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Year 5 – Maple Class

Welcome to Maple class and Year 5!

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Here is a small insight into what you will see in Maple class…

Each morning starts with a reading, writing, spelling, ‘finishing off’ task or a ‘wordseach’ type of activity, while we all settle down at registration time.

We then spend the rest of the morning immersed in writing, reading and numeracy activities. Where possible we try to relate these to real life, topical and practical activities.

We use ICT frequently to support our learning in many subject areas and use Mathletics to practise maths skills.

Guided reading session will take place most days where one group of children will read and discuss texts with the teacher whilst the others will work independently on a variety of tasks to improve their maths, spelling, writing and enjoyment of books.

PSHE and RE sessions may also be taught in the mornings.

Afternoon sessions may then continue with PE, History, Geography and Science.

Some Art and DT will take place, with the support of Teaching Assistants, each Wednesday p.m., French will also take place at this time.

We may also set aside special days throughout the term where we will focus on one topic or skill in detail.

Spellings and Grammar

Spellings will be given to be practised and learnt in class but some spelling lists may also be sent home to support learning. Spellings are sometimes differentiated to practise particular spelling patterns.

In class the children keep a small red ‘Word’ book to record their own personal spelling errors along with topic words and other ‘tricky’ spellings. We also have lessons on spelling rules e.g. plural endings.  The children then complete some work in class to practise these and apply them to their written work.

The children also have grammar lessons to focus on reading and writing skills.

Other special lessons

Maple class are fortunate to be taught by specialist teachers in Music and French. Some PE sessions will also be taught by a teacher and students from Long Road 6th Form College. In the Spring term specialist teaching will be given in swimming sessions at Parkside Pool.

How we work

The children are encouraged to work in a variety of ways. They are expected to work to the best of their ability and work well together even if their group is not supported by an adult. They will talk about their learning in ‘talking partners’ and’ trios’. They work in differentiated or mixed ability groups depending on the task. Children will also work independently on sustained focused tasks.

The children are set Targets in writing and maths. These are written in the books and shared with the children.  The children aim to achieve these targets and show evidence to prove that this has been done.

The children are also asked to self assess their achievements relating to a lesson’s Learning Objective. ‘Traffic Lights’ feedback is given here by the children, they are also encouraged to give written feedback and ask questions- this is responded to in marking.


Children are set half-termly Extended Learning Challenges. These challenges will cover a range of subjects and topics. The children are encouraged to present their work here in an individual and an interesting way.

Homework is set each Friday, to be returned the following Wednesday. This is usually based on current Literacy and Numeracy topics but may occasionally have another subject focus. Responding to reading activities and maths games are also suggested each week on the weekly news letters. Links to useful websites, notes about forthcoming events and ideas for things to do at home to support the children are also included on the weekly letter.

Trips and visitors

I aim to include a wide variety of experiences for the children to enhance learning. I try to make use of the outdoor area in our school grounds and often arrange trips to local museums and facilities. We are so fortunate in Cambridge to be in walking distance of so many fantastic, and usually free, resources! In the past we have attended many University events such as Lectures at the Chemistry Dept. and launching rockets at the Engineering Dept. We have also visited the Fitzwilliam, Whipple and Cambridge (folk) Museums. We have explored Tudor Cambridge, including King’s College Chapel and enjoyed trips to Ely Cathedral.

Longer visits are also arranged to places such as Kentwell Hall, Long Melford. To experience their Tudor Recreation Days.

The children will also have the opportunity to participate in a Residential Trip in the summer term with the year 6 class.

Other Events

There will be a Class Assembly each year and a very entertaining Yr 5 and 6 production in July.

If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mrs Corlito (Year 5 Class Teacher)