Tel: 01373 822695
Address: Queen's Rd, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 3LY
Headteacher: Richard Hatt

Year 5

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!  Hopefully, you have all enjoyed the summer holidays and your children are excited about returning to school.  Covid 19 has made 2020 unsettled and a little strange at times. You and your child may feel a mixture of emotions about the return to school and some of the changes that need to occur to make everyone as safe as possible. We want to assure you that there will be plenty of opportunity for pupils to talk about their feelings if they wish. In Year 5, we will be expecting pupils to become more independent and hope that you will support us by encouraging this both in school and at home.


As well as being taught by Miss Dardecker and Mrs Vaughan in Cavell Class, Miss Heslop in Carroll Class, and Mrs Marsh and Mrs Small in Christie class, Year 5 will be supported by our teaching assistants – Mrs Parkinson, Mrs Starr, Mrs Illsley and Mr Jones.


We thought that it would be useful to give you an idea of what curriculum topics your children will be covering.  For the first term, we are going to be studying the Victorians and leading up to Christmas we will undertake a topic on ‘Fair Trade’. To start 2021, we will be studying ‘Why are tigers dying out?’ and we will follow this with ‘Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?’ We will finish the year studying Rivers and The Maya. See our curriculum map for the full details.

As part of our topic work, we have trips planned for the later part of the year. For these trips to go ahead, we need at least 80% of the year group to make donations towards the cost.  We hope you can support us with this. As always, if there are any difficulties please contact Mr Hatt for a confidential conversation. In addition to this, there will be the Victorian Day towards the end of Term 1 and our World War 2 trip early in March when the children need to dress up.


All children in Year 5 will be expected to read at home for at least 60 minutes a week. Reading should be recorded in your child’s homelink book and signed by an adult. Pupils are also still required to answer questions every time they read. The school has decided not to continue with their subscription for reading eggs and therefore all reading to be done from a book please.


As in Year 4, children will need to complete their weekly spelling practice. All children will receive a spelling booklet in which we will expect children to practise their spellings 10 times each week. We will introduce the new spelling pattern on a Monday and children will practise their spellings twice that first morning. We will then practise the spellings once during register time in the mornings. We would therefore like children to practise once at home each night and this will make the ten sets achievable each week. All pupils will be tested on a Friday.


Across the school, spellings and reading are prioritised as weekly homework, In addition to this; extension work will be given once per term and WOW talking homework up to twice a term. We also expect children to complete a times table booklet each week which will be checked on Fridays and rewarded with merits.


We ask that you make sure that your child’s uniform is all labelled with their full name or initials; this will help us to unite lost jumpers with their owners!


Whilst all staff will be working hard to ensure school life is as normal as possible for your child, there will be some changes for Term 1 which could continue further on through the year. Year 5 staff and children will become their own bubble and will not be mixing with other year groups. We will be encouraging high levels of hygiene and hand-washing in school and want to limit the sharing of equipment between children. Therefore, please ensure your child is equipped with a fully stocked pencil case and their own water bottle. The start time for Year 5 will be 8:45am and children will need to enter through the back gates. They will leave through the same gates at 3pm. Whilst school uniform is expected at all times, on the days that your child has PE, we would like them to arrive in school in their PE kit.  PE kit should include a plain white t-shirt, plain black or navy shorts or jogging bottoms and trainers or black daps.

These are the days PE will occur in Year 5.

Cavell-Mondays and Wednesdays

Christie- Wednesdays

Carroll-Mondays and Fridays

You will also notice that ‘Chaucer’ is now called ‘Cavell’ class.

Prefect badges

In order for your child to receive their prefect badge, they must ensure that they do all of the following: complete their readings, spellings and times tables; hand all their homework in on time; display a positive attitude to learning; be punctual; wear correct school uniform (including P.E. kit) and set an excellent example of behaviour and conduct to other children.  Those children who successfully earn their prefect badge will have extra privileges such as treats or outings and may be selected for special jobs.

Although there are currently restrictions with extra outside visitors in class, if the situation changes, we welcome any support in class from parents, be it walking or accompanying the children on visits, reading with children in class or getting messy with art and DT. We know there are a lot of skills out there, so please complete the slip below if you think you would like to help.

If you have any queries on any of the information listed above please contact your child’s class teacher. For the moment, this will need to be via the school office. We are all looking forward to an action packed, productive year.

Yours faithfully,

Year 5 Team