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Upton Junior School

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Year 5 Weekly News 12.05.23 - Another Fantastic Week in Year 5!

Key Messages:

  • On Wednesday the Book Fair is back.
  • Friday is cultural diversity day. The children may wear non-school uniform and no donation is required. The theme is ‘dress to express’, whereby we encourage the children to wear clothing that expresses themselves and who they are. For more information, refer to the blog.
  • 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. They will also need to wear their PE kit to school.
  • 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:

This week, we would like you to create a piece of work all about the history of space exploration- also known as ‘The Space Race’. You can be as creative as you like by presenting this homework in any way you wish.


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 continued with our text: Cosmic. In writing, the children continued their narratives and wrote poetry about stars. Next week, we will be writing a balanced argument about whether Liam, our main character, deserves to go to space using cohesive devices!


This week in maths we concluded our shape unit. We explored regular and irregular polygons and 3D shapes before the children consolidated their learning during an end of unit quiz! Next week, we will be learning about co-ordinates and translating, whilst practising our arithmetic skills.

Thematic Curriculum:

The afternoon curriculum this week has continued with our science learning about the day and night cycle, as well as developing our knowledge of forces, such as air resistance. We concluded the week by exploring the history of space exploration, also known as the Space Race. The children were fantastic at examining a range of sources and discussing concepts such as validity.

Next week, we will be developing our geography knowledge by looking at views from space and giving the children an opportunity to use technology to locate geographical features.


We hope that you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Team 5

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Upton Junior School
Edge End Road
CT10 2AH

(01843) 861393