Welcome to Year 5! 

Autumn Newsletter: Class of 2020 - 2021

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to my new year 5’s! After 5 months of disrupted education I’d like to welcome you all back. Fingers crossed it’ll be plain sailing from here! I’m looking forward to working with all the children and a very warm welcome to our new starter, I’m sure you’ll all make her feel at home.

Staffing Structure:

Usually at the start of the year, we have a face to face meeting where I meet all the parents, however this year it’s obviously not possible. Firstly, the year 5 staffing structure is as follows:

Monday & Tuesday – Mrs Leslie

Wednesday - Mr Lloyd

Thursday am & Friday am – Mrs Leslie

Thursday pm - Mr Lloyd

Friday pm – Mr Dawson (PE)

I teach the core subjects – English and Maths as well as Science. The plan is to assess the children initially when they start back, this will give me an understanding of the next steps in their learning, highlight any gaps from Year 4 and enable me to set class targets.


PE will be carried out by our PE Coach - Mr Dawson on a Friday afternoon. All children must arrive in their PE kit on a Friday. Please ensure they’re dressed for outdoor weather with trainers. This is to limit children moving around the school to get changed and ensures their kit is taken home and washed.


Homework will be set on a Friday and is expected to be handed in or completed online by the following Friday. It will consist of a Maths and English task – either to consolidate learning in class; target work to plug gaps in learning or to extend learning further. Please note, our class text is a novel and there is a substantial amount of reading to get through. I will set reading throughout the week and will always provide a time scale of when it must be completed. It is imperative that the reading is finished otherwise it will impact on their classwork – as I set tasks in relation to their understanding of the text. Some children last year bought their own copy of Cosmic (Frank Cottrell Boyce) and this was helpful with their reading and enabled them to refer to the text in the lesson. This is certainly not a necessity but something to consider.

All homework and reading will be displayed on the Year 5 Homework page. Anyone who would like a paper copy of the homework and/or reading please let me know.


Residential  (All being well – who knows what might happen!?)

Year 5’s will hopefully be offered the opportunity to participate in a residential trip to Barcaple in Abernethy, Scotland. This is a four-night stay in June. They will be accompanied by the Year 6’s and the cost of the trip is approximately £350 (guide price only!) per child for the week. This is an action-packed trip with kayaking, mountain biking and climbing – to name a few. For more information please visit the link below.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Here’s to a brighter horizon.

Mrs Leslie



Click on the links below to access further information:

Autumn Curriculum Information

Maths Activities