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Year 5

Class teachers

Beech - Ms Ortega

Willow - Mr Paul

Welcome to Willow and Beech!

This year we have planned lots of exciting topics for the children in Year 5. The children will be working hard to develop their skills to reach the standard of the Year 5 curriculum. As they mature and move through the school, the children take on more responsibility as independent learners, and are given opportunities to take on roles such as being a Peer Mediator or Playground Supporter.

We will be focusing on the topics of Space and then Ancient Greece in the Autumn term, The Amazon and Global Issues in Spring and The Vikings and World War II in Summer term. We follow an integrated approach where Literacy drives the topic and immerses the children in engaging activities that develop a range of curriculum areas.

We enhance children's learning with a rich variety of educational trips. In Autumn 1 we will go to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, linking this in with our topic about Space and The Planets. In Autumn 2 we will be visiting the British Museum to link with our ‘Ancient Greece’ topic. In Spring 1 we will go to Kew Gardens where the children will experience the rainforest as it is in the Amazon. In Autumn 2 a speaker from Oxfam will hold a workshop that develops the children’s understanding of global issues. In Summer 1 we will be holding an immersive ‘Viking Day’ and finally, in Summer 2, the children will visit the Docklands Museum to develop their understanding the life of children in the local area during World War 2.


Beech class have PE sessions on Monday and Wednesday.

Willow class have PE sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The children will need their PE kit on these days – i.e. dark shorts, white T shirt and trainers or plimsolls. We work through a mixed curriculum of gymnastics, dance, team and invasion games, other ball games and athletics.  


On Thursdays, children are given literacy and spelling homework. For maths, the children will be set work on the ‘mathletics’ website. Homework should be returned, and mathletcis completed, by the following Tuesday.

Children are also expected to read for 20 minutes each evening and to record their views of the book in their reading records. It is essential that the children record in the reading diaries every day.

If you have any queries or questions about this year please come and see us about it.

Ms Ortega and Mr Paul