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Welcome to Year 5 DS


Hello and welcome to class 5DS. Our teacher is Miss Spittle and our teaching assistant is Mrs Fenton.  In addition Mrs Mikolajczyk teaches us on a Tuesday afternoon.



In our class the rules and expectations are built around the core values of our school.


  • Sharing
  • Trust
  • Achievement
  • Respect
  • Safety


English Information

Reading is crucial in everything that children do. We aim to nurture a love of reading and encourage children to read a wide range of texts. We monitor children’s reading at home through the Home School Diaries and each week we award one child as reader of the week. It is a whole school expectation that children read at least five times per week, for at least 15 minutes per day. Please also remember to sign diaries once children have read. We teach reading through Guided Reading sessions in school each day where we spend time reading and analysing texts. 


Maths Information

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Year 5 is to ensure that children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers – up to 1,000,000, fractions and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that children develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately. Children should also develop their ability to solve a range of problems and develop mathematical reasoning. By the end of Year 5, pupils must be fluent with all times tables up to 12x12 and be able to use these in a variety of situations.

Discrete Maths lessons are taught on a daily basis although Maths is linked to topic where possible. Children are encouraged to use and apply their Maths skills through real life situations.


PE and Kit Information

Our PE days are Mondays (indoors) and Wednesdays (outdoors).


It is really important that the children have a suitable PE kit in school on our PE days so that they can participate fully in the activities.

The PE kit is as follows:

Navy shorts, white polo shirt, white socks, navy joggers, navy jumper and trainers.  (Please note: sun hats will be needed during the summer)

All items of the PE kit should be clearly labelled and kept in a PE bag with the child’s name on the outside.

Please ensure that all jewellery is not worn on these days if possible.



Spellings are sent home on a weekly basis and the test will be on a Wednesday each week. In addition, the red homework books will be sent home each week with a piece of English homework (Reading or writing), and maths homework relating to work covered in lessons. Work will be set on a Wednesday and expected to be returned by Monday. Teachers will indicate which aspect to cover each week.

All children will also need to learn all times tables by heart to use in their maths work this year.  Reading remains a priority and we expect the children to read at least 5 times a week.  It is really important that with all homework the children are encouraged to complete it independently but then supported when necessary.


Topic Information for the Term

You will find links to the topic web for each term in 'The Curriculum' subsection in 'About Us'. The topic web will allow you to see what your child is covering across the curriculum during this academic year.


Unlocking Learning

All children have a Bug Club and Education City login and this resource can be used at home to encourage further learning.  Please support your child in using the following websites.
A useful site covering English, Maths and Science skills.
A website covering maths games and activities.
A website with a range of interesting science experiments that can be done at home.

A website exploring a range of subjects, ranging from History to Maths.