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Upton Junior School

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Year 5 Weekly News - Friday 01.12.23

We have had a fabulous week in Year 5 this week. Take a look at what we have been up to…

This week's Kindness Cup winners are: 5B – Tilly     5G – Maggie     5R – Sofia C     5Y – Lawson

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

The local Labour MP visited Upton today and met with the Year 5 form captains. They were very excited about meeting Polly and even got her autograph. Here are our fabulous Year 5 form captains...


Next Friday (8th) is Christmas Fair day. The children are invited to wear Christmas-themed clothes in exchange of a prize for the raffle or tombola.

Children have arranged their stalls in groups. Please ensure that the items, prizes and floats needed are in school on Friday morning. The fair begins at 1.15pm and ends at the usual time of 3pm. Children will NOT be allowed to leave early.

Please remember to send in the money for raffle tickets. First prize is £100!

Next week is the last week of swimming for 5R and 5Y. 5B and 5G will swim again after the Christmas holidays.

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 more of the great projects we have received:


In English this week we began to prepare and draft a playscript. We based the storyline around the relationship between two of the main characters: Liam and Florida. The emphasis was on persuasion and used elements of the text to link ideas. Our PaG focus for the week was colons and semi-colons, and the different ways they can be used in our writing.

Next week we will be looking at the two sides of whether Liam should be the ‘dad’ to go into space. The children will write a balanced argument, ensuring that they use evidence from the text to reinforce their points.


This week in maths we continued with long multiplication, increasing to multiplying 3 and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. The children worked exceptionally hard to understand the reasoning behind the calculations and remember the steps needed to be successful.

Next week we will be exploring division. We will look at how the process of division works and how it looks in a written method using the ‘bus stop’.

‚ÄčThematic Curriculum:

This week has been focused on the planets of our solar system. We learnt why we have day and night and where the sun really goes at bedtime. We discovered that some countries in the world experience periods of continuous daylight or night and discussed how this would make us feel. On Wednesday, the children worked in small groups to create a planets song. They included the order of the planets from the Sun and a bit of information about them. They enjoyed performing to the class and adding a rhythm and beat. We finished the week by looking at the orbits of all the different planets and chose which planet we would like to live on, including key facts to justify our choice.

Next week our afternoon lessons will have an RE focus. The religion of focus is Hinduism.

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Upton Junior School
Edge End Road
CT10 2AH

(01843) 861393