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Year 5

Welcome back Snow Monkeys!


I hope you have all had a fantastic summer holiday and welcome to Year 5. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time getting to know the children so far, I feel that we have a tremendous year ahead of us.


For those of you that I haven’t had chance to meet, my name is Anisha Jumbu and I will be your child’s teacher this year, I am really looking forward to making some fabulous memories with all of you at Haddon Primary.

In Year 5 we also have our lovely teaching assistants Miss Hallam and Miss Shaw that will be joining us this year.


To begin the year, we will be focusing on the book ‘Better Than Gold’ by Theresa Tomlinson. In lessons, we will be using this text to incorporate grammar, punctuation and spellings; preparing children for Year 6. Furthermore, this book ties in perfectly with our enquiry this half term, I cannot wait to share this with you all!


To begin this term, we will be focusing on place value, Roman numerals, rounding and negative numbers. During our second term, we will be focusing on our addition and subtraction skills before moving onto statistics.


This half term our topic will be the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and answering the question: Can you justify war?
We will be learning about the local art, culture, history and geography of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, not forgetting the city of Snottingham!

PE will now take place on Mondays and Fridays. It is important that children bring warm outdoor kit, in case PE is outdoors – this is dependent on the weather. If there are any issues with PE, please let me know.


Homework will consist of a range of Maths, English and Enquiry activities. I will also be sending spellings home to be practised, followed by a weekly test. I also encourage the use of Times Table Rockstars at home, as it is crucial that in Year 5 children become fluent with their times tables. If there are any issues with any homework or logging into TTRS, please do not hesitate to let me know.


All children have now been provided a book from the school library and a link up diary. Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week and record this in their link up diaries; this is something children should be doing independently in Year 5.

Other Information:

  • Water bottles: children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day therefore children have the option to bring in a full water bottle to be kept in the classroom all day. Juices and other drinks can only be consumed at lunchtimes.  
  • Coats: please make sure your child has a coat in school with them as the weather is unfortunately getting wetter and colder.
  • Earrings: a small pair of stud earrings can be worn in school. Any other earrings including small hoops must be removed and replaced with studs. All earrings must be removed before every PE session by your child, if your child struggles to remove them independently, please ensure they are not wearing earrings on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Pencil cases: children are encouraged not to use their personal pencil cases in school. All children have been provided a pack with the appropriate stationary, which is kept on their desk.
  • Hathersage: sadly, due to the current situation, the government guidance suggests that that no residentials can be taken place during the Autumn term and therefore, this year’s Hathersage residential will not be able to go ahead.


Please feel free to let me know any concerns or questions you may have – I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Warm Regards

Miss Jumbu