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Year 5 - Sea Lions

Welcome to Year 5!

Our topic for Spring Term is Amazing Amazon


We have lots of exciting activities planned for this term linked to our topic on the Amazon.  This includes a Samba Workshop (led by Dorset Music Service), a hands on Science morning with Wessex Water, and a day with the Outdoor Education Centre, Leeson House, where we will learn all about rivers. Our class reader for the term is 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell - a gripping story to really paint a picture of the Amazon in our minds.

Overview of Amazon Topic 2019

Science - investigating air resistance with different parachutes.

Science at The Swanage School.

Terrific tennis on Friday afternoons with Ryan and Paul from Swanage Tennis Club.

WWII cooking

Football fun with Patrick the coach.

Our trip to the Tank Museum

Remembering the fallen soldiers from Swanage on the Armistice Centenary

Remembering the fallen soldiers from Swanage on the Armistice Centenary  1

Reading gives you wings!

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Reading gives you wings! 2
Reading gives you wings! 3


Reading regularly will help develop your vocabulary, improve your spelling and inspire your own written work. We read daily in school; as a class,through guided reading sessions and independently. Ideally, you should be reading daily at home but we recommend at least four times a week. As well as always having a school reading book on the go, it is good to read other materials too. 


Every month, you will be given a 'Home Reading Bookmark' to record all the reading you do at home. This needs to be signed by an adult on each occasion and then given to  us to check at the end of the week.

 Happy reading!




This guide will help you with your grammar.

Help with spellings

Help with spellings 1
Help with spellings 2

Statutory spelling lists for KS2

Maths Homework

Maths homework will often be set on IXL Maths and will complement work done in class that week. Additionally, children will be asked to practise their times tables and core number facts. Using TimesTable RockStars, Studyzone.Tv  and Xtramath will help with this. There are links to these websites below. If children do not have access to a computer/ the internet, just let us know and we can make arrangements for them to complete the work in school. 

Percentages Guide

Decimals Guide

Fractions Guide

Area and perimeter guide


Currently, PE is on a Monday and Thursday afternoons. This may change occasionally due to weather conditions and hall availability so please ensure you have appropriate kit in school every day.

Code of Conduct

At Swanage Primary we follow our Friendly Four rules: be safe, be kind, be respectful and be responsible.

As a class, you considered what your rights  are and you said that it is also the responsibility of everyone in the class to be kind, considerate and polite; to try hard and persevere when you face challenges; and treat others as you like to be treated yourselves.  

Managing and Monitoring Behaviour

The same high standards of behaviour are in expected in Year 5 as in the rest of the school. However, as some of the oldest pupils in the school, you are a role model to the younger children and should be setting a good example at all times. In Upper Key Stage 2, we use the Class Dojo app to monitor and manage behaviour. Please see below for a copy of a letter explaining how this system works.

The Ancient Technology Centre visit

Our Class Assembly. What a fantastic performance by everyone!

Useful websites