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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 - an ex teacher!) who give up their time to help us each week.





CLass blog

spring term

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

Spring 1

  • Friday 5th January 2018 - America Day 
  • w/c 8th January 2018 - Bikeability 
  • Thursday 11th January 2018 - Inspire by Sport - Athlete visit
  • Thursday 11th January 2018 - Forest School
  • Friday 12th January 2018 - Swimming 
  • Thursday 18th January 2018 - Forest School
  • Friday 19th January 2018 - Swimming 
  • Thursday 25th January 2018 - Forest School
  • Friday 26th January 2018 - Swimming 
  • Thursday 1st February 2018 - Forest School
  • Friday 2nd February 2018 - Swimming 
  • Thursday 8th February 2018 - Forest School
  • Friday 9th February 2018 - Swimming 
  • Thursday 15th February 2018 - Forest School
  • Friday 16th February 2018 - Swimming 
  • Friday 16th February 2018 - Last day of Spring Term 1

Spring 2

  • Monday 26th February 2018 - Back to school 
  • Friday 2nd March 2018 - Swimming
  • Friday 9th March 2018 - Swimming
  • Friday 16th March 2018 - Swimming
  • Friday 23rd March 2018 - Last day of Spring Term 1 




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. 


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 will get the special cushion for the whole of the following week.



PE this half term will be on Tuesday afternoon (indoor). Outdoor PE time will be covered through Forest School (Thursday pm) and Swimming (Friday am). 



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 – World Cup

Summer 2 – Beliefs