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Y5 Juniper

Welcome to Y5 Juniper



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Weekly Reminders


Wednesday – Home learning should be returned to class completed. Spelling test completed in class.

Children should arrive in school in full P.E. kits (yellow t-shirts, black shorts or tracksuit bottoms during poor weather and trainers or black pumps). Regular school uniform is not required on this day.

Friday – Reading records brought to school and new home learning will be set for the following week.


Please remember to be dressed in full uniform in September, including black shoes.


I will attach our newsletter with full details below, but curriculum highlights this term include:


- Maths-

Place Value and Written methods

  • Read, write, order and compare numbers determining the value of each digit
  • Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10
  • Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • Round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place

Written addition and subtraction

  • Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits and decimals with two decimal places
  • Choose an appropriate strategy to solve a calculation based upon the numbers involve
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why


- English-


  • Writing a character description of Stanley Yelnats based on the book Holes.
  • Using the novel ‘Holes’ as a stimulus for story writing.
  • Investigating the language used in historical narrative through extracts from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
  • Writing a descriptions of the main character, Scrooge, within a ‘setting’


Non Fiction

  • Writing a formal report to describe and explain different aspects of Anglo-Saxon life.


  • Writing Kenning poetry, riddle-like phrases used by Vikings and Anglo-Saxons


- Topic-

Our topic this term is Mountains and The Anglo Saxons.  We will be doing all manner of exciting things including learning about:

Geography and History:

  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied in the context of mountain ranges.
  • To name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers).
  • We will investigate why did the Anglo-Saxons invade and how can we possibly know where they settled.
  • We will investigate how were the Saxons able the see off the Viking threat.
  • Just how great was King Alfred, really?


We expect children to read at home on a regular basis in year 5 and keep practising the rapid recall of their times tables up to 12x12. For the first half term each week, children will receive a piece of literacy home learning, a piece of maths home learning and fifteen spellings to learn. In the second half of the term, children will receive a home learning project to last the full half term as well as weekly spellings.  


If there are changes to the weekly routine or there are any issues that arise, please let us know by contacting school either by phone or email - 


Thank you for your continued support

Mr Blake, Mrs Morgans, Mrs Nolan, Mrs Reynolds-Smith & Miss Burrows

Our Classroom

Our Reading Area


As a school, we have been pushing a focus on reading for pleasure. It is very important for year 5 children to read regularly and read texts appropriate for them. In class we have our own bookcase and take part in a weekly reading for pleasure session where the children can choose to read in their own way! Children are also encouraged to share books they have been enjoying on our Recommendation Wall.

Our Art Gallery

Methods In Maths


We understand that the mathematical methods taught in school may be different from what adults at home know and use. Use this link to find videos that explain the methods taught in school for each operation.

Here is a copy of the new Numeracy Framework for Y5 to help you understand what your child will be learning and when.

Here is a copy of the Year 5 expectations - this covers what children will be learning throughout the year in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Handwriting Year 5

Mindfulness breathing by Miss Burrows