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Year 5 Spelling List

Welcome to our Year 5 class page at Church Vale Primary School. Mr Toon and Mrs Berney will be your Year 5 staff for the 2022/23 academic year. Below is some useful information which will keep you updated throughout the year. 



Reading and homework per week:

Reading x 3

Times Tables x 5


Forest School (outdoor clothing) on Tuesday

PE kit (white t-shirt, blue or black shorts/joggers) on Thursday



We have PE on Thursday morning with our fantastic sports coach, Tom from Express Coaching. Children should wear a plain white t-shirt and black or dark blue shorts or joggers. PE kit should be bought in a bag this year. Children cannot take part in PE lessons if they are wearing jewellery (including earrings and watches). 



Children in Year 5 & 6 begin to take more responsibility for their everyday reading, but at this age group, it is still crucial that children have an adult to read to and also an adult who can read to them. Many children at this age may be able to decode and recognise words instantly but when you listen to your children read, please ask them questions about the book they are reading - the understanding of the text is what children will eventually be tested on. Talking about books and showing enthusiasm towards reading is an invaluable tool and this is the best way to help our children become excited about new and challenging books. We expect our children to read at least 3 times per week. When they reach certain milestones they will receive rewards which they very much look forward to! Please bring your reading folders to school everyday.



Each week, your child will have spellings and times tables to learn. In school, we tend to use a fun and engaging website/app called SpellingShed to practise our spellings. Children can also access this at home. We will have spelling and times tables tests on Friday mornings so please support your child to learn these. The most effective approaches usually involve learning a few spellings at the start of the week, practising these and adding more words until they are confident in all of them. They will also have times tables to practise as well as optional creative tasks. An optional homework menu can be found below. This should be submitted over Seesaw and children will receive house points for completing each task. We also expect children to complete their times tables each week. This can be done orally, written on paper, or on Times Tables Rockstars. Once children reach a milestone, they will be rewarded with a fun afternoon at the end of term.


Topic Subjects

In the Autumn term, we be learning all about the world of the Ancient Maya. Our science topic is Earth and Space. Our book for this term is 'Crater Lake' by Jennifer Killick. An exciting and thrilling piece of literature that sees a group of Year 6 pupils embark on a school trip that will change their lives forever!



We are determined Year 5 will be the greatest year so far of your child's education. If you have any queries, ideas or questions you can contact me via email (the link can be found on this page) or through our Facebook page.


Kind Regards,

Mr Toon


Year 5 Core Book List (including links)

Y5 Non-negotiable spellings

Here are some books which are recommended for Year 5 and 6 children. The document includes a brief summary of the book, children's reviews, some words from the author and an extract from the text itself!

Do you have any questions, ideas or queries?

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me! Mr Toon

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