Monthly Archives: September, 2021

I am a rock, I am an island…

This week, in English, we have been planning and starting to write our evacuation diaries. In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of place value and number to add or subtract using formal written methods. We have also used this knowledge to add or subtract with decimal numbers. We’ve looked at how we can live the Beatitudes in our daily life (R.E.) as well as thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of the UK being an island during WWII (Geog.)

We also celebrated Mass on Tuesday (please see Mr Cunningham’s blog page) which was a lovely event. Well done to the Year 5’s who read the prayers so beautifully. At the end of Mass, the pupil chaplains were asked to affirm their promise to share the Word of God around the school and beyond. Each pupil chaplain was given their own special candle.

Home Learning:

In the yellow Home Reading Journal, children are expected to complete a book review about a book they have read or are reading. This is due on Thursday 7th October.

In their red Homework Book, children have this week’s vocabulary task to complete along with spellings and maths. This is due on Thursday 30th September.

Sent home today, is a creative homework task – children need to make their own gas mask box ready for being evacuated on Thursday 30th September.

Reading passports – please continue to check these, to see which books need to be read.


  • Please send in any completed medical forms for the residential visit as soon as possible.
  • Next week is Week 1 – P.E. kits need to be worn on Wednesday 29th September.
  • WW2 Evacuation Day – in school – Thursday 30th September.


Have a lovely week,

The Year 5 Team

Full steam ahead!

It’s been full steam ahead during this first full week of school. Children have been covering number and place value in Maths while they have started their evacuation topic in English. The children empathised with evacuees through the drama we did at the start of the week. We’ve had some great discussions and questions in History, finding out about the reasons behind the outbreak of World War II and investigated the use of forces in our Science lesson.

Home Learning:

Your child now has their Homework diary. Please spend some time going through the first 6 pages together, recollecting different prayers, going to Mass and life in the church.

Children now have their yellow Home Reading Journal which were given out this week. Their first piece of work is to decorate the first page with a representation of their favourite book or a book they have really enjoyed. It will need the title and author but they can decorate it any way they wish. This is due on Thursday 23rd September.

They will also have received their Homework Book with spellings to learn, some vocabulary home learning and the maths they are expected to complete. Year 5/6 spellings are stuck on the inside front cover and the different spelling strategies to use are stapled to the inside of the back cover. This is due on Thursday 16th September.

In their Homework book, they also have their creative homework task ideas for the autumn term – one piece should be completed each half term.

Reading passports have been sent out. The autumn completion deadline will be given in due course.



  • Week 1 – children will need to come dressed in their P.E. kits on Wednesday 15th September. They will have PE with CM Sports on that day.
  • Year 5 Welcome Meeting – online – Monday 13th September 4 – 4.30 pm.
  • Residential Information Meeting – online – Tuesday 21st September 4pm.
  • Please send in any completed medical forms for the residential visit as soon as possible.
  • WW2 Evacuation Day – in school – Thursday 30th September (Please note the change of date.)


Have a fantastic weekend,

The Year 5 Team

Welcome Back!

It was lovely to see the children back in class in their smart new uniforms ready to begin learning again, albeit through a few yawns! 🙂

As with the start of a new Autumn term, there is a plethora of letters and new information to take on in the first couple of days.

Notices for the New Term:

  • Term dates 2021-22 letter was sent out yesterday for this year which included Inset Days. Next one is Friday 1st October 2021.
  • Home School Agreements and Home Learning Expectations letters will be coming home so please read these with your child as we will be encouraging children to be completing their daily tasks at home to consolidate and practise the skills they are learning in school. This is especially beneficial  to those children who find aspects of Maths and English challenging.
  • Home learning in Maths and English will be set on a Thursday to be returned by the following Thursday. This will be stuck into your child’s home learning book weekly.
  • Home Reading Journals will be issued next Thursday and a book review will be expected every two weeks. Dates to follow.
  • Creative homework for the Autumn term will be linked to our WW2 topic. There are suggested activities for your child to do but if they have ideas of their own linked to the topic then we would love to see their creativity. Expectation is 2 pieces of creative home learning over the whole term.
  • The Y5 Must Read list of 6 books has been sent home. The expectation is for your child to read a book every half term. However if your child would like to read more then they can. If your child finds the texts challenging to read independently, we would encourage maybe listening to an audio book version or reading together so your child is exposed to hearing rich, quality vocabulary and narrative. Copies of the books will be available in the school and local libraries.

Daily Reminders:

  • End of school time is 3.15pm and as Year 5 are a playground classroom we will be exiting the building promptly. If you would like your child to exit the North Playground independently then will need a new permission letter, email or note from parents to allow this in this new academic year. Copies of school letters are available from the office or your can email the office or send a note in with your child.
  • PE kits will continue to be worn in on PE days – Next PE day for Year 5 is Monday 6th September.
  • Please continue to provide your child with a water bottle and if they wear glasses, please send those in too.
  • If your child has existing or any new medical information or medication that the school requires please let the office and class teacher know to make sure we are prepared for a medical need.

Upcoming dates:

  • Year 5 Welcome Meeting – online – Monday 13th September 4-4.30pm (details to follow)
  • WW2 Evacuation Day – in school – Tuesday 21st September (details to follow)

Year 5 teaching staff are  available at the end of the school day on the playground if you wish to ask any questions about our new year.

Enjoy your weekend,

The Year 5 Team