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Upton Junior School

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Year 5 Weekly News - Friday 10.11.23

We have had a fabulous week in Year 5 this week. Here we are in our scout and guiding uniforms for Remembrance. We also had a minute's silence at 11:00 to remember those who fought for us.

Let's take a look at what else we have been up to…

This week's Kindness Cup winners are: 5B – Noah     5G – Eliel     5R – Sofia R     5Y – Ellie S

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.


In English this week we started to read our new text ‘Cosmic’. We were introduced to the protagonist, Liam, and his friend, Florida. We have already got the feeling that Liam and Florida may get themselves into a bit of trouble! We began the week by creating a nebula with paint and using our blending skills. We then wrote a description of space using figurative language.

Next week we will continue reading ‘Cosmic’ and write our own mishap story inspired by Liam’s first day at school.

Here are some of our nebulae:



This week in maths we began our multiplication and division unit with a focus on multiples, factors and prime numbers. We looked at the number of factors for different numbers and found that prime numbers only have 2 factors.

Next week we will continue our multiplication and division unit by multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.

‚ÄčUpton will be taking part in TTRS England Rocks. This runs from 14th - 16th November (7:30am-7:30pm each day). There is a limit of 60 mins per player each day. It would be great to have as many Upton children taking part as possible over the 3 days!

Thematic Curriculum:

This week saw Year 5 begin their new topic ‘Stargazers’. There was a history focus for the beginning of the week where we explored the moon landing and wrote a news report. We then recorded our reports against a green screen and added in a background. Today, we looked at the importance of Galileo Galilei and how his scientific discoveries and inventions have shaped the world we have today.

Next week we will be looking at space disasters and how opinions about the movement of the Sun have changed over time.


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Upton Junior School
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(01843) 861393