Year 5

Our teachers are: Mr Stage in Beech Tree Class and Mr McAfee in Willow Tree Class

Our teaching assistants are: Mrs Watt, Mrs Dougall and Mrs Field 




Summer 2024

Welcome back to the summer term in Year 5 at Great Dunmow. This term, the focuses for the children are as follows: 





Year 5 will be looking at traditional tales and writing our own fables and Greek myths making sure features of the text type were included within them. We will continue to embed our grammatical understanding and knowledge of spelling rules. Later in the term, we will also be looking at the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We will be writing from different perspectives and varying the formality of language used. Whole class shared reading sessions will focus on discussing a variety of extracts and using retrieval and inference skills to answer questions on the text. 




We will look at shape, decimals, geometry and measurements. We will develop our fluency understanding and apply reasoning and problem-solving skills to a variety of questions. To develop our arithmetic skills, we will continue to recap arithmetic questions within lessons and will also have a weekly arithmetic assessment. We aim to improve our scores weekly through accurate understanding of the written methods for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). 




General Information




Please make sure that children come to school with all the relevant P.E equipment: shorts, t-shirt and appropriate footwear for indoor activities and a tracksuit and trainers for games sessions. No jewellery is to be worn at any time during PE sessions and long hair needs to be tied back. Children will not be permitted to borrow kit from other children. 


Please let us know if your child is unable to partake in any PE lesson.

In addition, please ensure your child has a water bottle in class.



P.E days are as follows:


  • Wednesday (Outdoor)
  • Thursday (Indoor)




Both classes will be given the following homework via Google Classroom on a Wednesday to be completed by the following Wednesday:


  • Reading – Children will need to read for at least 10 minutes every night.
  • Maths and Grammar -This will be set on SATS companion each Wednesday.
  • Spellings- A weekly list of spellings will be set using the spelling pattern being learned that week. The children need to practise these on EdShed.

Please let us know if you are unable to access the internet at home as we can then make other arrangements for homework.



Upcoming Events in Year 5


WOW day- Friday 26th April


Swimming- week beginning 29th April


Careers Fair – Tuesday 11th June


RSE Talk for parents – Tuesday 11th June


Sports Day- Thursday 20th June


Taster Day at HRS – Thursday 4th July



If you have any further questions, and wish to speak to us, please do not hesitate to see us.


Mr Stage and Mr McAfee


For further information about our curriculum – please see the long term plan below