This week in English we have started to study the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by focusing on Roald Dahl’s characters. We identified the distinctive features about each one and discussed how Roald Dahl made them memorable and unique. The children then created their own character that would fit into the story as another ticket winner. They wrote a descriptive paragraph that conveyed the character through the use of speech and behaviour. Building on this, they wrote a conversation between the ticket winners at the gate of the chocolate factory focusing in particular on the use voice, adverb and action as a way to convey character when their character is speaking. 

In maths, we have begun to learn about fractions. We recapped what the children should have remembered from previous learning and also reiterated the importance of knowing their multiplication and related division facts. We practised drawing bar models and representations to find fraction of amounts as well as compare fractions and identifying equivalent fractions. We will be continuing with fractions over the next few weeks. 

In Geography, the children learnt about the River Welland. They identified the source, where it flowed through and to. We focused on the section of the river that runs through Market Harborough and the children were able to identify some features such as the meander, a tributary and confluence.

This week we would like the children to choose a homework activity from the menu at the front of their learning log. We encourage your child to continue to practise their spellings if they have time and we ask that you support them by checking the accuracy of their spellings.


Happy New Year! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

The children have worked really well this week. In English, they have been learning to write formal letters of complaint. Earlier in the week the children looked at example letters and explored the features and structure of them. They have now used this to draft letters of their own which have focused on the use of formal language, sentence starters and connectives.

In maths, we have been learning about negative numbers. We have discussed how negative numbers are used in real life such as temperature and bank accounts. The children have practised reading temperatures, finding the difference between numbers, representing data on a graph and problem solving and reasoning. 

In Geography, the children have had the chance to research rivers around the world and in the UK. They worked in groups to gather information about their given river before presenting all their findings to the class. They were really enthusiastic about this and the presentations were excellent.

As a whole class, we have started to read “Charlie and the Chocolate factory” and we will continue to read this over the coming weeks. The book will be the stimulus for our upcoming English and topic work.

A new menu of homework activities will be sent home this week as well as a new set of spelling words to be learnt over the spring term. This week we would like the children to start by completing a spelling task. It is important that your child still practises spelling words from the autumn term list that they have not yet grasped.

Please also continue to encourage your child to read at home as often as they can.


We have continued to use the picture book Tuesday by David Wiesner as a stimulus for our writing. We focused on the detective that appears at the end of the story and created a profile of his appearance, personality and relationship with his colleagues. We used this to write a paragraph describing the detective at the ‘crime scene’ with the focus on the detective’s character and behaviour. Following on from this, we planned and wrote a story about what the detective would do next in his investigation. The children were very creative with their ideas and enjoyed developing them. As we have learnt about expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbial and relative clauses this term, the children have been encouraged to use these devices in their work to further develop the description in their story. 

In maths, we have learnt about and carried out investigations on prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers. The children enjoyed the open ended investigations and activities that allowed them to deepen their understanding and explore the properties of numbers even more. 

This geography we have learnt about the journey of a river from source to sea. The children discovered the features of a river and practised describing these different features using a diagram. They then applied what they had learnt by drawing a river and including the labels: source, confluence, tributaries, meander, ox bow lake, delta, flood plains and mouth.  

On Friday 14ththe children were tested on their Autumn Spelling Words from the back of their learning log. We have indicated which words they were able to spell correctly and ask you to support your child in practising words they have not yet learnt securely as homework this week.


This week the children came in to school one day to find the classroom covered in lily pads. They were on the walls, display boards and all around the classroom! This was based on the picture book Tuesday by David Wiesner who has described the strange occurrence of flying animals (in this case, frogs) every Tuesday evening. The children took on the role of news reporters and journalists who were keen to solve the mystery of the lily pads as well as playing the role of an eyewitnesses who shared their suspicions and stories.

We have taken each page of this picture book and practised using expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, relative clauses and speech punctuation to write the text to describe each scene. They have also written a first person account as a witness and also wrote a conversation between neighbours.

In maths, we have learnt about multiples, common multiples, factors, common factors and prime numbers. The children carried out problem solving and reasoning tasks to apply and further explore what they already know. We have also continued with journaling our learning by writing definitions and explanations.

This week we started our geography topic on Rivers. We explored some of the vocabulary that relates to the different parts of a river, which we will consolidate as the unit continues. We also learnt about the different stages of the water cycle and gave the children the opportunity to describe it in the form of a story.

Please support your child in completing an activity from the homework menu in their learning log this week to be returned by next Tuesday.


On Wednesday, we watched the screening of Romeo and Juliet by the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was an amazing performance which the children were engaged with. Because of the work we had done in the previous week, the children recognise many lines from the play and were able to put them into context of the whole story. The children were able to discuss the theme of the play and share their thoughts on what we can learn from the story. The children have completed descriptive writing based on the fight scene, the masked ball, the apothecary and a conversation between Juliet and her nurse. It has been lovely to see the children be inspired by this unit of work.

In maths, we have been focused on using our times table knowledge to calculate division with and without a remainder. The children used the short division method to divide 4 digit numbers by single digit numbers. We noticed that many children struggled with this as they were not secure in the times table and counting up in multiples. Please support your child in learning the multiplication facts up to 12. Your child’s Times Table Rockstars login is still valid and can be used to help them in recalling the facts with increasing accuracy and speed.

In geography we learnt about how our planet is divided into time zones. The children found out about the 0 degrees longitude which is the Prime Meridian and also the International Date Line. We used our knowledge to calculate the times of different cities around the world.

Please support your child in completing an activity from the homework menu in their learning log this week to be returned by next Tuesday.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support the football match last Friday. It was much appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 5 Team.


In English, we are very excited about a project that has started across the school. We are studying William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. The children have been brilliant in expressing their emotions through drama and have begun to identify the themes in the story by analysing quotes taken from the play. The children have enjoyed creating freeze frames of key scenes in the play to learn more about the story. This will lead to a screening of the play on Wednesday next week.

In maths, we have focused on the multiplication method. We started by multiplying 3 digit numbers by 1 digit number and then moved on to 2 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. The children practised using the columnar method and tried hard to be accurate in the multiple steps that were required. After this, we also practised multiplying a 3 digit number by a 2 digit number.

Please support your child in practising their times tables at home.

This week the school has focused on Anti Bullying. In the afternoons, we have been learning about how we can be Defenders in order to stop a bullying situation from starting or continuing. The children have been thoughtful and keen on how they can make a difference.

Please support your child in completing at least one word study activity in their learning log this week to be returned by next Tuesday.



In English, we have focused on writing dialogue. We started by looking at speech punctuation and how speech should be set out. We then moved on to using voice, adverbs and actions that can be part of writing dialogue in order to convey character and behaviour. For example, “Are you sure this is the right way?” muttered Jack quietly as he looked around at the unfamiliar houses.  We have continued to use the book The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore as a basis for dialogue between characters.

In maths, we have focused on written methods for subtraction. The children calculated subtraction problems using the written columnar method and then also practised checking their work using the inverse (addition). We then related this to real life problems. We focused on reading the word problems carefully and to understand the ‘story’ within it so we could identify the operation required and whether there was more than one step.  For example, some children would misunderstand this word problem and carry out an addition calculation by adding the two numbers together instead of subtracting them away from each other to find the difference. John read 3415 pages of his book and Rose read 3190 pages of her book. How many more pages did John read than Rose?

In topic, we looked at the invisible lines that define areas/sections of our planet. We learnt about lines of longitude and latitude, Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn, the Equator and Prime Meridian or Greenwich Meridian. The children used their understanding of coordinates using the lines of longitude and latitude to locate different places around the world.

Please support your child in completing an activity from the homework menu in their learning log this week to be returned by Tuesday 13thNovember. We hope that the children are still consolidating their times tables knowledge as next week in maths we will be focusing on multiplication and division.



This week the children had visits from the Fire Service and NSPCC charity to remind the children on Staying Safe.

We hope you enjoy any Bonfire and Fireworks event that you may be attending and the children can remember the message and advice given by the Fire Service on being considerate and staying safe at these events.

The NSPCC came to Year 5 and delivered a workshop. It reminded the children that they have a right to speak out and stay safe. They also touched on e-safety and staying safe online by reminding the children that should be watching and playing age appropriate videos and games as well as not chatting to strangers online.

In English, we have begun to study a book called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by W.E. Joyce. It is a book that has been made into an Academy Award winning short film which you can find on YouTube if you would like to watch it. We have discussed the themes and the possible message that the author is trying to get across through this wonderful story. We also have spent time on recapping relative clauses and expanded noun phrases to help improve our descriptive writing about a hurricane scene at the beginning of the story.

In maths, we have focused on written methods for addition. The children have solved missing number problems by using the inverse to find the missing number and then related this to real life problems. We looked at a variety of word problems and identified the number of steps required, the operation(s) and the most appropriate method for calculation.  They deepened their understanding by creating word problems of their own for each other that required either one step, two step or the need to identify the missing number.

This week we cut and painted the plastic bottles ready for them to be made into poppies. Thank you for your assistance with bringing in the bottles.

Please support your child in completing a Word Study Activityin their learning log this week to be returned by Tuesday 6thOctober.


We hope you had a lovely half term break.

In English, we refreshed the children’s memory on the work they have done on biographies and continued with writing their biography of Neil Armstrong. They were reminded on using different sentence starters and relative pronouns to write relative clauses to create more complex sentences. We are pleased with the outcome of their hard work and hope that this big piece of writing has helped them develop their writing stamina.

In maths, we learnt how to calculate problems with a mixture of all 4 operations. The children understood that if in a calculation there was multiplication or division, this would be carried out first before the addition or subtraction. For example, 54 – 6 x 3 = (the underlined calculation would be carried out first to create 54 – 18 = ). However, when brackets are used, we learnt that the calculation within the brackets need to be calculated first followed by any multiplication or division and then from left to right. We are also consolidating the children’s understanding of using mental and written methods for adding up to 4 digit numbers.

This week in topic we spent time researching about the different planets in our Solar System. The children created posters about a particular planet which will be part of a display in the school corridor. The display will contain photographs of making their mobiles and the trip to the National Space Centre too.

Please support your child in completing an activity from thehomework activity menuin their learning log this week to be returned by Tuesday 30thOctober.

A reminder about bringing in a 2L plastic bottle for our Remembrance Day display. Thank you!


This week in English the children have used their learning logs to help them plan and write a biography about an adult family member. They have organised similar pieces of information in sections to form a plan which then allowed them to write their biography in paragraphs or using sub headings. We have worked hard on identifying different sentence starters and time connectives to help develop coherence in their writing.

This week in reading, we finished the biography of Neil Armstrong and also read further into exactly how the Apollo Mission was carried from Saturn V’s lift off to the astronauts’ landing back on Earth. The children have found this very interesting.

In Maths we began with multiplying by multiples of 1000 and how to use rounding to estimate the product of a 3 and 2 digit number. For example, 216 x 37 ≈ 200 x 40. We then moved on to division and practised dividing by 100, 1000 and dividing by multiples of 10 and 100.

In our topic lesson, the children used clay to make circular discs of different sizes. Once dried and decorated, these will be put together on a hanger to create a hanging mobile of the Solar System. The children are very excited about this and we look forward to seeing the final product.

We are looking forward to our trip on Wednesday 10th to the National Space Centre. Please may we remind you that the children will need to wear school uniform and bring a packed lunch. If you would like, the children are allowed to wear comfortable shoes for the trip.

This week we would like the children to complete a Word Study Activity from the back of the learning log. Please return the learning log by next Tuesday.

To commemorate Remembrance Day, Meadowdale would like to create a piece of artwork. We would like the children to bring in a clean 2 litre bottle with the lid to school after half term.