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Welcome to Newtown Class (Year 5)

Teacher: Miss White
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lockey

Click here to see Newtown Curriculum Overview 19-20.docx

This is an outline of what we will be doing throughout the year in each of the curriculum areas. 

For more details about what your children will be learning during the Autumn Term, click here.

What an opportunity! We were very lucky to visit Emma Carroll, author of two of our books we will be studying this year, at the Octagon Theatre. We learnt a great deal about how she writes her stories and what makes her write about the topic that she chooses. The children were able to ask questions about the writing process and they were also given the opportunity to meet Emma whilst she signed their books. 

Myself and Mrs Lockey are very much looking forward to the year ahead. As your child is now in Upper Key Stage Two the expectations will be higher to prepare your child for SATs and also the journey on to secondary school.

Home Learning:             

The expectation of reading at home at least 3 times a week with a signature from parents still continues from previous years. Reading has a huge impact on your child’s writing progression, and it is important not to just read with your child but to have a conversation about what your child is reading and also address any vocabulary that is not understood or is unfamiliar. We endeavour to listen to your child read at least once a week in school hours. There will be a weekly spelling list that your child is expected to learn, and they will be tested on this on a weekly basis. The spellings will not be read out for the test and therefore your child will need to remember these. Times tables will also be tested on a weekly basis. By the end of year 4 all children should know their times tables up to 12x12 from memory. These are a fundamental part of their mathematics progression.

Maths and English homework will be sent home on a Friday and be due in the following Wednesday. These tasks should take your child anywhere between 30-60 minutes. I am very happy to help any child who is struggling but they must come and see me before the hand in date. This is their responsibility!


-Home learning journals must be present in school everyday.

-Curriculum PE will take place on a Monday and Friday, however their PE kit should be in school everyday as we endeavour to be undertaking the Golden Mile on a daily basis.

-8 week swimming course @ Sherborne Boys School 20th November 19- 22nd January 20 Inc.- All children will attend unless medical evidence can be provided as to why they cannot participate.

-This term’s topic is Ancient Egypt, where we will be visiting the Tutankhamun Museum in Dorchester later in the term.

 We operate an open-door policy in Newtown Class, therefore if you have any queries or problems that you wish to discuss please do not hesitate to come and see me.

 Miss C White and Mrs A Lockey.


Below are the books that we will use in our English lessons each half term. Please feel free to purchase the books for your child if you wish so that they can follow along when we are using them in class (this is not a necessity.) However, please do not let your child read these books ahead of the half term as this would spoil the unit of work.