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Quartz Class

Welcome to Quartz Class


Class Teacher:           Miss McGrotty

Learning Assistant:   Mrs Preston

Midday Assistant:     Miss Black





Homework and PE days

In Year 5 the children will be given three pieces of homework a week, English, Maths and Reading each week. Their homework will be given out on different days of the week however every class will have a full week to do their homework.

Quartz Class Friday


Reading homework

As children are unable to take reading books home, children have access to an online library on MyOn and we are expecting children to be reading three times a week.


Maths homework

Maths homework will be set on Mathletics weekly and will be linked to work that we have covered in class however, if your child is still finding the work difficult please let us know in advance so that we can support them.


English homework

English homework will be set on Reading Eggs each week and the task the set will alternate from a comprehension task to a spelling task.


This year each class will have 2 sessions of PE which will be held outside weather permitting. Your child is not required to bring in a PE kit this year but must have suitable footwear. If you choose to bring a PE kit to school, please only bring them on your PE days and then they should be returned home to be washed that same day. If your child wears jewellery, in particular earrings, they must be able to remove them themselves or alternatively choose not to wear any on a day they will be doing PE. Please send your child in with a bottle of water every day, clearly labelled with their name.

Quartz Class: Tuesday and Wednesday


Class Councillor - Alfie

Class Ambassadors  - Toby, Fabiha and Fraiser


Our work- Autumn Term:

In English we have been focussing on Biographies of different famous people. The children have enjoyed finding out about David Attenborough by note taking and then creating their own piece

of writing. We have also been learning Poetry. The children have been learning them using actions, and have been performing them in groups.

In Guided Reading we have been reading the story ‘The Explorer’. The children have been able to answer comprehension questions as well as create storyboards of what is happening in the chapters we have covered.

 In Art for this term we have been designing and sculpting vases. We have researched different vases through the ages as well as looking at different patterns for our designs. We even had a practise run at modelling them using plasticine. We made our final products out of clay and painted them with acrylic paint.

In Maths we have been focussing on all the operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). The children have been able to use their abilities to use column method and short multiplication and division. We have even been able to complete word problems and test like questions as practice for next year!

In Design Technology this term we have been researching gingerbread houses and then we have designing our own one. Towards the end of the term we will learn how to make our own edible house – we are currently really excited to do this! 





To celebrate the Harvest Festival Year 5 have learned, performed and written their own poems. Here are a sample of some of them: