Red Hall Primary

Red Hall

Primary School

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Believe and Achieve

Year 5

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”
– A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

In Year 5 our teacher is Miss Banks and our amazing teaching assistant is Miss Clemmons. They want every child in the class to achieve their full potential and make good progress! In class 5 we love books and love to read for pleasure. We really enjoy our topic work – we can’t wait to be inspired and produce some fabulous pieces of writing and creative art work.

How your child is learning at home is very important. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email the School, and we will help you as best we can.


In English this half term, we are focusing on many different types of writing: including writing a newspaper report and an argument text before moving onto character description. Currently, we are looking at character description. We have loved having Miss Snowdon join us in some of our lessons, creating extra challenge and unpicking creative vocabulary. Our key areas of grammar this half term include:

  • Show not tell
  • Apostrophe for possession and omission
  • Comma’s in a list and to mark a clause.
  • Figurative language – metaphor, simile, personification
  • Ambitious vocabulary


This half term we are moving onto measure. We will be focusing on the following areas:

  • Convert units of measure – km/m, cm/m, g/kg, l/ml
  • Measure the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in cm and m
  • Estimate volume and capacity
  • Calculate the area of squares and rectangles
  • Solve problems including converting measures, including time

This term is going to be very practical and hands on. Children will be outside to aid their learning with volume and capacity, using water and measuring tools to allow them to physically see measurement.


In Science we have been looking at the changes in materials. We were really lucky to have York University come and work with the children to understand reversible and irreversible changes that can happen in materials, e.g. dissolving salt in water before evaporating the water to show the salt again. The children engaged brilliantly with this topic and have shown great enthusiasm.

We are now moving on to look at animals, including humans and the natural changes that happen through life.


Our new topic theme is “Dream Big.”

The children will be looking at Kings and Queens. I look forward to see where the children will take this – following their interests to guide learning.


  • Homework has been reviewed!! Please see below the expectations for your child’s homework:
    • Your child will read at least 3 times a week to an adult at home. Reading to or with your child is invaluable and will help them so much with their progress in reading. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together.
    • Your child will access TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) regularly at home. I cannot stress how important knowing your times table facts is! If your child is fluent in this recall, they will be able to access a range of mathematical concepts much easier in school. Please support us in this and encourage your child to take some time over the weekend accessing this fantastic, fun resource!
    • Spellings will be sent home fortnightly. Developing your child’s spelling skills will improve confidence in writing.
    • Every half term, there will be a Topic Project Grid. This will be something that you can work on with your child, or allow them to do themselves if they wish to. Not all tasks will be required to be complete, meaning that your child can select a few which appeal to them. For each project I will provide more details when projects are sent home.

      PE expectations

    • Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit (except a Friday when we go swimming, where they should have their costume underneath their uniform)  This must be a white t-shirt and red shorts. If your child will be having PE lessons outside, they may wear tracksuit bottoms however indoors, they are required to wear shorts. Earrings MUST be removed for safety purposes.


Key Dates

This half-term we have some key dates coming up..

  • Wednesday 27th April 2022: Easter Afternoon Tea
  • Monday 2nd May 2022: Bank Holiday
  • Wednesday 11th May 2022: Paper and Tin – English Touring Opera
  • Monday 16th May 2022: Spanish Lessons @ EV
  • Friday 27th May 2022: PD Day
  • Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 3rd June May 2022: Half Term

Useful Websites

Times Table Rockstars –

MyOn –