Mrs Dyde's Class 2022 - 2023

Mrs Dyde




Welcome to the Summer Term of Year 5

Welcome back to our class page and your last half term as Year 5. I can't believe how the year has flown. Here, as before, you will find the overview of the year, seen on the Curriculum Planner, along with updates indicating both plans for the week and homework. Our class curriculum can be accessed below. You'll also able to see our Annual Curriculum Plan which highlights our learning over the year. 


Our class book this term is Kensuke's Kingdom                    

Kenuke's Kingdom is an adventure story about an eleven year old boy and his dog who find themselves ship-wrecked on a remote island. The boy, Micheal, has been on a very pleasant sail around the world with his parents when suddenly disaster strikes in the middle of the night. Waking the next morning, he finds himself washed up on the beach of a remote island with few survival skills and little hope.  He has no food, no water and only his dog Stella Artois for company. Hungry, lonely and scared, he wonders how he will survive. After a fitful night of sleep, when he wakes the following morning there is a plate beside him of fish and fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone...

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During the term we will also be exploring a book called 'Survivors'. Following the theme of adventure, we will be dipping into different stories of survival. Stories which are from aroudnt the world, but stories that show how each and every person involved have fought for their lives against the elements - and lived to tell the tale. In English, we will be using these stories as inspiration to write our own adventure story.





Keeping you up to date with our Weekly Learning Journey

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Week Beginning 5th June 2023


English - This week we will continue to read kensuke's Kingdom and explore the incident which sets so many events in action. Michael and Stella fall overboard. We will be writing a first person recount of the event, capturing the drama and feelings as he clings onto his football, alone; alone on a wide, wide sea.

Guided reading continues in small groups within the class where we explore and develop different reading skills, answering a range of questions. The children also have the opportunity to read at least four times a week in class, having ERIC - Enjoyable Reading in Class. 

Well done to all our reading millionaires - a fantastic achievement. 

Well done to all those children who are reading more than 5 times a week at home - keep up this brilliant effort.


Maths -   Each day, our Maths lessons begin with a focus on improving our fluency in arithmetic and times tables knowledge.  

As we continue our journey using MNP we complete our focus on geometry and then turn our attention to coordinates - plotting points for the corners of shapes and also translating shapes.

Science -  This week, we explore what we already know about Living Things and their Habitats and look into life-cycles of animals. 

History-   This week we contiune our new topic area on journeys. These journeys are those taken by famous people or use of famous transport, such as the Titanic and the reasons why such journeys were taken.

DT-  This week we will aim to complete the construction of our fairground model from our design and show the completed, moving model to the school

Music -  This term the children will be taking part in our 'Wider Opportunities Programme' provided through Love Music Trust. Brass lessons continue this week. Please remember to bring in your brass instrument if you have taken it home.

ICT -   This week we are going to use our coding for the crumble to ensure our fairground model works as we wish.

RE -    Our topic this term is Christianity and what is the best way for a Christian to show their commitment to God.

French -   This half term we are focusing on cafe, culture and restaurants, learning about different foods and phrases.

PE-  For this half term our PE will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Yes the children can wear PE kit on 3 days this half term, as one of the days is going to be Outdoor Learning with Mr Phelps, making use of the forest area. Swimming continues on a Wednesday and Friday remains a PE session, based on athletics and striking and fielding games.

This term the children in Year 5 are going to be swimming on a Wednesday afternoon. Due to the timing of the lessons, the children do not return to school until approximately 3:15 / 3:20pm.


Please do continue to encourage your child to read and record their home reading at least 4 times a week. In Year 5 we encourage the children to be more independent and record their own reading in their reading diaries wherever possible, however we would like you to sign your child's diary at the end of the week so we know that this is happening -  this is greatly appreciated.

Reading diaries will be checked weekly when your child has their Guided Reading Session. Reading so often, every day, should enable your child to take a book quiz within two weeks - sometimes perhaps three. We will continue to encourage the children to ensure that they can take the appropriate number of quizzes. Last year I know so many achieved word millionaire - I am sure that this is something that they can strive towards achieving again this year.



There is no homework set for half term week. However the expectation is that children will continue to read at home, following the pattern from school, which would therefore possibly add up to nearly an hour of reading in total each day. I would therefore expect that the children would be able to take a quiz at some point over half term, as for most, our recommendation is that they should be able to take a quiz at least once every 2 weeks.

There is mymaths set, but this is not due in until Thursday 8th June. 


This will be sent home every week on a Friday but is expected to be completed by the following Thursday. It can be found outlined on our Brain Builder which will be added to our class page weekly. It will consist of spellings and times tables to focus on; Maths, which may be set online using MyMaths or provided on sheets; and Grammar skills which can be completed in the book sent home or again on sheets sent that week - these can also be checked and marked at home. If your child is finding it difficult to complete the homework or experiencing difficulty in accessing online homework then please do let me know. 


PE and PPA

This half term we will have PE on  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday so please remember to come to school in your correct PE kit. A reminder that our PE kit consists of a t-shirt in their house colour along with the school logo, green shorts or skort and black trainers; if it is cold, joggers are allowed. Please also remember your swimming kit on a Wednesday - a one piece swimming costume or swimming trunks, your towel, hat and goggles if preferred. 

Water bottles

Please ensure your child brings their water bottle to school every day and that it is clearly identifiable. The children should bring in sufficient water to ensure that they have access to refreshment during the day which keeps them hydrated. 


Please make sure your child brings in what is necessary for school which includes their reading diary and reading book daily; lunch boxes if required and water bottles. All of these will return home each day.

If you have any questions relating to any aspect of school life, please do not hesitate in contacting me. I can be contacted through the school office using the email address below or by phone. I will then endeavour to reply within 48 hours.

Meanwhile please do make use of the websites listed below.

Dates for your diary

Y5 Day at the High School - Thursday 15th June - details to follow.

Sports Day - 29th June beginning at 1pm

Pirates of the Curry Bean - KS2 Production on Thursday and Friday, 13th and 14th July during the afternoon. All of Y5 are pirates and so will require a simple pirate costume. 





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