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Thorpe Lea Primary School

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Year 5

Year 5 Spring 1

Wow, 2019 is gone and we are now in 2020! Time has soon flown by and we're over one third of the way through Year 5. Welcome back to school and I hope we are going to have a good time, leading up towards the February half-term.


On this page, you'll find details about the work we will be doing this term and year.


This half term, we will begin by looking at the Ancient Egyptians in our History lessons and in English, we will be continuing to look at 'Unspoken' by Henry Cole.


I look forward to our time together in this new year and if you have any questions, then please come and see me.


Mr Bernard


Dates for your diary:


Monday 6th January 2020 - INSET DAY

Tuesday 7th January 2020 - Spring 1 Begins

Monday 13th January - School Clubs begin

Thursday 23rd January - Young Voices @ O2

Wednesday 28th January - Parent Partnership Meeting

Friday 13th February - School finishes

Monday 17th - Friday 21st February - Half Term

Monday 24th February - School Begins



Please have a look at our E-Safety pages and check that your child is being safe online at home. We do our best in school to educate about online safety, but if this is enforced at home as well, we can really help protect your children. We have had a focus on E-Safety recently, especially as it was Safer Internet Day on 5th February. Click the link below to see the children's E-Safety page on the school website.


Below there are many links and resources to help with different areas of Year 5. There are videos related to our topic, Maths related help and details on uniform and homework expectations.

Meet the Teacher 2019

Year 5 Timetable 2019 - 2020

Year 5 Curriculum Map 2019 - 2020



Our PE lessons will be every Monday (outside) and Friday (inside) 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 at half term, or unless it is really dirty. We ensure kit is taken home at the end of every half term to be washed. If we complete a particularly muddy lesson, then we will send kit home then as well.




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.


PE kit should consist of a blue t-shirt, navy shorts and trainers. In wet weather, your child may want to have a spare pair of socks, that are different from the ones they wear during the rest of the day. In cold weather, your child may want to wear a tracksuit and also their jumper/cardigan. Some children also like to wear a set of thermal 'skins'. These can be worn underneath the regular kit, in the cold weather.


Thank you.


T-Shirt Thorpe Lea P.E.Shadow StripeJogging Bottoms 50% Poly / 50% Cotton


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We are using the Abacus Maths scheme in our lessons. Please find below the planned lessons for this half term. Please use this to provide extra support to your child at home.


Maths is not the easiest subject for some people at school and it can take time for us to see the value in learning the subject and to get our heads around some of the concepts. Below are some useful sites to practice using the different strategies that we use in class.


Feel free as well to get hold of the CGP Maths books. These are a great resource for going through clear maths questions and they lay them out in an easy to read format. There is a range of different books, some that go together like a textbook and then a question book.

Ancient Egyptians

Introducing Ancient Egypt | History - Lost Lands

Ancient Egypt Facts for Kids | Classroom History Video

Ancient Egyptian Adventure - History for Kids



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.


Your child will receive each week: Maths, English, Spellings, Timestables and Reading.


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. 


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.)

A Message from Mr Bernard


Another welcome back from the Christmas break. I hope you have had a well-rested holiday and you're ready to learn again. Time really has sped by over the last 7 weeks and we have managed to fit so much in. We continue to have a jam-packed year ahead of us, so we need to make sure that we carry on and get as much done as we can. Behaviour expectations haven't changed and we hope that we will all have a fun time if we behave well.


Don't forget to have the correct uniform on, a reminder of the PE kit can be found above.


I hope we continue to have a great time this year and if there are any problems, please come and see me.


Mr Bernard

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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.