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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 Spring term!

Our theme this half term will be:

What's so special about the USA? 


To support and enhance learning please ensure that your child chooses and completes one of the following theme homework tasks:


  1. Make a model of a Stone Age tool using junk materials. Be as creative as you like! Write a paragraph about your tool e.g. What is it used for? How was it made? Who uses it? (Theme topic)
  2. Design a poster representing the life cycle of a mammal, amphibian or an insect.. (Science topic)
  3. Imagine that you’ve been whisked back into a mythical setting! Write a myth describing your journey and obstacles you face against the mighty Zeus! Remember to include all of the features you’ve been using in your literacy lessons. (Literacy topic)

Please return theme homework by: Friday 8th December 2017  


In Literacy, we will begin with a unit on non-chronological reports, a text that gives information about a certain topic without needing to be in a specific order. We will be using the poem 'The Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll as a stimulus before writing our own fact file about the Jabberwock creature! We will be using laptops to present these, giving us an opportunity to improve our computing skills too! We will continue to read and analyse ‘Billionaire Boy’ by David Walliams. Our reading comprehension links to the development of inference and retrieval skills, as well as focusing on understanding complex vocabulary. 

We will continue to practice our cursive joined up writing every week.

Follow the link below to practice your handwriting! 


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 this half term we will be focusing on:

  • using formal methods of division to divide up to 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers.
  • use the formal method of long multiplication to multiply increasingly large numbers.
  • solve problems using all 4 operations, addition, subraction, multiplication and division.

Once children feel confident with this we will be moving onto a unit of fractions including decimals and percentages. We will use practical maths activities to assist with this.

As we are moving onto more complex multiplication, 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!



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 PSHE, we will be continuing a unit on Friendship and Teamwork, ensuring that we can work effectively together and how to solve any issues within our teams effectively to be successful.

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 – Earth and the Moon

RE – Exploring christianity

Indoor PE – 

Outdoor PE – Hockey

Design Technology/Art - Focus on the work of: Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock & Georgia O’Keefe 

Music – Pop music

MFL - French 

We are looking forward to a busy  and exciting school year in Class 8!

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