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Falcon Class

Falcons Class

Spring Term

Welcome to Year 5.
In Falcons, you will find Mrs Maginnis (Class Teacher) and Miss Lawson (PPA teacher – Friday afternoon).


Topic: Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
Between Christmas and the February half term, we will be looking at the Anglo-Saxons, using various historical sources of evidence. After half term, our focus will turn to the Vikings. For both peoples, we will investigate their ways of life, how and why they arrived in Britain and any lasting legacies. 

This half-term we will be studying narrative poetry. We will read a variety of poetry and deal with The Highwayman in greater depth. We will compare The Highwayman with The Lady of Shallot. This will afford us many opportunities to investigate poetic devices and to try to use them in our own writing. In our Guided Reading sessions, we will be studying a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction.

Within Maths we will be covering Place Value, Geometry (including properties of 2D and 3D shape and measuring angles) and the four operations.

This half term we will be researching the artist Seurat and trying our hand at Pointillism.

This half term Year 5 we are focusing on invasion games. We will doing this through learning skills for football, including dribbling, passing and defending.

Long hair should be tied back. While children should not be wearing any jewellery other than a watch and/or stud earrings, both of which will need to be removed for P.E. lessons. 


Children who wear earrings must remove them for PE. If they are unable to do this themselves, they have to be taken out at home prior to coming into school. Tape is not allowed to be used due to health and safety. 


If the children are unable or have forgotten to take out their earrings, they are not allowed to take part physically but they can be given different jobs around the PE lesson such as observations of class performances, taking pictures, writing about the key points for the particular skill you are focusing on during that lesson.

Our topic this half term is People of God, during which we will be studying the story of Moses.

Between now and Easter we will be studying film-making and will try our hand at putting together our own short films.

This half term we will be investigating the way that rhythm works in different musical pieces and how to keep in time with a beat.

We will be investigating the role of community in our lives and to embrace diversity.



We will be investigating forces, conducting experiments to show what has an effect on their strength and using different methods to measure results.

All children are expected to do private reading at home and also to practise their spellings and multiplication tables. There will be a weekly spelling and maths test which is set on Monday.
In the children's homework books there is a set of tasks for them to do weekly- their homework books must be brought into class each week to be marked.

If you ever feel you need to speak to me about your child or about his/her education, please find me at the end of the day, or send a letter into school with your child, and I will be happy to speak to you.
Mrs Maginnis


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