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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Welcome to Year 5

Welcome to our Year Five Class page.

Here you will find all the information that will be relevant for children in this year group.

We look forward to sharing key learning opportunities with you. 

A recommended reading list for Year Five can be found under Parents/Carers/English Information and Guidance, and also on the Homework page for Year 5.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's class teacher.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 Mrs Winter, Mrs Fourie and Mr Hillebrand.


Please read the following information that will be useful:


We thought it would be useful to send out some information outlining some routines and dates for the next few weeks.

 This letter covers topics such as the timetable, classroom organisation, and homework. It is not meant to be totally comprehensive as we hope to make many changes to the curriculum and the learning experiences across the whole school this year. Further details will be provided on the blog year group page of the website, or sent out via parent mail as and when they become available.

Adults in Year Five:

Class Teachers: Mrs Winter/Mr Hillebrand and Mrs Fourie

LSAs in Upper Key Stage Two:

Mrs McGann

Mrs Khan

Mr Adham

Ms Gavin

Timetable and classroom organisation

Start of the day - 8.50am

End of the day - 3.20pm


1) P.E. will take place on Mondays and Thursdays.

Please ensure that your child has the correct P.E. kit and that all items are named. P.E. kit should be kept in school and children will change into this before their P.E. lesson. The school P.E. kit consists of a white shirt (polo shirt or T-shirt), navy blue short, trainers and a navy blue tracksuit for outdoors (no hooded tops). Our school uniform is non gender-specific.

2)  Reading books and reading records should be in school every day for Year 5.

Class teachers will check that the children are reading suitable texts as well as encourage them to read a range of genres. 

3) Water Bottles 

Children should bring in a named water bottle.

4) Children to have their own named pencil case in Key Stage Two. 

We would ask that they keep these to a suitable size in order to ensure that it fits into their trays.

Equipment should include: HB pencils, a pencil sharpener, a rubber, a 30cm ruler, coloured pencils, whiteboard pens and glue sticks.

5) Homework

As a school, we are still in the process of reviewing our homework policy and will share any changes when final decisions have been made. For now, the priorities for homework for Year 6 children are:

  1. Reading and Spelling
  2. Mathletics/times tables practice including Times Table Rockstars
  3.  Learning Log sheets will be given out where the children can choose from 6 activities linked to our topic. The logs are attached below.
  4. Occasionally we will ask the children to prepare a speaking and listening activity or something related to the topic, that may take longer than a week! To that end we will always give your child time to prepare.

6) Reading

Reading regularly is by far one of the best ways you can help your child with their learning. A Year 5 child should read with an adult for 10 minutes three to four days a week whatever their level of reading fluency. Regular trips to a public library or book shop would help your child to experience a range of different genres. Please talk with your child regularly about the books they are reading, even if they are a fluent reader. In depth discussion of a text ensures that the higher level meaning is fully grasped - think of the Book Club model that is so popular with adult readers!

Reading books will go home by Friday 10th September. We strongly encourage for parents to try and monitor the reading record books at least once a week. Staff will also record in the reading record books when children have read at school (in guided reading and in 1:1 reading sessions).

7) Spellings

Spelling rules will be taught in school. Please find the list of spellings to be taught during Autumn term on the homework page of the year blog page on the school website.

Curriculum Overview

Some curriculum areas such as Science and Modern Foreign Languages will be taught as discrete subjects.

If you do have any questions concerning any aspect of the curriculum, or how your child is progressing, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards, 

Mrs Winter, Mrs Fourie and Mr Hillebrand