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Year 5

Beech, Willow and Chestnut Classes


Mr S Horsburgh


Class Teacher

Mrs D Damani-Tank


Class Teacher

Miss A Feldmanis


Class Teacher



This year’s topics:


Autumn term – “What’s out there?” and “Who are we? Why do we live here?”

Spring term – “Fairground” and “The Highwayman”

Summer term – “Do we make the most of what’s right on our doorstep?” and “Why would someone build a castle?”



All children are expected to read every day and to provide evidence of this in their blue homework diaries. They need to learn to read and spell the relevant word lists for their year group. They should also practice their multiplication and division facts so they are able to recall these fluently.


Click below to visit our Homework page for year group spelling lists and guidance on supporting your child's reading.

In addition, older children are able to choose the homework tasks they complete from the grid below. It is expected that each child will achieve at least 30 points over each half term. Additional homework tasks may be set for children to access through DB Primary.



Every class has a weekly library session during which time they can exchange their reading books and ask for guidance and support for their individual book choices from our School Librarian.


Library days are Monday for Willow, Wednesdays for Chestnut and Thursdays for Beech Class.



PE days:

  • Mondays and Thursdays (for Willow Class), Fridays (for Beech Class) and Thursdays (for Chestnut Class).


Please ensure your child has all the correct clothes for PE in school at all times. These must all be labelled clearly with your child’s name (including their shoes).


Click below to visit our Uniform page for more information about sports and PE kit.

If your child wears earrings it is easier to remove them before school on these days. Children will be asked to take out their own earrings for PE. If they are unable to do so, they must be covered with micro-porous tape during PE.





All children in Year 5 have the opportunity to participate in gardening during the year. The children are divided into groups of 15 and each group completes an hour of gardening on a Thursday. A letter will be sent home to parents explaining exactly what is required when it is your child’s turn to take part.



Water bottles


All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day to drink regularly in their classroom and maintain good hydration. Please ensure your child’s name is written clearly on their bottle.



Mid-morning snack


Please provide your child with a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat during their mid-morning break. Parents have the option of ordering a small carton of milk.


Click below for more information about fruit and milk.



A healthy and nutritious lunch will help to boost your child’s energy levels for learning throughout the afternoon. We encourage all our children to eat a hot meal each day. However, if you choose to provide a packed lunch for your child, please remember that Northgate is a ‘nut-free’ school.