Hawthorn Class

Dear Year 5 Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Hawthorn class! I hope you have had a lovely half-term break and are ready to launch back into an exciting term of learning.

In English, our main writing outcomes will be to produce a cliff-hanger narrative and an instruction manual. We will use our vehicle text, ‘The Errand’ by Leo La Fleur, and it’s beautiful illustrations to generate some effective narratives. Children in Hawthorn class are expected to continue reading outside of school in order to progress in their reading skills. Please ensure you listen to your child read each day – this is a vital step in becoming fluent readers.

In Maths we will spend the first few weeks recapping essential number knowledge including the four operations. We will then explore fractions in more depth, before moving onto decimals and percentages. In order to support your child with this unit of work, it is essential that they are practising all times tables (1-12x) regularly. Each day children will focus on improving their arithmetic fluency through key skills sessions.

In Topic, we will continue exploring the ‘Battle of Britain’. This is an exciting, history-based topic, which will focus on the events of World War II. We will begin the term by exploring when and where the Second World War began and which countries were involved, we will investigate what life was like living in wartime Britain, looking at events such as the Blitz and evacuations. We will then discuss the reasons for Hitler wanting to invade Britain and explore what the Battle of Britain was and how it ended up being a key turning point in the war.

In Science, the children will be investigating ‘Forces’. This will include exploring gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.  In RE, we will be continuing to focus on Christianity and explore what it means to be part of a denomination. In PSHE, this term we will be exploring media literacy and digital resilience – developing strategies to assess whether content online is based on fact, opinion, reliable or unreliable.

For the remainder of the Spring Term, children will be doing 30 minutes each day; the children may keep their PE kit at school. They will also need a water bottle each day.

Homework will continue to be set each Monday and must be completed by the Friday of the same week. You can help with homework but please do not do it for your child. Please fill out your child’s reading records when you hear them read each night. (Homework is extremely important. Please refer to the Oak View homework policy for more information regarding homework.)

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any questions you may have regarding your childs personal and academic progress.

Miss Hickman

Class code for Google Classroom: ksmyuio


Spring 2 Term Plans:



MTP The Errand Spring 2