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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Class teacher: Mrs Machin


Year 5 – Cookley Sebright Primary School


Hello and welcome to Year 5!  During this academic year your children will be taught, guided and supported by a number of adults in school. We work closely as a team to ensure that we meet the needs of your children. 

Teacher: Mrs Machin

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Picken


English – We are using No Nonsense Literacy for teaching sequences for writing which centres around a core text. Our first sequence is based on ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol Ann Duffy. Reading is very important both at school and at home in order to build fluency, stamina, comprehension skills and increased enjoyment of books in general. In Year 5, we expect your child to take greater responsibility over their reading, for example, ensuring they change their book promptly in the morning before the register and recording what they have read.

A Year 5/6 spelling list has already been sent home for you and your child to refer to. These are statutory spellings which your child must aim to learn in preparation for their SATs next year. Weekly spellings based on specific spelling rules and patterns will be set each week, practised and finally tested the following week.


Maths – We follow Busy Ant for Mathematics using a mastery approach.  In line with the rise in standards, we have very high expectations of the children. Each week will consist of a mixture of mental arithmetic, core learning, problem solving and reasoning. If your child struggles with any aspect of their times table recall, please practise them as much as possible as all tables up to 12x12 should have been mastered by the end of Year 4. Your child is signed up to Mathletics which they can access at home to support their learning and complete any tasks that have been set as homework.


Homework Diary/Reading - Children are expected to read, discuss and answer questions about their reading book most nights if possible, even if it is for only a few minutes. Please remember to sign your child’s diary when you listen to them read.  You can also use this diary to convey any messages to us if you are unable to catch us in the morning or after school. Any homework will also be recorded in these diaries, with instructions of the task set and the date it is due in.  Both English and Maths homework will be explained and handed out on a Friday to be handed in on the following Wednesday. Occasionally, longer topic-based tasks are set, also. Homework is not optional and a record will be kept. If your child has any problems with their homework, they must seek guidance from their teacher before the due date.

PE  - It is important that the children have named PE kit in school at ALL times (white polo/t- shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit/jogging bottoms, trainers, sweatshirt and shin pads). Jogging bottoms need to be part of the kit as some of our sessions will be outside throughout the year. It is your child’s responsibility to keep their belongings safe in their lockers. The children will be taught by Mr Wheeler for one weekly session. The second session of the week will either be taught by Mrs Machin or a Sports Coach from A Sporting Chance.  Earrings must be removed for PE.

Attendance/Punctuality - Our attendance is closely monitored by our Education Welfare Officer. It is vital that all pupils attend school every day.  Holidays in term time are not allowed.  In line with other schools in the Wolverley Pyramid, holidays are marked as an unauthorised absence.  

Daily Mile – The children (and staff!) will be participating in a Daily Mile to increase fitness and productivity.  ‘The Daily Mile involves each class heading outside to walk, jog or run around the school grounds every day, rain or shine, at whatever pace suits the child best. It gets children active with their friends and teachers, and refreshed for further learning’. See for more information. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear to change into and a waterproof jacket with them.

Parents’ Evening – Parents’ Evening will be held over two weeks in the Autumn Term. The first evening will be on Wednesday 2nd October and the second on Tuesday 8th October.  Details of how to book an appointment will be given a couple of weeks before.

Snacks/Juice - Children may bring a healthy snack for morning break such as a piece of fruit and a drink (not fizzy). Classroom water bottles must be water only.  Reminder – we are a nut free school.

If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us, either before or after school or through the homework diary.

We look forward to working with you...  The Year 5 Team

Mad about books!