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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 5 – Saint Josephine Bakhita

Dear Parents,

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

I hope you all had a wonderful summer break. Hopefully we all come back refreshed and ready for another year! We have another fantastic year in store…


I am looking forward to getting started straight away this year – there is a lot to cover so we are lucky to have that opportunity! Our topic for Autumn term is called ‘Carnival!’ and is all based on Brazil – it’s a great topic, particularly for geography and all the current issues surrounding the Amazon rainforest. Please get engaged at home where possible, watching videos, reading books; we had some good independent research and writing last year so I’d love to see that again.

New topics mean new homework projects! A reminder that these are compulsory – we don’t want the children feeling left out when it’s time to use our projects! Projects will be as follows:

- Term 1 Creative – Creative Brazilian Carnival masks (letter to follow shortly) – due 27th Sept

- Term 1 Written – Create a Save the Rainforest leaflet (letter later in the term)

- Term 2 Creative – Creating Brazilian rain sticks, Written homework TBC.


We will also have some exciting activities for parents to get involved in – including a Brazil day, Samba drumming performances, research and art galleries and more – keep a lookout for upcoming dates. Also to look forward this Autumn term is a trip to Bristol Zoo and Year 5 having the starring roles in the Christmas Panto production. The residential trip to Hooke Court will take place in Term 4 –more information on this soon.


On that note, in an effort to reduce paper and increase parent communication, I will be updating a weekly blog on the Year 5 class website (see St. Josephine Bakhita Class > Class Blog). I am hoping to update this every week with our learning, photos and shout-outs to pupils going above and beyond that week. As you are hopefully aware, every week I distribute ‘golden tickets’ and marvellous work for those children who have behaved exceptionally, and this will continue this year, so be expecting regular communication for this!


Spellings will continue as per last year, with the children being grouped according to attainment and homework being handed out by their group’s teacher to be tested on the following Monday. Your child will need his/her reading book in school every day, and it is vital to read as often as possible at home with them to help maintain their reading progress. Times table rockstars remains, and I will be continuing to push this strongly with the children to maintain their excellent progress from the last few months, as times tables is so important for Year 5!


PE will be taking place on Mondays and Thursdays so please ensure PE kit is in for these days. I will be taking my preparation and planning time on Monday afternoon. This time will be covered ½ by a Signature Sports coach for PE, and ½ by Mrs. MacCallam.


Please do not hesitate to find me at our door, or on the playground for any reasons, concerns or problems, no matter how small. As your children grow and mature, our communication grows ever more important!

Many thanks,

Mr. Marshall