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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

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Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 414 children on roll.
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Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 95.5%
  • Year 1 93.1%
  • Year 2 96.1%
  • Year 3 95.2%
  • Year 4 92.8%
  • Year 5 92.5%
  • Year 6 97.7%
  • Whole School - 94.7%

Year 5



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Welcome to Year 5!


In Year 5 we have two classes - Ruben and Empire Class:



Class Teacher: Mrs J Jordan

Teaching Assistants: Mrs M Robertson (am)



Class Teachers: Mrs S Wade

Teaching Assistants: Mrs V Spice (am)






Welcome to Year 5... 

You are now beginning your journey in Upper Key Stage 2 and it is time to shine!


Year 5 is all about working hard and having fun.  We will be covering topics such as Sustainability, Vikings, Mayans and Extreme Weather, whilst learning through writing, drama, discussions, investigations and much more.


Let our journey begin ....




This Term we will be reading The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf.  We will be looking at persuasive writing and constructive arguments.  We will also be consolidating our Year 5 learning to ensure we feel confident in our spellings, composition, grammar and punctuation.

Please encourage your child to access their EdShed accounts regularly in order to build their spellings.






This Term we will continue to learn about reading and interpreting data using tables, line graphs and bar graphs.  We will also be consolidating our Year 5 learning on all key elements of the curriculum:

Place value, fractions, decimals, percentages, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction; and finally, finishing off with word problems and learning how to use RUCSAC consistently throughout Maths to help complete calculations accurately.


We will be working on Mental Maths calculations throughout this term to help the children build strategies to help them speed up solving problems.


Please ensure your child is confident in all their timetables as this will help them to progress in all areas of mathematical skills.


This Term out topic will be animals including humans.  We will be discussing the development to old age and the reproduction in mammals including humans.


Topic and Art

We will be focusing this Term on Culture – Is History our Future?  We will be identifying some of the main changes since 1948 and identifying key characteristics of different decades.

In Art we will be focusing on cookery and how recipes have changed over time.


This Term we will be revisiting how to recite and say the alphabet and numbers between 20 and 50 in French.


This term we will be learning about string, wind and percussion instruments and songs from different countries across the globe.


This Term we will be discussing how Hindus show commitment to God and making a comparison between Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.


This term we will be discussing how people’s emotions change as puberty approaches and how to deal with their feelings towards themselves, their family and others in a positive way.



This term we will be learning Tennis on Thursdays and Rounders on Fridays.  Please ensure you come to school in your full school PE kit.

Could we please remind parents/carers that earrings are not to be worn during PE and therefore should either not be worn to school on the days we have PE or the children should bring in a small container to place their earrings in when taking part in PE. 

Teamwork during PE




This Term we will be reading 'Ninth Ward' by Jewell Parker Rhodes which links closely with our Topic on Extreme Weather.  We will be focusing on sentence structure, punctuation and grammar, alongside spellings, through diary entries and descriptive writing.

Please encourage your child to access their EdShed accounts regularly in order to build their spellings.


In Guided Reading:-

Empire's focus text will be 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman and Ruben's focus text will 'There's a boy in the Girls bathroom' by Louis Sachar.  We will be working on a variety of reading skills including inference, retrieving information, word definitions and how to use synonyms and prediction to list a few.



Please talk to the children about their reading, and encourage them to write a book report for each book in order to grow their comprehension skills.





This Term we will be focusing on Geometry and properties of shape.  This will include being able to estimate, measure and draw angles of different sizes.  Being able to identify if an angle is acute, obtuse, right or a reflex angle as well as investigating the properties of regular and irregular polygons.




Please ensure your child is confident in all their timetables as this will help them to progress in all areas of mathematical skills.



In Science, we will continue learning about Living things and habitats from Term 4.  This term there will be a clear focus on habitats and how animals adapt to their surroundings.  In RE, our focus will be Christianity and how Christian's show commitment to God.  In PE this term we have PASS every Wednesday with a focus on team work using Outdoor Adventurous Activities and the Thursday session will be focussing on athletic skills.  Our Art lessons will be closely linked to our Topic of Extreme weather where they children will be looking about how to express extreme weather using different mediums.


PE - please can we ask that children the correct PE house kit - refer to the website to check you have the right kit to send your son/daughter in each week.


School shoes - please can all children wear school shoes (other than on a Wednesday and Thursday) - refer to the school website to ensure you have the right shoes for your son/daughter.  If there is an issue, you must send a note in to the class teacher and then arrange a replacement pair as soon as possible.


If you need to speak to Mrs Wade or Mrs Jordan, please use Class Dojo or email the school office email address.


We are all looking forward to another great term or learning.


Term 4

2020 - 2021


We are starting this term by looking at A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.  We will be looking at the relationships and personalities of the characters through modern day interpretations.


We will be ending the term by looking at Viking Myths, Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses retold by Thor Ewing and investigating the Nine Worlds.


Guided Reading - Empire Class will be reading the book Street Child by Berlie Doherty, and Ruben Class will be reading Journey to The River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.


Please talk to the children about their reading, and encourage them to write a book report for each book in order to grow their comprehension skills.





This term we will be focusing on converting different units of measure as well as building on the children's learning about angles and shape.


We expect that all children will challenge themselves in lessons by attempting reasoning and problem solving questions.  This will enable children to develop their understanding o the Mathematical concepts being covered.  Please ensure your child is confident with all their times tables.





In Term 4 and 5 we will be focusing on Living things and their Habitats.

During this term we will focus on the life cycle of a flowering plant, being able to describe the life processes and reproduction of other plants and some animals.  We will also be researching if mammals, amphibians and plants reproduce in the same way.  At the end of the term we will be creating a fact file on a famous Naturalist.




This term we will be discussing how significant it is for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die.  The children will be adding to their understanding of the Easter Story by learning the history of Easter as well as how people in other countries celebrate Easter. 




This term the children will be learning the names of animals and how to pronounce them clearly and correctly.  They will be learning singular and plural spellings and how to write simple sentences with the animals.



Topic and Art

Our main Topic this term is learning all about the Vikings.  We will be discussing how they travelled around to different lands, how they invaded and settled in England.  In Art, we will be developing how to organise line, tone and shape and the children will be able to identify and draw objects using marks and lines to produce texture.





This term we will be looking at the Viking Sagas.  Learning to maintain a strong sense of pulse and recognise good timing.



This term we will be learning OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) on a Thursday.  This will help the children build their confidence with communication skills as well as beginning to show leadership qualities.  


Please make sure all children come to school on a Thursday in FULL school PE kits.  No sports shirts in the colour of their houses, they need to be plain t-shirts and they must come dressed suitable for the weather on the day.  NO earrings to be worn in school at all that day please, unless the children are comfortable with removing them themselves, they should bring in a small pot to put them in in the their trays.  We are not allowed to remove them for the children and they cannot take part if they cannot remove them by themselves.



This term we will be reflecting on different views of famous people in history.  We will then research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events.




MHA thanked the Year 5 children for their kindness this Christmas, enabling people to live later life well. Christmas images and message have been virtually delivered to MHA care home residents to let them know that weare thinking of them this festive period.

Hard at work

Don't forget to check our Home learning page!

How to write a book review

We have been asked by a few parents/carers to send home our spellings that we have been working on in class.  To build up their confidence we have been splitting their spellings into syllables and helping the children when sounding their words out.  They have also been shown how to put their hand under their chins to feel the drop each time there is a syllable in the word, as well as clapping out the syllables.  Please ask them to demonstrate this as it really does work :-)

Thank you to all the parents/carers who were able to join us on our Zoom meeting today. For all those who were unable to, please find attached the powerpoint with all the information. If you have any questions please email the office. Mrs Wade and Mrs Jordan

Term 1 

2020 to 2021


In Term 1 we will begin by reading The Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird which links to our topic on Sustainability.  Throughout this term we will be concentrating on punctuation, spelling, paragraphs and presentation.


During our Guided Reading sessions, the two classes will be reading different books.  Empire will be reading The Girl of ink and Stars by Kieran Millwood and Ruben will be reading The Legend of Podkin One-ear by Kieran Larwood.  The children will be focusing on understanding words in context as well as their meaning and learning new skills like; reading and retrieving information, skimming and scanning, summarising as well as using 'deeper thinking' questions to get the children asking questions or thinking more in-depth about the books they are reading. 



In Maths, we will be focusing on Place Value with an emphasis on building up the children's confidence in all four of the main operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  This will give us time to practice the Year 4 skills whilst introducing the Year 5 elements.



We expect that all children will challenge themselves in lessons by attempting reasoning and problem solving questions; this will enable them to develop their understanding of Mathematical concepts being covered.


Please help your child gain confidence with all of their timetables.  They can use Times table Rockstars for practice.



In Science this Term we will be looking at Forces with the focus on gravity, friction as well as air and water resistance.


Our topic in RE this term will be the Buddha's teaching through the Eightfold Path: Right mindfulness, right effort, right livelihood, right speech, right action, right concentration and right understanding.


In Spanish this term the children will be focusing on greeting and introductions as well as learning numbers to 10 and how to say their school subjects.


Topic and Art will be linked this term to focus on Sustainability, looking at different renewable and non-renewable energies.  We will also be considering whether we can continue to live the way we do and what we can do to make the UK sustainable.  In Art we will be discussing whether fashion is sustainable.



In Music we will be looking at music as an art form.

In PE/Games this term we will be taking part in outdoor adventure activities, this will promote team work and communication to overcome problems.


In PSHE this term will will be reflecting on climate change.  What is the impact and what can we do?  We will also be focusing on wellbeing.



How you can support your child's learning:

Feel free to use the many helpful websites for practising Maths and literacy skills - some relevant links for Year 5 learning are at the bottom of our Class Page.  All you need to do is click the subject area you want to work on to open up the options.


If they would like to do some extra work, it is preferable that you hear your child read a few times each week, as well as reading to them, to model expression.  We would like to see the children logging how often they read in their contact books, feel free to add any notes to their books for us to see.


Days that the children have PE:

We will be having PE on Thursday and Friday, please come to school dressed in your PE kit which should be weather appropriate.


Other information:

If you have any short queries, please write them in your child's contact book and ensure they know they need to let us see the note.  Please sign their contact books at the end of each week, so we know you have seen them, these will be collected and checked everyday.


Thank you in advance from the whole of the Year 5 Team for your on-going support.





Handy, fun websites with extra learning:


If you want to get moving and learning at the same time, have a go at this on the BBC website:


Port Lympne Reserve have a great booklet for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children to complete.  Use the link below to access your copy for a bit of informative fun about the animals they look after.



Year 3 to Year 6 – Read for 30 minutes a day.


Times table Work:

Year 4 - Go on Time table Rockstars for 20 minutes a day.


Year 5 Online Learning Opportunities


Click on the subject below to take you to the Online Learning:









To ensure the children are reaching their attainment, it is important that they are completing the following homework on a regular basis:


1. Read at least 20 mins at least 3 times a week and log this in your contact books.  Regular reading builds on your vocabulary skills.

2. When you have finished reading, please write a book review as this will help with your comprehension skills.

3. Practise timetables as often as you can.  Timetables are the basic Mathematical skill needed to support your learning.

4. Practise your spellings.  Spellings are a key part of your writing.  Poor spelling can make your work less cohesive.


Times tables

Don't forget to access your Times tables Rockstar account (your account details are in your contact books).  Will we be seeing your name at the top of the Year 5 leader board?