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Spring Term


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Year 5 ’s Autumn Term newsletter.


Enclosed you will find a copy of:

  • Your child’s timetable
  • The curriculum map for the term
  • The homework grid for the topics we are covering
  • Spelling rules for the term/year
  • Times tables to be learnt for the term
  • Important dates for your diary




The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:


5D Mrs Dougan Class Teacher & Year group Leader

      Mrs Shirley Teaching Assistant

      Mrs Agnes Higher Level Teaching Assistant


5G  Miss Greenaway Class Teacher

      Miss Liz Teaching Assistant

      Mrs Vitore Teaching Assistant


5B Miss Bishop Class Teacher

      Mrs Hart Teaching Assistant

      Ms Vitore Teaching Assistant


If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment at the school office, or for a brief, informal chat speak to the teacher at 3.30pm.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is imperative that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children are expected to line up in the playground/make their way to the classroom at 8.50am/8.45am. Children will then start learning straight away as teachers will have activities prepared.



In order to encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school it is expected that children come to school each day with healthy snacks and lunch. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits and chocolate. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes and snacks are placed in your child’s lunch.



It is very important that your child comes to school each day in correct school uniform. Please note that children are not permitted to wear jumpers or pullovers which are not school uniform.


On days when we have PE, children are expected to come to school in full uniform and are given the opportunity to change before and after their PE sessions. Please note that jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings for girls) is not part of the uniform and therefore not permitted. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.


Please note that failure to comply to the Uniform Policy will result in your child missing their playtime and being sent to reflection


Children will continue to receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour. They are also awarded certificates for Outstanding Efforts in RE, English and Maths and Outstanding behaviour in class and outside on the playground. Exceptional behaviour may also result in a Headteacher’s Certificate in assembly.


Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued. If a child receives 2 negatives in a session they will be sent for time out in another class for 5 / 10 minutes and if a child receives three negatives in a day they are placed on the 369 sheet and you will be informed. Children may also be sent to reflection if their behaviour does not improve.


In the playground the children are encouraged to win House Points by displaying good behaviour when playing games, eating sensibly, using good manners and helping other children. The House Points are counted at the end of the week and the winning house has an extra 10 minutes of playtime.


Class Trips

Wherever possible, class trips will be organised to assist in developing the children’s understanding of class topics. Some parental assistance will be required on outings, so if you are able to help in some way please let your child’s teacher know.



Thank you for the support and encouragement which you give at home with regard to the children’s school work. As you know it is important that this continues this year as the homework tasks consist of activities which reinforce the themes or units studied at school.

Please note that children who repeatedly fail to bring in their homework will be sent to reflection. Homework is due 26th March 2019.



Children are expected to read every evening for at least 20 minutes. All children have a reading book (banded/free reader) which they have the opportunity to change and a yellow Reading Record book. Please initial the Reading Record Book daily after your child has read. These are checked by the class teachers and children who have not completed their reading will be sent to reading club at playtime.


I hope the children will enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.


Kind regards,


Mrs Dougan

Year Group Leader


Important dates for your diary


7th January 2019 School open to children

7th January 2019 Opening Mass at 2pm

7th January 2019 5D starts swimming lessons (weekly)

14th—18th January 2019 Art Week

24th January 2019 St Francis de Sales feast day Mass at 10am

1st February 2019 5B Class Assembly at 9am

5th February 2019 Safer Internet Day

5th February 2019 Parents Consultations

7th February 2019 Parents Consultations

18th - 22nd February 2019 Half term break

27th February 2019 Year 5 Greek day

6th March 2019 Ash Wednesday service

8th March 2019 5D class assembly at 9am

12th March 2019 5B British Museum

13th March 2019 5D British Museum

19th March 2019 5D British Museum

3rd April 2019 Way of the Cross

5th April 2019 Easter break—school finishes at 1pm