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Upton Junior School

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Year 5 Weekly News - Friday 17.11.23

We have had a fabulous week in Year 5 this week.

It has been great to be back at school this week. Take a look at what we have been up to…

This week's Kindness Cup winners are: 5B – Fiona     5G – Jake     5Y – Oliver

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 are some of the great projects we have received so far:




In English this week we continued to read our new text ‘Cosmic’. Our focus was around a chapter earlier in the book when the protagonist, Liam, is mistaken for a teacher rather than a pupil. This inspired the children to write a mishap story of their own, which included speech throughout. Our PaG sessions had a focus on direct speech and how to correctly punctuate it.

Next week we will continue reading ‘Cosmic’ and we will write some space poetry, including a narrative poem and a calligram.


This week in maths we continued our work around multiplication and division with a focus on mental strategies. We multiplied and divided integers by 10, 100 and 1,000, doubled and halved numbers and used flexible mental methods. We used doubling and halving strategies to also find x4, x8, ÷4 and ÷8.

Next week we begin to use a formal written method for short and long multiplication. ‚Äč

Thematic Curriculum:

This week our space related topic continued with some history and science. In history, the children looked into some of the disasters that have hit the aeronautical world throughout the last 50–60 years, and they investigated why space travel and tourism is important to the world of science and the future of our Earth.  

Next week we will be taking a closer look at the moon and the phases that occur throughout a lunar cycle.

Today also marked Children in Need Day. Children (and adults) were invited to come to school dressed in spots for a donation to charity. It was great to see all the bright and colourful outfits, and the range of Pudsey Bears. Thank you to everyone who made a donation and the money raised will really help to make a difference to thousands of young families across the UK.


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Upton Junior School
Edge End Road
CT10 2AH

(01843) 861393