Year 5 2018 - 2019

Mr Bebbington

Summer Term 2018 | Year 5 (Mr Bebbington / Mrs Seddon)

(Last updated April 20th, 2018) : Can you spot any spelling mistakes we've missed? Let us know for a dojo!

"Welcome to our class page! This page contains the latest information for Year 5 in the Summer Term."

Looking for our 'Summer Homework Tasks' or 'Newsletter'? Scroll to the bottom for links! yes

Sharkey, our Year 5 mascot - have you taken Sharkey home yet? Ask if you'd like to, and add something to his diary. You may even be lucky enough to be chosen at random (or rewarded), or even by raffle ticket.

Topic focus: Vikings

In short, we will look at the period of time that the Vikings invaded our isles, and came into conflict with the people who lived in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In particular, we'll look at the cause and effect of the various events and how the struggle between the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons has helped form the country we live in today. We'll look at the beliefs and attitudes of the Vikings, and their ways of life. By Odin, this will be an epic topic!

Learn more about Vikings here.


Science Focus: Earth & Moon

In particular, we'll look at the movement of the Earth and the Moon, as well as how day and night occur. Here is a useful and interesting link if you want to find out more on this subject (the site includes many links with even more amazing information about the rest of the Solar System and beyond).

Cool Space Links For Children


Class Story: Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Synopsis (The Blurb!)

Jim Jarvis is a runaway. When his mother dies, Jim is all alone in the workhouse and is desperate to escape. But, London in the 1860s is a dangerous and lonely place for a small boy and life is a constant battle for survival. Just when Jim finds some friends, he is snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever be free? Jim's gripping adventure is based on the true story of the orphan whose plight inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his famous children's refuge. "A terrific adventure story, heart-warmingly poignant and a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. A magnificent story for the over-tens."

- Daily Mail.


“A brilliant and moving book.” Julia Golding, award-winning author of ‘The Diamond of Drury Lane’


Swimming -
Wednesdays just after 1pm, we will be taking part in swimming lessons

Brass Instrument Tuition -
Thursday afternoons, please practise at home so we will be ready for performing later in the Summer Term!

Cookery -
Year 5 will now be taking part in cookery activities on Tuesday's and Friday's. The children will be split into several groups, and use the facilities of the school kitchen area for pupils with a qualified member of staff. The smells coming out of that room will be the envy of Masterchef!

Times-Table Rockstars -
Your child has an account on Times-Table Rockstars and should be practising on increasing their rock speed, though they may train in the garage area of the site to earn virtual coins and gain confidence (these coins are only used to change the appearance of their rock star's avatar, and have no actual monetary value.) Here is the direct link to the website:

Improving Reading Comprehension Online -
Your child also has an account on, an excellent website designed to test your child on a variety of reading extracts and quizzes based on these, which then tracks your child's progress and makes decisions on whether to increase or decrease the difficulty of the texts based on their answering of the comprehension exercises. Ask your child about our readtheory display outside the Year 5 classroom!



Other useful information:

Contacting me: Please use the usual lines of enquiry (either in person at the end of the day, or via the school office and also via the Class Dojo messaging system*).

*If you have any technical issues with Class Dojo, please let me know and I'll try and resolve them as soon as I can.

Water bottles: In the Summer Term, it can of course become hot at times, and children may require to drink more fluids than normal. However, if your child needs a school water bottle please let me know, and I will try to organise this. Water bottles should be washed out at the end of the day, and Year 5 pupils are old enough to monitor this themselves. Plastic water bottles from home are not the healthiest option, as the water is often left in the bottles and particles of plastic have been found, in studies, to degrade into the water over time.

Sun-cream / Hats: Keep your eyes on the weather forecast if your child is susceptible to the intense sun during the summer term. Information about this may also appear on the school newsletter or via School Story on Class Dojo.

Snacks / Bacon rolls: Snacks are available at break every day, and bacon rolls for £1 on Friday's. You may pay for your child's bacon roll, should they wish one, via the online payment system.

Reading diaries / Reading books: As the children are approaching the end of their time in Year 5 this summer, they should be becoming more conscientious in the amount of independent reading they do, as well as having opportunities to read to yourselves. Please keep an eye on your child's reading diary, to ensure they or you are writing the name of their current reading book, when they read, and which pages. It helps us a lot to track how much reading is going on, how often, and where we can target support. Thank you for your help in this!

Homework: Weekly homework includes time to test yourself on TT Rockstars and ReadTheory, but your child also receives a spelling list and a half-termly Dojo Homework Project Challenge list. This summer term, we have reduced the amount of tasks per column to two. However, we will be awarding extra dojo points for each of the categories (1 dojo, 3 dojos, 5 dojos) if the item in question shows particular merit or effort with presentation. We will check through the homework books regularly, and talk with the pupils about the standards within them, giving dojo points where merited. Please remind them of the importance of not misplacing or mistreating their homework books. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me and I'll do my best to answer them.


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