Year 5 2020 - 2021

Mrs Harland

Love Learning, Love Life

Always Aiming High


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It's school kids but not as we know it!

Welcome to your first term in Year 5. Things might look a little different to before (no assemblies, lunch in the classroom) but we still have lots of learning to fit in! We may need to spend a little extra time on reading, maths and English to begin with, but don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time for all your favourite subjects. I will be teaching you every day (and most of you know me very well by now), and Mrs Baldwin will take you swimming on Wednesday afternoons, once swimming lessons start up - hopefully on Wednesday 9th September.

I hope you are excited to come back to school - at least you don't need to worry about getting to know a new teacher! I still have the same high expectations of you. I know that you have missed some of your Year 4 education, but knowing you all as well as I do, I think we're in a good position to start filling in those gaps, and to get started on the Year 5 curriculum. Remember, I know just how brilliant you all are, and exactly what you can all do. I expect to see you all working as hard as I know you can do.

Homework and Spellings: There will be two pieces of homework set each week. Our Numeracy and Learning Log homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on a Wednesday. Occasionally, we may give out a piece of homework that lasts for a longer period, such as a mini-project. Spelling lists will also be sent home at the beginning of a half term and are to be practised each week. It is important that you take the time to learn the spellings as it will impact on your English work. In addition to this, you will also have access to Times Tables Rockstars, which you can continue to use at home on a weekly basis. You need to take ownership of your homework now that you are in Year 5. It is your job to make sure that you complete your homework each week and hand it in on time. Please speak to me if you are struggling or think that you may not finish your homework on time.

PE: PE will be on a Tuesday in school, and swimming on a Wednesday. You must bring a PE kit in during the first week of term, and it must remain in school until half term. You are in charge of your PE kit, so please make sure it is in school ready for the first lesson.

Your PE kit should contain:

  • A white top
  • White or black shorts
  • A change of shoes - trainers or pumps.

You need to have those three things with you. If you do not have anything like that at home then you can bring in alternatives (e.g. leggings or jogging bottoms), as it is very important that you have something to change into for PE. Girls, you may also like to bring a pair of socks for when you are wearing tights in cooler weather.

Every Wednesday, you should bring a swimming kit.

Your swimming kit should contain:

  • A swimming costume or trunks
  • A towel
  • A pair of goggles if needed

This should be brought in on a Wednesday and taken home again on the same day so that it can be washed for the following week. Long hair should be tied back everyday, however this is particularly important on a Wednesday - no half up, half down hair dos for swimming - wet hair on your neck for the rest of the afternoon will make you cold!

Reading: As always, reading is the cornerstone of all learning. In Year 5, I expect you to be reading for pleasure every day. There's nothing better than getting stuck into a good book, and it's a great way to wind down before bed. It is your responsibility to make sure you are reading every day, but you also need to read to your grown ups three times a week. You can fill in your own reading record, but your grown ups must sign it to confirm that you have read. When you have finished a book or if you decide it's not for you, make sure that you change it for something else! You will have access to our class’s extensive range of fiction, poetry, plays, non fiction books, magazines and newspapers as well as fantastic sets of group readers if you want to read the same book as your friend. In class we will undertake guided reading, quiet reading, shared reading, reading for pleasure and develop your comprehension skills fully each week. We will also have an on-going class story!

Water Bottles

It is really important, particularly at the moment with COVID, that you bring in your own water bottle everyday. You must take it home each evening for it to be washed, and bring it full up again the following day. Normally we would have extra cups for children in the classroom, but we are no longer allowed to do this as it increases the risk of cross contamination. Please bring your own, full, named bottle each day. You will be allowed to refill it if you drink all your water.

Grown ups, if you have any questions or would like to speak to me, then please catch me at the end of the day, when I will have the most time to talk. Alternatively, if you have an urgent enquiry, then please get in touch with the school office, who can relay any messages to me throughout the school day.


I can't wait to be your teacher, and to see you all again soon! Lets have a fantastic term together.

Mrs Harland and Mrs Baldwin

Things to a glance.:

PE kits (black shorts/white t-shirt/trainers or pumps/tracksuit for colder weather)-TUESDAY

Swimming stuffWEDNESDAY

Reading booksEVERYDAY

Water bottlesEVERYDAY




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