‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 5 2023 - 2024

Miss McArdle

Miss Robinson


Pupil Survey https://forms.office.com/e/hzFKBv6Yyc?origin=lprLink


Alphabet of Countries - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6h7LEru69U 

Welcome to Year 5

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Summer Term 2024

     Miss McArdle, Mrs Steer, Mrs Mannock (Maternity cover), Madame Leydon,

Mr Reid, Miss Cliff and Mrs Kemp 




Our writing this term, will centre around the book “Kensuke's Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo.

We will follow Michael's route around the world and base our writing on his experiences.  We will be writing descriptively about events that occur on his journey, a persuasive advert, a balanced argument, a letter plus a diary entry.

                        Click on the picture to watch the trailer for this short film released last year!

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This term, we will be learning about: 

  • Adding and subtracting decimals within 1
  • Complements to 1
  • Adding and subtracting decimals
  • Decimal sequences
  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Identify angles
  • comparing and ordering angles
  • Measuring angles
  • Drawing lines and angles
  • Calculating angles on a straight line and around a point
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Calculating length and angles in shapes
  • Regular and irregular polygons
  • Reasoning about 3D shapes
  • Describing position
  • Drawing on a grid
  • Position in the first quadrant
  • Translation
  • Translation with coordinates
  • Lines of symmetry
  • Reflection
  • Reflection with coordinates
  • Kilometres, kilograms, millimetres, millilitres
  • Imperial units
  • Converting units of time
  • Timetables
  • Volume and capacity





These skills will be extended and applied in forms of reasoning and problem solving. 


If you would like to support your child further with any of the units covered this term, please click on the following link which will take you to 'Workbooks for Parents' on our school website.  The relevant booklets for this term are:



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                                                                                 Converting Units







In maths, mental recall, including times tables, doubling and halving numbers and number bonds is vitally important if children are going to make good progress. Using the internet, games or board games can help reinforce the maths needed for Year 5 in a fun and enjoyable way. Please click on the links below to support both written and mental maths.  Also, at the bottom of this page, you will find a document containing all the mental maths objectives for each year group so that you can suport your child with their mental maths.  


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Top Marks - Daily 10 

Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge - Content - ClassConnect





Our history focus will be Ancient Greece. Through this topic we will be asking the following questions to help us with our learning. 


*How do we know so much about the Ancient Greek

*What pottery remains tell us about everyday life in Ancient Greece

*Why Ancient Greece was able to be so strong

*Whether we would prefer to live in Athens or SpartaParthanon.jpg

*What their interest in the theatre and festivals like The Olympics tell us about the Ancient Greeks

*How the Ancient Greeks have influenced our lives today



We will have a geography focus for the second half term where we will learn about:

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  • How we use our oceans
    • What the Great Barrier Reef is
    • Why our oceans are suffering
    • What we can do to help our oceans
    • How littered our marine environment is - data collection and analysing findings

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This term, we will be completing the topics Living Things and their Habitats, plus, Properties of Materials. There will be a focus on developing scientific skills through the application of the five types of scientific enquiry:




  • Observation over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping                          
  • Comparative and fair testing
  • Research using secondary resources


During our Living Things and their Habitats topic, we will: 

  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
  • Find out about the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists, for example, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall

During our Properties of Materials, we will:

  • Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible





Reminders and Information

Staff in Year 5:

Miss McArdle - Class teacher - Tuesday (am), Wednesday, Thursday

Mrs Steer - Class teacher - Monday, Friday

Madame Leydon – MFL teacher,Tuesday (pm)

Mr Reid -Tuesday (pm)

Miss Cliff and Mrs Kemp - Welfare Assistants



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Our regular PE days for the first half-term will be Tuesday and Friday.  Pupils will bring their PE kits into school and change at school.  Please make sure that your child wears the correct Excalibur PE kit.  A list of the full PE kit is on our website.


Pupils can wear their tracksuit bottoms for PE if it is ever too cold.  I would be grateful if you could make sure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are removed or covered with micro-pore or similar on PE days. 


Start and Finish Times

The school gates will be opened at 8:50 to all children and we encourage children to arrive at this time. It really does help the class to settle before we begin our day at 9 am. Any arrivals after 9 am must be reported to the office (even if the gates are still open) as the register will have been sent electronically by this point. The school day will end at 3:20 pm. 



Please could you send your child in with a healthy snack for their midmorning break.  Children can also purchase warm snacks at breaktime from school.  


Water Bottles

It is important for children to drink water throughout the day.  Therefore, children may bring in bottles of water each day so long as the bottle has a secure lid. It is also really helpful if every bottle is clearly labelled.  Please can you remind your child to take their bottle home every night for washing and refilling.  




Every Friday, your child will be set the following tasks to be completed by the following Thursday: 

  • Maths - Homework will be set weekly on Mathletics (up to two pieces). Your child also has access to extra work in their student area should they wish to complete more tasks. Furthermore, should you wish to complete any extra maths with your child, please find ‘Workbooks for Parents’ for each unit of maths we cover in Year 5 on our homepage under ‘Curriculum’ then ‘Maths’ (link above in 'Maths' section).   Furthermore, we would recommend that your child spends time working on their mental maths.  They have a login for TT Rockstars plus they can visit Hit the Button which is free online. 
  • Reading - questions set from a short text 
  • Spellings - either a spelling rule or words from the statutory Y5/6 spelling list.  These will be tested on Thursdays.


                              Recommended homework time is half an hour per day for Years 5 and 6.


If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate in contacting either Miss McArdle or Mrs Steer through our contact email address (contact@excalibur.cheshire.sch.uk) or you could leave a note in your child's planner.  We look forward to a fabulous term working with you and your child.



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