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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 5 – Saint Josephine Bakhita

Dear Parents, 


Welcome back to Holy Family, and welcome to Year 5, St. Josephine Bakhita class!  

Year 5, in my opinion, is the best year at school (although I may be bias) and I am sure you are all looking forward to it! After a difficult couple of years, we hope the pupils can enjoy a sense of normality again at school.  


At Year 5, you can expect your child to be taught a diverse range of subjects that will require them to understand, reflect and think critically about different issues. One of the main positives of this age is that they begin to mature as independent and individual thinkers. Our topic for this term is called ‘Carnival!’ and is based on Brazil.  This is a fantastic topic which I’m sure the children will enjoy; plenty of opportunity for creativity as well as important discussions on issues such as deforestation. Please see the curriculum overview below for more!  Get engaged at home where possible, watch videos, read books, bring in your own research! As per previous years, we will continue homework projects in due course – I will send out a separate letter on this.  


There are a few changes, and a few things that are staying from the previous ‘bubble system’ year: 

  • Spellings will be continued to be taught by the class teacher. Homework will be given out via ‘Spelling Shed’, and the children will be expected to log on and practice their spellings. However, there will be no weekly spelling tests this year, rather I will look for evidence of their spellings in their written work and end-of-term assessments.  

  • Reading books will be collected in on Wednesdays to be changed on Thursday morning. Hopefully you are now all familiar with GoRead online and recording your child’s reading using this! It is vital that your child reads as often as possible at home (with an adult) to help their reading progress – this can be signed by child or parent, even if they’ve just read ‘at’ you!  

  • Times tables will also be crucial this year. I will strongly encourage children and parents to continue with TT rockstars to help with this knowledge, it is critical that pupils are fluent in all tables as soon as possible! Later in the year I will be introducing ‘LBQ homework’, using the program which all pupils will be familiar with. 

  • PE kits can continue to be worn on pupil’s PE days. These are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 


My planning and preparation time will be on Wednesday afternoons. During this time they will be taught by Mrs Daniels, as well as having Signature Sports.  


As your child’s class teacher, communication is highly important. I will endeavour to update Class Dojo regularly with news, photos, and celebrations from class every week so you can see what we all get up to! I always try to celebrate those that go above-and-beyond during the week with messages home, weekly postcards or marvellous work awards – look out for these! Conversely, please do not hesitate to message me via Dojo for any reason, no matter how small. As your children grow and mature this year, our communication grows more important! 


I hope we can all have a brilliant year -  I cannot wait to get started! 



Many thanks, 

Mr. Marshall