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Brinsley Primary And Nursery School - Year 5

    Who’s in the class

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    Ms D Martin
    Class Teacher
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    Mrs M Scrimshaw
    Teaching Assistant
  • Profile picture of Mrs C Moore

    Mrs C Moore
    Teaching Assistant

Class Name: Swifts


Our topic for this term has a history focus question which is 'Why should Britain be ashamed of slavery?'

In our learning we will be trying to answer these questions:

What was the slave trade and what was Britain's part in it?

What were slave auctions like and what did it feel like to be a slave?

What was life like on board the transportation ships?

How did the slave trade end?

And What impact has slavery had on the world today?

Our English work will be based on the book 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naidoo.

Maths: we will learn about Decimals & Percentages, Properties of Shape, Position & Direction and Fractions.

Science: we will be investigating the question 'Do all animals and plants start life as an egg?' We will be learning about living things and their habitats.

For our WOW activity we will be visiting Erewash Meadows Nature Reserve.

Music: we will be exploring the human life cycle with music by Brahms, Berio, Liszt and Monteverdi.

PE: we will be learning Orienteering skills. Our lesson will be on Tuesday.

RE: How do people's beliefs about God, the world and others have impact on their lives? 

Art: Our work will be linked to the topic 'Africa' and will be inspired by the artists John Dyer and Esther Mahlangu.


Please check Dojo for updates and photos.









Welcome to Year Five!

We hope that your child enjoys being a Swift!
Bubble Closure 

Should Year 5's bubble have to close, all work will be delivered paperless via Seesaw which can be accessed at Your child’s class teacher will provide you with a code. There will be daily face to face opportunities with the class teacher to discuss work set. We will endeavour to provide the children with content as close to that which they would have been doing in class- although some adaptations will inevitably need to be made. 


Home Learning/ short notice school closure

Should your child be absent but are not officially isolating due to symptoms or advice from Public Health England or the NHS, below are a list of useful websites in which you can access in order to provide your child with age appropriate work.



White Rose Home Leaning:


Top Marks:

Maths is Fun:



BBC Home Learning:

Bug Club: (your child will have been given an access code)



Maths Homework

Maths homework is given out on a Friday, to be completed by the following Friday. Children receive a dojo point for returning homework on time.

The homework will be based on the activities that we have done in class that week, and it is a chance for children to practise what they have learnt and consolidate their learning.

Children are able to have extra help or just a chance to complete homework during lunchtimes.

Homework will also be available online via Seesaw.

English Homework

We encourage children to read at home with an adult. This reading can be anything from a novel to a shopping list. We ask that a record of this is noted in your child's reading record book.

Children are encouraged to access Bug Club on the website for extra reading and comprehension skills. They should have their login written in the front of their reading record.



Children will be given a list of age-related spellings. Spellings will be given out each week on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. As well as learning the words, it would be useful for children to have a go at putting these into sentences (this does not have to be written down).

Times Tables

Times tables are a crucial part of maths, underpinning everything that we do, so I would strongly recommend regular practise. 

Children have their own log in to Times Tables Rockstars which we encourage the children to access regularly, at home and at school.

The following website also has suitable games for children to practise their times table facts too. (Hit the Button is particularly popular with the children!)


PE this term is on a  Tuesday.  Children should come to school wearing their PE kit.

Earrings need to be removed or taped over for lessons.

We will continue to take part in the Daily Mile, weather permitting.


Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to school each day; they will have access to them throughout lessons but will remain in the class at lunch time.  You may wish to send an extra drink in their lunchbox.

Healthy Snacks

We encourage your children to bring healthy snacks into school such as fruit, vegetables, cereal bars, crackers etc.



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