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Year 5 - Maple Class

Welcome to the Maple Class Page

We hope that you've all had a lovely Easter and are ready for the new term ahead!

Mrs Holt (Mon-Wed) & Mrs Newby (Wed-Fri).

Dates For Your Diary:

  • Monday 5th June: Summer 2 term starts.
  • Wednesday 7th June: class photos
  • Friday 9th June: Samba sessions in school led by Mrs Geelan. Parents are invited to watch at 2:45pm
  • Week beginning Monday 19th June: Assessment week
  • Tuesday 27th June: MAT choir performance at the Parish Church
  • Wednesday 28th June: Maple Class trip to Hollingworth Lake – please refer our previous letter. Please pay the contribution of £45 by Friday 23rd June to ensure that the trip can proceed.
  • Tuesday 11th July: Sports Day (afternoon)
  • Thursday 13th July: Move up morning 10:15-11:45
  • Friday 14th July: Summer Fair after school
  • Friday 21st July: End of term - school closes at 2:30pm

A reminder about online safety:

If you are 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 autumn term: please look at the curriculum section of our website to view more information about our curriculum.

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Year 5 - Maple Class Curriculum


We will study a book called Shackleton’s Journey which is a non-fiction text about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s amazing and miraculous adventure to the Antarctic on a ship called Endurance. After that, we will be exploring poetry from a collection called ‘Cosmic Disco’ and will extend our writing skills in a project about dragons.


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

There will be opportunities to practise these spellings in school throughout the week but you can also find a collection of these lists 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. 

All children have access to Bug Club (please contact school if you need a reminder of your child's login details) which has lots of amazing fiction and non-fiction books at your child's reading level and we also provide a Home Reader book each week which is changed every Friday.

We also visit the school library each Tuesday afternoon 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.


Our main Maths topics for this term include:

  • to understand and find the volume of solids
  • to convert units of volume
  • to investigate Shape
  • to read and write Roman numerals to 1000
  • to revise and consolidate key Year 5 maths topics for a smooth transition into Year 6.


Our new Science topic is Types of Change and will include the study of:

  • the processes of melting, burning and dissolving
  • reversible and irreversible changes
  • how to separate mixtures including sieving, filtering and evaporation.


Our PE days will be a Monday and Thursday this half term.

We will be developing our netball and athletics skills.

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).


We will be exploring the themes 'Women in the Bible’ and ‘Change the World’ this half term. We will be exploring the stories of some key (but perhaps not as well known) women and the challenges and obstacles they faced. Finally, we will follow some key lines of enquiry and reflect on how we would like the world to change so that it is a better place to live for everyone across the world.


Miss Brooks from Technola will continue to deliver computing on a Wednesday afternoon. The children were really amazed with all of the spreadsheet skills they were learning last half term!


Our PSHE focus will be on Rights and Respect. We will also continue to use resources from My Happy Mind each week.

Cross-Curricular Topic

Our last topic in Year 5 is What Makes Manchester Great? Our studies will include:

  • why people initially settled in Manchester
  • how Manchester has changed over time
  • what Manchester is famous for
  • why the worker bee is an important symbol for Manchester

Mrs Newby will be leading our class music lessons on Thursday afternoons and will be teaching the children some fun and catchy songs linked to our topic.

Home Learning Challenges

Our new set of challenges were sent on home before half term and are due to be returned by Tuesday 4th July. We can't wait to see some more fantastic pieces of learning!