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Snow Leopards - Year 5

Year 5 Autumn 1

Welcome back to Thorpe Lea, after what I hope has been a wonderful summer break. It is time to dive back into school, in what I hope will be a fun and enjoyable year.

Year 5 is a step up from Year 4, but we shall endeavour to learn many interesting facts and cover a wide range of subjects throughout our journey.

I want to thank you for all of your support and I look forward to working with you and your children this year.


Please see below for information regarding events this half term.


Mr Bernard



Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 5th September - School Starts

Thursday 14th September - KS2 Meet the Teacher

Thursday 21st September - Year 5 Class Assembly (Starts at 3 pm)

Monday 2nd October - INSET Day

Friday 13th October - Harvest Festival at the church

Tuesday 17th October - Parents Evening

Wednesday 18th October - Individual and Sibling Photos

Thursday 19th October - Parents Evening

Friday 20th October - Autumn 1 Half Term Finishes

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th - Half Term Holiday

Monday 30th October - Autumn 2 Half Term Begins

Thursday 21st December - Last Day of Term (Finish at 2:15 pm)



Below there will be a series of links to help in building a bank of resources for our Topic. If you have any more suggestions, please let me know.

Please click on the icon above to access the homework sheets. This will be updated each week.

Rotten Romans

Horrible Histories Romans: Qualify for the Roman triumph. new aBook

What is a Roman triumph and how did we get to have the book today. Watch below and find out. Horrible Histories presents a funny look back at History.

Horrible Histories Rotten Romans: Elagabalus Come Dine With Me

What did they Ancient Romans eat? Find out below in this funny clip from CBBC's Horrible Histories.

The Rotten Romans - Part 1 Kellogg's CD

Listen below to the author of the Horrible Histories books, Terry Deary, as he goes through the nice and gory details of the Rotten Romans.



Every child in the school is given weekly tasks to complete at home. Please ensure that the maximum amount of effort is put into completing these tasks, as they will help inform your child's learning in class and some may also form the basis of some lessons. If your child can complete these tasks independently, it will give a true reflection of their knowledge, however, we are also supportive of parents helping their children if they become stuck on a task. If you or your child feel that the homework is a little difficult, please come and talk to me before the due date, so we can discuss if extra support can be provided to them.


Please ensure that presentation in homework books is of the standard expected in your child's school books. It is important that the homework is neat and legible. This will foster the same attitude to work completed in lessons and shows their pride in their work. 



Each week the children choose an activity to complete our challenge by choice grids. They can have a go at whichever one they would like to do. It is always great to see the results of their tasks and sometimes to even taste them. Have fun with whichever activity you choose to do. Don't forget to tick off the ones you have done, in order to get your treat for a full row.



Please ensure your child reads every night for 10-15 minutes. They will need to bring in their reading book and signed homework diary into school every morning. Those who don't read at home will catch up in their lunchtime.



Your child will be provided with a spelling list on a Thursday, in which they will need to learn these ready for a test, the following Thursday. To practice their spellings, pupils can use a variety of strategies to help them. These can include 'LOOK, COVER, WRITE, SAY, CHECK', writing a series of sentences, or even a short creative piece of work relating to that week's English lesson focus. There may be an additional piece given to help in key areas such as punctuation, grammar or creative writing.



Pupils are asked to practice their times-tables on a short, daily routine. They usually have a times tables test on Tuesday, however, their knowledge of their number facts greatly improves their daily performance in numeracy. In addition, extra challenges will be provided on a weekly basis which will require children to talk about their maths and use different strategies to work out the answers.


Homework handout day: Thursday

Homework due day: Tuesday

(Should there be any problem with meeting the weekly deadline, please speak to me, or send a message to me through the office, before Tuesday.)

Getting Out and About


It is always fun and enjoyable to go and explore in more detail, something you find interesting in school. If there is something we are learning this year that you would like to look at in more detail, look below for some ideas, for a nice day out.






Our PE lessons will be every Tuesday and Wednesday but in case there is a change in the timetable, please ensure PE kit is kept in school every day and only taken home to be washed.


Also please ensure that the correct uniform is worn to school each day and that school shoes are worn, not trainers. The uniform code can be found on the school website, or a copy can be obtained from the school office.

A Message from Mr Bernard


It is my great pleasure to be your child's teacher this year. This is my second year at Thorpe Lea, so I am very happy to be working closely with you this year.

Year 5 is an important year in school and it is important that your child is able to work to the best of their ability, so they can achieve their best.

I hope that we can have a positive time over the coming weeks and your children will enjoy their time in Year 5.

If there are any concerns you wish to discuss with me, please feel free to arrange a time to come and speak with me.


Mr Bernard

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Each day we watch Newsround in class, as a way of keeping the children up to date with what is going on in the world. They are a fantastic resource that explains difficult topics in a clear, safe and easily accessible way. Their website has lots of useful articles for your child to read and engage with. Click on the logo above to go to their site.