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Dolphins – Year 5 “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

PE, this term, is on Thursdays and Fridays Y5.

Sometimes, Year 5, you make your teacher really proud of you. Now is one of those times. Amazing effort here.

Y5 have been making their own computer games. We have learned to include different levels, change the graphics and this week wrote instructions for our games.

IXL is a catch up online program to make up for work missed during the lockdowns and we have been using this in Y5 for Maths. The children can and should be using this at home (at least ten minutes per week). Y5 have been outstanding with their work here so far. KEEP IT UP!

Welcome back to the Summer Term!  After their return during the last few weeks of the Spring term, the children in year 5 really started to get back into the swing of things and I was really impressed by their effort and learning.  We want to keep this momentum going this term and have planned to eliminate the effects of the last two lockdowns.   I am sure we will achieve this based on what I saw last term.  Please see the Newsletter and Topic Web for details of what is planned for this term.  


Year 5 Breaking News!_0.mp4

Still image for this video

Year 5 have been using Orios to learn about the phases of the Moon. It is one of those times where you end up eating your work! Anyway, they had fun doing this.

Competitions for World Book Day on Thursday are now open.  Enter before Friday for a chance to win prizes! 

There are two competitions running this week in celebration of World Book Day.  Entries should be returned by Friday for the chance to win prizes.  The competition entry forms are attached and should be returned to


First listen to the recording of this story and then match the voice of the reader to the teacher.

The Judge Reading is here:

or here:

Second competition is a photo competition – details are on the entry form.


Everything you need is below.

Class Awards

Daily Teams Meetings

Meetings on Teams are starting (from Monday 11th January) for children in small groups to talk with the teacher.  This is a chance to ask any questions, sort out any problems, catch up with friends etc… I hope as many as possible will be able to attend these.

Daily teacher and children meeting 14:30-14:45

























No meetings

There will be daily Meet

If anyone is struggling to find reading books 

I have come across this American site where 7 websites are suggested with an overview about each:

  • Oxford Owl
  • Storyline Online
  • International Children’s Digital Library
  • Open Library
  • Amazon’s Free Kids Ebooks
  • Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids
  • Mrs. P’s Magic Library
I have scheduled an online meeting tomorrow (Wed 6th Jan) on MSTeams to test out and get used to contact online.  Please join this online meeting tomorrow where I can answer any questions about the online learning.  If you are unable to join online then learning packs will be available from school reception area.  These both count as school attendance!


From next week there will be some live teaching sessions and a timetable of lessons.  Worksheets will be available as a pack of paper copies if needed.  It will take a time to set up so watch this space!

Welcome to the Spring Term. I hope you all had a restful break (if Christmas can ever be that!). Please find here our class newsletter and topic web for this term.

Here is the learning timetable for the week beginning 25th January

Here are some photos from Bikeability week...

Y5 paid tribute to Mrs. Yorke in her garden of remembrance today, Friday 23rd October 2020.

This week's home learning (w/b/19-10-20) - do one only one of the maths pages.

Meet the Teacher (including welcome video) Autumn Term 2020 - if the video or audio does not load, please try downloading the file. Apologies; the sounds on each slide will not upload.




                Welcome to The Autumn Term!


Dolphins – Year 5



“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Nelson Mandela



Class Teacher: Mr. Baxter


Teaching Assistant: Mrs. Spry


Autumn Term - 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


We hope you had a lovely summer and survived the lockdown without too many hiccoughs! Lots of fun and interesting learning is planned for our first term and, as always, I would love it if you could encourage your children to engage in some related activities at home. Home Learning - Maths and English (spelling) tasks  -  will usually be sent home each Monday and will also be posted on Microsoft Teams, expected back by the following Monday.  It can be returned online here too, or via paper copy returned to school, but I would strongly encourage you to use MS Teams because if were we to go back into lockdown again, learning would be posted here.  Microsoft Teams can be downloaded at:…/mi…/microsoft-teams/download-app  

Home Learning:

Please complete this on Microsoft Teams.  If you can not access this then you can photograph the work and send it to


The two most important pieces of Home Learning are to learn times tables and to read every day.  Your child will bring home a book.  Children have a Reading Diary which they should use and you can also use for communication.  Please support your child in reading together or independently preferably daily, recording the reading in the Reading Diary (which should be in school every day). They are enrolled on Accelerated Reader which provides comprehension quizzes.  The results of these can be viewed at home.  This program has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you can access outside of school from any computer with an Internet connection. Renaissance Home Connect is fun and easy to use. It allows the teacher, and you, to share information about children's progress on Accelerated Reader.  You can log in to Renaissance Home Connect from any computer with an Internet connection and compatible browser. Children have been given their usernames and passwords which are in their Reading Records.  To log in to Renaissance Home Connect Website:  If you'd like to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link.  At present there is also free access to MyOn reading resources here – online texts they can read.  Also, they can access Times Tables Rockstars online to practise at home:


Our topic this term is Waterworlds – environmental and Geographical awareness. It links to our text “Floodlands” by Marcus Sedgwick and our work in geography as well as science (see Topic Web).  Our class reader is “Tom’s Midnight Garden” by Phillipa Pearce. 


The first week and a half of the term will be spent getting the children used to the classroom again, addressing any issues from lockdown and assessing what the children now need to do to fill in the gaps caused by six months away from school. 


Our P.E. will be on Mondays and Thursdays.  However, please try to make sure your child is able to take part safely and comfortably, by ensuring that they have their PE kit in school at all times. 

If you would like to discuss your child’s progress with us at any point this term (which I am very happy to do) , please feel free to make an appointment at the office.  Enjoy the Autumn term!   I’m looking forward to it.        


Mr Baxter

Ideas for activities during school closure

• How to complete your spelling home learning.