Year 5 – Autumn 2 Newsletter

A warm welcome, once again from all the staff in Year 5! We hope that you and your families have had a lovely holiday and hope the children are ready to embark on another half term of adventure! We have some amazing activities and topics planned that we hope that you will love. If you want to keep updated on what is going on please keep checking our school Twitter (@st_michaels_ham) and your child’s Class Dojo page, where we will share the children’s work and regular updates.


In Autumn 2 term, our second text will be ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray, which will lend itself to the study of traditional tales and their features. The chosen texts and genres will form the basis of our reading study, which will also include Hansel and Gretel. There will also, be daily focus on enhancing reading, writing and spelling to ensure that children continue to progress.


To assist with the children’s progress in reading, we kindly request that we are supported at home by the children’s families. We would encourage daily reading from all children and appreciate all support with this. Children will be allocated a range of books on the Active learn platform, which can be accessed using their individual logins.


Maths during this half term, children will build on their times table knowledge, and will be learning about prime, square and cube numbers. They will recap on dividing whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000. Times tables are incredibly important in Year 5, so if children could please practise times tables at home it would be hugely beneficial. Each child can practice by accessing their Times table rockstar account: Times Tables Rock Stars (


This half term, the children will be learning about separating mixtures, including using techniques such as filtering, sieving and evaporation and reversible and irreversible changes. Children will formulate their own question before planning how they will answer it, predicting possible outcomes and carrying out a fair test.

Geography– A study of regions in North America, with focus on planning a road trip.

History– Maya civilisation: Children will learn about the Maya civilisation, to build upon their existing knowledge of ancient civilisations and be able to make comparisons between what they have learnt about previously.


Children will get the opportunity to explore Maya patterns. They will also learn about how artists were inspired by the patterns used by the Mayas and will develop their printing skills- creating a print for a repeating pattern.

 RE – Pupils will explore different religious and non-religious groups’ beliefs about God.

PE – Year 5 will take part in PE on Fridays. We kindly ask that all children arrive in their P.E. kit. The children are asked to wear a t-shirt (no football kits, or crop tops) as well as shorts or jogging bottoms. We also recommend trainers or pumps.

Additional support: The children in Y5 will be supported by Mrs Roberts and Ms Mitchell

The children have made an excellent start to the new school year and we look forward to, what we hope will be, a fun, exciting and hard-working year.

Thank you,

Mrs. Agis, Miss Norman, Mrs Roberts and Ms. Mitchell