Year 5 2018 - 2019

Mr Bebbington

AutumnTerm 2018 | Year 5 (Mr Bebbington / Mrs Seddon)

(Last updated September 28th, 2018) : Can you spot any spelling mistakes we've missed? Let us know for a dojo!

"Welcome to our class page! This page contains the latest information for Year 5 in the Autumn Term."

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NEW TRY THIS: Super Spelling Practise

How does this work? 

Click on the link > Choose a year group category > Choose a spelling pattern from the list of options on the next page > Play the game

How does the game work?

Click the link to start practising. The words on the right will disappear, and one of these will appear in a box. As soon as you start to try typing the word, it also disappears - and you have to remember how to spell the rest of the word. After this, press enter, and the next word will appear.

When you have tried all the words from this list, you will be shown which are correct or wrong. The more you play, the faster you will find you get, and the better you will remember the spelling patterns!

Topic focus: Terrible Tudors & Slimy Stuarts

NEW Monday 12th November, 2018 - TUDOR CRIMES & PUNISHMENTS


Kings and queens in the Tudor family ruled England from 1485-1603.
Both King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I belonged to the Tudor family.

During the time that the Tudor kings and queens reigned, a lot was happening in England. People were discovering more about the world through exploration, the Church of England was founded, England got a good reputation for having a strong Navy, more people were able to go to school and learn lots of different things, and art and music became an important part of culture.

We will be focusing on an important character from this time period, John Gerard, who was born in Nantwich and became a famous Botanist, as well as finding out about some amazing hidden secrets within our local town.


Science Focus: Earth and Space

Pupils will be taught to:

  • describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • use the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

Pupils should be introduced to a model of the Sun and Earth that enables them to explain day and night. Pupils should learn that the Sun is a star at the centre of our solar system and that it has eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (Pluto was reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006). They should understand that a moon is a celestial body that orbits a planet (Earth has one moon; Jupiter has four large moons and numerous smaller ones).

Note: Pupils should be warned that it is not safe to look directly at the Sun, even when wearing dark glasses.


Class Story: Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Synopsis (The Blurb!)

Jim Jarvis is a runaway. When his mother dies, Jim is all alone in the workhouse and is desperate to escape. But, London in the 1860s is a dangerous and lonely place for a small boy and life is a constant battle for survival. Just when Jim finds some friends, he is snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever be free? Jim's gripping adventure is based on the true story of the orphan whose plight inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his famous children's refuge. "A terrific adventure story, heart-warmingly poignant and a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. A magnificent story for the over-tens."

- Daily Mail.


“A brilliant and moving book.” Julia Golding, award-winning author of ‘The Diamond of Drury Lane’


Our Year 5 pupils had a huge success in the final week of September, with all those taking part either passing their Bikeability or successfully learning how to ride a bike confidently the first time - bravo!


Swimming -
On Friday afternoons we will be taking part in swimming lessons at 1.15pm

Brass Instrument Tuition -
What a wonderful opportunity to learn how to play cornets, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums and baritones with Mr. Birch from the Love Music Trust! Our pupils will be hoping to perform once a term, culminating in a trip to the world-renowned Hallé Orchestra in the Summer, to play alongside those world-famous musicians!

Times-Table Rockstars -
Your child has an account on Times-Table Rockstars and should be practising on increasing their rock speed, though they may train in the garage area of the site to earn virtual coins and gain confidence (these coins are only used to change the appearance of their rock star's avatar, and have no actual monetary value.) Here is the direct link to the website:

Improving Reading Comprehension Online -
Your child also has an account on, an excellent website designed to test your child on a variety of reading extracts and quizzes based on these, which then tracks your child's progress and makes decisions on whether to increase or decrease the difficulty of the texts based on their answering of the comprehension exercises. Ask your child about our readtheory display outside the Year 5 classroom!



Other useful information:

Contacting me: Please use the usual lines of enquiry (either in person at the end of the day, or via the school office and also via the Class Dojo messaging system*).

*If you have any technical issues with Class Dojo, please let me know and I'll try and resolve them as soon as I can.

Water bottles: Pupils should bring a water bottle to school and take it home each weekend for cleaning. The pupils are asked to change the water in the bottle and refill it each day.

Raincoats: Keep your eyes on the weather forecast - some children are still coming to school without a coat and having to talk in the rain at hometime. Please remember we are in the autumn term and heading to winter.

Snacks / Bacon rolls: Snacks are available at break every day, and bacon rolls for £1 on Friday's. You may pay for your child's bacon roll, should they wish one, via the online payment system.

Reading diaries / Reading books: The children should be becoming more conscientious in the amount of independent reading they do, as well as having opportunities to read to yourselves. Please keep an eye on your child's reading diary, to ensure they or you are writing the name of their current reading book, when they read, and which pages. It helps us a lot to track how much reading is going on, how often, and where we can target support. Thank you for your help in this! Pupils receive rewards for reading 25, 40 or 65 books in a cyclical reward system throughout the school year.

Homework: Weekly homework includes time to test yourself on TT Rockstars and ReadTheory, but your child also receives a spelling list and a half-termly Dojo Homework Project Challenge list. We will check through the homework books regularly, and talk with the pupils about the standards within them, giving dojo points where merited. Please remind them of the importance of not misplacing or mistreating their homework books. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me and I'll do my best to answer them.

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