Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

Welcome to Year 5!

This term, Year 5 will be focusing on Earth and Space! From UFO sightings and alien visits to Earth, to making documentaries answering key questions about the solar system, we will have a busy but exciting 8 weeks ahead of us :) see our theme plan below for more information about what we are doing in Year 5 this term!

Should you have any questions or concerns, please come and speak to one of our Year 5 Team Members (Mrs Gibson, Miss Jones and Mrs Gresham), or contact Mrs Gibson on one of the following email addresses: Year5@dunholme.lincs.sch.uk or jess.gibson@dunholme.lincs.sch.uk 

Click on the Theme Plan link below to find out more about what we are learning this term!

Term 1 Theme Plan - Crime and Punishment Through the Ages

Term 2 Theme Plan - Earth and Space

Key Dates for Term 2:

30th Oct - Term starts

9th Nov - Y5/6 Remembrance service, Bomber Command

12th-16th Nov - Anti-Bullying Week

16th Nov - Children in Need - 'Odd Socks'

19th Nov - Open Morning

30th Nov - FODs non-uniform day - chocolate donations 

                 - Christmas Fayre

6th Dec - Y5 Visit from Planetarium

11th Dec - KS2 Christingle Service 

20th Dec - Last day of term!

Please ensure P.E. kits are in school on a Monday and a Friday, to enable your child to fully participate in lessons. We will be focusing on dance and gymnastics (apparatus) this term. Both sessions during the week will take place indoors.


Remember: if you have found your homework difficult to do at home or haven't had enough spare time out of school to complete it, you are always welcome to spend time in the classroom over a break or lunchtime to ensure it is done in time.

All homework is handed out on a Friday, along with new spellings (if necessary). All homework should be handed in BY THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY, with Spelling Tests usually taking place on Friday afternoons. 

Reading record

This should be filled in with any reading undertaken outside of school (NB: children should be aiming to read for 20 minutes per day). Additionally, when learning words for a spelling test, children will have the opportunity to record their words here for them to practise at home. 



Where possible, homework should be completed independently. If your child is struggling, they should see their teacher for further clarification and support.

All homework is stored in a tray at the back of the classroom labelled 'Homework sheets', for your child to access independently if they have been absent on a Friday.

It is each child's responsibility to ensure they have collected and completed homework in the case of absence.

Please click the links below for homework sheets


Re-write sentence in books and see where you can edit the sentence to include colons/semi-colons

 Colons and Semi-Colons 


Choose 4 short multiplication calculations to complete and show the working out in your homework 

Short Multiplication


Focus: words ending in -ible and -able

Rules: -able is more common than -ible

            -able ending is usually used if a complete root word can be heard before it (e.g. rely - reliable, envy - enviable, adore -                adorable)

             words such as 'sensible' (root word - sense) and reversible (root word - reverse) are exceptions to the above general                rule 

             -able ending is used if there is a related word ending in '-ation', for example applicable/application

Please ensure that any unfamiliar words are looked up by the children, to help them work out how they are pronounced and what they mean. This way, these words can be used in the children's own writing successfully.

Children choose their spellings from a pyramid of words related to the spelling rule that week (gradually increasing in difficulty) - generally, they are required to choose at least one word from each tier until they have ten. Should they have made any errors on their previous spelling test (up to 4 errors), they 'replace' words from the spelling pyramid with these i.e. 6 new words from the pyramid and 4 words from the previous spelling test.

Using techniques such as 'Look, say, cover, write, check' and word pyramids (gradually building a word up in a pyramid formation, letter by letter) can be helpful when practising spellings.   






These websites will help you if you get stuck with your homework. If all else fails, type your question into Google and see if you can find anything to help you!