Year 5 - Canberra Class - Miss Harris and Mrs Carroll

Welcome to Canberra Class!


  •               Miss Harris and Mrs Carroll - Class Teachers
  •               We have 26 children in our class


Autumn Term


Topic: Port of Plymouth

This term’s topic is based around the Tudors and specifically the Port of Plymouth and the journey of the Mayflower. We will be working to answer the question: Why did the Mayflower leave Plymouth? We will be creating our own Tudor style prints in art as well as creating Henry VIII portraits. In science our focus will be electricity where we will investigate and create simple circuits.

Times Tables
Children should be learning their times tables as all children are expected to know each multiplication table (up to 12 x 12) by heart by the time they reach secondary school. We kindly ask that all children practise their times tables regularly at home. If your child needs their Times Tables Rockstars logins to help them practise, please just ask.

We also ask that all children read regularly. We suggest a minimum of 15 minutes per night. Reading and discussing books each night will help your children to develop the higher order reading skills of comprehension and will help to move their reading forward. Children will then take quizzes using our RENN reading scheme in school in which we will count the total number of words your child has read and reward them with a certificate in celebration assembly – will you become a word millionaire?


Children will engage in PE sessions twice weekly. Some of these sessions will take place in our outdoor environment. Please ensure PE kits are in school every day; children will sometimes engage in additional sport related activities outside of their usual PE slots. PE is on a Monday and Tuesday – please make sure earrings are removed or can be removed before taking part. 

Your child will be given homework on a Friday. They will need to complete your homework and put it in the homework box the following Thursday, meaning they will have plenty of time to complete it. 

Each week they will need to:

  •               Practise their 10 spellings, which will be tested each Friday. (These will be stuck into their book)
  •               Log in to Times Tables Rockstars and play for at least 10 minutes
  •               Read their reading book or a few chapters if it is a very long book.
  •               Either complete a reading comprehension or a maths activity linked to what we have been learning about in class. (These will be stuck into their book)

Walking home.

Children in year 5 can now walk home from school. Whilst we would prefer that children are dropped and picked up from school by an adult where possible, we appreciate that due to working patterns for some parents that this may not be possible. If working circumstances prevent you from dropping and picking up your child, please ensure that your child understands that they must leave the school premises promptly at the end of the day and go straight home. We have shared this important message with all the Upper Key Stage 2 children in school and ask that this is reinforced on a regular basis at home.

If you would like your child to start walking home from school, please see the office for a walking home consent form. This will need to be signed even if your child leaves the class teacher to walk to meet a sibling/carer/meet a parent at the back gate or car park and your child will not be able to walk home interpedently without your written permission.