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Year 5


We hope that you had a lovely Easter break. Welcome to the summer term where we look forward to a calendar full of exciting events and learning.

As you may be aware, we closely monitor the attendance of pupils at our school as there is clear evidence which shows the correlation between attainment and attendance and pupil well-being.


We believe working with families is very important, therefore when a child’s attendance falls below 94% we intervene quickly to work with parents to identify any barriers to regular school attendance and identify how we can support further.  

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 continue to study The Adventures of Odysseus for the next couple of weeks or so, and then we will move on to study native tales from North America, some narrative poetry, and finally we will dip into one of Shakespeare’s best loved tragedies: Romeo and Juliet. In guided reading we will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts with a focus on comprehension techniques and responding to questioning.


Our curriculum is based on the White Rose Maths programme. This research-based initiative ensures that the skills and concepts children are 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 properties of shape, co-ordinates, position and direction, converting units, measuring volume and further work on decimals.


Children should also use the Times Tables Rockstars program to increase their quick recall of multiplication and related division facts. Century is also available for use at home to reinforce understanding of concepts delivered in school.


Curriculum Highlights

This term, we continue to learn about Ancient Greece before moving on to study aspects of North America.  In Science, we will focus on life cycles and growing up and growing old.  We will also have a couple of lessons based on puberty which will form part of our relationships and sex education programme (within PHSE). A separate letter and PowerPoint will be sent to you shortly to provide more details and the content to be covered.


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

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. 


Home learning for this term will be either based on either maths or English and the children will be set one piece each week from Thursday 25th April to Thursday 23rd May, and again from 8th June to 6th July inclusively. Please encourage and support your child to use TTRS, Century and Spellzone to assist their learning. If your child does not yet know their tables to 12 x 12 for instant recall, then we suggest that they access TTRS on a daily basis. Also, if your child finds spelling tricky, then daily work Century should help their progress. We will be encouraging the children to use these programs with class and year group competitions.


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.


We encourage all children to use Century, an online learning portal, at home as much as possible. Century uses the White Rose Maths scheme of learning for maths and also offers children an opportunity to progress their English and foundation subject knowledge.

Thank you in advance for all of your support in the year ahead,

Kind regards,

The Year 5 Team

Mr Morris, Miss Trigg, Miss Ng, Miss Regan

Key Dates

Week commencing 22nd April – Year 5 Swimming - a.m. lessons, Monday to Thursday. Please refer to the letter from Mr Pool.


Wednesday 15th May - Greek workshop. Children should come dressed in ‘Ancient Greek’ clothing. This can either be a full outfit or maybe just a long white shirt with a belt or rope tied around the waist.


Week commencing 3rd June – Sports Week


Week commencing 17th June – Latchmere Goes Global Week


Tuesday 24th June – KS2 Sports Day 


Thursday 26th June – KS2 Reserve Sports Day


Monday 1st July - Romeo and Juliet workshops

Updates and reminders

  • The children should arrive at school between 08:45 and 08:55, 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 if required but they will remain the same as Autumn Term. 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 for outdoor PE lessons if it is cold.