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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5:
Klee Class & Miro Class

Mrs Souissi and Mrs Harrison is teaching Klee Class this year and Miss Danning is the class teacher in Miro Class.


Welcome to year 5! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn.


In year 5, the PE day is Tuesday (Miro) and Friday (Klee). Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on this day.


We would welcome parent helpers who hold Kent House DBS checks, so please contact the class teacher about this.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be spelling and grammar. We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.



Read it

Research it

Make it

We’re studying ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson in Literacy this term. Set in Brazil in the early 20th Century this story chronicles the experiences of Maia, an orphaned girl, who is forced to leave her home in England to live with her cruel relatives in the Amazon.


Read another book where the main character or characters undergo a journey, and compare and contrast this to ‘Journey to the River Sea’.

You could present your findings in the form of a book review or in a table.

The Amazon Rainforest represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests and is home to the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world! However, about a fifth of the rainforest has already been lost to deforestation.


Research why the Amazon is under threat from deforestation and what we can to do to protect and save this unique and irreplaceable habitat.

You will then use the information you researched in the ‘Write it’ and ‘Design it’ sections.

Make a 3D version of the Amazon Rainforest. Think about the different layers of the rainforest (The Emergent Layer, The Canopy, The Understory and The Forest Floor) and the many species of animals, birds, plants and insects that exist and survive within these layers.


You could pick a particular animal, bird or plant that is unique to the Amazon and create a 3D version of it within its habitat.

Try to make is as vibrant and attractive as possible! 

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practising the skills we are learning in school;

Spellings: A new set of spellings will be given out every Wednesday during school. The children will be tested on these new spellings the following week on Wednesday.

Times tables and division facts: From 4x to 12x and then the corresponding division facts.

Write a letter to the Prime Minister, persuading them and their party to fund and support efforts to conserve the Amazon Rainforest.

Use the research you did to support your writing.

Include facts about deforestation.

Include persuasive and emotive language.

Could you include a rhetorical question?

Design a Conservation Poster persuading someone to help protect and save the Amazon Rainforest.


You will need to decide on your audience and the focus of your poster.

For example, the poster could be targeted at other children with the aim to encourage them to cut down on the use of paper/card (reduce, reuse, recycle) or it could be aimed at adults appealing to them to donate to raise money to fund efforts to save the rainforests. 

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

What are we learning?

In literacy we will begin by reading “Journey to the River Sea”. This story is set one hundred years ago, it follows the life and journey of Maia, an orphan girl, as she faces up to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. She is sent from a London boarding school to join distant relatives in the Amazon jungle. Through this, children will explore and discuss culture, differences in peoples and places, and examine the role of empathy. In maths, we will be focusing on place value, and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics. Our topic learning will be based around rivers – learning about rivers around the world, the journey of a river and the importance of rivers through history. Do you know which is the biggest river in the world?

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 25 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children also have a mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts.

If you have any questions, please talk to Mrs Souissi, Mrs Harrison or Miss Danning, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Mrs Souissi, Mrs Harrison and Miss Danning