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Year 5W

Welcome to the Year Five class page. Mr Westerman is our class teacher and Mrs McGarrigle is our class teaching assistant. Here you can find lots of information about Year Five as well as keeping up to date with all of the exciting things that we get up to throughout the school year.

At the bottom of our page are a few videos of our most exciting days!


Please visit our class Twitter page to keep up to date with what we are getting up to:

We also post videos onto our school Youtube channel -  which can be seen at the bottom of our class page:

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Our topic this term is 'Evolution and Revolution!' This topic will focus on the incredible Civil War, in Newark. We will be taking a look around our town and how the civil war has changed the area. We will be using our atlas skills to locate countries around the world and take a deeper look at latitude, longitude and the equator. In Science, we will be looking at the evolution and adaption of plants and animals before going onto the designing our own adapted animals in Art and Design. The DT topic will then require our children to get thinking as they create an automated animal model. 

We are hoping to perform in a second music festival using our newly acquired Ukulele skills and the help of the backing group by All Saints. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces again both at the music festival and our up and coming sports day.



In Year Five our homework is given out on Monday and is due back to school no later than the following Monday. It will normally consist of one piece of English, Maths or Topic work.

We will be testing our times tables with certificated being sent home to those who complete them.

We will continue to follow the RWI Get Spelling Programme this year. Spellings from this will be given out and tested on a two weekly basis, depending on the unit being studied. On alternate weeks the children will receive spellings from the appropriate National Curriculum statuatory word lists.

Reading is such a valuable life skill and is also relevant across all subjects within school. Regular practise really does make a huge difference to reading ability, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. Please try to ensure your child reads at home for at least 15 minutes each night and gets their home/school diary signed to indicate that this has happened. We will continue to complete a 30 minute session of guided reading daily in the classroom where all children get the opportunity to read new, exciting texts and answer questions about them.

PE will take place on Tuesday and Thursday during the Spring term in Year Five. On Tuesdays the children will be outdoors for PE playing Hockey until half-term and then it will time to prepare for SPORTS DAY! On Thursdays they will have indoor PE, however with the weather being warmer some of these sessions will be outdoors. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate PE kit for these sessions available in school. The correct PE kit consists of: a white t-shirt, red shorts and plimsolls for indoor sports. Trainers are required for outdoor activities. 



A huge well done to the Year 5/6 children for our annual summer play - It was FABULOUS! Welcome to the 1920's - A crime has taken place, will the mystery be solved? Watch to find out more...


A huge thank you to All Saints and their band. A huge thank you to Mrs Stanton for all your hard work with the musicians this year. Well done to all the children involved - Keep up the hard work. Enjoy!


A huge thank you to Mr Clarke. We had a brilliant experience from a secondary school science teacher. Popping balloons, experimenting with chemicals and working out who was at the crime scene. We had a brilliant day and a fabulous end to our week of scientific experiments.


Check out the MUSICAL PERFORMANCE by our Y5/6 children. Special thank you to Mrs Stanton for teaching our children how to play the trumpet this term. Another special thank you to All Saints Catholic Academy for providing the backing band and superb Choir!