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Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! Alex and I hope you enjoyed the Christmas break - back to next steps, homework and reading!

Below is a list of some of the topics we will be covering over the next term, visits and hopefully some useful information.


Fractions, shape, measures and consolidating all four operations.


This term we will be studying Macbeth by William Shakespeare. To support and extend our learning, I hope to book a trip to The Globe Theatre. Details to follow.


We will be swimming this term every Monday at Southfields; children will need to bring swimwear, towel, hat (girls) and , if they wish, goggles. P.E will continue to be once a week on Fridays. This term the PE topic will be ‘Dance’. Children need the school P.E kit including trainers.


Earth and Space will be our first topic followed by Forces.


We are exploring Scotland as part of our cross curricular link with Macbeth. We will look at maps, including OS maps and explore the physical features, land use and distribution of resources. We will also be learning the meaning of a range of geographical vocabulary such as latitude, longitude, equator, hemisphere, biome  - to name but a few!.


Elizabethan theatre, masks..


Children will continue to learn to use ICT to research our various topics. They will also learn programming.


We will continue to learn the fife every Monday and sing in weekly choir sessions..


The Beatitudes, Rules for Living, Chinese New Year and Easter.

Reading, homework:

Alex and I are very happy with the way most children are completing their homework, next steps and reading.   We are glad to see that children are reading for longer each night and completing their reading assignments when given.  Please continue to encourage your child to read for a purpose, as well as reading their school book.

Maths Targets/Next Steps:

We will continue with the times and division tables and other key facts. The emphasis is on immediate recall, so as before children will at times revisit lower tables to check they still have instant recall. Please don’t worry or be upset. The table needs to be written out each night and brought into school each day


We will continue to go to the library every 2 weeks on a Wednesday afternoon. Our first visit this term will be on 13th January 2016.

Finally, as I said before, do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns.  

We look forward to working with you again this term.

With best wishes

Siobhan                 Alex

Victorian Poor House Assembly Year 5 recently held an assembly on the Victorian Poor Houses.

Year 5 weekly timetable 2015/16 If you would like to print a copy of this timetable, here is an A4 version in black and white.

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum followed at Riversdale, you can look at the medium and long term plans for each year group.

Medium term plans

Yearly plans

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