Ghyllgrove Community Primary School &Resource Base for Hearing Impaired Children

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Class 16

Class 16 - Year 5


Class Teacher: Ms S. Bush
Class Learning Assistant: Mrs A. Cross

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs C. Smith and Mrs V. Powesland


Welcome back Class 16!


We are looking forward to welcoming you back into our school community. We hope that you have all enjoyed a restful and relaxing break from learning over the Easter Break and are as excited to be back as we are!  


What to Bring to School


As before,  please take the time to label ALL belongings that the children bring into school. As the weather is warming up, it is important for the children to have a water bottle for the class, particularly on P.E. days. As we are a healthy school, we do ask the children have water only in the classrooms. Please note, there are no fountains available so a water bottle is essential. At break time, the children can have a healthy snack of fruit or vegetable sticks. All other equipment will be provided. Please leave pencil cases at home to enjoy when you get home.



Year 5 will start swimming this term on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will need a swimming hat, a costume and a towel in a named swimming bag. We will be walking to and from the Basildon Sporting Village, rain or shine, so ensure your child is prepared with the appropriate outdoor clothing.

PE will be Multi-Skills on Fridays and children will need to wear their P.E. Kit to school. Just a reminder that our PE kit consists of red shorts, white top and trainers. Black joggers and a black sweatshirt or hoodie are great for when it is colder, especially as PE is always outdoors come rain or shine.



Homework is uploaded onto Google Classroom every Friday and is due back on Tuesday. They will be set one piece of maths, one piece of english and a spellings practise activity. In addition, the children are expected to read to an adult at least 3 times a week and practise their times tables.


Home School Diaries

Your Home School Diary needs to be in school every day as it is used to record times tables, spellings as well as reading. In the front of the diary you will find the login details you need for some of our wonderful online resources, such as TTRS, Bug Club and Google Classrooms.

This year, there will continue to be a strong emphasis on knowing the times tables by heart as this is especially important in Year 5. The children will be able to see the progress they make towards GOLD as this is recorded in their Home School Diary alongside weekly spellings.

As these things are so important, we ask that parents listen to the children read at least three times a week to encourage a love of books as well as supporting them with any times tables and spellings that they bring home. When you listen to your children read, this can be recorded in their Home School Diary and will count towards reading certificates which are awarded in assemblies in order to celebrate their progress.


We look forward to forming a really good partnership between home and school. To further this, there are lots of certificates to be earned for reading at home and an achievement scheme for learning times table facts. Look forward to your children bringing home lots of certificates!


Bug Club


Excitingly, we have NEW books online the children can access using Active Learn. Use the school login: srtt - along with your child's username and password. You will be able to access hundreds of free books! These are allocated by us and are specific to your child's reading level. Help your child earn points and collect new Bug Club avatars by reminding them to log on, read the books and answer the exciting quizzes!



In English, your children will be reading 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by J.K. Rowling, which I know they will all enjoy. In Maths, we will continue to focus on greater fluency and increasing confidence in all written methods. During the afternoons, our topic will be Summit to Sea in Summer 1 and it will then move onto Invaders and Settlers in Summer 2.

For more information on the curriculum there are documents below which outline what the children will be learning this term. Also, look out for any letters sent home or messages in the Home School Diary.


Ms Bush