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Welcome to Year 5


Here, you will find lots of useful information about our year group. 

Make sure you browse through our individual class pages to see what the children have been up to and to see the exciting learning which is taking place at Peterbrook!  


Please also note that this page will be regularly updated throughout the school year,

so don't forget to check!


The Year 5 Team frown


Dunfield 2016 - Wednesday - Getting creative with all aspects of our production ....

Dunfield 2016 - Tuesday - After a safe but long journey along windy roads, we arrived to beautiful landscapes and scenery. Here are a few pictures our first moments of freedom after the epic adventure that were: bed making, bag unpacking and dinner serving. Our night was also eventful; the children are amazingly full of energy after such a short sleep. Accompanying adults are not looking so glamorous!!!!

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The theme for this year's dance festival is "Best of British".

Year 5 have chosen Bond- James Bond- as our inspiration to dance. We would like the children to wear white, gold or black (or a combination of all three). The clothing should be suitable to dance in, as should the footwear. Black pumps would be ideal.


Other suggestions are:

  • black blazers, white shirts, black trousers and black tie/ dickie bow
  • leggings or black trousers and PLAIN T shirt or shirt
  • black, white or gold dress

Many thanks for your support- we look forward to seeing you all on Friday 10th June.   The Year 5 Team


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Homework update.

We are approaching the end of the spring term and felt, as a team, that it was time to adapt the homework schedule in order to target the learning in line with Year 6 expectations in terms of content but also task and time managements.

In this perspective, there will be no written maths homework (orange books) as the emphasis will be given to mental strategies and recall through times tables Tuesdays work and My Maths. Quite a few children still fail to complete this online activity on time, if at all. We want to bring to your attention that in such situations some laptops will be provided during breaks and lunchtime in order to catch up. Missing out on social time is not ideal so we would encourage each and every child to complete My Maths at home.

As far as English is concerned, we are maintaining the writing and grammar tasks (red book) to continue to embed fundamental concepts crossing over the two year groups. However, changes are being implemented for Spellings/Phonics (green book). The weekly lists of words continue with a real focus on spelling and memorisation of the orthographic patterns. No application will be asked in the form of creation of sentences or dictionary work. A note explaining the rationale behind the spelling changes has been inserted in week 9 list sheet.

Should you require more information about homework, do not hesitate to ask during your Parents' Evening appointment on Tuesday 15th or Wednesday 16th March 2016.


The Year 5 Team. 




St James the Great - March 9th 2016

Once again Year 5 have had the pleasure to be invited to attend an interactive workshop entitled ‘The Easter Journey’ at St James the Great Church in Shirley.


The children were offered the opportunity to experience the Easter story in a lively and meaningful way through enactment, meditation, arts and crafts and also the handling of various religious artefacts.

This visit is a fitted conclusion to our Spring R.E. topic of Christianity which saw us studying various aspects of the Christian faith and developing an awareness of some fundamental values and attributes such as: integrity, enquiry, forgiveness, social responsibilities, responsible relationships, beliefs, spiritual dimension and sensitivity to others.  


















Times Tables Tuesday - Spring Term - From week 2


Dear Parents, Carers,


In order to follow new governmental guidelines, we are re-instating regular practice and testing of times tables. For year 5, the recommendations are to cover the tables x2 to x12. You will have noticed that the children came home last week with new blue homework books and had to fill in a baseline assessment. All children will be tested every Tuesday (the test will be kept in school in a dedicated folder) and will be given some homework for the following week.

In order to assist you, we have included in our Maths folder on this website, all the resources needed for a successful mathematical journey. Do not hesitate to make use of these in order to support your child in their learning.


Should you have questions, please do speak to us in the morning during our Meet and Greet 'slot' in the playground.


Mrs Burn, Mrs Lyko-Edwards and Mrs Rackham



New year, new name and new timetable.


Dear Parents, Carers,


Just before our Christmas break, Mrs Thorne addressed a note to all 5L parents and carers to announce that, from January 2016, I would be working reduced hours, teaching on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. My colleague, Mrs Zoë Burn, will be teaching the rest of the week until the end of our school year.

Although some alterations have been made to our timetable - which will be communicated to you on the first day of school - my prime objective has been for this transition to be as smooth as possible. Mrs Burn and myself will remain, throughout the year, committed to making this new arrangement a source of diversity and enrichment for the children and their learning.


Thank you and kind regards.

Mrs Véronique Lyko-Edwards for 5BL.






Years Five and Six would like to invite you to a Christmas carol concert on Wednesday 16th December at 9:30am, in our School Hall.

Everyone welcome!  

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016 from the Year 5 team.





A HUGE THANK-YOU to everyone who supported our Children in Need afternoon.  We raised a record breaking £225.40 across the year group and much fun was had!


A special well done to Jamie, George and Ahsan for being the closest to guessing the correct number of sweets in the bucket and to Leah W. and Josie for winning the drawing competition. Check out Cassius' fantastic cardboard Pudsey too, on 5R's class page.







Dear Parents/Carers,


This year, as part of the initiative “Champions of Change”, the children have decided how they would like to raise money for Children In Need.  Year 5’s fundraising day will be held on:


Wednesday 11th November 2015


Our class councillors, along with the rest of the class, decided that they would like a fun day including the following: -


  • Wear your pyjamas/onesies to school
  • Bring and Buy Sale – please bring in a book and or a good quality toy to sell
  • Cake Sale – please bring in homemade or shop bought cakes to sell
  • Guess the number of sweets in the jar
  • Best Pudsey drawing


These activities will take place in the afternoon and require a donation; we suggest £1.00 per activity.  There is a prize for the class raising the most money – so please give generously!! 


All proceeds go to Children in Need.


Thank you for your support,

The Year 5 Team.




Week starting October 5th 2015


Dear Parents,

Year 5 children will be having a very busy time this week with various activities taking place within and outside school. In this perspective, most of our usual activities will be either moved around or postponed until next week.

Please note that there will be no Guided Reading sessions in class; however, the children’s books will be changed and homework will be handed out as usual on Friday.

Here is a quick summary of what is on:


  • The Bikeability programme to develop confidence and safety awareness on the road.
  • The whole school will have the opportunity to exercise with David Hill (Paralympic Swimmer and Triathlete) and enter a fund raising initiative in support of the charity SportsForSchools.
  • Preparation and rehearsals for our special Harvest Festival assembly on Friday afternoon.



The Year 5 Team






Note about spelling lists and homework


You will have noticed that the work done in Year 5 in phonics and spelling is quite ambitious. Although we want the children to be 'exposed' to the vocabulary, we do not want them to be discouraged if they find the challenge unattainable.


So, for your information, here is what we suggest:

mailall words on spelling list to be decoded and read

mailfor children who find the spelling of the words particularly difficult; they have the option of focusing on only 5 words. We recommend that your child highlights these selected words on which they will be tested.

mail​as their confidence increases the level of challenge should increase too.


Thank you.

Mrs Lyko-Edwards, Mrs Rackham & Mrs Burn








Important notice to parents and carers.


Following our presentation evening it was suggested that children could bring to class and leave with their teacher a pair of earphones in a named container. During the course of the year, we have many opportunities to use iPads and laptops in class and use different media to enhance our learning. Sound manipulation and access to other interactive resources will be made much more effective -and hygienic- through the use of the individual earphones.

Please do not go to any huge expense as any basic model will prove largely sufficient.


Thank you.

The Year 5 Team. 






Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

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