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Upton Junior School

Upton Junior School

One Childhood - One Chance

Year 5 weekly update 11/11/22

Homework tasks:

Cross curricular homework due 16.11.22

Reading daily

TTRS daily

MyMaths and Spelling Shed due 18.11.22

Year 5 Weekly News 

Key Messages:

  • Monday is PE for all of Year 5. Please send the children in wearing their PE kit.
  • Thursday is swimming for 5R and 5Y. Please ensure that full swimming kit is brought in on that day. If your child cannot take part, please contact their teacher or the office to explain why.
  • Reminder to ensure children are reading at home and bringing in their reading records.
  • Please ensure children are wearing correct school uniform and shoes.
  • Please ensure children are bringing in their water bottles.


Home Learning:

Home Learning Task:

This week we have been doing geography in the afternoons. We have located China on a map and then created our own map of China labelling the capital city, megacities and key landmarks. This week for your homework we would like you to complete some further research one of the following landmarks, that we located in China; Terracotta Army, Mount Everest, The Forbidden City, Portala Palace or Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Please do not research The Great Wall of China or The Three Gorges Dam as we will be learning more about these next week. We would like you to create a fact file on a landmark.

Homework is due in on WEDNESDAY.


Minimum 3x a week. Reading record must be signed by an adult. Can be completed on your own or with your parents.

Spelling Shed:

Once a week – Friday to Friday. 

Tasks will be completed online, with new tasks set every week.

Tasks will always follow the spellings being taught in class that week. 

 Times Tables Rock Stars:

Minimum 3x a week.

Can be completed on tablets, laptops or mobile phones though the app or the website.

 My Maths:

Once a week – Friday to Friday.

Tasks will be completed online, with new tasks set every week.

Tasks will always follow the subjects being taught in class that week.


This week, we completed our instructions for our amazing fireworks. We then read some more of the book and discussed how Hamlet, the white elephant, was being mistreated. We wrote a letter to Chulak to persuade him to start treating Hamlet with the respect that he deserves. We used strong, emotional language to persuade Chulak. 

Next week we will create a diorama of a jungle and then write a setting description describing the journey down the river through the jungle.



This week in maths, we started our fractions unit. We learnt about equivalent fractions and then used multiplication and division to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and then mixed numbers into improper fractions.

Next week, we will continue with our unit on fractions.


Thematic Curriculum:

This week we have been doing geography in the afternoon. We started the week by discussing what we already know about China (we knew quite a bit already as we are lucky enough to learn Mandarin as our Modern Foreign Language). We then located China on a map and created our own maps of China locating the capital city, megacities and key landmarks. We then learnt about the daily life of a typical Chinese child and compared it to our own. We created a comic strip to show this.

We finished the week with Remembrance Day. We spent the whole day completing activities to commemorate remembrance day. First we started the day by reading the poem 'In Flanders Field'. We discussed the history of remembrance day and how this helps us to understand the poem. We then wrote a story linked to the poem, imagining that we were in the poppy fields picking poppy's and each poppy transported us to a memory from one of the soldiers that died in the field. We were amazed by the emotional and create pieces of writing that came from this! We then completed some remembrance day themed maths by budgeting for soldiers uniform. We finished the day by learning about the local history surrounding remembrance day and creating a beautiful piece of artwork.

Next week, we will continue to do geography and learn about The Great Wall of China and The Three Gorges Dam. We will also start to do some History and learn about trade in China.

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Upton Junior School
Edge End Road
CT10 2AH

(01843) 861393