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2021 - 2022

Welcome back to

Armada Class, Fleet Class & Navy Class

We all hope that you have enjoyed the summer break and are looking forward to being back at Saltdean Primary School. We have made some exciting changes to our curriculum and we  hope that you all enjoy the new topics that we will be studying this year.

Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday - pupils must come to school in the PE kit for their school house. Arctic = green t-shirt, Atlantic = red t-shirt, Indian = yellow t-shirt and Pacific = blue t-shirt.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch by email via the school office, or phone the school to speak to a member of our fabulous office staff.

Miss Jarman, Mrs Probert, Mrs McGrath and Mr McNally

Autumn 1 Topic:

This project teaches children about the history of ancient China, focusing primarily on the Shang Dynasty, and explores the lasting legacy of the first five Chinese dynasties, some of which can still be seen in the world today.

Here is a short video introduction on the ancient dynasties of China.


You can learn lots of interesting facts about the Shang Dynasty on the BBC Bitesize KS2 History website:

Here is an excellent introduction to the Shang Dynasty from the BBC website:



Our current topic web shows how our study of ancient China connects with many of our curriculum subjects this academic year. Click on the page below to view a larger pdf. version of this document.

Weekly homework

Reading Records

We are delighted to be able to return to using our 'Reading Records' to record pupil home reading, especially as we missed them so much during Covid-19 restrictions. Reading suitably challenging books, on a regular basis at home has a huge effect on the progress that each pupil makes. Studies frequently show that pupils who maintain a good reading habit: improve their writing skills, their imagination and their concentration. 

Pupils can record their reading of books from home, books from the classroom and books from the school or local library. Each pupil should read at least four times a week and record the date, the book title and the pages which have been read. The comment section should be used to share facts that can only be found by reading those pages.

(Below) An example of a well presented Y5 reading record


Weekly Spellings

Listed below are the weekly spellings that we shall be learning during the Autumn Term.

Week 1 - ough words

though, although, dough, doughnut, through, cough, trough, rough, tough, enough, bough,  plough, nought, bought, thought, fought.

Week 2 - homophones

past, passed, aloud, allowed, to, too, two, of, off, there, they’re, their, were, where, wear

 Week 3 - words with apostrophes


Statutory Spellings

Across the academic year there are certain key words that Y5 should learn to spell and use in their creative writing - these are the words in the statutory lists for Y5 & Y6. Pupils should also continue to show that they can spell and use the words from the statutory lists for Y3 & Y4.


Weekly Times Tables

Every day pupils practice a set of multiplication tables (from x2 to x12) from Monday to Thursday - often using a multiplication square to find the correct answers. On Friday pupils complete the same set of questions (without the multiplication square) and record their score and the time taken to complete them. 

If pupils wish to practice their times tables at home, you will find a multiplication square below - which can be downloaded or printed out at home:


This week's times tables practice sheet.  

From Mon 20th Sept to Fri 24th Sept




Further links to essential websites for Y5 pupils




Times Tables Rockstars


Code Combat