Year 5


Miss Collette, Mrs Cribbens and Mr Giles would like to welcome you all to Year 5 at Christchurch Junior School.

I would like to explain how Year 5 is organised and also highlight important aspects of our year group.


Miss Collette/ Mrs Cribbens  - Kandinsky Class Teacher

Mrs Wild - Teaching Assistant Kandinsky Class/ Speech and Language Teaching Assistant

Mr Giles - Monet Class Teacher

Mrs Curtis - Teaching Assistant Monet Class


English will incorporate Creative Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Reading and Comprehension, Speaking-Listening, Drama, Handwriting, Non fiction work and Research Skills. We expect the children to read for a minimum of 15 minutes every evening. Please ensure your child records this in their reading diary and that you sign it accordingly.

Maths will include Mental Arithmetic, Using and Applying Maths, Problem Solving, Number Facts, Calculations, Understanding Number, Shape, Measures and Data Handling. We expect children to know all times-tables up to 12 x 12. Please work with your child to learn these vital number facts.

Year 5 topics this year will include: The Earth in Space, Climate and Weather, Ancient Greece, Anglo Saxons and Vikings.

We also teach Computing, French, PE, Games, Art, Design and Technology, PHSE, Dance and Music. This year there will be a strong emphasis on Science which includes sound and light.


Your child will bring home English and Maths homework books (details in homework section) and a reading diary which will need to come home daily.

PE kits should be left in school as PE takes place regularly during the week. No jewellery should be worn, so if your child wears earrings please show them how to remove them. It is also asked that long hair is tied back for PE. We do wear house t-shirts which can be purchased at the school office together with blue shorts. If your child is unsure as to which house they are in, please ask their teacher. Dark track suit bottoms and socks are generally worn for games lessons during the winter months.

We would like your child to bring in the following equipment: pencil, rubber, sharpener, colouring pencils and a blue handwriting pen (not a biro). We now ask that the children begin to write with a blue handwriting pen, so please ensure they bring one into school. It is also important that water bottles are brought in daily. 


Homework for Year 5 is crucial. It will be an extension of work done in the classroom and there will be an emphasis on spelling, reading, writing and the reinforcement of mathematical skills. Maths homework will be set every Monday, to be brought back on Wednesday. Similarly, English will be set on a Thursday and returned on a Monday. A spelling list is given out at the beginning of the term and tested every Friday.


During the year we will plan a number of trips both locally and further afield, such as visiting Dover Museum, and walking to Pegwell bay, details of which will be available nearer the time. We also take the children swimming at the Ramsgate swimming pool. You will receive a separate letter confirming details of when this will start. These trips can be extremely rewarding and stimulating for your child and any parental help on these trips is always appreciated. A consent form is signed at the beginning of the year, which covers all local trips by foot.  At the end of Year 5 we are planning to take the children to France for a day trip.  We hope they all will be able to come.


We hope that all children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to develop a responsible and mature attitude towards each other and in their approach to their work. There will be a strong emphasis on each child ‘doing his/her best’ in order to achieve their potential. Our aim is to encourage independence in working yet also promote co-operation in group situations. Good effort and behaviour will be positively reinforced.

In Year 5 we aim to both manage any unacceptable behaviour as well as praising and rewarding excellent work and attitude from pupils.

For children whose actions adversely affect others we have implemented a three stage discipline procedure. The first incident will result in a warning from the child’s class teacher. Should there be a further occurrence during the day, the child will be moved within the class for 5 minutes. The final stage would mean the child sent to a Middle Manager for 30 minutes to think about their behaviour. They will then have to attend a ‘time out’ session during lunchtime play, supervised by the Assistant Head to complete their work, and the Class Teacher will contact home that evening to discuss.

We look forward to being able to reward children for hard work, effort and behaviour at school. Each week class teachers will choose a ‘star of the week’ from their class who will be congratulated during Celebration Assembly. The school also awards children with a ‘Care, Courtesy and Consideration’ trip three times a year. We will be looking for Year 5 children who demonstrate these qualities to be put forward for these days out. On a daily basis, children will be working towards ‘house points’ as recognition for an excellent piece of work or superb attitude in school.

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your children in the coming year. If, at anytime, you have a query or concern, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Cribbens
Year 5 teacher

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