Mrs Dyde's Class 2023 - 2024

Mrs Dyde





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We continue our journey through Year 5 with a variety of learning opportunities planned throughout our topics; hopefully there is something for everyone. On this page you will find the overview of the year, seen on the Annual Curriculum Plan below which indicates our intention. You will also find weekly updates giving an outline plan for the week and homework set. There will also be notices posted on our class page when appropriate. Our weekly class curriculum can also be accessed below.

As a reminder our school day begins at 8:45am and finishes at 3:15pm.


Our class book this term is Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo         

Kensuke's kingdom is a captivating children's novel with the story centering around 11 year old Michael, whose life takes an unexpected turn when his family embark on an unexpected and extraordinary voyage around the world aboard their yacht, the Peggy Sue. One fateful night, Michael is unexpectedly washed overboard, along with his dog, Stella. Washed up on a desert island, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food, no water and only his dog for company, he curls up to die. When he wakes however, there is a plate beside of him of fish, of fruit and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone...


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Keeping you up to date with our Weekly Learning Journey


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Week Beginning 22nd April 2024


English - This week we continue with our new book, Kensuke's Kingdom. The family have decided that they are going to travel the world on a 42 foot yacht. What would attract them to that style and size of yacht. This week we put out persuasive skills to the test and write an advert for the yacht, the Peggy Sue.

Guided reading continues in small groups this group where we will explore and develop different reading skills, answering a range of questions. The children, when not in Guided reading, will have the opportunity to read during the morning having ERIC - Enjoyable Reading in Class. 

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 in Year 5 this week we review and explore angles - naming the angles, measuring them and calculating angles at a point and on a straight line.

Science -  This week we continue our topic on forces where we explore the idea of friction and how this varies depending upon the surface.

History-    This week we begin our new topic on the Tudors. We explore what the children already know and then look at how Henry VIII was portrayed and why. 

Art -  This will be led by Mrs Hancock and focus on techniques of drawing.

DT-  DT will be blocked as we explore forces and the use of mechanisms in order to make something work. The children will be investigating, designing and making a simple fairground carousel, programmed by Crumbles.

Music -  This term we will be learning to play a brass instrument supported by Love Music Trust. The children will have brass lessons once a week. We will also be learning songs for the Concert in June and for the production at the end of the Summer Term - Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits.

ICT -   This term we are investigating coding. We will be looking into using Crumbles and Microbits and how to code them for movement.

RE -    This half term we learn about different beliefs regarding the soul and what happens after a death.

French -   This half term we explore identity as a space traveller, and explore some of the facts associated with the planets in space.

PE-  This half term, PE will be on a Wednesday and a Friday.


Please do continue to encourage your child to read and record their home reading. There is an expectation that the children will read at least 4 times a week at home. 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 that you and we know that this is happening -  this is greatly appreciated.

Reading diaries will be checked daily and signed weekly when your child has their Guided Reading Session. Reading so often, every day, both at home and at school, 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. I know there are some who have already achieved word millionaire and equally some who have already achieved more words read than they did last year- something they should take pride in. I am sure that their effort with reading more words this year is something that they can strive towards achieving.



Please click on the pencil to check the homework expectations for 19.4.24


This will usually 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 (clicking on the pencil above) 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. Any incomplete homework will result in the children staying in during lunchtime.


PE and PPA

This half term we will have PE on Wednesday and Friday so please remember to come to school in correct PE kit. A reminder that our PE kit consists of a coloured t-shirt along with the school logo, shorts and black trainers; if it is cold, joggers are allowed. 

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 also 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.

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