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Year 5 - Maple Class

Welcome to the Maple Class Page

We had a wonderful start to the year in Maple and we're looking forward to the second half of the Spring term. Please find below some information which you will hopefully find useful over the next half term.

School Day Reminders

  • The school day for Maple class begins at 8.45am and ends at 3.30pm
  • PE will now be on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • No nut products to be brought into school please

Dates for Your Diary

Monday 26th February - half term begins

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

Friday 15th March - Red Nose Day

Monday 25th March & Wednesday 27th March - Parents' Evenings

Thursday 28th March - School closes for Easter 


A reminder about online safety:

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at 

Please find below some information which you will hopefully find useful during the first half of the Spring term: please look at the curriculum section of our website to view more information about our curriculum.

Year 5 - Maple Class Curriculum


This half term we will be finishing 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty, a novel set in London in the 1860's. It is based on the true story of an orphan whose plight inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his famous children's refuge. Then we will move on to 'Varmints' by Helen Ward, the story of a lonely varmint, living in an idyllic world that is suddenly destroyed by the arrival of a grey, high rise city. Striking illustrations and evocative text tell the mysterious tale of a threatened natural world and a hopeful new start. 


The children will receive a new spelling list each Monday and will be tested on these spellings on the following Thursday.

We will practice these spellings together in school throughout the week but you can also find an overview for this half term below so that you can support your child's learning at home.


Fluency in reading is hugely important for so many reasons, from the ability to independently research things of interest to the joy of 'getting lost' in a brilliant story.

In addition to the reading practice at school, there is an expectation that children in Year 5 read for 15 minutes each day at home. 

We also provide a Home Reader book each week which is changed every Thursday.

We also visit the school library every other Thursday to give the children the opportunity to choose a book to read either in school or at home. Children are welcome to borrow their chosen book for longer than one week if additional time is needed.


In Maths this half term we will study

  • Percentages - with equivalent fractions and decimals
  • Geometry - finding and measuring angles, drawing lines and angles, solving problems involving angles in quadrilaterals, investigating polygons.


Our new Science topic is Life Cycles.

We will describe the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. We will learn how humans change as they grow to old age. We will investigate the life cycle and process of reproduction in some plants and animals. We will also find out about the work of the primatologist Jane Goodall. 


Extreme Environments - Deserts.  We will locate deserts of the world on a map using an atlas. We will investigate the features of deserts, both hot and cold, and research several different desert areas. We will learn about the animals that live there and the people that make it their home, finding out how they manage to survive.


We will learn about Lent and make links with times of fasting, preparation and repentance in other faiths. We will then read the Easter story and learn why Christians believe Easter is a celebration of victory.


Our PE days will be Tuesdays and Fridays this half term. Tuesdays will be taught by the specialist sports coach and Fridays will be taught by Mr Beck.

For PE lessons, your child will need: either a school logo PE shirt or a plain white or pale blue t shirt (no football shirts, please), black or royal blue shorts or plain black or navy leggings and pumps or trainers.

A plain black or navy tracksuit will be useful in colder weather.

Please ensure PE bags and items of kit are clearly labelled with your child's name.

For safety, long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over (tape is provided by school; please provide your child's hair bobble).


In Computing sessions we will be looking at Databases.