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Welcome to Olive Class


Class Teacher: Mrs Parfrey

During the spring term, our project question is "Why do people want to live in the land of the free?”  We will explore the cities of North and South America before focusing on the geographical features of North America and consider why refugees want to move to the USA. 

Click the map of America to get your learning off to a head start!

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In English, we will be writing our own flashbacks based on "KIng Kong" by Anthony Browne.  We will be enhancing our description using similes and metaphors as well as punctuating speech accurately and using modal verbs.

Our class book is "Stormbreaker" by our class author Anthony Horowitz.

King Kong: Amazon.co.uk: Browne, Anthony: 9780552553841: Books

Use this website at home to help your child with their grammar skills.......


... and this one for spelling practice.




In Maths, we will be exploring fractions, decimals and percentages, including adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and writing fractions as decimals.  Rapid recall of times tables makes converting fractions much easier, you can help your child with this by encouraging them to use TT Rockstars at home as well as in school.


Here are some links for games to help improve your mental maths skills.

Push the Button - times tables, doubles and halves and number bonds.

Loop Cards - addition and subtraction facts, doubles and halves and times tables.

Woodlands Junior - lots of different maths games to improve your mental maths.




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During the spring term we will be asking "Why do people want to live in the land of the free?"

We'll be exploring

  • the countries and cities that can be found in North and South America
  • the geographical features of North America
  • which goods America trades
  • what do we mean by natural resources and how these are distributed
  • why people become refugees and why they want to live in America

Science-changes and properties of materials

Our science lessons will have a chemistry focus as we investigate the changes and properties of materials.  We'll be conducting fair tests, considering whether changes are reversible or irreversible, classifying materials according to their properties and separating mixtures.


Useful Information

PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday each week. Please ensure that your child’s full PE kit (a blue Dallam PE polo shirt, black shorts and trainers) are in school every week.  Black tracksuit bottoms may be worn in winter.

Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school so that they can have a drink during the day.

Times tables are to be done each school night (5 nights per week) and record books signed.

Homework will go out on a Friday and is to be returned on the following Friday, giving the children 1 week to complete it. This homework should take no longer than 30 minutes.  Homework is set on Google Classroom or in children's homework books.

Reading records need to be signed each time your child reads or logs onto Oxford Reading Buddy. Please make sure that these are in school every Thursday. Remember in Year 5, children are expected to read every day, including guiding reading texts which are set on Google Classroom.

Please support your child by ensuring they complete all their homework tasks.

Additional Information

As well as their set homework, you can also help your child by encouraging them to use Oxford Reading Buddy, TT Rockstars, Purple Mash and any of the other websites listed below to help enhance their learning. 

Oxford Reading Buddy

Sign In | Oxford Reading Buddy (oup.com)

TT Rockstars


Purple Mash


Spelling Training


Times Table Games


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