Year 5

Welcome to Year 5, Eclipse Class at Shalfleet Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to Eclipse Class. We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this year. This outlines key information, routines and expectations for the coming year.

This year in Eclipse Class, the staff team will consist of two teachers: Miss Isaac (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs. Lewis (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Mr Pickford (HLTA) will be supporting the class. To ensure consistency and continuity, Mrs. Lewis and Miss Isaac will be meeting on Wednesday afternoons to plan and resource Eclipse Class’s learning each week. During this time, Mr Pickford will be leading the learning.


Mrs Lewis                                                                                           Miss Isaac


Mr Pickford                                                                                        Mrs Swift

On a Monday and Friday your child can go straight into the playground at 0820 with the bell going at 0830 when they will go into class. Registration opens at 0835 and closes at 0840 ready for collective worship at 0845.

On a Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday your child will go straight into class from 0820 when they will begin their learning. Again, registration is at 0835. We encourage independence so children are expected to be responsible for their belongings and then walk to the classroom on their own.

At the end of the day, we will bring the children to the playground for pick up at 1500 unless they are participating in after-school clubs or leaving independently. If your end of day routine changes, please notify the office – for example somebody else picking your child up.

Your child can bring a piece of fruit to eat during morning play but due to nut allergies, we kindly request that nut-based products are avoided. Your child will also need to bring in a named water bottle from which to drink throughout the day. If they have a sports bottle, with a pop up top, this can be left under their table for access during lessons.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and a Friday afternoon with Miss Isaac and Mr McCormack so please make sure kits are named and in school each week; these should be brought into school and left on pegs (taken home to wash when necessary). We only have a very small amount of spare kit for anyone to borrow!

We ask that you regularly check that all clothing is named, especially jumpers and coats and PE kit, and that all children are provided with a hat in hot weather, and a coat when it is cold or wet. We aim to get the children out at playtime every day, even in light rain!

Please can you ensure that your child does not bring in any toys to school. We will provide writing equipment but they are welcome to bring in their own pencil case to keep in their bags.

As we believe that reading skills are very important, we would very much appreciate it if you would listen to, or share books with your child on a daily basis. Modelling enjoyment of reading is invaluable and a great way to encourage a love of books. We will be doing a variety of reading activities every day, and therefore please make sure that reading books are in school daily. However, please note that these books are mainly for reading at home and we will not always hear them read during school time. In addition to this, we will have a class text that all of the children will access together. These books have been carefully chosen in line with Hampshire guidance and the comprehension questions/writing tasks will be adjusted to suit your child’s reading ability.

We will be using a Mastery approach in the teaching of maths as Mrs Lewis is a Maths Mastery Specialist teacher. If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to ask.

We plan to do plenty of exciting school trips this year and will try to keep the costs as low as possible. However, we do plan to visit the mainland and will try to give you plenty of warning.

Spelling homework will be sent home on a Monday and we would ask that you encourage your child to learn their words. Their homework needs to be handed in on Friday morning and then these words will be tested the following Monday morning.

Maths homework will be set on a Friday. This will always include times tables practice, focusing on fluency of mental calculations with other tasks set as deemed appropriate.

‘Take home’ tasks will be set at the start of every half term but please be assured that they are optional. Details of this will always be on your copy of the overview.

If there is anything which concerns you regarding your child’s education or well-being, then please do not hesitate to make an appointment to speak to us before or after school. 

We would like to add that we are very excited about the year ahead and are very much looking forward to working with you and your children here at Shalfleet.

Yours sincerely

Eclipse Class team

Please click to download – Y5 Long Term Planning 2019-20

Y5 MTP Autumn 1 – Ancient Greece

Y5 MTP Autumn 2 – A journey deep into the jungle

Y5 MTP Spring 1 – Journey to Jo’berg

Y5 MTP Spring 2 – Im a Survivor

World Book Day

Year 5 teamed up with pre school to read ‘the very hungry caterpillar’. We made our own caterpillar leaves and sampled a lovely juicy water melon just like the caterpillar did.

Please click on the links below to access details of our curriculum & planners:

Curriculum Overview KS2

Spelling Progression Map for the Curriculum

SPAG Whole School Curriculum

Year 5 and 6 English Overview

English Glossary of Terms

Numeracy for Key Stages 1 and 2

A great website for suggested reading books –

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