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Broughton Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

The Year 5 team are:

Mrs Kemp

Mr Claridge

Mrs Giffen

Mrs Berry



Important Information


  • Year 5 arrive by the normal pedestrian gate and will enter the school at the middle of the building adjacent to the office.
  • Please arrive punctually at 8.45
  • Children should be supervised until they enter the school building
  • Children should be collected at 3.15pm at the same side gate



Please send children in with the following:

  • A coat – this can be a warm coat or rain jacket
  • Healthy packed lunch, water bottle and healthy snack – 1 sweet treat is enough with lunch. We prefer children to fill their water bottles before lunch and we ask that sugary drinks are avoided. Fizzy drinks should not be brought in at all.
  • Reading record (filled in each day) and reading book
  • Children should wear PE kit on PE days – please see separate section
  • Specialist equipment requested by an adult for that day e.g. musical instrument

Please don’t send children to school with the following:

  • Pencil cases or any other stationary – school will provide this
  • Anything other than water in a child’s water bottle. This includes squash.
  • Unnecessary items e.g. fluffy keyrings, toys or balls
  • Overly large bags – we have small lockers and some bags will not fit into them


PE Kit

  • Children should wear their full PE kits for the full day on PE days.
  • Children can wear shorts, T shirts and trainers or plimsols.
  • As weather cools down, they can wear tracksuits, jogging bottoms, leggings and sports jumpers.
  • If children are partaking in outdoor PE, they can bring another pair of socks and shoes as their feet may become wet or muddy.
  • We remind parents that we enjoy outdoor learning in all weathers and children should be prepared for this.


During the first half of the Spring term we will be looking at a book called 'Counting on Katherine' by Helaine Becker, which is about the incredible life of Katherine Johnson, a mathematical genius who are after overcoming many challenges in life,  worked for NASA. We will start by writing a balanced argument about challenges that affected Katherine's life at the time, such as segregation of race, age and inequalities. 


 We will then move onto to the book 'Women in Science' by Rachel Ignotofsky, a book about 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world, including Katherine Johnson. We will look at the features of a biography and eventually write a biography on katherine Johnson. 

To finish the English topic, the children will then write an autobiography of their own. They may need your help with some of the facts!


Our class reader will be Boy by Roald Dahl.




Spelling lessons take place on a Monday and a new assignment will be set during the lesson. The children have a week to complete this task and have been given their spelling shed logins. We are currently assessing the children to make sure they are set the correct spellings and homework will begin shortly.




We encourage reading to take place at least 5 times a week. This can include a variety of reading material such as comics, magazines and information books and don't forget this can include you reading to them, too. Reading diaries need to be handed in every Monday. By year 5, the children should be able to record their reading themselves but we would appreciate if you could sign it.



We use a programme called Letter join which develops a cursive handwriting style.






The topic for the first half term is Stargazing and we will 'launch' our topic with a Space day on Monday 11th January. The children will need to wear their PE kit as they will be astronauts in training! During the topic, we will be creating our own class solar system, moon craters with flour and cocoa and making the moon phases with oreo biscuits! We will also be carrying out Science investigations based on Newton's Law of Gravity. Please during this topic, point out the moon phases and stars if you happen to be on an evening walk. 




In Re this term,we are looking at the religion Sikhism and linking it to our question in Topic, 'Can the choices we make, imapct the world around us?


As part of PSHCE we will be looking at our School linking topic and concentrating on games that will improve our social skills.


We will be linking Art to our topic Stargazers this term. We will be creating our own space pictures based on the art of Peter Thorpe