Willow Tree Primary School

Realise your potential, Realise your goal, Reach for the stars whilst Growing, Learning and Achieving Together

Spring Term 2 2024 

Hello from Mrs Paris!

This website is dedicated to YOU -  our wonderful pupils; it is here to support you -and your parents and carers- with your learning. 

On this page, you will find information, support and a variety of resources that can be used to aid your learning from home. Spelling Frame  and TT Rockstars will also help you. Please continue to check Facebook and Twitter for the latest school updates. 

On PE days, Monday and Wednesday, please send your child to school in their full PE kit.  

(If your child attends a sports club after school on a day when we do not have P.E. they will need to come to school in uniform and change for the club after school.)




Reading Stars. 

                          Metallic Star School Pin Badge Our target is to achieve either  Silver or Gold this  term.



Year 5 staff will be keeping a reading log at school to record each book. 



Year 5 - Walking Home Alone 


Written Permission to walk home alone must be given. Please ask us for a permission slip if you need one.
Thank you to everyone who returned them before the holiday.


Please let us know if you have moved, need someone else to collect your child or changed your phone number during the holidays, so that your contact details are up to date. 


A quick reminder that our first lesson, SODA Maths, starts when school opens at 8:45 am. All pupils are expected to complete this activity. Thank you.


Our priority is your child's happiness and well-being. Parents and carers, if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please don't hesitate to contact  us by phone or through an appointment at the office. 

Best wishes,


Mrs. Paris,  Mrs. Fleetwood and Ms Vickers.

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Steps to Read

Reading to Achieve!

Our Steps to Read books for the first half term focus on Unit D: Myths and Legends.
Our reading and comprehension lessons are the second activity of the day and start at 9:10 am.


           V       Outlaw: The Story of Robin Hood : Morpurgo, Michael: Amazon.co.uk: BooksThe Lady Of Shalott (Oxford Children's Classics) - Picture 1 of 1  How the Whale Became: and Other Stories: Amazon.co.uk: Hughes, Ted,  Adamson, George: 9780571274208: BooksBetween Worlds: Folktales of Britain & Ireland: Amazon.co.uk:  Crossley-Holland, Kevin, Castle, Frances: 9781406383096: Books




English - Writing

We are following the exciting Read to Write programme. During this half term, we will immerse, analyse, plan and write based on the book The Promise

The Promise (Paperback)



Statutory Spelling List Y5/6 - How many of these can you spell?

We will manage our spelling approach by using Spelling Frame.

Each pupil will have a login to access their learning online.

Spelling Frame – Hillside Primary School | Baddeley Green | Staffordshire

Something New - Friday spelling test will be online at school.




1. Fractions part 1

Step 1 Find fractions equivalent to a unit fraction

Step 2 Find fractions equivalent to a non-unit fraction
Step 3 Recognise equivalent fractions
Step 4 Convert improper fractions to mixed numbers
Step 5 Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions
Step 6 Compare fractions less than 1
Step 7 Order fractions less than 1
Step 8 Compare and order fractions greater than 1
Step 9 Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
Step 10 Add fractions within 1
Step 11 Add fractions with total greater than 1
Step 12 Add to a mixed number
Step 13 Add two mixed numbers
Step 14 Subtract fractions
Step 15 Subtract from a mixed number
Step 16 Subtract from a mixed number – breaking the whole

Multiplication and Division

Step 1 Multiply up to a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number
Step 2 Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number (area model)
Step 3 Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number
Step 4 Multiply a 3-digit number by a 2-digit number
Step 5 Multiply a 4-digit number by a 2-digit number
Step 6 Solve problems with multiplication
Step 7 Short division
Step 8 Divide a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number

Times Tables

Times tables are the heart of most things mathematical and it is crucial that your child can recall multiplication and division facts quickly. TT Rockstars is brilliant for developing these key skills in a fun and competitive environment. Pupils should aim to practise for 5 minutes at least 3 x per week for maximum benefit! 



Animals, including humans

Pupils should be taught to:

  • describe the changes as humans develop to old age

Notes and guidance (non-statutory)

Pupils should draw a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans. They should learn about the changes experienced in puberty.

Pupils could work scientifically by researching the gestation periods of other animals and comparing them with humans; by finding out and recording the length and mass of a baby as it grows.



Foundation Subjects


Map Skills - Latest Blogs - St Clement Danes Church of England Primary  School

Sow, Grow and Farm 

Farming and Land Use

This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas.

  • Agricultural land use in the UK can be divided into three main types, arable (growing crops), pastoral (livestock) and mixed (arable and pastoral).

  • An allotment is a small piece of land used to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

  • Farming is affected by the climate (typical weather), topography (shape of the land) and soil type of the farm’s location.
  • Soil fertility, drainage and climate influence the placement and success of agricultural land. Jersey Potato Farming
We will also study coffee farming in Peru and citrus farming in Florida, as comparisons.  






P.E.Days in Year 5 

Y5       Monday -  Dance 

          Wednesday - Football then Hockey        Please attend school in full P.E. Kit.


We will be focusing on developing our skills in Dance for the dance show, plus finish our football unit and start Hockey. (Our P.E. Coordinator has requested shin pads and gum shields for Hockey.)  




D.T. Mechanisms


Pop-up books

How to make a pop up book - YouTubePenguin Pop Up Card Paper Craft for Kids - YouTube








Homework Book

Your child will be set  homework each week. This is set every Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday.  Please ensure that your child completes the weekly homework tasks.

Reading Diary check for the GAIN Award will be every Friday morning.


Additional homework consists of:


  • Reading a library /home book/ Year 5 Spine book for Reading Star awards.
  • Times Tables practise (TT Rockstars) and Spelling Frame 4x a week
  • Reading Practise at least 3x per week - logged in the Reading Journal on the parent side for GAIN Award.
  • Maths / comprehension homework will be set on Friday, to be returned by Wednesday at the latest.


BBC Education have lots of resources. Click KS2 link and then select either Maths or English or the topic you want to explore.  Make sure you are using the areas that are free. 


Topmarks is a free site for help with Maths and English through fun games and activities.



This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.



Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts.



A range of English games and activities.



Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.



A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.