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Year 5

Week beginning 4th March 2024

We have had a lovely week continuing with our Maya civilisation topic. The week started with the children creating some excellent setting descriptions, based on our text 'Rain Player'. In history, we thoroughly enjoyed looking through the 'mystery bag' which contained a number of Mayan items: vibrant fabric, sweet potatoes, Jade stones, avocado, maize and chocolate! We later found out that these were all clues about what daily life was like for the Maya people. We were also super lucky to have a visit from AFC Bournemouth, who came to talk to us about discrimination and the importance of equality. What a wonderful week it was!

Thursday 7th March is World Book Day! Students can come dressed as an animal to school.

Another reminder that our school uniform is an identity unique to the children of St. James’. It gives us a sense of belonging and pride. Recently, we have noticed quite a few children who are wearing clothes that are not associated with the St. James’ uniform. The policy is on the website, under the parent section about our uniform. Please note: Students should be wearing black sturdy practical school shoes (boots, trainers or high–heeled shoes are not permitted).

Worship theme of the week: 

New Life

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

John 10:10  “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” 

Curriculum this week:

Please note that our curriculum overview for this term is at the bottom of the page.

Our new topic is: Mighty Mayas! We will be learning all about Maya civilisation. 

  • In English, the children will be using Talk for Writing techniques to retell a story aloud, create a story map and innovate it.
  • In Maths, we will be continuing to learn about decimals, with a focus on comparing and ordering.
  • In computing, children will be creating their own games on PurpleMash. 
  • In history, we will be learning about the different city states that Mesoamerica was divided into during the Maya period.
  • In science, we will be learning about air resistance. 
  • In Destination Reader we are reading: The boy in the Tower.


This term, we are focusing on the suffixes: -ence, -ance, -ent and -ant.

our spelling words are: 

Urgency, decency, existence, innocence, sequence, hesitant, variance, observance, participant, occupancy, different, difference, absent, absence, patient, patience, relevant, relevance, distant, distance, significant, significance, environment, equipment, government, parliament, excitement, servant, defendant, assistant, attendant, resistant. 


The children will should have recieved their homework sheets. We will share all their learning on Monday 25th March. Just a reminder that MyMaths homework is also set every Friday. 


We would love to see Year 5 using their extra time at home to read some brilliant books. If children read three times at home, they get a raffle ticket. Please, therefore, keep a quick record in reading logs – your children can write the title in to help! We would also like to encourage children to bring their reading records into school everyday.

Coming up:

  • PE days – Please ensure the children are dressed in PE kit every Thursday
  • Thursday 7th March - World Book Day (Animal themed!)
  • Monday 11th March- Science Week
  • Friday 15th March - Red Nose Day (children to wear red)
  • Monday 25th March - Parents evening in the hall (3:20-6:30pm)
  • Tuesday 26th March - Parents evening in the hall (3:20 - 6:00pm)
  • Thursday 28th March - Last day of Spring term

Many thanks for all of your continued support,

Mrs Clark, Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Hall

Additional resources

Below are some other resources that you can use for optional  work at home:

Recommended reading list:

  English reading activities:

English reading activities should consist of reading an extract or short story and answering questions. Guidance here:

  • All activities through this link

  • What are facts and opinions?
  • What does an author do?
  • What is inference?

  • All activities through this link


Remember, MyMaths tasks will be set each week as identified in the weekly web update.  Please ensure that you do the tasks set for the week.  Remember, you also have access to Timetables Rockstars, too.

Remember, the Maths exam is split into three; one arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers.  The arithmetic paper is more calculation based, whereas the reasoning focuses more on the application of these skills.


Daily arithmetic can be downloaded here:  1-4 13-16 17-20 21-24 25-26 27-30 31-34 5-8 9-12.

Reasoning – excellent reasoning resource. You need to sign up for free, but then the download is also free. – access to a range of free papers in a very similar style to SAT tests – please bear in mind that SATs are Year 6 examinations and your child may not know some concepts.