Welcome to Year 5

Welcome back everyone! I am Mr. Brightman and I am delighted to be joining Birklands as the Year 5 class teacher. This year, we will be working very hard, but having lots of fun along the way.

My expectations are very high for Year 5 this year – I expect every child to give me their best in the classroom, and behaviour to meet the high standards that already exist in school. My classroom will be a challenging place for children to grow as learners, where they are happy to have a go and mistakes are a powerful tool rather than something to be scared of.

This half term, our topic is WW1, focussing on the question: What are we fighting for? The children seemed really excited by it when we discussed it in the summer, and they came up with some really excellent questions that they’d like to answer about it. We also created some fantastic WW1 silhouette paintings in to get us thinking about the people that gave their lives in the Great War.

In maths, we will begin by recapping on our understanding as place value, which will be extremely useful as we progress to look at the four operations, followed by statistics. We will also be strengthening our arithmetic skills with a daily practice session after lunch each day, followed by a quiz on a Friday. It is vital that all children are secure in their knowledge of these number facts. I therefore strongly encourage children to continue to practise their times tables at home.

This half term will also see the first of this years ‘Science Weeks’. Our aim is to develop an interest in science, as well as looking at the skills necessary to be a scientist.

Homework will be set weekly and is due in on a Tuesday. However, it is also expected that children in Y5 read three times a week. Reading is an essential life skill, and needs to be nurtured from an early age, both at home and school. Next year, the children will sit their SATs, so now is the time to develop fluency, pace, and comprehension in reading.

I am always happy to have a chat with parents in a morning or after school, so please don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you may have.

Mr. Brightman

This Week


Homework will be sent out each week on a Thursday to be returned by Tuesday the following week. You will have one piece of English and one piece of Maths. You will also have spellings and times tables to learn and we expect that you will have read three times at home during the week.

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