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Winter Palace class is made up of 29 wonderful children. Every other Tuesday when Miss O'Dowd has her planning, preparation and assessment time we are taught by Mrs. Biddles. We are sometimes supported by Mrs. Kinderman. We also have two helpers: Mrs. Smart and Mr. O'Dowd (Miss O'Dowd's granddad - a retired teacher!) who give up their time to help us each week.





CLass blog

Summer term



w/c 16th July 2018

What a busy few weeks, we have had concert rehearsal and performances; sports day and meet the teacher morning to name but a few. The children are ready to break up now, lots of tired out faces! This week we will be sending home books and other work so children might need a carrier bag to help them take things to and from school.


w/c 14th May 2018

Another busy week has flown by, the children have been working hard and have been completing their end of term assessments. Just a reminder that in the warm weather children will need sun cream, a water bottle and a hat to keep them cool please.


We hope to watch the Boy in the Dress film at the end of next week after reading the book this half term, I know the children have enjoyed the ups and downs the story brings as well as discussing some very controversial topics. As the film is a PG, please let me know if you do not wish your child to watch it.


w/c 30th April 2018

Another busy week coming to an end. This week we were able to go to Trent College to hear Jonothan Meres talk about his experience writing the series 'the world or norm', he was an interesting character! Thank you for this weeks homework that has been coming in, we still have room on display for others so get creating!


w/c 16th April 2018

A great first two weeks back, I was amazed with how well the children represented the school at the playhouse in Nottingham on Thursday. Members of the public and the playhouse staff said how fantastic the children were. We were able to stay for the question and answer session with the actors and our children had some well thought out questions - a real credit to the school.


We have also started our Boy in the Dress text, looking at a SWOT analysis of the characters and making predictions about what might happen. In numeracy we have been looking at properties of shape, drawing angles and working out missing lengths on composite shapes.  


This half term our topic is about beliefs, looking at how beliefs evolved over time and how this influenced what we believe today. We will be starting our half term off with a visit to Nottingham Playhouse to see Holes - our class text from last half term. Our text this half term is David Walliams 'The Boy in the Dress'. If your child has a copy of this book and are able to bring it in for use this half term then that would be great, please make sure it is clearly labelled with their name (please do not go out and buy a copy especially). 


New spellings were given out before Easter, if you need a spare copy you can find them below on the webpage. 



spring term

w/c 19th March 2018

I can't believe we are on the last week of the term already. The children have worked really hard and are completing their end of year assessment. We had chance to watch the lower junior concert yesterday, they have worked so hard - a great show!


Just a reminder that this week is our last swimming session. We have also made the decision to change the topics around, so Summer 1 will be Beliefs and Summer 2 will be the World Cup. 


w/c 5th March 2018

What a strange week last week, I hope you all had lovely snow days and kept warm and safe. We have been playing catch up this week after missing Thursday and Friday but we are just about up to speed. Thank you for the bottles that are coming in, we might end up using these in Summer 1 to make sure we give the children enough time to complete their balloon blasters but they will be used don't worry.


World Book Day has been rearranged for Thursday 8th March, the same applies as last time. 


w/c 26th February 2018

A great first week back, it was lovely to see the children's smiling faces on Monday. We have lots to look forward to this half term and lots to fit in in just 4 weeks. Just a reminder that we have finished our Forest School sessions now, we are still swimming for the next 4 weeks though. World Book Day is Thursday 1st March, children can either dress up as a book character or come to school in their pjs (with shoes to change into for break time/lunch time). The book fair will also be on throughout this week so keep an eye out for that. 


w/c 5th February 2018

I can't believe it's February already - where has the time gone! Thank you for the final rockets - I am amazed with the effort the children put in. This week is assessment week as we come to the end of another half term, an opportunity for the children to show off what they have learnt.

Swimming has been going well, our water safety session will be on Friday 16th February 2018. The children will need to wear their swimming costumes/shorts underneath some pjs (no onsies allowed). I will send a text closer to the time with a reminder.  


If you notice a new face in the classroom that is Mrs. Mason, a trainee teacher who will be with us for the rest of this half term and next half term


w/c 22nd January 2018

We have had a great couple of weeks, we have started swimming and forest school so the end of our weeks are getting super busy. Please remind the children that they need a carrier bag for their walking boots after forest school. Unfortunately, we don't have the space to store forest school shoes and clothes as well as school bags and PE kits.


Thank you for everyone who sent in their rocket homework - they're fantastic! We will be visiting TLES on Wednesday 24th January as part of their star gazing event (hopefully the weather isn't too bad!).


The children have really gotten into the Holes book so far, remember it is not too late to sign up to see it at the Playhouse in Nottingham!



w/c 8th January 2018

A busy first full week back. The children came back ready to learn and in high spirits. Those completing bikeability have done so well this week with the weather conditions – the children are very resilient. We have our first forest school and swimming session this week. PE this half term will be indoor only on Tuesday afternoon (both forest school and swimming more than make up our outdoor PE time).


w/c 4th January 2018

Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a great Christmas. This half term is looking jam packed with swimming and forest school running alongside our other curriculum activities - we will be busy. The theme this half term is Land of the Free and the class texts is Holes by Louis Sachar. We will be kicking this off with our America day on Friday 5th January. 
If you still haven’t sent the swimming and forest school letters back then please do so as soon as possible. 
Bring on 2018!


Autumn Term 

w/c 13th November 2017

Another busy week, the children have fully embraced the C&I Hub week and have created some amazing work already, we can’t wait to show this off during the class assembly! We are also hoping to show the War Horse film to the children before Christmas so please return the slip if you are happy for your child to watch it.


w/c 6th November

Another busy week at school, the children have worked really hard. The children enjoyed their sessions with Anna Roebuck, creating the snowmen lanterns for the Christmas light switch on – some great designs. Just a reminder that next week is C&I week (creativity and innovation) and the children will need an old, plain pillowcase to use during the week (it might be painted on etc. so please do not send one that you are wanting back!).


W/c 30th October 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful half term. Last term was busy as always and the children worked extremely hard, they have all settled into year 5 well and are enjoying our conflict topic. Again a huge thank you to all who supported the conflict afternoon either in person or by sending things in. We are continuing the topic theme onto this half term as well as preparing for Christmas!


w/c 25th September 2017

The children have been working really hard already, making a great start to the term. In topic, we have been looking a different types of weapons used in conflicts as well as acting out the start of the First World War, the children were able to generate their own opinion on the causes of the First World War and debate this with peers. In science we have been completing lots of experiments to explore the properties of materials, looking at different ways to separate mixtures and solutions. In PE we have been busting some moves learning our Egyptian dance – the children have really embraced this and in outdoor PE we have been working on passing and dodging our opponent in tag rugby. In numeracy we have been looking at addition and subtraction and in literacy we have continued our War Horse story and are writing to inform with our newspaper reports. As you can see we have been very busy! Don’t forget you can connect through class dojo to get additional updates of what is happening in class.


w/c 18th September 2017

A great first two weeks back. The children have settled in really well and are already working hard. It takes a lot to learn new routines but they are all getting there. This week we have been going over the basic place value skills in numeracy and starting our half term book ‘War Horse’. We have also started our Egyptian dance in PE, we have some very talented dancers – a video of the final performance to follow at the end of the half term! Well done to James and Harvey who received our first Friday award for making a brilliant and positive start to year 5.

Spellings have been sent home for the children to learn and will be tested every Friday. You will also find the homework for each week on the webpage, printed versions are in the classroom and the children know where they can find these. The homework will be either mymaths, or an alternative topic based activity each week.



diary dates



Summer 1

  • Monday 7th May 2018 - Bank holiday - school closed 
  • Thursday 24th May 2018 - Last day of Summer 1
  • Friday 25th May 2018 - INSET Day - school closed 


Summer 2

  • Monday 4th June 2018 - Back to school 
  • Friday 6th July 2018 - Sports Day 
  • Friday 20th July 2018 - Last day of school 



Homework each week could be mymaths, or a topic related piece. Homework on the webpage will be updated by the end of each week, homework is expected in the end of the following week. Homework runs along side regular reading (both independently and to an adult) and learning spellings. 

Summer 1 

Week 1 (w/c 9th April) - Spellings, Reading & MyMaths

Week 2 - (w/c 16th April) - Spellings, Reading & MyMaths

week 3 - (w/c 23rd April) - Spellings, Reading & Cave Painting (document below)

Week 4 - (w/c 30th April) - Spellings & Reading

Week 5 - (w/c 7th May) - Spellings, Reading & MyMaths

Week 6 - (w/c 14th May) - Spellings, Reading & Royal Wedding iSpy

Week 7 - (w/c 14th May) - Spellings, Reading, MyMaths & SPaG 


Summer 2

Week 1 - (w/c 4th June) - Learn the words to the concert songs 



Below you will find the full set of Year 5 spellings for this year. The children will know which spelling set they're on and will receive a printed copy of the spellings. Children should be practising their spellings regularly to ensure they are achieving a good mark in their weekly spellings and are applying these in their writing. ​


general information


Class Dojo

In class we use the class dojo reward children, you are able to connect and see what your child is receiving points for and also have a look at the class story where I will be able to quickly update you on things happening in the class. The children with the most Dojo points at the end of the week will be our Dojo winner and get the Dojo chair for the following week.



PE this half term will be on Tuesday afternoon (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor). 



Full topic webs can be seen in the curriculum section of the webpage.


Autumn Term – Conflicts 

Spring 1 – Land of the Free

Spring 2 – Balloon Blaster

Summer 1 – Beliefs 

Summer 2 – World Cup