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William Grill, author of Shackleton's Journey, visited year 5 on Monday 30th of October and demonstrated some of his amazing illustration skills to us.

He talked us through the process of illustrating a book, and showed us how powerful images are.

The whole year group were captivated and inspired.

The children worked with gold paint and black paper to recreate characters from Theseus and the Minotaur.

They used Will's work for inspiration.

William gave us expert help and showed us lots of different brush techniques.

We are very proud of the work that has been produced and can't wait to see these skills develop throughout the year!














Year 5 Summer 2 Curriculum



We can’t believe we are now at the end of Summer 1 and entering our last half term together, the teachers are so excited about the things we have coming up! Reflecting on this half term, the children absolutely loved filming their Shirley One Show with Solent University and showed great creativity and co-operation when building their very own rides for Paultons Park. As usual, the Year 5 teachers have all been blown away by the children’s hard work and look forward to another great half term!



Summer 2 Curriculum –The Power of Water


This half term we will be learning all about the power of water and how important it is around the world. During this topic, there will be a focus on Geography and we will look closely at different rivers around the world and the features that make up a river. The children will also be attending the Gordon Brown Centre to have a closer look at river and measure temperature, depth and speed.


As part of the water theme, we will also be looking at the charity ‘Water Aid’ and what is being done to help those who don’t have easy access to fresh, clean water. Towards the end of term we will be setting up and running our own fair to help raise money for water aid. Our Water Aid Fair will be held on the field on Monday 9th July from 2.00 - 3.00pm.  More information will be coming out nearer the time.




For our literacy journey, we will be writing short narrative stories to raise awareness of children without clean water. We will be selling these to raise money for Water Aid. We will also be looking at life cycles in our science learning and focusing on measurements in our maths.

Parent Helpers Plea!   Do you have any spare time during school hours to help with reading or times table practice?  The year 5 team would be extremely grateful to any family members willing to give up their free time to help the children. Please speak to the school office if you can help.

PE Reminder


Indoor PE: Tuesday


Outdoor Games: Wednesday– led by Team Spirit (all classes)

PE Kit- Please ensure that all children have a white coloured T- Shirt and black shorts; alternatively they may wear a plain coloured T-Shirt representing their house colour. It is crucial that children have a lightweight rain jacket and warm clothing as Thursday’s lessons are outdoors. Long hair must always be tied up and all jewellery must be removed. If earrings cannot be removed, then they must be taped.


HomeworkEach week the children will be set times table homework which will swap between online maths homework using Times Tables Rock Stars and a sheet of times tables. They are set on a Wednesday and are due back on a Wednesday. We will be setting 10 games for the children to complete which will take a maximum of 10 minutes.


As we are having a focus on times tables, we will be adapting Big Maths Beat That to refocus the children on manipulating the known facts.  Each week the children will try to achieve 55 or more on specific times table and then move on to the next when this is achieved. The children can practise the times table they are working on at home each week.



Year 5 Reading Challenge
In Year 5 we have our own reading challenge in which the children can move up on our reading chart depending on how many reads they have done over the term. At the end of each term the children get the opportunity to watch a film if they achieve a certain amount of reads.


0-34 reads: Reading afternoon


35-60 reads: Afternoon on the field with sports equipment


61-85 reads: Ice cream


86+ reads: Water fight



Summer 2 Spellings

The new curriculum words have also been sent and the children should be practising these each week, ready for the test at the end of the half term. These words are listed below.


competition         marvellous         programme          bargain         suggest


system               environment        yacht                     vegetable        average

Key dates in year 5


Summer 2


6/6/18- Malamutes and half of Orcas to Gordon Brown Centre

7/6/18- Sea Otters and half of Orcas to Gordon Brown Centre

20/6/18- Year 5 to Solent University for premier (AM)

22/6/18-INSET DAY

30/6/18 - Summer Fair      

9/7/18 - Water Air Fair                                              

10/7/18- Transition Day

13/7/18-Sports Day

WB. 16/7/18- Active and Healthy Week



For further information regarding Year 5 please visit the official school Facebook page. Please note that any other SJS Facebook pages/groups are not endorsed or managed by the school.


Shirley Junior School Year 5 2017-2018


Thank you once again for all of your support.

The Year 5 Team


"I would like to feedback the effort and care of individual teachers at the school. Really supportive. "