Year Five 2017-18

Friday 24th November year 5 went to the Black Country Museum


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Dear Parents,

Our new topic is the The Second World War and Moseley. Throughout the half-term, we will learn about how the war impacted on our local community and in Britain as a whole, looking in particular at the experience of children. This will include a workshop delivered by the stupendous Professor McGinty and visit to The Black Country Museum!

In English lessons, we will be reading The Diary of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo and The Silver Sword by Ian Seraillier. This will inspire us to write descriptive pieces from the point of view of somebody living through the Blitz air raids. We shall also be visiting West Midlands Fire Service Safeside, to learn about safety; the children will then produce leaflets about personal safety, to their own design.

Maths this term will see us learning about written multiplication, shapes and measures, division and fractions. Pupils have been issued with usernames and passwords for the Mathletics website, so be sure to ask your child to show you how it works!

In computing, our unit is We are Cryptographers, and we are going to be looking at secret communications, which fits in well with our Second World War topic. This will include studying semaphore, Morse code and discussing what makes a good password.

In PE lessons, pupils will continue to develop gymnastic and dance skills. Pupils will also develop their tactics for invasion games through basketball. Outdoor PE takes place on Mondays and indoor PE is on Thursdays. Please help your child to remember the appropriate P.E kit on these days. Correct PE kit is: plain white t-shirt or long sleeved top, plain black shorts/leggings/tracksuit bottoms, trainers (outdoor) or pumps (indoor).

Our science topic is Properties of Materials and we will be investigating which materials are best for keeping warm; perfect as the weather gets colder! The children will learn about the history of music from classical to contemporary styles this half term. In our RE lessons, we will be learning about Being Loyal and Steadfast and exploring how different faiths see hope for the future.

There is no doubt that children who read at home increase their ability to read fluently and with increased understanding and so we are keen to see children bringing completed reading diaries to school – there are prizes for those who read 10 and 20 books!   Reading Eggs is also something children can access at home.

We will be continuing with the PATHS programme to develop emotional, behavioural and problem solving skills and learning further words and phrases in Spanish.

We look forward to your continuing support this half term.

The Year 5 Team


Year 5 Recommended Reading List

Parents often ask us for suggested books for their children to read so we have put together a list of books which are recommended for children in Year 5. It is by no means an exhaustive list but represents a cross section of books suitable for your child. Please do take your child to borrow books from their local library. (They can take TEN books out at a time for free!) Please also encourage your child to read as often as possible as it will impact hugely on their writing ability and general learning.


Anything by Louis Sachar as this is Year 5’s special author; eg Holes, Wayside School is Falling Down, Small Steps, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes     (The only book we would ask you not to read at this stage is ‘The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ as we do a lot of work on this later in the year.)

Indian in the Cupboard                                                                Lynne Reid Banks

The Peppermint Pig                                                                       Nina Bawden

Cloud Busting                                                                                  Mallorie Blackman

Famous Five and Secret Seven series                                      Enid Blyton

War Dog                                                                                           Martin Booth

The Midnight Fox/The Eighteenth Emergency                       Betsy Byars

Artemis Fowl                                                                                   Eoin Colfer

King of Shadows                                                                            Susan Cooper

Lion Boy                                                                                            Zizou Corder

How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewell/How to be a pirate                        Cressida Cowell

Moondial/The Pie Makers                                                           Helen Cresswell

New World                                                                                      Gillian Cross

Storm                                                                                                Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Green Children                                                                       The Green Children

The Village by the Sea                                                                   Anita Desai

Spiderwick Chronicles                                                                  Tony Diterlizzi

My Family and Other Natural Disasters                                  Josephine Feeney

Madame Doubtfire                                                                        Anne Fine

A Rag, A Bone and a Hank of Hair                                             Nicholas Fisk

War Boy                                                                                            Michael Foreman

The Kick Off                                                                                     Dan Freedman

Elidor, The Owl Service                                                                Alan Garner

Grandpa Chatterij, I want to be an Angel                               Jamila Gavin

Cleopatra, A Candle in the Dark                                                 Adele Geras

Toad Heaven, Stickybeak                                                            Morris Gleitzman

The Diddakoi                                                                                   Rumer Godden

I am David                                                                                        Anne Holm

Storm Breaker                                                                                Anthony Horowitz

Hero on a Bicycle                                                                           Shirley Hughes

The Iron Man                                                                                  Ted Hughes

Journey to the River Sea                                                              Eva Ibbotson

Seasons of Splendour                                                                   Madhur Jaffrey

The Phantom Tolbooth                                                                Norton Juster

Stig of the Dump                                                                            Clive King

Lost Riders                                                                                       Elizabeth Laird

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe                                                     Penelope Lively

Theseus/Hercules                                                                          Geraldine McCaughrean

The Daydreamer                                                                            Ian McEwan

Stories from India                                                                          Anna Milbourne

The Wreck of Zanzibar                                                                 Michael Morpurgo

Journey to Jo’burg                                                                         Beverley Naidoo

The Snow Spider Trilogy                                                              Jenny Nimmo

The Borrowers                                                                                Mary Norton

Mister Monday                                                                               Garth Nix

A Dog So Small                                                                                Philippa Pearce

I was a Rat                                                                                       Philip Pullman

Krindlekrax                                                                                      Philip Ridley

Percy Jackson                                                                                 Rick Riordan

A Daughter Like Me                                                                       Jacqueline Roy

Time Riders                                                                                      Alex Scarrow

A Cricket in Times Square                                                            George Selden

A Series of Unfortunate Events                                                 Lemony Snicket

Heidi                                                                                                  Johanna Spyri

Black Ships before Troy: Story of the Iliad                             Rosemary Sutcliffe

The Go-Ahead Gang                                                                      Robert Swindells

Goosebumps                                                                                   R L Stine

The Hobbit                                                                                       J R R Tolkein

A Traveller in Time                                                                         Alison Uttley

Blitz Cat                                                                                             Robert Westall

Stanley Bagshaw                                                                            Bob Wilson

Dogsbody, A Tale of Time City                                                   Diana Wynne Jones



Poetry and Rhymes

A Caribbean Dozen                                                                        John Agard, Grace Nicolls

Poetry Anthology                                                                           Pie Corbett

Collected Poems for Children                                                     Ted Hughes

The Owl and the Pussycat                                                           Edward Lear

Talking about the Tigers                                                               Brian Moses

Football Poems                                                                               David Orme

Thawing Frozen Peas                                                                    Brian Patten

100 Best Poems                                                                             Puffin

Book of Very Silly Poems                                                             Michael Rosen

I like this poem                                                                               Kaye Webb


Or any book connected with a topic which is being studied in school or which interests your child. What is most important is that your child is reading and developing a love for reading.

Happy reading!


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