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Welcome to Olive Class


Class Teacher: Mrs Parfrey

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Percival

Welcome to Year 5! I hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready for some really exciting learning this term.

During the autumn term, our project question is “Did people from the past just disappear?” with a focus on the Mayans in History, and in Science we’ll be exploring Earth and Space. We encourage you to explore these topics at home with your child. Some example activities that you could do together at home to support them with their learning are:

  • Make a model of a space rocket or the solar system.
  • Visit the library at Dallam Community Hub and find some non-fiction books about Space or Mayans. Can you find any interesting facts to bring back to class?
  • Look at the Moon and stars in the sky

Click on the picture of Chichen Itza to start your learning!

chichen itza



In English, we will be responding to the book “There’s a Boy in a Girls’ Bathroom” by Louis Sachar. We will be focusing on using a range of sentence structures including subordinating conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and relative clauses. As well as this, we will be reading the book as part of our guided reading sessions.

Here are some websites your child could use at home:

For grammar skills:

SPAG Tests Online - Practice Grammar & Punctuation Tests Online


For spellings:

Spooky Spellings || Practise spelling Common Exception Words (ictgames.com)

There's a boy in the girls' bathroom



In maths, we will be exploring strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division both mental and written and looking at calculating with decimal numbers.

Click on the link below to find thousands of problems for your children to solve at home.


Here are some links for games to help improve your mental maths skills.

Push the Button - times tables, doubles and halves and number bonds.

Loop Cards - addition and subtraction facts, doubles and halves and times tables.

Woodlands Junior - lots of different maths games to improve your mental maths.

Remember to keep practicing your times tables every night.


maya timeline for website with colour

During the autumn term, we will be asking, "Did the people from the past just disappear?"

We'll be exploring

  • what the Maya civilisation was like
  • Maya food, clothes, religion and places
  • how the Maya Empire began
  • how the Maya Empire ended


Our science lessons will have a physics focus throughout the autumn term as we learn about the Earth, Moon and planets in the solar system before half term.  Atfter half term, we look at forces including gravity, water resistance and air resistance.

Useful Information

PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Please ensure that your child’s full PE kit (a blue Dallam PE polo shirt, black shorts and trainers) is in school every day.

Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school so that they can have a drink during the day.

Times tables are to be done each school night (5 nights per week) and record books signed.

Homework will go out on a Friday and is to be returned on the following Friday, giving the children 1 week to complete it. This homework should take no longer than 30 minutes.  Homework is set on Google Classroom or in children's homework books.

Reading records need to be signed each time your child reads or logs onto Oxford Reading Buddy. Please make sure that these are in school every Thursday. Remember in Year 5, children are expected to read every day, including guided reading texts which are set on Google Classroom.

Please support your child by ensuring they complete all their homework tasks.

Additional Information

As well as their set homework, you can also help your child by encouraging them to use Oxford Reading Buddy, TT Rockstars, Spag.com and any of the other websites listed below to help enhance their learning. 

Oxford Reading Buddy

Sign In | Oxford Reading Buddy (oup.com)

TT Rockstars



SPAG Tests Online - Practice Grammar & Punctuation Tests Online

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