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Upton Junior School

Upton Junior School

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Year 5 Weekly News - Friday 03.11.23

We have had a fabulous week in Year 5 this week and it has been great to be back at school. The children have settled well from the half term break and even weathered a storm. Take a look at what we have been up to…

This week's Kindness Cup winners are: 5B – Rudy     5G – John     5R – Fabienne     5Y – Leyla

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 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.
  • 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

Mathletics – Friday to Friday

Please note, Mathletics has a different login to Spelling Shed and TTRS.

Termly Home Learning Task

This term in Year 5 we will be exploring our new topic, Stargazers. In this component of our thematic curriculum, the children will be delving into the science and history of space! We would like the children to delve further into the topic during their home learning by exploring one of these tasks. They may present their work in any way that they wish; it could be a presentation, poster, or something that they make, the possibilities are endless. This piece of work will need to be brought back into school during the last week of term. If something is physically created, please can this be brought in or a photo stuck into books so we can celebrate the children’s success! Likewise, if your child creates something digital, feel free to email this to class teachers. We can’t wait to see what is created.

Here is Sean's FANTASTIC model that he created for the Mandarin competition. Well done, Sean!


In English this week we have been researching different aspects of space. We shared non-fiction texts and discussed them during 'Book Banter' and made notes about the planets, the Sun, the moon and space exploration. We used our notes to create an information text in the style of a non-chronological report or information leaflet. We found out a lot of interesting and fascinating facts, some even made us gasp in shock.

Next week we will begin our new text and write a descriptive piece about space and nebulae.




This week in maths we looked at timetables and used them to answer questions about Olympic sports. We then looked at bus and train timetables and used them to work out the start and finish times, along with the duration of the journey.

Next week we will complete our post-unit quiz on line graphs and timetables and will begin our unit on multiplication and division.

Thematic Curriculum:

This week our focus for our afternoon lessons has been linked to PSHE. We began the week by looking at the 2010 Equality Act and the nine protected characteristics linked to it. The children produced some pieces of art and created an anti-bullying poster. We finished the week by exploring and challenging stereotypes, where the children wrote an inspirational poem to encourage others to be who they want to be.

Next week we will begin our thematic topic ‘Stargazers’, which has a theme centred around space.

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Upton Junior School
Edge End Road
CT10 2AH

(01843) 861393