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Welcome to the Year 5 Class Page



We hope that your child continues to enjoy their learning in Year 5, whilst making significant progress across the curriculum. If you have any concerns or questions at any point then please feel free to come and see any of the year 5 team before or after school.

We will continue to add news, photos and important dates to this page throughout the year, so keep coming back to check for updates!


Year 5 Team

Miss Woodyard, Miss Aylott, Miss Thompson Mrs Egan & Mrs Lark


The School Day

The school doors open at 8:30am and we will begin our learning from this time. Please ensure your child arrives promptly to make the most of these early sessions.


What will we be studying this half term? - Spring 1


We will be continuing to writing descriptive stories this half-term. The children will also have daily spelling activities, group reading sessions, punctuation and grammar lessons and handwriting sessions. All children will have access to Spellzone, an online resource, where they follow a spelling programme tailored to their individual needs. Your child’s log-in details will be inside their Homework books.



In class, we will continue to revisit place value, addition and subtraction and have a big focus on multiplication and division over the next few weeks. The children will be continuing to develop their mental maths skills and we will be continuing to learn our times tables and other mental maths strategies. All children will have access to MYMATHS, an online resource, where they can play games to further support their rapid recall of these facts. Also, children will have a Times Table Rock Stars account which builds rapid recall of multiplication and division facts. Your child’s log-in details will be inside their Homework books.



Over the course of the year, the children will be studying many interesting topics which will be developed from their questioning of the world around them. During these enquiry sessions, we will cover the traditional curriculum strands such as History, Geography and Science while building key skills for lifelong learning such as research, collaboration, planning and communication. The children will regularly be holding workshops where they can demonstrate and share their new understanding with you so watch out for upcoming dates!

Our new enquiry which will run across the spring term is 'On the Move'.  The children will be creating their own lines of enquiry based on this theme.  



We will have PE sessions on a Friday afternoon.  However, please ensure your child has the correct kit in school at all times. PE kit is to include: white t-shirt, black shorts, black jogging bottoms for cooler weather and trainers or plimsolls. Long hair should be tied back and no jewellery can be worn in PE sessions. We would also recommend that the children bring a roll-on antiperspirant.


Woodland School

We have been fortunate enough to secure woodland sessions for all students across the school this year which will be run by a highly skilled, specialist instructor and supported by the school staff. Our students will be learning how to collaborate, communicate and problem solve in our extensive school grounds. The 1 hour session will run on Monday afternoons in all weathers.

Please ensure your child has in school a pair of wellies or suitable outdoor waterproof trainers (to be kept in school) and a warm, waterproof coat.



Every child in Year 5 will have the opportunity to learn the clarinet. The lessons will be taught by a music specialist on Friday afternoons and the instruments will be provided by County Music Services. There will be many opportunities throughout the year for the children to showcase their new skills to their families – so keep an eye out for dates of performances.


Reading and homework

All of the children will have a home reading book to share with you each evening and also a reading record for you to record the reading they do at home; these will be kept in the children’s purple book bags which they should bring to school daily. I have asked the children to read to someone each evening and record this in their reading records. Children will be given the opportunity to change their books as and when needed.

Each half term, I will also be sending home a menu of homework activities for the children to complete. They can choose which activities interest them most but must complete one task per week. Homework will be collected each Wednesday. A homework club is available during Wednesday lunchtime for any children who need additional time or support with this homework.

Woodland school family session November 2017

Important dates


Wednesday January 3rd

Children return to school

Monday 22nd January

Duxford school trip

Wednesday 24th January

Watoto school choir session and assembly

Friday 26th January

School closed for staff training

Tuesday 30th January

Watoto school choir event at EPA

Friday 2nd February

Quiksticks hockey tournament

Friday 9th February

School breaks up at 3:15 for half-term

Monday 19th February

Children return to school

Wednesday 7th March

Transport museum

Monday 26th March

Parent Interviews 3-7

Tuesday 27th March

Parent interviews 3-5

Thursday 29th March

School breaks up at 3:15 for Easter holidays

Monday 16th April

Children return to school



Useful Links


Maths and Literacy