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West Hampstead Primary School

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welcome to year 5

Hello and welcome to Year 5 class page. Here is where you can find out more about what we are currently learning. As the school year progresses, we will be showing you pictures and examples of the exciting learning that goes on in year 5. Please take time to read the letter sent home with some more information on how you can help your child at home with their learning. In Year 5 we are all committed to the learning of children in the classroom and want to make sure that everyone in the class develops as a learner and a member of the community.

Year 5

                                                                                                      September 2021


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Year 5! It has been fantastic having everybody back at school after such a long time out. We hope that you had a good summer and are well rested for the busy year ahead.



Our topic this half term is Shackleton, which is a history based topic. The children will have plenty of opportunities to extend their geographical knowledge and develop their skills in historical enquiry as well as learning through art and design technology.  At the end of the term, we will find a way of sharing our work with you. Our second half term topic is Ancient Greeks.

English and Maths

In English we will be studying a book called Ice Trap which is about Shackleton’s journey. From this the children will be writing biographies. Maths will continue to build on children’s knowledge of key maths skills. We will be regularly revisiting work from year 4 to ensure that any gaps in their learning are filled. There will still be a strong emphasis on fully securing times tables and related division facts. We would appreciate your support in practising these regularly at home.


PE this term will be on Tuesday afternoons. This year, the children will not be swimming. Children should wear their PE kit to school that day, the school kit includes: a white t-shirt, green shorts and green school jumpers. Leggings or tracksuit bottoms can be worn underneath the shorts in cold weather.

General Expectations

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school starts for year 5 at 9 o’clock and doors open at 8:50am, so children are ready to start the day promptly at 9 o’clock. Collection is at exactly 3.30pm for year 5 from the Glastonbury Street entrance.  Make-up and jewellery, with the exception of stud earrings and a watch are not allowed, for health and safety reasons. We will also be expecting children to be in the appropriate named school uniform every day (except Tuesday). If you have any questions about uniform expectations, please do not hesitate to ask.


Homework will be set by the class teacher on a weekly basis from next week. We will be setting it through Google Classroom. It will be uploaded on a Friday and is expected back by Wednesday. All login details will be found inside the children’s yellow reading books. Please check in with your children during the week to see how their homework is going and look for teacher feedback.

Reading at Home

It is vital that children read at home both independently and with an adult. Please set aside 20 minutes for reading every day and ensure they bring their reading book and reading record to school every day. We will check these daily. Please look at the information in the front of your child’s reading record for more details.

Meet the Team Parents Meeting

On Wednesday 22th September we will be holding a parents welcome meeting where you will get the chance to meet the year 5 team, learn about homework and our expectations. Full details will be emailed to you. All information will also be uploaded to the school website.

Healthy School

Beckford is a healthy school and we try hard to teach children about healthy foods. Please help us by providing a healthy packed lunch. Please also send in a fruit portion to eat after morning play, as lunch is around 1pm. Your child is also welcome to bring in a labelled water bottle.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to the year ahead. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Debbie O’Brien and Shuhena Begum.