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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 


Quartz Class:       Miss McGrotty  (Class Teacher)

Moonstone Class: Mr Davis         (Class Teacher)

Garnet Class:       Miss Wood      (Class Teacher)




PE days vary within each class so please check your child's class page. 


This year each class will have 2 sessions of PE which will be held outside weather permitting. Your child isn’t 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.





Children in Year 5 are in mixed ability sets for English however they will be sat peers with similar abilities. This allows the teacher to tailor their lessons to suit every child within their class and allows the children to feel comfortable learning alongside children of a similar ability. We encourage the children to develop their independent skills whilst offering them the support they require to progress their learning.

Throughout the school we use a scheme called ‘Screen to Page’ whereby we use film to enhance the children’s writing. So far this year we have used the Tarzan, Finding Dory and Harry Potter to help the children write. This has had extremely positive results and the children, and adults are very proud of the writing that has been produced. We are looking forward to using other films throughout the year.




The children are also in mixed groups for Maths. Children are encouraged to develop their independence whilst challenging their mathematical ability. They cover a range of different topics during maths and develop written and mental methods for all four operations throughout the year. We use the column method for addition and subtraction, the long or short multiplication and the bus stop method for division. If you require any advice on any of these methods, please feel free to ask your child's teacher.




We base our Topics on the work we are covering in English which can be found on our long-term plan.




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.

Moonstone: Monday

Garnet: Tuesday

Quartz: 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.