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Upton Junior School

One Childhood - One Chance

Year 5 Weekly Update - Friday 21st April 2023

What a super start to Term 5! The children have come back rejuvenated and revitalised, and have thrown themselves in to their learning this week! ​ ​

Key Messages:

  • This 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, the children have the opportunity to take part in the Poetry Towers poetry competition. This homework will be due in on 05.05.23. The information is as follows:

Enter this poetry competition and have the opportunity for your poem to be published in a real book! 

How to enter - Each child will have gone home today with an entry form. Children need to write their poem, names, age and school on their entry form and hand them into their teachers. 

Unleash your imagination and creativity. Your poems can be on any theme and in any style; it can link to your topics if you'd like or just be something you are interested in. From animals, hobbies or your idols. You will have the opportunity to get your poem into a REAL book! 


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. ​ ​


In English this week we read 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 created their own non-chronological reports about space, using a range of organisational features. 

Next week, the children will dive in to our new text 'Cosmic', which we began reading this week. They will be writing a setting description, based on Liam's view of space.


This week in maths we began our learning of shape by exploring degrees and angles.

Next week we will be taking this learning further, using protractors to measure and draw angles. ​ ​

Thematic Curriculum:

During our thematic curriculum this week the children have taken part in both 'Good to be Me' day and RE day. The children demonstrated a good level of maturity when discussing the relevant topics.

Next week we will be starting our new topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’, which will be a space-based topic, with our stunning start taking place on Tuesday! 



Below is the Year 5 newsletter that outlines what we are covering this term in each subject.


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Upton Junior School
Edge End Road
CT10 2AH

(01843) 861393