Year 5 WEEK BEGINNING 7/12/15

Christmas week 1


This week we have had a heavy learning focus exploring the theme of Christmas! We launched our Christmas unit by watching and take part of Year 4’s excellent Nativity play and by studying the Icon of the Nativity!

We have also focussed on the following:

Showing how the belief in the coming of Christ shapes the lives of Christians – this was a great opportunity to reflect on our own lives and behaviour! We then linked this to John the Baptist and why he is important in teaching Christians how to prepare for the return of Jesus.

We studied in great depth the importance of the 3 wise men in the Nativity story. In particular, we recognised that the special gifts brought by the 3 wise men were significant and symbolic!

This then led us to learning about why the shepherds were chosen by God to visit baby Jesus. We are now able to explain the significance of the shepherd visiting the baby Jesus with reference to the Bible!

Furthermore, we explored how Jesus is viewed according to other main religions/within other religion’s Holy Books. We focussed on Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism with what they think about Jesus in comparison to the Christian faith.


Each day, the children were given up to 45 minutes to complete a mathematics test. These tests were completed under ‘SATS style conditions’.

Day 1: Number and Place Value

Day 2: Addition and Subtraction

Day 3: Multiplication and Division

Day 4: Fractions including decimals and percentages.

We also focussed on practicing our times tables.

Home Learning:

In year 5 we would like the children to be constantly practicing their times tables, number bonds, spellings and reading.

We suggest a minimum of 30mins of reading each day; this will consolidate strategies learnt in the class and ultimately make the children better and more confident readers.

It would be beneficial to practice number bonds at least three times a week. Number bonds are two number that add together to make another; for example 394+606, 8+2, 65+35.

We advise that the children need to practice their times tables regularly in order to support their knowledge and understanding when performing operations (times and divide).

Please click on the following link to explain the Spellodrome and Mathletics Home Learning.

Week beginning 7.12.15

All home learning tasks (Spelling and Numeracy) are due in:

18th December 2015