website we use is called NRich and is available here:  We were using level 2 and level 3 - the level can be selected under the settings icon in the top right corner.

Welcome to Year 5 - Spring Term

Mrs Pinkerton with Mrs O'Neill

Our values this term are wisdom and compassion under the umbrella of perseverance


In English, we will study Beowulf (the Michael Morpurgo version) and The Secret of the Night Train. Our Maths this term will focus on developing our understanding of division, fractions, decimals and percentages.  We will study the properties and changing states of matter as our Science topic and will learn about Spain in Geography and the Anglo-Saxon period in History.


Our P.E. days for the Spring term are Mondays (Tennis) and Wednesdays (Dance). On these days, please come into school dressed in your P.E. kit. Where possible, if you're unable to remove your own earrings, please come into school without them in. Also, if you are attending an after-school sports club, you may wear your P.E. kit to school.


Please see the curriculum page for more information on our learning this term. 


Mrs Pinkerton

Information for Parents



Maths and English homework will be handed out on Wednesdays for return the following Monday. On occasion, the children may also receive a piece of homework related to one of our other topics in Geography, History, Science or RE.


Spellings will be handed out on a Tuesday and tested the following Monday.


General Reminders 


  • Please wear winter uniform. 
  • Hair that is long enough to be tied back please do so fully using a green or hair-coloured band. 
  • No nail varnish please.
  • Plain gold / silver stud earrings only.
  • Your child may wear a watch or Fitbit but these must be removed for P.E.
  • No other jewellery such as friendship bands etc is permitted.
  • If your child wears a religious adornment, please let me know.


Absolutely NO NUTS in school please.


Useful Documents and Links



Please try to hear your child read  every day, just for 10 minutes. It really does make a difference! We read our reading scheme books in class each day so the children can choose whether to read their coloured band books or another text at home.  The key is talking about the book and for the adult to ask lots of questions about the text and any unfamiliar vocabulary.  Example reading questions can be found below.


I would like to challenge the children to read as many books from the suggested reading list as possible. It really does make a difference! They will be celebrated in the classroom and on the webpage so please let me know once they've completed a book and email a photograph of them with the book. They can read the books themselves or have them read to them. We have a class library, which they can borrow most of the books from.



English Websites

Maths Websites 

Other Useful Websites