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Orchard Primary Academy

5 Sycamore

Welcome to 5 Sycamore

 Welcome to 5 Sycamore's Home Page, here you will find lot's of useful information that you may need.

In Year 5, We incorporate Orchard's three curriculum drivers into everything we do.

Respect, Responsibility and Aspiration.

This year we will constantly 'Dream Big and Dare to Fail'. We will always try our best and understand that each and every one of us is amazing and unique in our special way!


 This year the staff in year 5 will be: Miss Carter. We will have Mrs Hogarth supporting us in year 5. In the mornings, Year 5 will be supported by Mrs Anderson. 



Important Information


5 Sycamore have PE on a Monday. On P.E. days we will need to come to school in our P.E. kits and we stay in them for the day. Please make sure all items are clearly labelled with the children's names on.

This half term our focus is tennis.

It is important to keep hydrated throughout the school day so we have a bottle of fresh water in the classroom with our names on.  We have water fountains in school to refill these when needed.


We follow a weekly timetable until the last week of each half term where we block complete certain subjects such as MFL,  Art and DT and Computing.  We also complete picture news and online safety toolboxes weekly.

Homework is available weekly for children to take home and complete and bring back into school on a Wednesday. 

New spelling rules are also focused on every week, completing a range of activities on a daily basis to help with our learning of new spellings.

In 5 Sycamore, we LOVE to read! We need to take our library books home with us to read, in which we swap on a 2 weekly basis where we visit the library and choose our own choice of book.  We will read everyday for at least half an hour in school and should try to read to ourselves; adults or to our siblings at least three times a week at home. 

Key Dates 

 On Monday we will have PE - so please ensure that you come in your PE Kit and a spare pair of pumps or trainers if you prefer not to be bare footed if we are in the hall due to weather.

Monday 24th June - Inset day

Monday 22nd July - Inset day 

This half term we will be learning ...


This half term we will be beginning our writing a non fiction piece of work based on poetry and The Highway man for our sentence stacking lessons to apply our learning in our independent write based on our own piece of poetry. Throughout the rest of the half term, we will be moving onto a fiction unit and using the text 'The Fantastic Flying books of Mr Lessmore' to support us write our own story.

In guided reading we will be using the fiction text, 'The Night Bus Hero' by Onjali Q. Rauf and also non fictional texts to support our curriculum that link to other subjects such as science, PSHE, history and geography. 



 Maths this half term we are focusing on a range of different units including shape, position and direction, converting units and volume. We will learn new knowledge and apply prior knowledge to help us with our learning.



In Science this half term, we are going to be focusing on the topic of Forces with leavers, gears and pulleys. Within this topic we will be working like scientists by exploring the purpose and how levers, gears and pulleys help us within our everyday lives and the forces used to make these work.



In History we will be focusing on the topic of  'Europe and the Alpine region'. Throughout this unit we will be working like geographers and learning all about the different countries in the alpine region and focusing on the different mountains and the effects on tourism on these different countries.


Design technology

This half term we are completing our DT. piece of cooking. We are going to create our own bread to sell at the fair.


Religious Education

In RE, we will be looking at the theme of 'Forgiveness and the focus of the key question, 'What do Christians believe about the old and new covenants?'.  We will be studying the religion of Christianity and the story of Abraham throughout this learning.


For PSHE our next unit we will be focusing on is, 'Changing me'.

We will be using Jigsaw Jez to help us learn about how our bodies and minds can change throughout different stages in our lives and as we embark on our journey to year 6/

Music/Happy Confident Me

 This half term the children will be having a different lesson in place of music. This will be a new scheme called, 'Happy, Confident Me'. This will help the children focus on gratitude and growth mindset boosting children's self esteem, happiness, positive thinking and mindfullness.

Author Focus

Onjali Qatara Raúf MBE is a British author and the founder of the two NGOs: Making Herstory, a woman's rights organisation tackling the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK; and O's Refugee Aid Team, which raises awareness and funds to support refugee frontline aid organisations.


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