Year 5

Welcome Back!

Greetings everybody and welcome back to a new school year at VRS.


You will have seen the impressive new building right next to Ridgeway Class. It will be fun watching it receiving its final touches over the next few weeks.

This is the first termly newsletter of the year. I’ll aim to update you at the beginning of each term, but we will also send regular feedback via Class Dojo’s ‘Class Story’.

Don’t get to log-in to Class Dojo if you can.


I welcome Mrs Lock to Ridgeway Class. She will be teaching on Thursday mornings until Mrs Winfield returns in January.

I have attached a timetable for the term and an overview of the units covered in Year 5.

NB: we will be swimming at Gillotts this term! Our sessions will be on a Tuesday morning More information to come. We will also be taking up the ‘Daily Mile’ challenge, which is running for 15 minutes. We’ll be doing this on non-PE days, so please have a PE kit in school at all times!


To coincide with the Paralympics, our Topic focus until November will be Brazil. We will be learning more about the Amazon river and rainforests in Geography lessons, trying some Paralympics-inspired sports with Mr Shacklady and reading ‘Journey to the River Sea’ (a story set in Brazil) as our class text. We will use Brazil as our theme for Art, DT and Cookery too.


Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and collected in on Mondays. Children will receive a mixture of Maths and Literacy activities to complete independently in their own time. They will also receive 10 spellings every Wednesday which they will be tested on the following Wednesday. Their spelling books will need to be in school every Wednesday.

They will be completing Mental arithmetic activities (including times tables) with Mrs Lock every Thursday.


The children will be taught by Mrs Francis and myself every day apart from:

Monday afternoon: when they will have PE with Mr Shacklady

Tuesday & Thursday afternoons: when Mr Mackreill will be supporting the class instead of Mrs Francis

Thursday mornings: when Mrs Lock will be teaching the class Science and Mental Arithmetic


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