Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

We hope that you had a lovely summer break. Welcome to the autumn term where we look forward to the continuing partnerships between home and school.


Our goal is to create confident, fluent, independent readers. We prioritise reading at Latchmere School and have very carefully chosen the texts your child will study this term. We focus on word reading to develop fluency and encourage the whole class to join in through strategies such as choral reading (the whole class read together) and echo reading (the teacher models the reading and the class echo back). We also have the Latchmere Reading skills. These are based on comprehension skills such as retrieval, inference, summarising, making links, prediction and vocabulary.



In Year 5, we will be studying The London Eye Mystery and A Christmas Carol as class texts and excerpts from a selection of books including Frankenstein, Oliver Twist and The Daydreamer as our guided reading books.









Our curriculum is based on the White Rose Maths programme. This research-based initiative ensures that the skills and concepts children taught are fully embedded before moving on. The children are taught strategies such as bar modelling and have plenty of opportunities to use ‘manipulatives’ such as counters and dienes all the way through the school.

This term we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction, fractions and multiplication and division.

Children should also use the Times Tables Rockstars program to increase their quick recall of multiplication and related division facts.


Pupils will complete indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons during Autumn term on Tuesdays and Fridays.

For those children in 5TR, P.E. Kit should be worn every Tuesday and on Friday in the weeks commencing:

20th September

4th October

18th October

Curriculum Highlights

This term, we will learn about rivers and, later in the term, about the Victorian era.  In Science, we will focus on the solar system and materials.

You can find out more information about the autumn term learning by looking at the overviews and programmes of study on the website.

Updates and reminders

The children should arrive at school between 08:50 and 09:00 and, if they have a morning snack, it should be a healthy one.

Please ensure that all medication is within date. Please speak directly to the main office regarding medication that is kept in school.

Class teachers liaise with their class reps on a regular basis. Please keep an eye out for emails or Whatsapp messages they may send regarding dates, PE kit etc.

Each class teacher will individually send out the dates of the PE days relating to their bi-weekly timetables. Please ensure that as the weather gets colder your child comes to school with a coat, hat, gloves etc. They will be allowed to wear these items of clothing in addition to Latchmere PE kit for outdoor PE lessons if it is cold.


Class Assemblies

We are delighted that we will be able to perform class assemblies again this year. Performances will take place in the afternoon with exact timing to follow. The dates for year 5 assemblies are as follows:

5TR – 10th March

5R – 17th March

5M – 24th March

5T – 31st March


Home Learning

Reading books and reading journals should be brought to school every day. The reading records have space for keeping a record of books read, and every third or so page has a creative space where your child can make a response to the book they are currently reading.  The teacher will have informed the children which day their record should be handed in.  We wholeheartedly encourage you to still hear your child read at this stage and also for you to read to them. We would really value a parental comment in the book each week as this shows the children that we have a partnership with you and take reading very seriously.

The home learning grid is filled with creative ideas and we expect all children to complete one English, one maths and one creative task every half term.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if your child finds a particular subject in the grid more challenging and requires extra support (in addition to that given in class) to complete it.

Key dates

As usual, we are delighted to be able to offer swimming lessons to pupils at Latchmere. You will receive a letter containing details of arrangements and we will begin lessons in the week commencing 12th September. The classes’ days will be as follows:

Mondays 1.40 – 3.10 5M

Tuesdays 1.40 – 3.10 5R

Wednesdays 1.40 – 3.10 5TR

Thursdays 1.40 – 3.10 5T


In the weeks commencing 12th and 19th September, we will be visiting the Riverboat Project at Teddington Lock. A letter with all the details will be sent out over the coming week.

The residential trip to Hindleap Warren is set to take place in January 2023. Please begin to think about the kit that your child will need for an activity filled week in the outdoors in winter. It is a wonderful experience for the children and a trip that all staff and pupils enjoy immensely.


On Tuesday 13th September, there will be an opportunity for parents of year 5 pupils to attend a ‘Meet the teacher’ presentation by the year 5 team. This will include a brief overview of the years learning and extra-curricular activities.

The presentation will begin at 9:15. Please arrive via the main school office shortly beforehand.

We look forward to meeting you in person and thank you in advance for all of your support in the year ahead,


Kind regards,

The Year 5 Team

Mr Morris, Miss Reagan, Mr Rissen, Miss Trigg