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Year 5

September - December 2019

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the new academic year. We hope you have had a fantastic summer holiday. I’ts been amazing to see our children settling in so well in their classes. 

Important dates this half term:

  • British values week – 2nd September to 6th September 2019
  • European languages day – 26th September 20
  • Macmillan awareness day coffee/cake morning – 27th September 2019 (Donations welcome)
  • Black History month – 1st October to 31st October 2019
  • Maths/Money Week – 14th October to 18th October 2019
  • Guru Nanak – School closed 12th November 2019
  • Road safety week – 18th – 22nd November 2019


In English, we are studying Harry Potter, The Witches Chant by Shakespeare and two visual narratives, Powerless and Adrift. Using these texts, we will be focusing on sentence structure, passive voice, noun phrases and relative clauses.


In Maths, we are learning calculation methods, use of number, fractions, decimals and percentages. We will continue to focus on our children’s ability to reason on Fridays through applying the skills they learn weekly to word problems.

Science – Earth and Space

We will be learning about Earth and Space. We will be carrying out a number of investigations inside and out of the classroom about the scale of the solar system, the causes of the day and night cycle and the seasons.

Other Curriculum Areas

In PSHCE we will be looking at human development. In DT we will be making moving sarcopaghie. Children will continue to develop their throwing and catching skills In PE. History lessons will be based around Ancient Egypt.

How to Help

Please continue to support your child at home by ensuring they complete their homework, which will go out every Tuesday to be completed and returned the following Monday. Children will be listened to reading at school weekly and their books will be changed once their reading record is signed. Please talk with your child about what they are reading. Children are encouraged to read daily for at least 10 minutes. Please also support your child with spellings and times tables which go home every Friday.

Other Notices

  • Year 5 educational visit: Royal Observatory –October 2019
  • Parent/Carer’s consultation evening – Thursday 17th October 2019
  • School nurse to visit Year Six

The Shaftesbury Pledge

This is our school, where we learn and grow together,

May we respect everybody, today and forever.

We are a family at Shaftesbury - growing and learning as one,

May we be caring, friendly, polite and have fun.

Please help children learn their school pledge and the 5 Cs.

The 5 Cs

  • Care
  • Courtesy
  • Consideration
  • Co-operation
  • Commitment

Online Safety

Do you know what your child is doing online?

  • Check the internet history to see what your child has been doing.
  • Let children use devices in a communal room (living room or kitchen) so that you can monitor what they are doing.
  • Have conversations with your child about what they are doing online. 
  • Ask them about the dangers they are aware of.
  • Ask them questions about what they should do if they have a problem or see something that upsets them

Visit the following website for more help and support


  • Child Protection – Reminder
  • The Lead Child Protection Officer at Shaftesbury is Ms. Hussain
  • The Deputy Child Protection Officer is Ms McDonnell
  • If you have any concerns about a child please contact the Safeguarding team on 0208 472 0761

Thank you.

Year 5 Teachers:

  • Mr Jones/Ms Begum(5AJ)
  • Ms Sayed (5S)
  • Mr Khan (5K)