Year 5



After a short period of settling in to Year Five, we will now begin our first learning journey, ‘Ice Worlds’, and we have attached below a topic web in order for you to have a clearer idea of what we will be covering in lessons this term.  This learning journey is based around Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica on board the ‘Endurance’ in 1914. We would be delighted if children are keen to find out more at home about what we have learnt (eg global warming, wildlife, other polar expeditions), but please remind your child NOT to research what happened on Shackleton’s Endurance expedition – even though it is an amazing story, knowing the ending might somewhat spoil much of the learning! Please don’t hesitate to come and speak to either of us in person if you require any further information about the curriculum.


Please note the topic web only provides an outline of the intended learning as we are deliberately choosing not to reveal everything to the children at the beginning of our new learning journey.



Guided reading:

Each child will read with an adult once a week.  The children’s follow-up reading can be done in class. Where possible, TA’s will try to read with children individually on a 1:1 basis as and when they can.


Swimming lessons take place every Thursday, with children in Rowan class swimming in the first half term and then alternating with Redwood class for each subsequent half term. The children will need trunks (not below the knees) or a one-piece costume, as well as a towel, a swimming hat, and goggles if they wish.   As before, replacement swimming hats should be available at cost price at the school office.  Please note that we will need to leave school before 9am for these lessons, and we will walk to and from St Luke’s pool.  This means that the children need to come straight into the classroom when the front door opens at 8:50am, and they should bring a waterproof coat if there is any chance of rain.   Our PE budget cannot possibly stretch to cover the cost of the pool hire and instruction, so we do ask parents and carers to contribute £1.50 per lesson (ie £10.50 for this half term).


Both Redwood and Rowan classes have indoor PE on Wednesday; for these lessons the children will need a plain white/green/grey t-shirt and white/green/grey shorts (or leggings).   During a ‘non-swimming’ half-term the children will also have outdoor PE on Tuesday, for which they will need the same kit (plus plimsolls or trainers). As the weather gets colder, they are also allowed to wear tracksuit / jogging bottoms and sweatshirts etc (in any colour).  A small amount of spare indoor PE kit is kept in each classroom for emergencies, but in the past a number of children have relied on this option; we would appreciate your help in supporting your child to remember their own kit on the right days.  Also, on non-PE days we will continue with the ‘Daily Run’; the children do not get changed for this activity, but they do need to come to school in footwear that is comfortable for running.


We do use acrylic paints (as well as PVA glue) during art lessons, so it would be both advisable and helpful if all children could keep an art shirt (ie an old, over-sized shirt or t-shirt) in their PE bags.

Year 5 staff

Rowan class

Mr Maestro – Class Teacher

Mr Waring – PPA Cover (Wednesday)

Mrs Moloney – TA

Redwood class

Ms Crofton – Class Teacher

Mr Waring – PPA Cover (Wednesday)

Ms Manning – TA

Class Dojo

Please ensure that you have your student log-in for class dojo. In the event of self-isolating or an entire bubble’s isolation it is the expectation that pupils will continue to complete work at home to minimise the impact of COVID and loss of learning. (If you do not have your log-in please contact the school office).


Swimming is on Thursdays – children need to be at school for 8:50am.

Rowan class swim during the first half of each term, and Redwood then swim after every half-term break.

Indoor PE for both classes takes place on Wednesday.

Outdoor PE (for the non-swimming class) is on Tuesday.

Please help us by ensuring that your child has their swimming and PE kit on the appropriate days.