Year Five

Welcome to Year 5!
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We are writing to share some information about life in Year 5.

Our two classes are Foxes class with Mrs Newman, and Badgers class with Miss Ball.  Our teaching assistants are Mrs Vaughan and Mrs Wilde.


Our project question is ‘What does it mean to be Great?’ which involves exploring many aspects of the Ancient Greek civilisation. Our class reading book is ‘Who let the Gods out?’ by Maz Evans, a funny adventure story where the immortal mythological world and mortal worlds collide. In English, we will learn about and read Greek myths while having a go at writing our own endings to them. We will also be writing non-fiction relating to Greek pottery and architecture later in the project. There are two focus subjects this term: History and Art. In History, we will develop our historical enquiry skills to find out about the Ancient Greeks - including aspects of their daily life; differences in city-states; the significance of Greek architecture and the legacy of the Ancient Greeks on the modern world. In art, we will explore the designs and meaning of Greek pottery, and create our own version of a Greek pot. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at

Reading at Home

Even when your child enjoys reading and reads well on their own, they still need to read aloud all the way through their Key Stage Two years. Books can be borrowed from the school library – each class will visit once a week – and each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home. Every time your child reads at home, you (or your child) should log this using BoomReader — The Digital Reading Record.

BoomReader also has a free app which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play. The school code is 39826 and your child’s login has already been sent home. If you need this again, please email the year five address and we can provide this for you. In KS2, children will be awarded value points for every occasion that they read at home. When children have finished a chapter book, they need to click the option on BoomReader that allows them to show they have completed the book so we have a record of the types of book they are reading.

Reading Rewards

Children can earn ‘Reading Rewards’ time, for reading at home and recording it in their reading records. To receive this reward time, children need to read at home on at least five occasions (either independently or to an adult) during the week and records these. Diaries must also be signed by a parent or carer (once per week) in order for children to receive this time. 


Maths homework is set every week on a Wednesday and needs to be completed by the following Wednesday. This homework will be usually be an activity on the website MyMaths based on what the children have been learning that week, revision of a prior concept or an introduction to a future concept. Children have been given their log-in details for MyMaths, but if these have been misplaced, please inform the class teacher.

English homework is set each month on Microsoft Teams and is usually a written task, based on a prompt, such as a story opening or illustration. In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Friday in both classes. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns.

Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. Children are expected to know these and be making progress with them. Children are expected to know these and be making progress with them. ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ - Times Tables Rock Stars: Play ( - is an excellent website to use to practise these and children have been provided with logins to access this at home.

All children are expected to complete and hand their homework in on time. If children are finding it difficult to complete their homework at home, they can choose to attend ‘Learning Links’ (homework club) for part of their lunchtime where they can receive support with their homework.


This term, PE is on a Monday and a Friday. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the year five email address. As an alternative, or in addition to plimsolls, sports trainers are allowed in the Juniors. These are particularly useful during the winter months as it allows the field to be used for outside PE. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions, therefore children can wear a a pair of jogging bottoms (ideally navy). Children should wear school sweatshirts for PE. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape.

Water bottles and snacks

Please remember to bring in a water bottle and a healthy fruit or savoury snack (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel, raisins) for break time. Please ensure any snacks are both nut and egg free.


Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. Children will only stay indoors at playtimes if it is raining heavily. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname. 


We are looking forward to a great term.  If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please contact us through the year group email:

Please do contact us if you have any questions.


Best Wishes


Mrs Newman and Miss Ball