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Welcome to Year Five - Poplar!

Mrs Huddleston

Mrs Rhodes

Miss Leonard



Welcome to the Poplar class page! We have lots of exciting plans for this year and we know that all of the children in Poplar will aspire to be the best that they can be over the year! This year we will be working on three main themes in our topic lessons; these are: World War II, Ancient Egypt and Space.


We would like all children to read at least three times a week at home and to practise their spellings and multiplication tables as many times as possible each week - this can include using 'Times Tables Rockstars' and 'Spelling Shed'. Children will also be given a 'menu' of homework to choose from. When you listen to your child read at home please remember to sign their reading diaries!



Our English work allows us to read a range of different books, teaching key reading and writing skills through these. This year we will be reading 'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling, 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson and 'The Lemonade Crime' by Jacqueline Davies. We will also have class texts, chosen by the children, which we will read together over the year.

Teaching and Learning in Maths follows our Oakhill planning document which teaches the four main areas in maths. These are Number and Place Value, Geometry, Measure and Statistics. Where possible, links have been made across the maths curriculum to provide children with as many opportunities as possible to apply their knowledge and understanding. 

Alumno Curriculum:
Our Alumno curriculum work on World War II, The Egyptians and Space will include historical, geographical and scientific work alongside art, design and technology. Children will also have Computing, Music and French lessons.


Planned trips for Year 5 this year are as follows:

The Churnet Valley Railway Evacuee Experience (Linking to our WW2 Topic)
The National Space Centre, Leicester (Linking to our Space Topic)

As well as these trips, we are also looking to invite visitors into school to aid our learning. These sessions include an Egyptian workshop, which involves a visit by a 'real' Egyptian Pharaoh.

Things to remember


  • Fitness Friday each week. Children can wear PE Kit and/or suitable outdoor sportswear.
  • Friday is the day of our weekly spelling and multiplication tables tests.
  • Y5 children go swimming every Friday afternoon. Anyone with hair long enough to cover their eyes needs a swimming cap. All girls must wear a costume and boys must wear trunks or fitted shorts. Loose or baggy shorts are not permitted. Everyone must bring a towel and if glasses are worn, then a protective case must also be provided to keep them safe. No goggles should be worn unless for a medical reason in which case a signed letter should be provided.
  • Y5 children will be completing PE on a Wednesday. Children must remember to bring their PE kit in a bag. They will get changed at school and go home in their uniform again.



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