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Bitham Brook Primary School

In a community of kindness where all belong: be positive, be resilient, be creative

Year Five

We have two Year 5 classes 


Miss Glass 


Miss Gascoigne


Support Staff - Ms Castle and Mrs Bullingham 



Spellings will be handed out on the first Monday of term.  We will not be testing weekly but instead every 4 weeks.  Spellings can also be found on the school website.

Please continue to read at home.

Continue practicing for times table challenges on Times Table Rock Stars.


PE Days

Tuesday - Dance

Wednesday - Gymnastics

Thursday - Netball


Don't forget to bring a water bottle to school every day, apply sun-cream if it's sunny and a coat if it's wet!

The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell

Learning this Term


In maths, we will be learning about place value.  The children will be comparing and ordering numbers as well as rounding them to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.  Later in the term they will be using formal methods to add and subtract.



Our writing will be linked to our class book, ‘The Wizards of Once’ by Cressida Cowell.  We will start by writing a set of instructions on How To Catch A Witch.  We will then focus our skills on writing a persuasive argument (a recall unity) and finally finish the term by writing a fantasy story in the style of Cressida Cowell's Wizard of Once.



During reading we will be working our way through our class book ‘The Wizards of Once’ by Cressida Cowell, and interrogate the text using a variety of skills.  The children will be able to continue with their own reading and testing their understanding using Accelerated Reader.



Our PSHE topic this term is Being Me.  In this unit children will learn about rights, rules and responsibilities.



In Science, we will be looking at Animals including Humans.  We will be describing the changes which happen to humans as they develop into older age.



In art this term, we will be drawing and painting.  We will be learning about, and use the technique of, subtractive drawing and use organic lines to create landscapes.




We will be learning about the early Islamic civilisation.  We will be discussing the question, 'Was it better to live in London or Baghdad in around 900 AD?'



In computers we will be learning about search engines.  We will be looking closely at how page rank works and how to identify inaccurate information.


Physical Education   

In PE we will be focussing on the sport of netball.  We will be developing a range of netball passes and look to using them whilst on the move.



We will begin the term by introducing ourselves in French saying what we like and dislike about the school.


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