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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Year Group Information

Year 5 Start of the Year Information

Dear Parents/Carers,

This note 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 this blog or sent out via parent mail as and when they become available.

Adults in Year Five:

Class Teachers: 

Mrs Winter/ Mr Hillibrand  (Hippos)

Mrs Fourie (Black Rhinos)



Mrs Somil


Timetable and classroom organisation

Start of the day - 8.40am

End of the day - 3.20pm

1)  P.E. Twice weekly

Please ensure that your child has the correct P.E. kit and that all items are named.  P.E. kit can be kept in school.  However, this term the children have the opportunity to come to school in their P.E. kit for the day. 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).

2)  Reading books and reading records should be brought to school every Monday.

Children will independently change their reading books when necessary and need to bring in their reading record weekly. Class teachers will check that the children are reading suitable texts as well as encourage them to read a range of genres. 

Here is a list of recommended reading books for the age group:

3) Water Bottles and Pencil Cases

Children should bring in a named water bottle which will be kept inside the classroom and sent home at the end of each day due to Covid 19. 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 that this fits in their plastic folders during Covid 19 . They should contain:

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


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 5 children are:

  1. Reading and Spelling
  2. Mathletics/times tables practice including Times Table Rockstars

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 10-15 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!

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 come into school and speak to us.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Winter, Mrs Fourie and Mr Moran