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Year 5 Poplars

Class teachers: Mrs Vicki Shepherd (Deputy Head) Mondays and Tuesdays and Miss Coombs (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Teaching Assistant: Miss Hadgj

Year Group: Year 5

Age Range: 9-10 years

Class Information


Terms 1 & 2 – Our Planet

Terms 3 & 4 – Stargazers

Terms 5 & 6 –  The Tudors and the Crown

New Class Non-Negotiable: As a class, we have written a list of non-negotiables – A set of expectations that all pupils will carry out without having to be remind.

The list includes:

  • All handwriting is of the best standard (in all books) following the schools style.
  • Teachers are listened to in silence during their teaching.
  • The date and WALT is underlined and any sheets are firmly stuck in straight.
  • All learning resources are to be used independently – without reminders.
  • Any ‘next steps’ marking is responded to.

These non-negotiables have been placed onto tables and on walls around the classroom. This is to help remind pupils of our class expectations.

We are already seeing a positive impact of our non-negotiables in pupils books and within the classroom.

Spellings: Set on Monday and tested on Friday.

Homework: Set on Monday, hand in Friday. Homework will usually be a mix of Maths and English related to previous learning. There will also be some Topic based homework for pupils to embrace their creative side. Pupils will have a list of creative based topic activities and are able to choose which activity/activities they would like to complete and hand in by the penultimate week of the term.

Reading: I can’t stress the importance of reading. Year-in, year-out, the children who succeed are the children who read.

Please encourage your child to read as much as possible. We are looking for every child to develop a love for reading. We have a great range of books in school which they are welcome to read, but do ask if you’d like any recommendations. I would also encourage the use of the local library to increase the diversity of the books they are reading. In an ideal world, children should be exposed to a range of books including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and age-appropriate picture books.

I will give the class daily opportunities to read in school, however it is recommended Year 5 pupils should be reading 5 times a week at home. Your child should record all of their reading, both in and out of school, in their reading diary. It’s great if parents, relatives and friends can hear a child read aloud and write a comment in their reading diary, however children are also allowed to write their own comments.

Times tables: It’s vital that these are practised at home. The government expect all children to know all of their tables up to 12 x 12. We will be working hard on times tables in class and ensuring knowledge and speedy recall is embedded.  It is not to be underestimated just how important times tables knowledge is and how much of a role it plays in many areas of maths.

Please let me know if you’d like to borrow a times table square to help you with this as I know this can be tricky!

Equipment: The School will provide everything they need for their learning, so their is no need to bring in any stationery.

I am really excited about the year ahead and look forward to teaching your children. 

Letters and Downloads

Coming soon…

Class Time Table

Topic Overview


PE days are Mondays and Thursdays. It is useful if PE kits remain in school from Monday to Friday, but they should be taken home at the weekend to be washed.


If there is anything you would like to chat to me about, please feel free to catch me on the playground, or if it is a bigger issue, we can find a suitable time to meet after school one evening. I am more than happy to answer any questions or help with any concerns where I can.


Please make sure that your child comes to school with a named water bottle and one that has a lid that closes completely


If you are available to help in school, I would really appreciate it. Extra help is always welcome!

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