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Happy New Year 


We hope you have had a wonderful break and are ready for Term 3!


In English, we will read a variety of fiction texts and children will be learning to answer a variety of reading questions.   

The following link gives examples of the types of questions we will use.

YOU can also help your child by asking similar questions when you read with them at home.


In writing, children are learning to create atmosphere and mood by painting a picture for the reader and to make the reader feel something.

This is done by carefully choosing words that create atmosphere (mood), using powerful verbs, adjectives and
adverbs  and "showing and not telling "

e.g. Digging his hands deeper into his pockets, Seth hurried towards his comforting home.

This shows us that Seth is cold (hands in his pocket) and that he wants to get indoors as quickly as possible.


In Maths- please ensure your child is learning their times tables and division facts as this will help them when we are doing long multiplication and division.


PE  -Children will have multi-skills lessons in every Thursday afternoon so will need their  full PE kit.


RE - Children will be considering how Jesus'  teachings influence Christians today - we will learn about Mother Teresa and the work of some Christian charities.


PSHE  - Our key question is What makes a community? so we will have visits from local community groups to help our understanding of this question.


Topic (Science /History and Geography) - This year Grove Park are doing topic work in a new way so your child(ren) will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, which will then be repeated but at a deeper level in Year 6 - if you would like a detailed copy of the topics we will cover this term then please do not hesitate to ask. 




Reading   - please ensure your child is reading every day, records this in the reading record and brings this into school every day. 

Spellings  - Well done to all those children who have been learning their spellings regularly.

We understand that the spelling list that is long so we suggest breaking it up into 5-6 words to learn each week;children can also write the words into sentences to help them.




Thank you for coming to our parent talk today - here is a copy of the PowerPoint.


Term 1

Welcome to Year 5

We are really pleased about teaching you; we look forward to an exciting, fun-filled year with lots of interesting topics to learn and explore.

As a school, we are making some exciting changes to the curriculum so that each year group focuses on a key question from an overarching theme running across the school. The theme for Term 1 is Possibilities and Diversity and in Year 5 our Key question is:


“What makes us different?”

We will attempt to answer this question through all the subjects we study as well as dedicated topic lessons.  In RE, we are learning about different beliefs that people can have; in topic we have been discussing what makes us special and what makes a community.


This term we will be having the following subjects on set days:


Tuesday afternoon   Please make sure your child has full PE kit: shorts/jogging bottoms, t-shirt

As we will be doing sessions both indoors and outdoors, your child will need trainers (these must not be worn instead of school shoes)

Mrs. Palmer will teach this every Thursday morning.


Mrs. Decarte will teach this every Thursday morning.


Wednesday afternoon 





Reading - Please ensure your child reads every day for 10-15 minutes. Record this in reading records and bring this in daily.

Reading rewards  - In class we have a reading rewards scheme; the more your child reads the more rewards they will get.

 Every Friday we will reward children who have read at least four times a week.


All children have been assigned books on Bug club so please ensure they log on to read.  Reading on Bug club also counts towards daily reading – just write read on Bug club in reading record!


Maths will be given every Friday and is due by the following Friday.

Spellings - every child will be given a list of the High frequency Word spelling list that they are working on. Children are expected to focus on the spellings they cannot spell and learn 5 every week. We will then test your child at the end of term.

Here are links to the HFW for each year group:

This half term, our focus is on helping children to develop their descriptive and narrative writing; ensuring they use adjectives, synonyms, adverbs and powerful verbs. 

We will be reading a variety of texts: Seal Surfer by Michael Morpurgo; Hurricane by David Wiesner and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett.


Children will be learning to read, write and compare numbers to 1 million; use mental strategies to add /subtract numbers up to 1000 in their head; use the four rules of number to solve word problems and we will be teaching most children a new method for long multiplication.

What you can do to help

We will have times tables tests every Friday - it is imperative that your child practises their tables for 5 minutes daily.

Practise mental maths strategies to help children develop their maths fluency – adding smaller numbers in their head; working out change when you go shopping or finding the total of 2-3 items in the trolley.  Here is a link for using maths at home:

Help with maths at home leaflets Yrs 2-5

If you have any questions or issues you would like to discuss with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch (put a note in your child’s reading record or email the school)


Teachers: Mrs. Decarte,Mrs. Thakur , Mrs. Palmer

Teaching assistants : Ms. Edmead, Mrs. Northwood, Ms. Privett and Mrs. Wheatly 




Grove Park Academy, Hilton Drive, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1PT

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