Class 5

Welcome to Class 5

The teacher in Class Five is Miss Barrett who is also the Deputy Head Teacher. On Tuesdays, Miss Barrett has to carry out Deputy Headship duties and Mrs Williams then teaches the class. In addition, Mrs Ennion works in Class Five as our teaching assistant most mornings, Mrs Spruce is our Teaching Assistant on Monday-Wednesday afternoons and Mrs Robinson works in Class Five on Thursday afternoons when Miss Barrett has PPA time.

In order to ensure your child has the necessary equipment on the correct days, please use the information below. We have an open door policy at Durham Lane and are happy to speak to you briefly before or after school, if we are available. Should you require a longer appointment, please contact the office and this can be arranged for you.



This is extremely important in Class Five as it reinforces work which has been done during the week, allowing the children to practise skills they have been taught.

Parents can help by ensuring that homework tasks are completed on time and that the children are confident with the task in hand. If there are any problems completing homework, parents should write a note on the homework or in the child’s reading record which the teacher will respond to. Homework should generally be handed in on Thursdays and will be marked and returned before new homework is given out on Fridays.

Class Five are given different types of homework during the year. They are sometimes given worksheet type activities, games to play, research projects to complete or writing which needs finishing. If the children are given a project to complete, they are usually given several weeks to do this and it is expected that they will undertake their own research and manage their work themselves with just a little parental involvement. This will help them to become more independent in their learning.


Mental maths:

Each week, on Friday, Class Five have a short mental maths test. This is based on things that they have been learning during the week and also relates to the maths targets that the children have received. Examples of mental maths activities are: times tables and related division facts; converting decimals to fractions or percentages; dividing /multiplying by 10, 100, 1000, recalling prime numbers. The children are given examples which they write into their green mental maths books so that parents can help them to learn the necessary facts.



Class Five will receive weekly spellings on Fridays and they will complete a spelling test on Fridays too. These words are never given out in isolation and will be studied in class so that the children are aware of particular spelling rules/patterns. The children need to practise these spellings AT LEAST TWICE in the week and on different days. They should use the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method to learn these words as well as using other techniques that they have been taught in school e.g. mnemonics.

Termly Topic Letters:

Year 5 Booklet 2019-20

Termly Letter to Parents Autumn 2019



Although most Year Five pupils are able to read fluently, this does not mean that they do not need parental support! Parents are advised to read regularly with their child and at least twice a week. The children would benefit from being asked different types of questions such as retrieval questions (e.g. what did the boy do when he got in from school?), inferential questions (e.g. how is the character feeling? What clues do you have?), about the language/techniques the author uses (e.g. which words does the author use to build suspense? How effective is the author’s use of simile?)


Class Five have writing targets which are continuously evaluated and monitored. Once targets are achieved, new ones are given to the children and these are shared with parents. The children are actively involved in setting and achieving their own targets and know what they need to do in order to improve. At the front of their writing and maths books, the children have their year group objectives which they understand and can see being highlighted as they achieve them. These sheets are sent home to parents at different times throughout the year.


Class Five have PE lessons twice a week and this is usually on Thursdays and Fridays. The pupils will undertake a range of sporting activities throughout the year including tag rugby, gymnastics, invasive and defensive games and athletics. Some of these lessons will be taught by Mr Sheehan, a PE specialist. It is a good idea to have PE kits available throughout the week just in case we need to use a different PE slot.

Class Visits/visitors:

We believe that it is important for children to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Therefore, whenever possible, we try to arrange trips which will enhance our topics and help children to learn through a hands-on approach. This year, Class Five will be taken on an educational visit related to one of their topics at some point in the year. We are also keen for visitors to come into class to share their expertise and interests with the pupils and endeavour to organise this as frequently as possible.



Children in Need November 2019


Northumbrian Water talking to Class 5 about micro -organisms in the sewage treatment progress.


DT/History/Science- designing and making light up houses for a Victorian Christmas village.