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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

Barn Owl

Welcome to Barn Owls!


Class Teacher Miss Lock

Teaching Assistant Miss Terrett


Welcome back! I hope you feel well rested and are ready for Year 5. 


Creative Curriculum


Throughout this history topic the children will have the opportunity to explore Britain’s rich history from when the Romans invaded through to the Viking invasion. The children will learn about timelines, Britain’s earliest immigrants, daily life for Anglo-Saxons and the Viking invasions.

During the topic, we will have a Viking day which will allow the children to research and explore the topic in a practical way.


Guided Reading


In Guided Reading this half term we are reading 'Holes' by Louis Sachar.

'Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention centre, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.'




This half term, Barn Owls will be using 'The Jungle Book’ to produce a variety of pieces of writing. Following this, we will be writing diary entries from Viking invaders based around our Creative Curriculum work.



This half term we will be looking at place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Other useful information:

  • P.E. lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays so please make sure that you have your P.E. kit in school.
  • Creative Curriculum homework will be given out in the first week of every half term and will be due in the last week of the half term.
  • Keep reading books at home that you enjoy. Remember you have logins to the e-reader service. See the link below.