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Year 5

Welcome back year five - finally!!

Year five teachers.

Miss Gill.

Mrs Brett - Tuesday AM.

Mr Bell.

Miss McKeating.


Welcome to the year five website page.  We hope all of you and your families are well.  The children have made a fantastic start to the year, they are adapting to new routines and are approaching all learning with enthusiasm; I am confident that we will have a super year!

The year five team will continue to use the website to communicate important messages as and when they arise so please check our class page as regularly as possible.  I will shortly be adding an overview of our topics for the autumn term - we have made some changes to the year five curriculum - and we will be blasting off into outer space shortly!!!


What will my child need in school?

Can you please provide your child with the following items to ensure all new systems put into place run smoothly:

A water bottle (to be taken home each evening and returned to school.)


A book bag.

Packed lunch bag (please do not send your child to school with their lunch in a bag pack.)

PE kit and trainers/pumps.


Communication with parents.

Due to social distancing guidelines, having a quiet word with parents about any concerns you may have about your child at the end of the school day (at the classroom door) will be very difficult.  Please, if you have any concerns whatsoever, contact the school office and I will telephone you as soon as possible. 



Historically, year five attend weekly swimming lessons during the course of the autumn term.  We are waiting to hear from Sefton Council when swimming lessons will resume as they are piloting revised procedures to minimise risk in and around the pool area.  At the moment, it looks as though it will be at least four weeks before the children will be able to attend, I will provide you with specific dates when we receive them ourselves.  All children require their PE kit in school as we will have a weekly PE lesson outside, on a Thursday, until swimming is permitted.  


Reading books.

As of next week, reading books will be sent home on a Monday and they must be returned to school on a Friday unless your child is instructed otherwise (some pupils will begin short novels soon and they will require longer stretches of time to complete them.)



Under the current circumstances, we have decided to send the children's homework books home and they will remain at home.  The children will be given a paper copy of their homework to complete every Friday (I will also upload their homework to the website.)  It is important for you to support and monitor your children's homework to maximise the progress they make during the course of the year.  I will always discuss the children's homework task in school and speak to any children who have found it difficult.  Homework tasks will always mirror what we have been learning in school so the children should be able to complete it independently.  It is an expectation that all children complete their homework tasks.  Every now and again, I will ask the children to bring their books into school so I can see if they require any further support and the children will be informed of this in advance.

The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test.





Local church – Community – Mission.

Eucharist – Relating – Memorial service.

Lent/Easter – Giving – Sacrifice.




Class novels:  Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce (Autumn 1.)

                        Streetchild – Berlie Doherty (Autumn 2)

Where once we stood:  Christopher Riley & Martin Impey

Written outcomes:  Exploration narrative and a formal report.

FArTHER:  Grahame Baker-Smith.

Written outcome:  Setting narrative and letter writing with varying degrees of formality.




Place value.

Addition and subtraction.


Multiplication and division.

Perimeter and area.




Earth and Space:  Will we ever send another human to the moon?

Forces:  Can you feel the force?




Victorian Britain:  Did anything change to improve the lives of children during the Victorian period?

Local focus study:  William Rathbone.

William Rathbone was a philanthropist who introduced district nursing into poor areas of Liverpool during the Victorian period.




Hopefully, swimming will resume shortly.  Until then, year five will be playing a range of ball games focusing upon the skills of sending and retrieving a ball accurately and positioning.




Printing inspired by the work of William Morris.



Food & menus.

Pupils will identify vocabulary from a menu or a recipe.

Participate in short dialogues and write a short paragraph about preferences.

Numbers and currency.

Be able to use numbers from 60 – 100.  Use quantities & understand currency value.


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  • To go forward in Christ, to respect our neighbour and to always give our best.