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Year 5 (Koalas)

Welcome to Year 5!

During the children’s first year in Upper Key Stage 2, the pupils in Year 5 begin to take on greater levels of responsibility within the school. They are, for example, offered the opportunity to become school librarians. They are encouraged to become more independent in their learning, taking on responsibility for their personal organisation and study.


The Year 5 teaching team is:


  • Koala Class Teacher - Miss Hutchings
  • Kangaroo Class Teacher - Mrs Holland 
  • Science Teacher - Mrs Simmons
  • Learning Support Assistants - Mrs Hinton, Mrs Beer, Mrs Palmer and Mrs Armstrong


The children will be split into their base classes (Koalas / Kangaroos) in the morning for Maths and English. They will then come together every afternoon, where they will be based together in Koala Class. 



In Year 5, pupils will have two pieces of ‘formal’ homework each week. In order to prepare them for Year 6 and life beyond primary school, children are encouraged to spend 30 minutes on each piece of homework. Homework will be set on a Friday, and should be handed in on the following Wednesday. These pieces of homework are:


  • English/ Topic - Handed out at the start of each half term with activities to be completed weekly, and handed in each Wednesday.
  • Maths - Handed out on a Friday to be brought back to school on the Wednesday.

As well as this, regular reading and learning of times tables is encouraged. Children should aim to read 4 times a week, and should record this independently in their reading diary. 

We will look towards using the online platform of Google Classroom to set homework, as well as other online learning activities. 



Although there may be occasional changes due to unforeseen circumstances, in general, P.E. will take place on a Friday. 


Library Time

Our allocated library time in Year 5 is on Friday morning. Please encourage daily reading at home.

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