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Weekly News - Friday 31.03.2023

Year 5 Weekly News 31.03.23 ​

Key Messages:

  • On Wednesday afternoon the children will receive a talk from staff at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
  • Next term, 5B and 5G will be swimming and doing PE in the same afternoons- Thursday. The children need to come into school wearing their PE kits and bring full swimming kit in on this day. If your child cannot take part, please contact the office or their teacher to explain why.  
  • 5R and 5Y will be doing PE on Monday, so please ensure that children come in with their PE kits on.
  • Reminder to ensure children are reading at home and bringing in their reading records daily.
  • Please ensure children are wearing correct school uniform and shoes.
  • Please ensure children are bringing in their water bottles.
  • Children should bring an extra pair of shoes to change into at break and lunch should they wish to use the field.

Home Learning:

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to showcase all of the incredible learning you’ve done this term about the Maya!

You can get creative here and present it however you would like! You could make a poster, a documentary style film at home, a clay-animation video, a doubled page spread with pictures; the options are endless. Get creative! Please ensure this homework is completed and brought into school by Wednesday 19th April 2023.


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.

Safety on the Trains

This week Year 5 took a trip to Margate railway station to learn about being safe on the railway. The children engaged in a variety of activities and learned a lot from the guides we met whilst they were there. After taking a fun quiz about some railway information, the children explored the station with their guide to identify key areas, as well as identifying and discussing potential hazards on a model railway! ​


In English this week we concluded our text ‘Street Child’. The children were fully immersed in the story and were sad that it ended! We created newspaper reports based on the establishment of the Barnardos charity, which the book is based on.

For the first week of next term we will be reading a series of non-fiction texts about space, linking to the start of our new topic in the thematic curriculum. Using this information, the children will create their own information texts.


This week in maths we completed our statistics unit by learning about time tables. We then reviewed our KIRFs and consolidated our arithmetic skills.

Next term we will be starting our learning of shape by exploring degrees and angles. ​

Thematic Curriculum:

During our thematic curriculum this week the children concluded their learning about the Maya. They created and delivered a series of presentations to explore daily life in the Maya and explored a variety of theories about the mass abandonment of Mayan cities. Their oracy skills have shone this week through delivering these presentations in small groups! The children also completed their end of unit assessment to round-off our topic.

Next term we will be starting our new topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’, which will be a space-based topic!

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Upton Junior School
Edge End Road
CT10 2AH

(01843) 861393