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Birchfield Community Primary School

Year 5

Year 5

Teachers: Mrs Dennis and Mrs Messenger 

Learning Support Assistants 

  Mrs, Anderson, Mrs Darby, Miss Doye, Mr Bates and Mrs Kersty Boardripp

Year Group Useful Information 


It is important that the children attend school in the correct uniform. This is for several reasons. Firstly, it creates a level playing field for our children, allowing them to learn without distraction. We also believe that when the children look smart, they feel ready to learn. It is also a great way to prepare the children for Secondary school. Therefore, please ensure that your child attends school in the correct uniform – more information about this is on our website – including black shoes. At this time of year, it would also be great if they could have a named, waterproof coat in school so that they can enjoy time outside too.

Attendance and Punctuality

We are continuing our focus on improving attendance and punctuality at Birchfield as we know that being frequently late and having too much time off school can massively impact the progress your child makes in their learning. Therefore, we would appreciate your support on ensuring your child is here promptly and ready for when the morning bell rings at 8:50am as they have a morning activity to complete as they enter our class to start their day.

Class Rewards

In class, the children will be rewarded for excellent work, excellent behaviour and attitude to learning, participation, for following the class rules and whole school values with our new ‘School Dojo’s’ for their house team, which will be rewarded half-termly.  In addition to this, each child will also work towards their personal rewards of achieving their bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards through achieving different ‘Teacher’s Awards’ that link to their core learning in class. 


  • Once a term, your child will get a cross-curricular project to complete linked to an element of their learning in the classroom. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to collaboratively work with your child and learn together.
  • The children will also be continuing to use the excellent resource ‘TTRS’ which will continue to support the children’s understanding and stamina for their times tables, which they worked very hard on developing during their time in Year 4. We may provide your child with additional times table practise if they have yet to secure them previously.
  • We also expect, every child will read at least three times a week at home and record this in their reading diary. We will expect to see regular reading and quiz results to reflect this regular approach to reading. Children’s reading records will be reviewed frequently to monitor this.


PE will take place every Thursday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their correct school PE kit on a Thursday: a green top with black/navy shorts, joggers or leggings and trainers. Children should not be wearing non-uniform sportswear or causal clothes into school for these sessions as we wish to encourage all children to take pride in their school uniform. We also ask that children should not be wearing any jewellery and have their hair tied back for these sessions.


Below is an overview of the curriculum journey your child will be taking throughout their time with Mrs Dennis and Mrs Messenger in year 5. We hope that together we can learn more about the world around us. 

 Year 5 Journey Map

Our Class Reading Book 

Reading is an important part of our daily activities in Year 5; we believe that reading daily and regularly has several benefits for all children within our class:

  • Reading is fun
  • Reading improves concentration
  • Reading together helps build friendships
  • Reading helps to teach us about the world around us
  • Reading daily - helps improve our reading stamina and ability 
  • Reading improves vocabulary and writing skills  


Top 7 Reading Tips for reading at home

Stormbreak (Alex Rider) - written by Anthony Horowitz

When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country - but there's more to the gift than meets the eye.


Here's a website you can use to check if there is an Accelerated Reader quiz on a book you want to read: 



Mobile Phones  If you would like your child to carry a mobile phone with them to school, then your child needs permission to bring one into school. On arriving at school, their mobile phones must be switched off before entering the school grounds and should not be turned back on until after school has finished and your child has left school grounds. 

To gain permission for this, you need to write a letter (or email) to the school office explaining that you have given permission to your child.  
Autumn Term Curriculum 

Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings






ACCELERATED READER - Accelerated Reader












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