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Welcome to Year 5 

Welcome to Year 5


Hello and welcome to Year 5 from Mr Minett, Miss Gillam, Miss Mallaburn and Miss Glen - the Year 5 Teaching Team! 

As the children begin to prepare for the transition to secondary school, Upper Key Stage 2 is quite often one of the most memorable times in a child's school life. Year 5 sees the start of this, with a great number of opportunities for the children to take more responsibility - both for their own learning and in the way they act as role models within our school and the wider school community.

In Year 5, we will be working hard to promote the six R's of our school: the values of respect, resilience, responsibility, readiness, reflectiveness and resourcefulness within every aspect of our learning. We will provide all of the children with as many opportunities as possible to grow, learn and develop as individuals and most importantly to have fun and enjoy their time at school as they fulfil both their academic and personal potential.


Teaching Staff


Year 5 Staff

Mr Minett will be the class teacher in Year 5. During release time, for planning, assessment and school leadership Miss Glen will teach the class on a Wednesday. Our teaching assistants will be Miss Gillam (all week) and Miss Mallaburn (Tuesday & Wednesday), who will provide high quality in class support for all of the children across the week. 


Year 5's PE day is MondayChildren will be required to come to school wearing their PE kit. Children will be provided with a red PE top but must bring their own footwear (trainers or sand shoes) and shorts/joggers. Children will wear their PE kit throughout the day and take it home until the following week.



Year 5 will swim at Gateshead Leisure Centre every Tuesday from 2:30pm until 3:15pmChildren are to be signed for and collected from Gateshead Leisure Centre at 3:15pm. If you are unable to collect your child at this time, all remaining children will be brought back to school at 3:30pm. You are required to provide your child with suitable swimwear and a towel (goggles are optional). Children will be required to wear swimming caps. These will be provided by the Leisure Centre when available, until this point children with long hair must have it tied back. Swimming will begin on Tuesday 14th September. 

Home Learning

It is expected that children will arrive each day at school with their reading book and reading record. I expect children to read daily and have their reading record signed by an adult or older sibling at least once per week. In addition to this, children are expected to learn weekly spellings and practice times tables. Further information is given below.



Our homework policy is currently being reviewed, therefore more information will be given in the coming weeks.


Daily Home Reading 

Children are expected to read for around 15 minutes per day during the week and will always have a school reading book, which is linked to their Accelerated Reader ZPD. A reading diary will be supplied to share information about progress between school and home. Please check, sign and (ideally) comment frequently. 


Spellings and Spelling Frame

Spellings, following a pattern or rule, will be handed out on a Friday to be learned for the following Friday. We will practice these spellings in school in addition to what the children do at home. Spellings can be accessed online using the Spelling Frame website and a code supplied on that week’s spelling sheet. The website will also include a number of games and activities to help practice these spellings.


End of Day Collection

School finishes at 3.15pm. Year 5 will line up on the top yard and will be dismissed from Gate B. Adults are not permitted to enter school gates during this time, unless you have collected siblings from Year 1 or Year 2 at 3.05pm and should have moved to the bottom end of the yard (by the grass). Please keep your child with you at this time and once older siblings have been collected, please exit via Gate A (next to car park). 


Permission to Walk To/From School Alone

In Year 5, children are allowed to walk to and from school without an adult if they are given parental consent. Please complete one of the required forms from the office.

Get in touch

As a school we try to be as open as possible, so if there is anything you wish to talk about then please come and see us. Due to socially distancing guidance always being reviewed, we ask that you keep up to date with and respect the school’s latest policy on contact time. However, I will always be available on the gate or by telephone and will try to get in touch ASAP.