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Manor Court CommunityPrimary School and Pre-School


Foxes Class

Miss Berry, Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Nadeau

Welcome back to Foxes class with Miss Berry, Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Nadeau. We are excited about learning in the summer term. This term, our topic is “Around the World in 80 Days”. We will be answering the question “What impact did the Shang Dynasty have on the modern world?”. 

In Year 5, grammar and reading are taught every day. On Fridays, the children also complete a timed reading comprehension paper. Spelling is taught 3 times a week. In English, we will be writing a report about The Great Wall of China and reading The Firework Maker’s Daughter, by Phillip Pullman.  

In maths, we will start by finishing our unit on decimals and percentages. We will then focus on measure and geometry. Arithmetic is taught daily and tested weekly. Times tables are also taught daily.  

In science, we are learning about living things and their habitats. This is a practical and exciting unit which will mean we can spend plenty of time outside, using the school grounds and pond area to learn about different habitats.  

We are learning about the fascinating Shang Dynasty in history and using our new knowledge to answer our enquiry question. In art, we are linking to our history topic and shall be producing paintings based on Chinese Willow Pattern pottery. We are completing a unit about Judaism in RE and then later, will be starting a unit about Islam. PE is on Monday and Friday afternoons, so please make sure that children come to school in their PE kit on these days.  

We are hoping the warm weather is here to stay because this term, as part of our MC48, we are going to have a water fight! All the adults in Year 5 will be busy practising their aiming. 

As in all year groups, reading is very important in Year 5 and all children are expected to read 5 times a week at home and complete weekly Maths, English and Spelling homework tasks. We would like it if children could also find time to play on TTRockstars. Homework will be set on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. We are of course happy to help children who are finding their homework tricky.