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Upton Junior School

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Year 5 Weekly News - Friday 22.09.23

We have had a fabulous week in Year 5 this week. Here is April with her unique take on this term's homework challenge. Let's have a look at what else we have been up to…

This week's Kindness Cup winners are: 5B – Elexis     5G – Max     5R – Danny     5Y – Felix

We are so proud of all of you for showing such kindness.

Key Messages:

  • Monday is PE for all of Year 5. Please send the children in wearing their PE kit.
  • Thursday is swimming for 5B and 5G. 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 daily.
  • Please ensure children are wearing correct school uniform and shoes, including a tie.
  • Please ensure children are bringing in their water bottles, preferably with a sports cap.

Weekly homework tasks: 

Reading daily – please bring in your reading record signed by an adult.

TTRS at least 3 times a week for 10 minutes.

Spelling Shed - Friday to Friday

The children should now know their login details for our online homework platforms, which is the same for each website.

MyMaths is NO longer being set.

Termly Home Learning Task

This year, we will be setting just one homework task to be completed across the term that links with our Thematic Curriculum. There will be a selection of homework tasks to choose from but you are also free to do something else related to the topic. It would be great to see models brought in or photographs in books for anything that has been physically made. Other work can be completed in the book or printed and stuck in. We look forward to seeing what you come up with and details of this term’s task are below:


In English this week, we have written character and setting descriptions based on our text 'There’s a Boy in the Girls’ bathroom'. We described the main character - Bradley Chalkers - as well as the children’s dream bedrooms. Our focus was on using expanded noun phrases and ambitious vocabulary. The children enjoyed using art to aid their planning.

Next week we will be writing from a variety of characters’ perspectives on a crucial scene in our text.


This week in maths we finished our unit on place value and began exploring addition and subtraction. We used place value counters to represent Roman numerals and form calculations. The children also enjoyed calculating missing numbers within magic squares and addition pyramids.

Next week, we will continue our work on addition and subtraction, including using rounding and mental strategies. ​

Thematic Curriculum:

This week our focus was around the geography of North America and how it compares to the UK. We looked at the key topographical features of North America, including deserts, mountain ranges, canyons and different bodies of water, and plotted them onto a map.

Next week we will continue looking at the geography of North America and the UK, with a particular focus on mountains and mountain ranges.

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