Year 5 Weekly Update – 14/10/22

Dear Parents,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your generous Harvest donations, which are displayed in our classrooms and will be delivered to the local food bank soon.

We started our week focussing on the importance of our mental health. We discussed what mental health is and looked at strategies to deal with difficult situations (for example: taking deep breaths, counting to 5 and talking to someone you trust).

In English, we have been writing our mystery stories. We have been trying to use different narrative techniques, such as, expanded noun phrases, short sentences to build suspense and a variety of Alan Peat sentences.

In Maths, we have been using the inverse operations to solve addition and subtraction problems. We have been comparing calculations and using this to help us solve balanced equations.

In RE, we have been learning about ‘The Ramayana’, an important ancient Indian story. We focussed on the story of Rama and Sita and their triumph over the evil demon Ravana.

This will support the children with their Diwali dance workshop that they will participate in next week.

Next week

In English, we will be researching the role of a pharaoh and writing a fact file about a pharaoh. We will be focussing on two pharaohs: Tutankhamun and Nefertiti. It would be helpful if your child researched these pharaohs before next week.

In Maths, we will be starting a new unit on ‘Multiplication and Division.’ It is really important that your child is accessing Time Table Rockstars at home in order for them to have quick recall of their multiplication facts.

In RE, we will be learning about Harvest Festival, what it is and how we celebrate it at St. Catherine’s. Harvest Festival teaches us the value of sharing and giving to those who are not so fortunate.

Support at home

This week in our spelling lessons we have been learning about homophones and how we use them in sentences.

Please find attached the homophones in sentences to help your child practise this weeks spellings.











Times Table Rock Stars

Please continue to encourage your child to use Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) at home.


5G: 46, 063

6S: 43, 566

6M: 25, 082

5MG: 6,774

6S managed to answer more questions correctly so therefore are the winners of last week’s tournament.

There will be no tournament set this weekend, however we would like all children to use TTRS over the next week as it will help for our next math’s unit.


On Tuesday, Mrs Turner launched our new reading challenge titled ‘Read Around the World’. The children are very keen to start this challenge- we look forward to hearing about the books they are reading.

Children need to read at least five times weekly for twenty minutes. Children in Year 5 still really benefit from being read to and having discussions about the books they are reading.

Next Week –

PE: Wednesday and Thursday

Forest school:  5MG- Wednesday    5G- Tuesday

Diwali workshop- Thursday

Please support your child in practising their lines for the Harvest Assembly.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Georgiou, Ms Groom and Mrs McDonagh