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Elm Wood Primary School

Welcome to Year 5 Class 11

Class Teacher - Miss Richardson

TA: Mrs Jackson/Mrs Hartley


Important information:

*PE will take place on Tuesday so please ensure your child has an indoor kid*

Spellings and homework

Your child will be given spellings and homework in their learning log on Friday every week. Our spelling test is on the following Friday, which gives them a full week to prepare and practise at home.

Please ensure your child's Learning log is completed and in class for Wednesday (Thursday at the latest).



Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.

Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and old-aged artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part!

Become an apprentice and work for Ramose; he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey to the afterlife.

Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you’ll find?



In English this half term the children will be learning through a range of writing styles.

The children will be learning to:

  • En W C 1b - Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • En W C 3b - Propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • En W C 1a - Identify the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • En W C 1c - In writing narratives, consider how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed.


During this topic the children will be reading a range of non-fiction texts about the Pharaoh’s in order to research facts about Ancient Egypt. We will also be reading a wide range of different genres during daily guided reading sessions.



This half term the children will be focusing on various aspects of mathematics:

  • Place value of numbers up to 6 digits.
  • Place value of decimal numbers.
  • Mental addition and subtraction.
  • Measuring and drawing angles.
  • Finding the area and perimeter.
  • Written method for addition and subtraction.


History – A main focus of this topic will be history. The children will be to research historical events, create timelines remembering key facts from a period of history and organise and record relevant information that describe specific events about Ancient Egypt.

Geography – Researching human and physical features of Egypt and the River Nile and finding out about tourism.

Science For Science this half term the children will participate in a number of Love to Investigate tasks throughout the term.

Computing – The children will be creating eBooks using the iPads and the app ‘bookcreator’.

Art & Design – Drawing artefacts, designing and making headwear and making hieroglyphic amulets.

Design & Technology – Making clay water carriers, looking at Egyptian food and crafting model tombs and pyramids.

PSHCE Discussing moral issues, looking at our British Values, finding out customs and beliefs and role-playing Egyptian citizens.

P.E – PE will be on Tuesday Afternoon so the children will need to bring in appropriate kit for this session. The focus for Term 1 is Gymnastics so will take place in the hall, so the children will need an indoor kit.

R.E – Discussing different ‘Miracle’ stories and their meaning.

French – The children will be going onto the third year of learning French. They will focus on basic sentences to do with feelings, family and life.