St Margaret's CofE

Primary School

A welcoming village school in the of the Rottingdean community

Year 5



Welcome to our Year 5 class page.  My name is Miss Lewis and I am the Year 5 class teacher.  This page has been set up to help provide some information for you with regards to what happens in our Year 5 class, our expectations and some helpful and handy links to support further learning.  Should you need to contact me, please feel free to send me an email. 


My contact details are


Autumn 1 - Information



Our topic for this term is all about the chocolate and the concept of Fairtrade. Our investigative title is 'Chocolate: is it as sweet as it tastes?'.  It is a geography based topic, so we will be using maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and identify where Fairtrade products come from. We will be exploring how chocolate is made and who gets what in the supply chain. We will also be learning about the history of chocolate and how it has evolved over centuries. Please see the topic web (below) for further information about our learning this term.  



PE will be on Tuesday afternoons (external swimming coaches) and Thursday afternoons (Harry).  Please ensure that the children come into school on these days wearing their school PE kit : shorts or tracksuit bottoms (depending on the weather), trainers, school jumper or fleece.  



Children are expected to participate in daily readingspelling and maths practice as outlined below. If children require any support with their homework, then I will be available at lunchtimes to provide that.


Maths - Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) can be used to help with number fluency as well as a number of online maths games that you can on Topmarks.


Reading - The children have each been set up with access to an account through which provides short quizzes to assess their comprehension skills. The children are also expected to engage with daily reading at home, books from school can be taken home for reading pleasure. This can be recorded in the Reading Journals.


Spelling - Spelling games/activities will be sent home on a Monday for children to complete in their own time. These will be based on the spelling focus for that particular week e.g. words containing the '-ough' letter string.  Children can also practice on Spelling Frame to assist them with their learning.

Autumn 1 Topic Web - Chocolate & Fairtrade

Year 5 Curriculum Map - an overview of the Year 5 curriculum


Swimming will take place until Christmas. 


Children must come into school in PE kit and bring the following items:

  • Swimming shorts/costume
  • Swimming hat
  • Goggles
  • Towel


Children will not shower at the pool - they will get changed straight away. 


If your child has an inhaler, this must be brought into school and adults will ensure that these are taken to the pool if needed.