Welcome to 5B!

Class teacher: Ms Ford

Support staff: Mrs V Barauskaite-Popova and Mrs M Malouh

Important dates

Wednesday 26th September 2019, 9:00am- Meet Ms Ford and school building tour

Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 9:05am-  Class assembly

Wednesday 16th October 2019, 5:30-8pm Parent Consultation Evening (please book a slot online)

Thursday 17th October 2019, 3:30-6pm Parent Consultation Evening (please book a slot online)

If you are unable to attend these two dates, please put a note in your child’s journal or catch me at the end of the day to arrange an alternative meeting opportunity.

Parent Consultation Evenings- Autumn term further support

Posted in this section are some useful documents and website links to help your child with their year 5 work and learning. The back pages in the children’s planners are also extremely useful to help them in reading, spelling, writing and maths as well as topics e.g. Space.


The most important way to improve reading is to listen to your child read regularly; vary the material they read and ask questions about what they’ve read.

There are two main areas in reading: decoding and comprehension.

Decoding is reading words accurately and is a skill that most children in year 5 should have mastered. Fluent reading can still be a focus in some sessions, especially if reading new and challenging material e.g. encyclopaedia entries

Comprehension is the main focus of year 5 and 6 and is built through answering questions of varying levels of challenge. For home reading use these question stems to help form your questions and always ensure you are happy with your child’s level of detail- one word answers are rarely enough!

If you’re unsure of how to support your child’s reading at home/how to form questions then please let Ms Ford know and I’ll be happy to practise/demonstrate with you at an opportune moment.

Levelled home readers

When sending reading books home, staff have begun to write in specific targets for you and your child to focus upon when completing your daily reading together. These targets are from the National Curriculum and are suited at Year 5 level (or suited to your child depending on your child’s current levels). Please try and tailor your comment to how your child has performed in this skill area so we can tailor their reading to their needs.

Note regarding ‘level’ reading books- Please do not use the ‘Level’ of reader that your child is on as the sole indicator of their reading performance- sometimes ‘younger’ books will be sent home to help your child improve in a particular comprehension skill.

Please bear in mind that whilst word reading (decoding) might be fluent, comprehension skills tend to be a few levels behind and so books that may appear ‘easier’ to read should be therefore confidently and accurately understood.


Year 1 and 2 spelling list (Your child should be extremely familiar with these words and spell them correctly every time they are used. These are grouped by spelling rule but for an alphabetic list download this set- Year 1 and 2 alphabet)

Year-3-and-4-spelling-list  (your child should be able to spell these words already. Please keep revising if they cannot)

Year 5 and 6 spellings (your child should be learning how to spell these words during this academic year. Keep revising and revisiting these)

Good writers are good readers so to help improve your child’s writing make sure they are reading a varied diet- even books that they do not like- and you are discussing the way authors have presented information or created effects on the readers.

To help with PaG (punctuation and grammar) learning, ‘MC GRAMMAR’ videos can be useful and handy to revise concept- we use some of these in class too https://www.theteachertrain.com/mc-grammar



Children should be using cursive handwriting with correct letter formation. This is proven to help improve spellings and writing flow. https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/ is a free website that offers resources and videos to help with joined handwriting.


Year 5 maths mainly builds on prior learning so it is vital that children are confident in their number bonds, mental strategies and times tables for solving problems. Practising solving problems regularly using mental strategies wherever possible is vital for success at year 5. Websites like ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Times tables rockstars’ are always available regardless of the ‘homework day’ so please use them.

http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm is a website that generates times tables tests for free

http://www.mental-arithmetic.co.uk/ is a free website that has mental maths worksheets to download and print out for completion. Pay attention to the menu when selecting as you can select different year groups/skills depending on your own child’s needs.


Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Thank you to the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family members and friends who were able to join us for our poetry assembly today. The children were extremely proud to have showcased their poetry skills and certainly stirred up an enjoyment for poetry and excitement for National Poetry Day.


A big thank you from me and the 5B staff for your help in supporting your children in learning their lines too!

Wednesday 26th September 2019

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the ‘meet the teacher’ today. I enjoyed meeting you all and am looking forward to working together this year.

If you were unable to attend, below is the powerpoint and information that was shared and I look forward to meeting you at another opportunity.

5B Curriculum Powerpoint

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 2019-2020