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Willow Class - Year 5

Welcome to Willow Class!


On this page, you will find information about the curriculum, what we get up to in class, photos and much more!


Class Teacher - Miss Barber

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Morgan Tranter

Mrs Longhurst will be teaching the class on a Monday afternoon and a Friday afternoon.


Should you wish to contact me about your child, please catch me during drop off and pick up, or do so via my email address


Upcoming Important Dates!


- Y5/6 School trip to The Living Rainforest: 19.01.2024 all day.


- Y5 Parent Maths Workshop: 06.03.2024 at 0900.


- Y5 Fairtrade Tea Party: 21.03.2024 at 1400.



Extra information:

  • PE days will be on a Monday and Wednesday. 
  • Homework, which will either be set on paper or using an internet-based platform such as Mathletics, will be set on a Friday and due in the following Thursday. 
  • In addition to their weekly Homework, it is expected that children read everyday at home. This can be independently, however regular reading with an adult is still very important for pupils in UKS2. 



At the beginning of each spelling unit, a note will come home in 'Reading Records' which will state the spelling rule being focused on in school. As well as this, children will also receive a word bank that supports children to practise using the rule. Children will be expected to complete additional research to build their word bank and further their understanding of the rule. At the end of each 'unit' we will then have a spelling challenge where children will be asked to apply their knowledge. (These spelling challenges will not always take place on the same day as some units will be longer or shorter than others.)

Welcome to the Spring Term!


Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas time and a positive start to the New Year. 


This Spring term is action-packed and we cannot wait to get started! 


After a busy Autumn term getting settled in to Year 5, we are ready to get stuck in to the new term!!


This term, our topic is 'Lungs of the Earth' connected to Rainforests, with a specific focus on the Amazon Rainforest. Our enquiry question is 'Who owns the Earth?'

Throughout this topic, Year 5 will be identifying different types of rainforest, the vital layers of it, as well as enhancing map skills using atlases.

Not only this, but Y5 will be investigating the causes of deforestation and the impact this has on the animals who inhabit the Amazon Rainforest. 


This topic will be explored through a number of subjects, including DT - where the children will be making stuffed toy rainforest animals, English - writing about survival in the rainforest linked to our Guided Reading book 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell, and Art - trying our hand at watercolour, oil pastel and pencils to create images of animals from the rainforest. 


This is a really exciting and fascinating topic which will give Y5 the chance to realise the vital role that the Amazon Rainforest plays in keeping the delicate climate of the planet stabilised.


Have you ever wondered what a Kapuchin Monkey would say if it could talk?

Well, Year 5 are going to find out!

During Book Week in March, we will be studying the book 'Interview with a Tiger', by Andy Seed. A fiction/non-fiction book that involves informative interviews with different clawed rainforest animals. From this, Y5 will get the mics out and conduct their own interviews with their own rainforest animals in order to learn more about them.


We cannot wait to get started!!

Welcome to the Autumn term 2023-24!


This term our project is called "Who let the Gods out?"


We will be developing our historical and geographical skills throughout our project as we learn more about Ancient Greece.


Our concept question is - Are you a thinker or a fighter? This is linked to our historical study of Ancient Athens and Ancient Sparta. One state valued thinking, while the other valued being strong warriors.


To view our curriculum document for this term which lists all of the things we will be learning, just follow the 'Curriculum' link for the  Autumn Term.



What are we learning?

Class Gallery and Latest News:


For the latest photos and to see what we have been up to in our learning- See the term buttons.