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The year five teachers are Mrs Beal and Miss Holmes. 

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                                 Spring Term Newletter 2018

 Dear Parents/Carers


Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope you have all had a good holiday. Here are a few details about the plans for Year 5 for this term.



In Science we will be studying properties of everyday materials and reversible changes. Our Geography topic is Mapping skills and a study of France.



Games & PE


For this term, PE and games will continue to be on a Friday afternoon. Children should have indoor and outdoor kit in school for both sessions, as plans may need to be altered depending on the weather.



English and Maths homework will be set on Fridays and handed in the following Friday. On any occasions where homework is not set, the children should practise tables and associated division facts and the lists of spellings that were sent home in the Autumn term.

The Maths homework will sometimes be an Abacus online activity to support our work in class. The children’s passwords and user names have been checked so any difficulties logging in will not be related to these (unless they are incorrectly typed!) I have encouraged the children not to leave the homework to the last minute. Therefore, if they have problems with the Abacus work, we can try to put it right or I can give them a written worksheet to do as an alternative.


Unfortunately, some children have been handing in homework that is incomplete and rather careless. I have made it clear that the high standards we have in class also apply to their homework. Your support checking that your child is completing homework carefully and thoroughly is very important and very much appreciated.


Please help the children continue the habit of reading regularly and signing planners at the end of the week. We shall carry on the system of checking on a Monday morning. Those children that have read at least four times to an adult, on four separate days, will be awarded a value point. Thank you for your support with this.


Friesland School Visits


The children have been invited to take part in four taster sessions at Friesland School. These will take place on four consecutive Wednesday afternoons beginning on the 24th January. More details will follow shortly.


School Visits


There are no plans for a visit this term as I prefer to carry it over to the summer term when the weather is better. This means that there will be two visits for the children to look forward to in the last term.


Wet Break Games


We keep games and activities in the classroom to keep the children entertained during wet break times. To give you an idea of the age of these games, most of them belonged to my sons who are now in their twenties! Maybe you need a post- Christmas clear out of your toy cupboards . We would really appreciate any donations of games that the children can play in little groups. Please send any donations in with your child.


There will be Parents’ Consultation Evenings in March to discuss your child’s progress. As always, if you have any questions about what is happening in school, please get in touch.


Yours sincerely,




Mrs Maria Beal


Arrangements for week beginning the 18th December

 On Tuesday afternoon, we shall be going to the Pantomime at Nottingham's Theatre Royal. The children are to wear normal school uniform. They will not need to bring their reading folders on that day. We hope to return to Trowell around 4.30pm. Children are to be collected from the Parish Hall.


Wednesday is Christmas dinner day . The children can wear their Christmas jumpers for the day, if they wish. Normal school uniform( apart from sweaters/ cardigans) will be required.


Thursday is Christmas party day and all pupils can wear their party clothes all day.


Friday is the last day of term and children may bring in a game to share with friends. No electronic games please.


Hope this information is useful.


Merry Christmas to all.


Year 5 Autumn Newsletter



September 2017



Dear Parents/Carers


I hope you have all had a good holiday, and are looking forward to a rest now we are back at school!  Here are a few details about the plans for Year 5 this term:


Ancient Greeks Workshop.

Pupils will be studying the Ancient Greeks this term.  I have planned what I hope will be a really exciting project, covering many different areas of the curriculum, in order that children see the connections between subject areas, and learning is fun and creative.  I have arranged a whole day workshop in school for Tuesday 14th November. This will be run by outside providers who specialise in workshops that bring history to life. There will be a charge for this, but, having it in school eliminates the extra cost of a bus. I thought it might be helpful to give you plenty of notice that the children will be invited to dress as Ancient Greeks on that day. Further details to follow. 


PE and Games

PE and games will be on Fridays.

Children will need indoor and outdoor kit to allow for all weathers.

It is very important that all pupils take part in lessons, and attend with correct kit.

 Please encourage your child to take responsibility for making sure it is in school on the right day.  We will no longer allow children to phone home if they have forgotten their kit – they will have to use spare kit.  If there is a medical reason why your child should not do PE please send a note. 


English homework will usually be set on Wednesdays, to be handed in by the following Wednesday morning.  Maths homework will be given on Friday to be handed in the following Friday. The Maths homework will often be an Abacus online activity to support our work in class. I have encouraged the children not to leave the homework to the last minute. Therefore, if they have problems with the Abacus work, we can try to put it right or I can give them a written worksheet to do as an alternative.


 Occasionally there will be other homework tasks set which will support the work done in class.  Homework should take no longer than half an hour – on other nights children are expected to spend that amount of time reading.


Reading books and planners

Even if your child is a fluent reader, your support in making sure that they read at home is invaluable.  Please read the notes for parents when your child brings their new planner home. The children will earn a house point if they have done at least four reads a week. To earn the point, the reads need to be done on four separate days and to an adult. Also, please ensure that your child’s planner is signed at the weekend.


Need to speak to a member of staff?  

If you have any queries about this, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you do need to speak to me, please report to reception first and someone will come to find me. If you do need to have a quick chat at the start of the school day, please try to come to reception before 8.45 as I need to be available to see the children in from 8.55am. Alternatively, you may feel it is more appropriate to arrange an appointment at a time that is mutually convenient.


 I look forward to seeing you at our ‘Meet the Teacher’ session on Wednesday 13th September and parent consultation meetings in October.


Yours sincerely,



Mrs MP Beal


Maths Game to try at home.

Try this exciting game to help you with your number work. There are quick-fire  activities that mean you can have fun and practise number bonds, doubles, halves, tables, division facts and square numbers. Thanks to Miss Swinburne (Nicholas' mum) for sharing this with us. Let Mrs Beal know how you get on. Enjoy!

14th November 2017

Year 5 had an amazing day finding out more about the Ancient Greeks. Take a look at the photographs below. Don't the costumes look great?