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Elm Wood Primary School

Welcome to Year 5 Class 11

Helping the children on their learning journey this year are:

Class Teacher: Mrs.Hession

Teaching Assistants: Mrs.Butterworth, Miss.Hall

This half term the children are going to be learning about 'South America.'


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In Literacy, the children will be exploring the plot, characters and key themes in the Shakespeare play 'Macbeth.'

Macbeth In Plain and Simple English (A Modern Translation and the Original  Version) (Classics Retold: 4) eBook : Shakespeare, William, BookCaps: Kindle Store

We will be looking at the following areas of the play: 

  • The three witches
  • Daggers for King Duncan
  • King of Scotland—Banquet for Banquo
  • Preparing for battle
  • Dumbain


  • In Maths this half-term we are going to be focusing on the following areas: 

  • Place value
  • Roman Numerals/ Negative numbers
  • Addition and subtraction—Rounding to check answers.
  • Multiplication and division
  • Measures—Area
  • Reflections and translations
  • Geometry

Telling the time can be an area which children can find quite challenging. We would appreciate your help in encouraging your child to tell the time and to question them on differences of times, for example: how many minutes until it is dinner time?

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In Science this half-term the children will be continuing to explore 'Forces.'

  • Gravity - objects falling to Earth
  • Air Resistance
  • Pulley mechanisms
  • Friction
  • Friction and surfaces
  • Forces investigation - working scientifically 


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This half term the topic us largely Geography based and we are exploring the following:

  • Where is Brazil? An identification of the human and physical features.
  • The Brazilian climate in comparison to the UK.
  • Urbanisation 
  • The indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest.
  • What is lie like in Brazil?


Spelling and homework

Children are given spellings on Monday every week to learn and their spelling test is on Friday.

All children are now following the Rising Stars Spelling Programme. This is a Programme tailored to teach the statutory Year 5 spellings. Each week children will record the spelling rule in their spelling book, and we will be also learning about this in class.

Topic Homework - A sheet with various topic homework tasks will be stuck on the inside of the children's topic homework book. The children can choose any of the activities to complete for their homework and this will be due on a Monday. 


Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to come and speak to a member of the Year 5 Team if you have any queries.