New Year 5 Elephants and Rhinos

Please find attached the link to the class swap day presentation notes. 

Welcome to Year 5 Elephants

Class teacher - Mrs Jane Clasby            Teaching assistants - Ms  Lieugard  (Tuesday and Wednesday morning)

     Individual Needs Assistants - Mrs Mullineux and Mrs Bridgeman (mornings)

If you would like to see the curriculum planned across the year for Y5 then please click here 


Autumn: This term we are travelling back into time to Ancient Greece, learning about the Athenians and the Spartans, and the Ancient Greek way of life.

World War 2

Autumn term 2  to Spring term 1.

Working with year 6, we will look at the explore this significant turning point in British History. 

Spring: An exploration of the Poles will await  us in Spring 2 once we have completed our WW2 topic. .

After half term , we will be introducing Bananagrams - having fun with words and spelling. We have a lot to live up to having won the national Bananagrams final in London last year. Why not get ahead of the bunch and slip in some practice over the half term break!!

Summer: This term we venture to Africa, where we will learn about the African landscape, climate and people (geography). We will  learn more about the wildlife - the habitat and the dangers they face (science). We will explore African art looking at the Benin bronzes.

Click here for the Summer term's spelling list.  Spellings are sent home at the start of the term. Individual spellings lists for specific children have been sent home and additional copies can be obtained from the class teacher if needed!!

Year 5 recommended reading list:

Year 5 recommended reads.docx 

Taking on responsibilities in our school community:

School Council elections - democracy in actionThe votes are in. .... and  we are pleased to announce that this term our year 5 school makers are Lizzie and Max and  their deputies are  Sebbie and Cassia-Grace

Peer tutors - Well done to everyone who applied for the role of supporting children in Year 3 to  help them further develop their knowledge and understanding.  The first programme  involving peer tutors was extremely successful and a new programme involving new children will commence soon. 

Eco rep - Joanne has been duly elected as our class Eco rep will be. 

Euro talk success - Well done to Joanne who won the EuroTalk semi-finals in Chichester where she had to complete against other semi-finalists by speaking Japanese. we wish her all the very best for the finals which take place in October where she will be speaking Zulu. 

Class information


PE takes place on Mondays and Thursdays. Children should bring in their PE kit on a Monday and take it home on a Friday for washing.   A plain black tracksuit is recommended for outdoor PE lessons, particularly in the winter months (leggings are  allowed providing they are worn under black PE shorts). Long hair must be tied up and jewellery must be removed. The school PE top, black shorts (not cycle shorts) and trainers should be worn for indoor PE.


Water bottles

Children may bring in a named water bottle into school and keep this within the designated area within the classroom. This is particularly important in the warmer summer months. Water bottles should be taken home at the end of the day and refreshed with fresh water daily.


Homework is sent home weekly on a Thursday and is due in the following Wednesday. Children may bring in their homework sooner should they have completed it early.

Homework typically consists of:

  • Independent reading focusing on reading comprehension skills (deduction and inference)
  • An English  or numeracy  based activity to consolidate learning taken part in the class teaching during the week.
  • An optional topic based activity from one of the 42 Blooms taxonomy tasks linked to the class topic for the term. 
  • 10 weekly spellings based on specific spelling patterns for Year 5 children plus 2 statutory New National Curriculum words for Year 5. Spellings are sent home termly with the spellings for each week clearly identified along with the test date. Spellings are tested on Wednesdays. 
  • Lexia - 20 minutes a week minimum


Please click here for this term's spelling list (Summer 2018). Spelling tests takes place on a Wednesday morning; the results of which are sent home in your child's homework diary on Thursday (along with their homework).