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Welcome to Year Five!

Tiger Class
Mrs Kirk (year lead)
Mrs Osborne (class TA)

Lion Class 
Mrs McCormack
Miss Knowles (class TA)

Jaguar Class
Mr McDonald 
Mr Bowdrey (class TA)
Mrs Tomlin (class TA) 

Additional teacher: Mrs Tapson
Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Carins and Mrs Park
SENCO: Mrs Cairns and Mrs Collins
Office Manager: Mrs Russell


Term 1 - You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian 
This year we will be studying a range of different topics, starting with 'You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian'. Over the course of this term we will be looking at what life was like in Victorian Britain, comparing Rochester then and now as well as looking at the work of significant individuals including the work of L.S. Lowry, Dr Barnardo, Thomas Edison and Sir Robert Peel.

To enhance the children's understanding of Victorian Britain, we will be reading 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. We would appreciate it if you could avoid reading this particular text with your child this term, but if they are enjoying learning about the Victorian era and would like to continue to read around the topic, the following texts are a good starting-point:  

  • 'Far From Home' by Berlie Doherty  
  • 'Gaslight' by Eloise Williams  
  • 'Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret' by Lyn Gardner  
  • 'Twelve Minutes to Midnight' by Christopher Edge 
  • 'Horrible Histories: The Vile Victorians' by Terry Deary  
  • 'The Peculiars' by Kieran Larwood  
  • 'The Adventures of the New Cut Gang' by Philip Pullman 
  • 'You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian Schoolchild' by John Malam

Our PE days will be a Wednesday and Thursday but we would appreciate it if your child could have their PE kit in school from Monday to Friday in case this changes.

Our indoor PE will be dance and outdoor PE will be football for all classes.

Useful documents
 Year 5 Curriculum

School Uniform 
The children will be expected to be wearing the correct school uniform as follows: 
  • Black or grey trousers, shorts or skirt
  • Black school shoes, without prominent logos
  • School summer dress or playsuit
  • Plain black, grey or white socks or tights 
  • White polo shirt or tailored shirt 
  • Burgundy cardigan or jumper 
Hair should be tied back with a plain band and if earrings are worn, they should be small, discrete studs. A small, simple timepiece can be worn if desired. 
PE Kit 
For indoor PE, the children are expected to wear: 
  • Navy or black shorts
  • T-shirt in their house colour 
  • Plimsolls or trainers
For outdoor PE, the children are expected to wear: 
  • Navy or black tracksuit bottoms 
  • Navy or black sweatshirt 
  • T-shirt in their house colour 
  • Plimsolls or trainers 
Behaviour - Ready, Respectful, Safe
We expect the children to be promoting our school values of ready, respectful, safe throughout the school day and to act as role models in their attitude towards school life and their learning. To promote and celebrate this, the following reward systems will be in place alongside the whole-school systems (badges, headteacher and deputy headteacher stickers, credit dots and Outstanding Pupil Awards): 
  • Raffle tickets - these will be awarded when we see the children behaving positively. If their name is drawn at the end of the day, they will choose a prize from the class prize box 
  • Postcards home - messages will be sent home to recognise those moments when children have applied themselves particularly well to a lesson or activity, made significant progress in their learning or made significant progress in their attitude and behaviour 
  • Recognition time - this will be planned in to each week to celebrate and reward those who behave positively 
 If a child behaves in a way that is detrimental to their own learning and well-being or the learning and well-being of others, sanctions will be in place. They will be given a clear warning and an opportunity to correct the decisions they are making before time is removed from either their recognition time or break time. For more serious incidents, the child will spend time in the sanction room, reflecting upon their behaviour and how a situation could have been handled differently.

Homework will focus on spelling, reading and times tables.
Spelling rules will be sent home to be investigated relating to the learning that has been taking place in class. The children will then be tested on the spelling rule, using the example words given and some unseen words. 
Times Tables 
Times tables knowledge is vitally important and will support your child's learning in Maths. Homework will be set on a weekly basis to aid your child developing rapid recall of times tables facts up to 12 x 12 and the inverse. 
Due to the currently very limited selection of reading books in Year 5, your child will not be sent home with a reading book until the book selection has been updated. However, we would appreciate you to encourage your child to read by visiting the local library. Books are available in Year 5 for those who wish to take one. 

Diary Dates

Term 1
Monday 2nd September - Staff Development Day 
Tuesday 3rd September - Staff Development Day 
Wednesday 4th September - children return to school 
Wednesday 18th September - swimming starts for group 1  
Thursday 19th September - Guildhall Museum trip (Lion Class) 
Tuesday 24th September - Guildhall Museum trip (Tiger Class)
Friday 4th October - Guildhall Museum trip (Jaguar Class) 
Friday 18th October - end of Term 1 




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