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Betelgeuse (Year 5)

Welcome to Betelgeuse Year 5

(Year 5 Mr Hames)

The adults who work in our class are Mr Hames & Miss Klass

A word from 5CH

In Betelgeuse we strive to go above and beyond expectations. We are a class who always try our best and constantly improve our work to ensure that it is of the highest quality. As a class, we also love to ask questions to deepen our knowledge and understanding of all of the topics we are learning about. We also work hard to support one another, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom, to develop friendships and help each other in our learning.

We are especially interested in the foundation subjects in which we are currently learning about Electricity in Science, North America in Geography, The Rise of Hitler in History and Victorian Art and Architecture in Art. To assist our work and widen our perspective of the world, we also take pleasure in completing additional research outside of school, which we celebrate as a class.

We enjoy using Ark Maths Mastery in mathematics as this provides us with opportunities to deepen our understanding and explore new concepts. We especially love using manipulatives throughout our lessons to support our understanding and explore different ways of working out answers to equations.

Come and talk to us!

We will always try and answer any questions you have about your child’s progress or any questions/concerns you may have. We may ask you to come and see us before or after school as it is not always possible to speak to you when the children are all entering/exiting together. We hold Parent Meetings termly and encourage you to attend these so we can discuss your child together.

Drinks & Snacks

Please bring a bottle of water to school. It is important they stay hydrated throughout the day. Fruit or vegetable snacks can be brought in.  Please do not bring in other foods. Sweets are not allowed.

PE/School Uniform

Please send your child to school in the correct uniform. PE kits should be brought to school on Monday & Wednesday. PE kit is as follows: white t-shirt, black shorts/leggings, black pumps (indoor), black tracksuit, and trainers (outdoor).

School lunches

All children can access a school meal, please speak to the school office. Your child may be entitled to free school meals – please speak to Miss Crookes in the school office if you get any of the required criteria: click here.


We want all children to have love of reading. Part of this requires the children to be able to read fluently, so it is really important that you listen to your child read every day. Their home Reading Record will be monitored by an adult on a regular basis and the children will be able to change their books once a week, during class based reading sessions.

After your child has read a short section, it is helpful for you to ask them some questions to check their understanding of what they have read. For example: what did Jack do when the door opened? How do you think he felt at that moment? Which word tells you he felt that way? What do you think might happen next?

Your child needs to make sure they have their reading book and reading record in school every day.

This year, each class will have a set of books that the children will be encouraged to read and then complete activities on. The books have been carefully chosen for their vocabulary and themes. We will be encouraging the children to read as many of these as they can as we feel these books will further develop their love of reading.

Multiplication/Division Facts

Knowing their multiplication/division facts is also important so continuing to practise these at home after Y4 is worthwhile.

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Research shows that homework has little impact on learning and progress for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. Our expectations reflect this. Your child will be busy learning at school so it is important they relax and spend time with their family when they come home. Family activities such as baking, cooking, playing games and talking to your child are just as important as some of the traditional homework tasks you might expect. Go for walks; visit the free museums and parks; play musical instruments; read or tell stories together. However, we do ask that you:

  • read with your child every day. Complete your child’s reading record each time they read. Remember it doesn’t always have to be their school book. Reading records and reading books should be sent into school daily. Teachers will have a look at these to check regular reading is taking place at home.
  • learn spelling patterns linked to Year Group  expectations. These spellings are sent through ClassDojo and should be practised at home.
  • practise multiplication and division facts to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. Log on to Timestable Rockstars! and see if you can be the quickest in school!

Language Learning

If you are lucky to speak an additional language, please continue to use this in your home with your child. If your child is fluent in their home language, they are more likely to find learning English easier. Be proud of your home language!


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