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Year 5 - 5C 2021 - 2022



 Year 5


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Class 5C



Class Teacher: Mr Chalmers 

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Cavanagh


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I am delighted have your child in 5C and look forward to being part of their learning journey.  See below some useful informaton regarding our class.  


Latest Class News

Week Beginning 18.10.21
5C have been reading non fiction texts to support their understanding of our Victorian topic. We have also celebrated Black History Month across the school with a range of activities including music, poetry and PSHE.


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Week beginning 11.10.21
Another fantastic week in Year 5. The children have been completing some absolutely fantastic work on the Victorian Era. They have answered a range of enquiry questions, such as 'Did the Workhouse support or imprison the vulnerable?' and 'Are modern schools still burdened by their victorian past?'.

In Maths, we have started our new topic on multiplication and division - focusing on arrays and factors. Next week, we will have a look at some tricky prime and composite numbers.

Our PE topics in both fitness and gymnastics are coming to an end, with the children making fantastic progress. We are all ready for a busy 4-day week to finish a fantastic half term. 


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Week Beginning 4.10.21 
This week Year 5 have continued to work really hard.  In maths we have been practising adding and subtarcting 5 digit numbers using the column method.  In literacy we have started analyse a new model text which is a formal report based on the moon landings.  The children have loved starting our new history topic on the Victorians, especially learning about how tough school life would have been for Victorian children.  They are beginning to realise how lucky they are having MrChalmers and Mr Rosser as their teachers.

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Week beginnng 27.9.21
Year 5 have been working extremely hard this week - particularly in our literacy lessons where we have been writing our own space exploration narrative. The children have all planned an adventure about a moon-landing, which has tied in wonderfully well with the Science topic we recently completed on Space. Every day, the children have been writing a new paragraph and responding to feedback from Mr Chalmers & Mr Rosser to develop their editing skills. Some of the vocabulary being used by the children is extremely


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As well as this, we have moved on to our addition and subtraction topic in maths and have been using place value discs to solve complex problems.

In Geography lessons, children have been learning about Volcanoes on the Icelandic island of Heimaey. Children have learned about the different parts of a volcano, located them on maps and considered why and how they form. In addition to this, we have also been learning about the capitals of Europe and ordering them by their distance from Reykjavik. 

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Week Beginning 20.9.21

It has been a really busy for Year 5 this week as we have been taking part in our swimming lessons.  The children have absolutely loved it and have worked hard to improve their technique over the three lessons. 

In science, we have been learning about why we have day and night and investigating why shadows change size depending on the position of the sun.  In English we have continued to studying our book "Where Once we Stood", learning about the different text features and using model verbs correctly.  In Maths, we have continued our topic on place value by ordering digits up to 1,000,000.

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Class Reminders    

Woodland Learning is on Wednesday - don't forget your wellies & waterproofs

PE is on Thursday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor)

Spelling Test will take place on ....TBC

Reading books can be swapped on Tuesdays.   

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English In Autumn 1, children will be using the book 'Where Once We Stood' as a basis for writing. This non-fiction text is about the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and is full of fantastic vocabulary and technical language. The children will produce their own narrative writing and an information text at the end of this unit.

Maths –  In Autumn 1, Children will be completing the unit 'numbers to 1000000' and developing their understanding of place value, rounding numbers and becoming confident using language such as 'greater than, less than' and 'equivalent. 

Science- In Autumn 1, children will be studying the topic of space.  They will be learning about the different phases of the moon and why the moon appears to change shape.  They will be learning about the solar system and the planets that are in it and they will be looking at geocentric versus heliocentric models of the solar system.

History In Autumn 1, children will be learning about the Victorian era and considering the similarities and differences with modern life. They will look at the living/working conditions of people who lived during this period, including those of children in school. Children use 'think like a historian skills' to analyse a wide range of sources.

GeographyIn Autumn 1, children will learn about volcanoes and describe the structure, formation and dangers of them. They will complete a case study on a Icelandic island called Heimaey, where local people have chosen to live despite the challenging conditions. 

P.E –  In Autumn 1, children will be studying gymnastics and fitness in their PE lessons. In Gymnastics, pupils will develop their core strength and balance. In fitness, children will consider the ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise, focusing on developing their stamina.

Music –  In Autumn 1, children will learn about different genres of  music and listen to range of high-quality live/recorded music from a range of artists. They will sing in unison with clear diction and play/peform parts in a range of solo/group performance with increasing accuracy.

PSHE –  In Autumn 1, children will be learning about relationships. In this unit, they will consider the different relationships we have in our lives, how people communicate together and how to respond if a friendship is causing them anxiety or worry.


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Woodland Learning

We are very proud of our ‘Woodland Learning’ offering, where your child will be experiencing a range of new skills in our forest every week. We want you to make the most of every session whatever the weather, so you will need to be appropriately dressed. Please make sure you PE/Woodland uniform on your ‘Woodland Learning Day’. 


5C's have Woodland Learning Day on Wednesday...


Your child will also need to bring in waterproof clothes in a waterproofdraw-string bag and wellington boots. As the weather becomes colder they may also want to bring an extra jumper/fleece, an extra pair of warm socks, waterproof gloves and a warm hat.

Please ensure your child does not attend school wearing their wellies and has arrives in alternative footwear as this ensures the spread of mud around school it kept to a minimum.

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It is essential that you wear appropriate clothing for P.E.  We have two sessions per week, one indoors and the other outdoors.  Children should attend school in their PE/Woodland uniform on PE days.  Black pumps or trainers must be worn for both sessions.  



5C have PE on both Thursday and Friday.


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Class News

Please visit our class page regularly to see what we have been learning at school.


Updates will be notified to you via our School Spider app .   Via  the app you will be notified not only of class page and gallery updates, but also school communications. 


The first time you log in to the app, you will be required to click "forgotten password" link.  This will allow you to set a password and access the app.   Please note some devices automatically include a capital at the beginning of entry fields, so please ensure the wappropriate lower or upper case option is set for any characters you are entering.   


If you have any problems accessing the app, please contact the School Office who will be happy to help. 



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Home Learning

It is expected that your child is reading a minimum of 3x per week.  However, you are encouraged to read every day. 

In addition, children should aim to log on to our home learning games which incorporate maths and spellings via Timetable Rockstars, Numbots and Spelling Shed.   These educational game platforms are a great way for your child to practise at home whilst having fun.    


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Code of Conduct

We will be looking at our 3 character traits: RespectResponsibilityand Resilience Any children following our code of conduct will be presented with ‘Dojo points’ which will enable them to receive a reward. Any children breaking any part of the code of conduct will be given a warning, which may be followed by a sanction.



At TPS we have a code of conduct that all children are expected to follow. We need your support to implement this.  Please also see our Promoting Good Behaviour Policy.

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We believe that it’s important that you look smart in your TPS uniform and represent our school with pride. We ask you to start the new academic year by ensuring that you wear full TPS uniform. Please note the following:

  • Children are allowed to wear small plain silver/gold studs earrings;
  • No trainers (including black trainers);
  • No extreme haircuts (including; undercuts, number 1 cuts, excessive hair products/gel);
  • Long hair to be tied back (including boys);
  • Black/brown/blonde elastic bobbles. If wearing a headband it must be burgundy and no large ribbons or bows;
  • No oversized (Jo-Jo style) bows;
  • No false nails and/or nail varnish 
  • No jewellery is permitted save for small stud earrings and a watch.



These requirements are set out in our school policy and we expect all pupils to adhere to them. We appreciate your efforts in maintaining our high standards of appearance.


School Dinners & Snacks 

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All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a school lunch, as this is funded by the Governments Universal Free School Meals Scheme.  Children in these year groups are not required to bring a packed lunch as both hot and cold options are available daily for children to chose from.   


Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 may purchase a school dinner at a cost of £2.00 per day/£10.00 per week, which should be paid for in advance via SCOPAY.  Alternatively, children in these years may bring a packed lunch to school if they wish.


Please see lunch menus for further information.  



All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive a daily healthy fruit snack for them to consume during morning break.     All children in remaining years (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) are requested to bring a fruit snack to school for their morning break. 


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Lost Property

Any named items will be returned to your child’s class.   Please ensure all items of uniform are clearly marked with your child’s name (not just initials).  All lost property is collected by each year group and is available for checking at each home time for parents/carers to claim any lost items. If you cannot attend at this time, please speak to your child’s teacher.  Alternatively another parent/carer may claim lost uniform on your behalf.   


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Punctuality & Attendance

We are keen to ensure that every pupil attends well and at least achieves our school target of 100%. 

  • School gates open at 8.30 am and class doors open at 8.45 and close at 8.55 am         
  • Registers are taken at 8.55 am – children must be in class at this time
  • Please arrive on time to prevent the need to sign in late at reception
  • Holidays are not permitted during term time. Parents who remove their children from school during term time will be fined.
  • Incentive awards will be given for good attendance
  • School finishes at 3.15 pm


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Corona Virus Procedure 

If you child has any symptoms linked to the Corona Virus, please ensure your child and any siblings do not attend school until a test PCR Test has been completed and a negative result confirmed.


If your child is required to isolate please advise the school office so home learning can be arranged.  Full information and guiance can be found on our website - Corona Virus updates & info & Covid & Remote Learning

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Absences for Sickness & Medical Appointments 

Any absences must be reported to the School Office or absence line prior to 9.00 am. 

  • School Absence line is 0151 652 8498 (option 1)
  • Appointments should always made outside of school hours wherever possible. However, if this is not possible, please advise the school office of any appointments
  • Appointments can be notified to the school office by email (
  • Please ensure a copy of your child’s appointment card/letter is also provided to school to ensure any medical appointment absences are duly authorised.
  • Patterns in absence for sickness and appointments are monitored (e.g. repeated Friday afternoon appointments with no appointment confirmation provided) to ensure  children attend school unless there is a legitimate reason

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How to Help at Home?

Any additional support at home will hugely benefit your child. Whether it may be reading, TT Rockstars or spelling practice, even 5 minutes each night can make a huge impact.

Whilst reading with your child, consider asking questions which prompt your child to really think about what they are reading - questions such as the examples below will really help:

  • How can you tell character ___ is feeling ______?
  • What do you predict will happen on the next page? Why?
  • Does this book have similarities to any others you have read? How?
  • Can you summarise what we've read so far?



Any concerns?

If you have any queries or concerns about your child or school, please do not hesitate to discuss these with your child’s class teachers in the first instance.  

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Where to find more information?

Our website contains masses of information, not only about Townfield Primary School but also our exciting curriculum and enrichment activities.  Furthermore, you can find details of our staff (including how to contact our SENDCo directly), school policies, Governing Board, useful parent information (School Dog, term dates, lunches, communication, making payments, etc) and the additional services we offer to support our wider school community (nursery and wrap around care).   Our website is extremely user-friendly, however to help you identify the range of information available please see our website summary guide


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Townfield Primary School

Townfield Lane, Prenton, Wirral, CH43 2LH

T: 0151 652 8498


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