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 Welcome to Class 5!


Class teacher:     Mr A. Meakin

Cover Teachers:  Mrs J Gallagher (Mon pm + Tues pm)

Support Staff:    Mrs E Nichols ; Mrs E Garnham ; Mrs S. Riley


Welcome to the Class 5 homepage!

We hope that you will use this webpage to find out about what Class 5 will be learning this half term, to find useful information and for some details about how you can help at home.

Remember to follow the school on Twitter to see regular updates of what we're up to.

We're using our own hashtag this year to make sure you never miss a thing and to see some of our fantastic achievements:




Our Accelerated Reader programme gives children the opportunity to read from a wide range of books in school that are targeted at their specific reading age. The children will all complete a baseline reading check at the start of the year and will have this reading age written in their planners, which can change depending on how much and how well they read in school and at home. Their reading age will give them a 'zone' from which they can pick their books. Feel free to ask any members of staff from Class 5 if you have any questions about the programme and we would be happy to help. Take a look at some of the books on the Year 5 reading list below:


Please encourage your children to read at home as much as they can! It is important that children take their books home for this, but that they return them to school the next day for afternoon allocated reading time. Make sure you are also signed up for the data to be sent to your email with your child's quiz result as soon as they take one.

COVID-19 Update:

As a new year begins in continued uncertain times, you may have concerns about how book borrowing will work in school in a safe and hygenic manner. Children will be able to continue to take books home from school, but must not share this book with anyone else in school during the time they have it. When a child has finished their chosen reading book, and successfully passed their quiz, they must then place their book in the 'Book Returns' box, which will be in class. Books will then be left over the weekend without being touched, before being sprayed and returned to shelves on Monday, allowing the recommended 48 - 72 hours quarantine time to take place.



We use a reading book to provide us with ideas for writing and we try to look at the style of different authors. This half term we will begin by looking at ...

 ONCE by Morris Gleitzman 



We do Maths every morning in Class 5 and have an arithmetic focus on a Friday morning. Maths is a fun lesson and all children have the chance to succeed every day. We try very hard to make sure children don’t leave school that day not understanding something. Homework sent home will always support what has been done during the week so if your child is struggling they must come and see an adult on the Monday or Tuesday. If you have any questions about Maths and how we teach certain things then please bob in and see one of us rather than teaching your child a new method.




This half-term, Year 5 and 6 will focus on UK Geography and the Ancient Greek Civilisation. In Science, we will now begin looking at materials and their properties. Children will also have a go a setting up their own investigations to test these properties.  In DT, Art and IT, children will have set days where we will take a specific whole-day or half-day focus relating to our project - this way, we can continue to build on these key skills while maintaining safe hygiene when using equipment.



UPDATE- PE will now take place on Tuesday afternoon AND Friday afternoon.

Please ensure PE kits are in school for P.E lessons and after school clubs. PE kit must be plain black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms with elasticated bottoms; a plain white t-shirt; and pumps or trainers.


Other Information

Water bottles, book bags, reading books and planners must be in school everyday - children must be mindful not share these items with anyone else given current hygiene requirements. We need planners to be signed by a parent / carer every weekend ready for Monday morning, when we will sign them too. If you have any concerns or quick questions feel free to jot them down in planners and we can quickly get back to you. Likewise, we will use the planner to communicate things that have happened in school with you at home. If planners are persistently not signed, children will be asked to miss their playtime until it is done. This is an important part of us trying to prepare children for secondary school, where the planners continue to be an essential tool for school. 


Homework will be recorded in planners and be sent home via your child's existing Showbie account. Homework should be completed by the following Wednesday morning at the latest. If this is not completed then children will be asked to do use an iPAD/ laptop in school to complete during playtimes and lunchtimes. Please do not worry if homework is not immediately set via Showbie from Week 1 - we will be giving the children adequate time to settle in!

Project Homework

Your child's project homework ideas will be included on the knowledge organisers sent home as usual. Given the current increased demand for routine cleaning, we are unable to allow the children to bring in their project homework, as it would restrict table tops from being easily cleaned throughout the day. Therefore, we would like your child to use their Showbie to upload their project homework at any point during the term, which we can then celebrate in class. Showbie supports numerous file formats including videos, sound files, powerpoints and documents. We can't wait to see what your child comes up with!


Helping At Home

Year 5 will present the children with new challenges in their learning, as the curriculum gets inevitably trickier. Any help at home goes a long way! 


Make sure your child is competent and as quick as possible with times tables. They need to be recalled rapidly up to 12 x 12. Download the TT Rockstars to help with this and have fun playing on the App. Ask them about things they have been learning about. The first half term we will be spending time looking at the place value of each digit in numbers and how bigger numbers are actually made up. If your child is confident with homework, then ask them how they know. They should be able to explain theor answers using 'reasoning'.


The most important thing you can do to support English is to read with your child and ask about what they are reading. Good writers are usually good readers so the reading has to come first. They can read to you and you can read to them. Nothing is cheating so long as books are being shared! When your child brings home comprehension homework, if they struggle, begin by reading the text together and just talking about the text. What is it about? How do you know? Unpick any tricky words together and work out what they mean. You may get out a dictionary for this. Then look at the questions. The answers are always there and encourage children to go back to the text for every question and not try to use memory. If your child is still struggling, make a note in their planner and arrange to see Mr Meakin. 

As ever, if you have any problems or concerns then please come and see a member of the Class 5 team at the earliest possible opportunity. If you need to speak to us for a longer chat, please arrange a time after school as mornings can be a little hectic!

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