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St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

Celebrating Faith,
Learning and Success

St Botolph's Church of England Primary School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 - Spring Term 2020

Miss Satari, Mr Smith and Mrs Dow

The topic for Spring Term will be ‘Space’. To start our topic we have planned a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester, which features a range of diverse exhibits and infinite information about everything to do with space.  

The children will be continuing to extend their Maths skills and develop their reading comprehension through our reading sessions. The first book we will be reading during our reading sessions will be 'The Jamie Drake Equation' by Christopher Edge. 

The Year 5 Teaching Team



PE will be on Tuesdays – children will need to have the correct PE kit for both indoor and outdoor PE. It is essential that hair is tied back and earrings are removed prior to these lessons taking place. Please remember that PE is a mandatory lesson and children will require a note from home if they can’t participate.  Some of our children will be swimming this term and will need appropriate kit for this session.  Children must also look after themselves, by drying their hair and wearing a coat for the journey home, since the weather is very cold this time of year. Salisbury will be swimming first on a Wednesday morning starting 15th January 2020, the swimming sessions will be every Wednesday mornings for five weeks. We will also be competing in a Year 5 Cross Country event at Nene Park Academy on Thursday 23rd January 2020. 


Homework is due in by Tuesday of each week. Please ensure that homework is completed to a high standard. Children should be spending approximately 45 – 60 minutes on their homework per week. It is expected that all written pieces of homework are completed in full sentences and that capital letters and full stops are used automatically. New homework will be handed out on a Thursday. 

In addition, children should be reading in line with the school guidelines.  Those children who are reading within our coloured book bands should read at home daily, whilst those who are now free readers should read 5 times a week.  Please help your children to fill in their reading record (with the date, the title of the book being read and the pages read), as these will be checked weekly and those children not reading at home will be encouraged to do so at playtimes and lunch times.  

If you have any issues or concerns regarding your child, please contact the Year 5 teaching team who will be happy to assist you.


The children will be given spellings every Thursday. We will do activities each day to help the children learn their spellings before they are tested on the following Thursday. We will include a copy of spellings in their homework books to enable you to support your child in learning them.

Arithmetic and Times Tables 

Weekly arithmetic tests will be every Monday. These will be marked and sent home for the children to practice any questions they found difficult. In addition, children are expected to have fast recall of their time tables up to 12 times 12. Please support your child with these activities. 

Dates for your diary

Salisbury Swimming: Wednesday 15th January 2020

Cross Country: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Space Centre Trip: Tuesday 4th February 2020 

Story Cafe: Wednesday 26th February 2020

Bikeability: Week beginning 2nd March 2020

Derby Swimming: Wednesday 4th March 2020

Table Tennis: Thursday 2nd April 2020 

Please check the main school calendar (on the homepage) as more dates may be added.