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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


Welcome to the Year 5 section of the school website

The children and staff of Year 5 extend a warm welcome to all visitors to the Willesborough Junior School website.

Meet the Year 5 Team

Mrs Ruth Mansfield - Head of Year 5 and Jemison Class Teacher

Mrs Lucy Whiting - Peake Class Teacher

Mr John McIntosh - Sharman Class Teacher

Mr Chris Luckhurst - Armstrong Class Teacher


Mrs Jane Powell - Senior Teaching Assistant

Mrs Fiona Britt - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Lissa Thomason - Teaching Assistant

Miss Amy McVittie - Teaching Assistant



This is an important year in the education of our children with, for some children, the 11+ and, for all our children, end of Key Stage 2 tests just around the corner in Year 6.


Our aim this year will be to teach the subjects, wherever possible, in a cross curricular theme. Research shows that this approach has many benefits in terms of engaging children, accelerating their progress and fostering a thirst for knowledge and to take greater ownership of their own learning.


Starting the day well

Ensuring that your child has had a good night’s sleep, has eaten breakfast, has all the equipment they need and arrives at school on time is the best possible start to a day of learning. (Please ensure that games/PE kit is in school every day as we do sometimes have to make unforeseen changes to the timetable.)


Keeping going through the day

To help them maintain this good start, children may bring a healthy snack of fresh fruit or vegetable, which they can eat during the morning break.


In addition, children may also bring a bottle of water from which they may drink in the classroom. (No flavoured water, squash or juice, please.)  


Those children who have school dinner at lunchtime will receive a carefully balanced meal. If your child brings a packed lunch please ensure that there is a healthy, balanced and nutritious meal which will sustain them throughout the rest of the afternoon.


NB – if you have told us on the local outings permission form that your child requires medication, it essential that it is in school at all times. This is particularly the case with asthma pumps as we cannot take children off site if without them.


Teaching & Learning

English – will be taught in mixed ability class groups through our Literacy & Language programme of study.

Maths – will be taught in mixed ability class groups.




Art                          Wherever possible these subjects will be taught within our themes.

DT                            (If they do not fit within a particular theme they will be taught

PSHE                         separately






Weekly homework tasks intended to support and consolidate classwork, will be set for both maths and English. In response to those of you who have told us that the weekend is the only opportunity you have to sit down and support your children with their homework.  We will set homework on a Thursday and collect it in on the following Tuesday. For those children who like to complete their homework early in the week, there will be a folder in each classroom where completed homework can be placed.


The children are also expected to practise multiplication and division facts and to practise telling the time.

Your child may also bring home their personal spelling log in which they have recorded words they need to learn.


Finally, your child will need to complete their weekly reading challenge by reading for 20 minutes at least 5 times a week. Each ‘read’ needs to be signed by an adult. There are suggested reading lists on the website to help you find suitable books.


Teachers, parents and children

We firmly believe that by working closely with you as well as your children will enable us to do our utmost to ensure that every child achieves their full potential in Year 5.


All that we do is with your child’s best interests at heart. However, should you have any worries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office and either a phone call or an appointment can be arranged. (Please bear in mind that we can only attend to urgent matters before 8.30am)

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