Class 5

Class 5

What we are up to

Welcome to Class 5 and the Autumn Term!

This term we will be answering the question:

“Journey to the Centre of the Earth- What will you find on your way?”


We’re really looking forward to exploring everything related to rocks and soils as well as looking back in time to early life on our planet. In English, we will be reading “Stone Age Boy”. We will be looking at how the author cleverly uses language to grab the reader’s attention and create excitement!

We will be linking our work throughout the curriculum to our core question, exploring volcanoes and earthquakes in geography. We’ll also be using our scientific skills to carry out our own investigations about rocks and soils. In DT, we’ll be using what we’ve learnt about the Stone Age to design and create our own bag to carry our tools in. If you have any spare fabrics, equipment or are pretty handy with a needle, please let us know! Keep an eye out for the cave paintings we’ll be creating in Art too.

In the morning, it is really important that your child gets to school on time. From 8:45-9:00, the children will be practicing their writing skills and the skills learnt the previous week in maths.

Our SEAL focus this half term is New Beginnings. Both Mrs Bentley and I thoroughly enjoy teaching Class 5 and we’re looking forward to another exciting term ahead of us.

Within RE we will be looking at Christianity and their views about how the world was created.

This term we will start swimming lessons which will be on Thursday afternoons. Please make sure your child’s swimming costume and towel is in school on Thursdays.

Things to note:

  • Boys must wear swimming trunks. No baggy shorts allowed
  • Girls must wear a one-piece swimming costume. No bikinis allowed
  • Earnings cannot be worn for PE and it would be appreciated if these can be removed before your child comes to school.
  • Long hair must be tied back.


At Netherfield we are committed to ensuring that the children are safe when using technology. We know how important it is to follow our Class Golden Rules when using the internet and we will be thinking about how we can protect ourselves both at school and at home.

These are our Class Golden Rules:

1.Always ask permission.
2.Never give out your personal information.
3.Double check what you write is correct when researching information.
4.Tell a parent that you’re going on an online game.
5.Be respectful to others.

Home Learning

In line with the school’s policy the children will be expected to complete home learning tasks.

Reading is a top priority for all children as it underpins all the curriculum areas.
The Reading Olympics will be counted from the first day of term. Our target is for every child to achieve the gold award. Please help your child by reading at home with them and recording their reads in their diary; reads should be recorded with the book title and page number.  We do not backdate reads from a previous week, so please ensure that they are up to date each Friday.

The Reading Olympics will be counted from the first day of term –

Bronze award 15 reads
Silver award 25 reads
Gold award 40 reads
Ruby award 70 reads
Diamond award 100 reads.

In Year 3, we know how important it is that children read quality texts regularly. We have a wide collection of texts within our classroom which is ever growing (despite Mrs Bentley’s frustrations at the lack of space!). We aim to hear every child read at least once a week which can include guided reading sessions.

To encourage reading we have a variety of rewards for great readers for daily reading, reaching reading milestones and having a love of reading. Mrs Bentley and I are always excited to hear about what the children are reading and love to receive recommendations for books we should read too! Let us know if you find a book you think we’d love!

Spellings will be given out on a Tuesday, these will be assessed through the children’s application of these spellings to their independent writing.  Alongside our spelling sessions in school, we ask that you practice the spellings at home with your child every day.

Maths homework will be given out once a week. If you have any questions, as always, come and catch us at the end of the day. We’re always more than happy to help!

Every week, we will suggest a topic activity for you to try at home. We love it when children think outside the box and think of original ideas so you are more than welcome to adapt these ideas or think of your own. We will share great home learning at the end of the day (if there’s time to spare!).