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Year 5- Term 5 Newsletter

Please find attached a copy of the Year 5 Newsletter for term 5.


Mr Swain

Year 5- Term 3 Newsletter

Please find attached a copy of the Year 5 Newsletter for term 3. There are some changes to our PE days and the way our class complete homework tasks.


Mr Swain

English Homework- 03/12/2021

Over the past two weeks, Year 5 have learnt all about writing persuasive letters. Your homework task this week is to recap this learning and have a go at writing a persuasive letter to Lincoln Drill Hall.


The manager of the Drill Hall (where KS2 are going to the watch the Aladdin pantomime this week) has decided to close its doors for the final time after years of entertaining the people of Lincoln.

You should include the following features:
At least two arguments why it should stay open using Point, Evidence and Explain.
Rhetorical questions e.g. would you really make such an unpopular decision?
The rule of three e.g. I am devastated, disgusted and horrified by...
Hyperbole e.g. you will break a million hearts by closing the Drill Hall.
Emotive language e.g. It would be a heartless decision, think of the poor people of Lincoln who love the magic of the Drill Hall.

I have included a WAGOLL for you have a look at. Please read the document below and write your persuasive arguments at the bottom of it. Once it is complete- hand it in to be marked.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr Swain

Maths Homework- 19/11/2021


This weeks homework is all about learning and remembering key facts in maths. These key facts include timetables facts and the basic maths facts for Year 5.

TASK 1- Please select the timestables activity linked to your personal target and complete it. The key to learning your times tables is regular practice over time so you may need to do this every night throughout the next few weeks until you can confidently recall them all.

A great idea to help you achieve this, is to make fact cards and put them on the stairs of your house. Every time you go up the stairs, say the facts out loud e.g. 1 x 6 is 6, 2 x 6 is 12 etc. I have added a picture to show you this in action.

Playing on TTRS for 5 minutes each day is also a great way to learn and recall this knowledge quickly.

TASK 2- Give yourself 15 minutes and have a go at the year 5 facts sheet. When the time is up, mark your answers using the answers sheet. Once you have done this focus in on an area you find tricky (e.g. converting measures) and try to learn the facts for that section (E.g. 1 mile = 1.6 km). The best way to do this is to recall a few facts each day. When you can confidently remember a section using regular practice over time, pick another section and do the same.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr Swain

12/11/2021- Year 5 Homework (English)


In September, Year 5 learnt all about writing suspense stories. Your homework task this week is to recap this learning and have a go at writing your own suspense story linked to a picture.

Please read the document below and write your story at the bottom of it. Once it is complete- hand it in to be marked.


Due: Thursday, 18th November 2021


Enjoy, Mr. Swain

08/10/2021- Year 5 Homework (Project)


This term, Year 5 have been learning about the Norman invasion of England in 1066 and how William the Conqueror established his power as king by building castles all over the country. You task over the next two weeks is to either create a poster or model of one of his castle designs (a motte and bailey or stone keep castle). There are some examples of how to achieve this below. Once complete you can send me a picture of your castle work or bring it in to show the class during the last week of term.


Due: Thursday, 21st October 2021


Enjoy, Mr. Swain

Year 5 Bibles


Congratulations to all of Year 5, who this week managed to learn Psalm 23. In recognition of this, they were presented with their Bibles at the Harvest Service, which we hope they will use, cherish and help them to remember their time at Navenby School. My thanks to Mrs Cawthorne who came into school to test the children and presented the Bibles to them.

01/10/2021- Year 5 Homework

Task 1

To continue to memorise and practice your part of Psalm 23. See last weeks homework task for further details


Task 2

To make an A4 poster with an inspirational quote about life or learning (to go on display in our classroom).


As part of our RE we are learning about how the teachings of the Bible guide us on how to live our lives. This weeks homework task is to take a quote or piece of wisdom you have enjoy and present it beautifully on an A4 sheet of paper, to go on display in the classroom. Some examples are attached below.


Due: Thursday, 7th October 2021


Many thanks, Mr. Swain


24/09/2021- Year 5 Homework- Psalm 23

To read and familiarise yourself with Psalm 23.

Key Points:

  • A tradition in Year 5 at Navenby Church of England Primary School is that the children are asked to learn a Psalm from the Bible.
  • In return, they will receive their very own copy of the Bible, which is purchased for them as a gift.
  • Year 5 will be presented with their Bibles by Mrs Cawthorne (our Bishop’s visitor) at the Harvest Festival on the 8th of October.
  • Mrs Cawthorne will be coming into school around the 5th of October to work with groups of the children and check their understanding of Psalm 23.
  • We are aware that different children learn at different rates so one child may learn a few lines of the Psalm, where as another may want to learn all of it. We ask the children to tell us how much they intend to learn so please discuss this with them over the next few days.
  • The children will learn all about the Psalm in RE this week and they will also have an opportunity to practice it in school.


The Psalm selected by Mrs Cawthorne to learn is Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my Shepard’. The class have been sent home with a copy of the Psalm today but I have also attached a copy below for any that did not make it home.


Many thanks, Mr. Swain


Welcome to Year 5

Navenby C of E Primary School - Elm Class - September 2021


A Very Warm Welcome Back....

We hope that you all had a lovely summer. Welcome to Elm class, who are busy settling into life as Year 5. This year, Mr Swain will teach the class alongside our fabulous teaching assistants Miss Reynolds, Mrs Baxter and Mrs Sullivan. This term, Mr Swain’s planning afternoon will be on a Wednesday with Miss Reynolds and Mr Housam taking the class. We have planned some exciting topics for the year ahead and these will be shared with parents through knowledge organisers published on our class page of the school’s website. Linked to our learning about the Normans, we are hoping to secure a trip to Lincoln castle before Christmas. As soon as we receive confirmation, full details will be shared with parents.


Physical Education

This term PE will take place on a Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, however we request that your child brings their PE kit in with them on a Monday and then takes it home to be washed every Friday. For the first half of this term, we are lucky to have a specialist coach from Carres Outreach teaching us all about Medieval dance!


If your child is unable to take part in a PE activity, please send a note into school. Unless circumstances dictate, children will still be expected to change into their PE kit and participate as a non-physical performer. This may include observing, assessing, providing feedback, officiating or using ICT to capture images within the lesson. If children forget all or part of their PE kit a polite note will be recorded in their reading diaries


Lost Property & Cloakroom Space

We have a lost property box in our class cupboard, but let’s hope that we keep our belongings safe!  All children have their own lockers in the corridor where they can store all personal items.



Please try to read regularly with your child; filling in their reading diaries at least 5 times a week. Regular, varied reading not only helps develop reading skills but also has a positive impact on writing standards, spelling, knowledge of grammar rules and most importantly imagination. I firmly believe home reading is still vitally important in Year 5.


Homework - Posted each week on this website

English/reading and maths homework will be posted onto Google Classroom each Friday, to be turned in by the following Thursday. If children are unable to complete their homework tasks, please send a message on the Classroom by Monday so I can help with any problem areas. We are keen to keep using Google Classroom for homework to maintain good lines of communication between home and school. Login details will be stuck into the front of your child’s reading diary and a small homework task will be set on Friday the 10th of September to help us rectify any teething issues.


Website Page:

This is regularly updated and contains termly overviews of learning, homework and knowledge organisers for each of our subjects.



I hope you find this information useful. Myself or Miss Reynolds will be available at the gate after school each day. Please do not hesitate to catch us if you have any questions or alternatively you can send me an email (Thomas.swain@navenby.lincs.sch.uk).


Best Wishes,

Mr Swain

Year 5 Homework Task- 10/09/21

Due: Tuesday, 14th September 2021

Next week in guided reading, we will be focusing on using expression, intonation and volume to make our reading exciting and engaging. With this in mind, I would like the class to bring their favorite children's book into school on Tuesday (there will of course be a large selection of books available in school for anyone who does not have on).


Also over the weekend, please try and re-read the story so that next week you can really focus on performing it with fluency and confidence.


A selection of Mr Swain's favorite childrens books are pictured below:


Monday 8th June

Hi Year 5, 


I hope you are all keeping well and managing to stay entertained despite the recent rainy days! 


I've just uploaded a few more activities for maths, reading and our Mayans topic below to keep you busy should you need them smiley


Take care and keep in touch, 


Miss Todd

Year 5 Spellings Summer - Term 2

Our home learning!

Happy half term year 5! smiley


I hope you all have a lovely break! 


Below is a little starting point for our next topic...The Mayans! 


Have a go at the KWL grid (What I know and what I'd like to know), then have a look at the videoword mat and creation story to give you a taster of The Mayans...


Enjoy! yes


Miss Todd

Monday 18th May

Hi guys! 


Hope you are all well. There are some more fun Ancient Greek activities to have a go at below and some different maths activities and spelling game ideas too! 


Lovely to see the work you’ve been doing! I’m so impressed. Check it out below to see what each other has been up to - it might inspire you to have a go at them too!


Take care & keep safe, 


Miss Todd

Create a pizza or poster to remember fraction, decimal & percentage facts!

Angles activities...

Times tables and number facts activities... challenge yourself with tricky numbers!

More Ancient Greek Vase ideas to try!

Find out about the Parthenon...can you create your own?

Have a go at creating Ancient Greek wrist bands using Greek patterns...

Other fun ways to practice our spellings!

Friday 8th May

Happy VE day to all of you! 


I have attached a few activities below if you would like to learn more about VE day smiley


I would also love to hear and/or see how you celebrated this day if you did!

So please send any photos you would like to share on our class page or have a go at the writing task below!


VE day diary

 Tell me about your VE day celebrations!

What did you do? What did you learn? What was your favourite part? Why was it special? 


If you weren't able to celebrate VE day, you could write a diary about one of your favourite 'Lockdown Days' so far! 


Also, see below for some updated maths, spellings and a PE challenge! 

Maths: Graphs & charts activities....You could even create your own after collecting your own data!

Here are the spellings we would have looked at this term....how many can you learn? Remember to use fun ways and activities to help you learn them! (See below)

Spelling activity ideas...

PE competition! Fancy an active challenge?

Monday 13th April

Hi Year 5!


I hope you all have had a lovely Easter and have been keeping safe and busy these last few weeks. I would love to see some of the things you have been up to, so please email me any photos and let me know if you are happy for me to share them on this class page for others to see too! smiley


I've updated our page below with some additional activities for you to complete should you wish over the next few weeks (called 'Maths part 2', 'SPaG activities' and 'Ancient Greece' - this term's topic!). I feel there are plenty of reading, writing and spelling activities for you do on here already and so revisit those as and when you need to - or think of your own! yes


Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like something more specific...I'm here to help and only an email away! 


Take care, keep safe and enjoy that lovely sunshine while it is here! 


Miss Todd



Hi Year 5!                                                                                                   Monday 23rd March


I really missed your faces last week! Well done for being great for your covering teachers and I hope you enjoyed the activities I prepared and sent in for you each day smiley


 Now is a strange time for us all, especially for your parents who will be trying their best to keep you safe, entertained and learning - as well as lots of important adult jobs they will be doing too like working, paying bills and jobs around the house - so please be kind to them and help them out as much as you can! They will really appreciate it and it will mean they are happier and might have more time to spend with you too heart


Hopefully you received a pack of activities to keep you going for a few days. A little each day, when you can is fine. Just do what you can, we understand it will be harder for some, but we can all try to keep our brains working - you have all worked so hard this year to learn many new things, so let's keep that going! There are new activities and resources on here for you to access when you need it over the coming weeks (see below). The weather is also beautiful at the moment, so get lots of fresh air in your gardens/outdoors and feel free to do other learning activities you've found out about too! I look forward to seeing what you've been up to, so save any special work you are proud of or take photos if you can!


Keep safe & be good! yes


Miss Todd 


P.s - Many of the activities attached below will have answers with them. Try not to be tempted to look until afterwards to see how successful you have been and what you need to improve on. I will also attach some other work to do too if you happen to find these a bit tricky (as we are only half way through Year 5, we do not expect you to know how to do everything so don't worry!).



Here is a guide to our Year 5 daily time table if it helps structure your day... (Twinkl also has a daily timetable of activities you can follow too if you feel you need it!) I've put some recommended timings on there which are different to our school day but are just a suggestion - some days or activities might not go to plan so don't worry!  And make sure you factor in some well-needed family time too... smiley


  • Reading (10 - 20 mins)
  • Maths (30 - 45 mins)


  • Writing and/or Spelling, Grammar & punctuation  (30 - 45 mins)


  • Spellings (10 - 15 mins)
  • Topic/Science - Space & the solar system (30 mins)


  • PE/outdoor learning or Art & crafts (30 mins) 



MATHLETICS - You should all know your log ins, but if for any reason you have forgotten just send me an email. I am just waiting to receive my log in (which is currently at school) so I can open up all the areas for you. In the meantime, access what you can and enjoy some LIVE! Mathletics too!


PURPLEMASH - Again, you should all have log ins. Email me if forgotten/lost. This online resource has a bit of everything! 


TOPMARKS - free online games and activities for every topic. We often do the 'Daily 10' (maths) in class. Speed Challenge and Hit the Button - are good for mental maths challenges such as times tables, addition, subtraction and division too!


The Egg Drop experiment & Typhoon Tour @RAF Coningsby

Our finished Titanic models!

Titanic Model Making!

Annabelle brought in a framed Titanic SOS message!

Water Resistance Races!

Defying Gravity Experiment!

Year 5 annual overview - Text version

Year 5 annual overview - Screen shot



We all know how sometimes we can find ourselves just itching to extend our learning further when we're not at school, so to make it that little bit easier Year 5's are assigned homework each week (out on a Friday and in on a Wednesday).  This will primarily be an English or Maths task but may also take the form of research or an extended project based around our Topics.  It is also great to see the children taking learning in to their own hands and we love sharing work brought in to school that the children have felt inspired to do in their own time at home too.


 Any additional free time can be spent completing fun activities on Mathletics, Spellodrome and Purple Mash - children all have their own log ins which can be found in their homework books. 


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