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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

Welcome to Year 5 - Miss North!

Welcome to Class 8's webpage!

Here you can find information about the topics we will be learning about over the final term in Class 8!

Welcome back after the holidays.


Our theme will continue as ‘Battles of Britain.’

we will be using a range of maps and aerial photographs to make comparisons and build up a picture of the past. This will then be used to develop an understanding of what life was like for a WW1 soldier before they enlisted in the army. We will discover how technological advances changed warfare by the time WW2 came around, and why the Battle of Britain was so significant. We will study how the blitz affected the lives of city dwellers, and the ways in which the terrifying air raids were combated by everyday people.


In Literacy we will be beginning with a unit around newspaper reports. We will be exploring newspaper articles, discussing the features of a newspaper and distinguishing between fact and opinion. We will then apply this to our own newspaper report.

We will continue developing our comprehension and grammar skills with weekly SPaG and comprehension lessons. The children have daily spelling lessons and a weekly spelling test every Friday.

Spelling lists will be sent home on a Friday ready for the following weeks test.

Please ensure that you record when your child has read at home, in their reading record book. Thank you!

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In Maths we will be applying our calculation and reasoning skills throughout our Maths lessons and recapping and revising any areas that we have found challenging. This will give the children chance to apply their maths skills in a more practical and real-life way to give more context to their learning.

Please continue practicing your times tables at home, these are an essential part of all mathematics and in Year 5 it is expected that children know their times tables up to 12 x 12.

 We practice these in class a few times a week through songs, games and challenges! There are some fantastic times tables songs on YouTube!

If you require any assistance with this, please do not hesitate to ask!



In Science we will be working scientifically to investigate properties and changes in materials. The children will be carrying out scientific experiments and investigations enabling them to understand how to carry out a fair test. We will be writing up our own experiments and constructing charts and graphs to aid our analysis.


Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times.

Highfield PE kit is, white t-shirt, burgundy shorts and black pumps for indoor PE and either leggings or tracksuit bottoms and trainers for outdoor PE. 

Please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing and footwear and that each item is labelled to avoid losing any items.


In P.S.H.E we will be focusing on families, relationships and the changes that the children will experience in the next few years. We will be having a visit from a nurse who will talk to the children about the changes they will go through.

Homework reminders!

Please ensure your children are returning homework on a Monday morning, they will be asked to go to homework club that week if it is not returned on time to do the next piece.

Homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and returned on a Monday.


Maths and Literacy homework will rotate between Week A and B.

Week A- Comprehension book homework along with a Online Manga Maths activity.

Week B- Mental Maths book homework along with a Bug Club Online reading activity.

Reading – please encourage your child to read at home each night and put a brief comment in their reading record books.


Thank you for your continuing support with homework this year, if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.


Other subject areas:

Science – Changes and Properties of Materials

RE – ‘What do religions say to us when life gets hard?

Outdoor PE – Tennis and Rounders

Design Technology/Art - Air raid shelters

Music – You've got a friend

MFL - French 

We are looking forward to a busy  and exciting final half-term in Class 8!

Please ensure that you check our web page on a regular basis for updates and the twitter page for photographs and tweets!