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Welcome to Switzerland Class!



This is the place to find out everything about our class and what we have been up to in Year 5. Check here for our spellings and homework which is towards the bottom of the page.

We have a variety of different people working in our class including our teaching assistants Mrs Edwards and Mrs Read as well as a number of other adults. Mrs Norton will teach the children fortnightly on a Monday whilst I am on my planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time.

Conflict - Autumn Term



Welcome to your first Topic in Year 5, Conflict. This topic will last all the way through this term and is a great way of starting life in year 5. We'll look at how conflict has changed throughout history, some of the reasons it occurs and it will lead into an in depth study into World War 1. During this topic, we'll read Michael Morpurgo's book War Horse in our English lessons and hopefully watch the film at the end of the topic.


As we move into the second part of our full term topic on Conflict with a focus on World War 1, we'll start to learn more about what life was like for those people who stayed at home during the war. The children will learn about how life changed for those living in Britain as well as the suffragette movement.

Class Blog


If when you ask your child what they've been doing at school and get the reply nothing much, check back here every couple of weeks or so to find out what they've been doing!


WB 04.11.19

Welcome back to school everyone! The run up to Christmas is always a busy term and the children have lots of different activities planned. We're looking forward to having local artist Anna Roebuck in to create some artwork out of recycled materials. The children will be making Angels to show at the Christmas Lights Switch On. We'll still be going swimming and will keep you up to date with everything that is going on!



Another swimming day, another rainy day! We've been pretty unlucky with the weather on our swimming days so far. I've asked Oscar to arrange some nice weather for next Friday so we'll see what he comes up with. Next week is our Water Safety week so the children will need to bring a set of long sleeved pyjamas and trousers to put over the top of their usual swimwear - please note that onesies are not permitted as they are heavier than pyjamas so will weigh the children down, and they are much more difficult to take off in the water. We're looking forward to our trip to Trent College next week, any book orders need to be in by Monday please. The information is below.


Just a quick message to inform you about an exciting opportunity for the children at Trent College next Tuesday. We have been invited to hear an author talk from Will Mabbitt, he'll talk about what inspired him and much more. There is no need to return a reply slip or do anything this is just to inform you that we are going along. There is a chance to purchase a book and have it signed by Will Mabbitt but there is no obligation whatsoever to do this.

The books cost £7 and if you would like to purchase one, please send the exact money in an envelope with your child's name and the name of the book they wish to purchase by MONDAY.

They can choose from the following books:
The unlikely adventures of Mabel Jones
Mabel Jones and the forbidden city
Mabel Jones and the doomsday book
The embassy of the dead
The embassy of the dead: Hangman's Crossing
I can only draw worms (picture book)

A short biography is below:
Will Mabbitt writes. He writes in libraries, in cafes, on the toilet, and sometimes, when his laptop runs out of power he writes in his head. Before he got paid to do this he worked in London and spent a lot of time stuck on the train - which is where he wrote his first proper book, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

Will Mabbitt has an overactive imagination. It used to get him in trouble but now it's his job. His first book, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. He's achieved little of else note, preferring to spend his time loitering in graveyards. He can also be found wandering the streets of Brighton in a daze. He is probably having an idea. He lives with his family, in Lewes, on the south coast of England




A massive thank you to everyone that came along to our class assembly on the Thursday, the children were so excited when they came in and they delivered! It was wonderful to see them so happy during and after the assembly and I'd just like to make it clear I came up with all the dance moves myself! Obviously I'm only joking, those moves could only have been made up by the wonderful children in Switzerland class! I gave children the date for the Long Eaton Christmas Lights Switch On yesterday which is Thurs 28th November - Year 5 children at Dovedale are always involved but more on that soon!

Don't forget about the parent drop in on Wednesday! Have a great weekend :)



A very busy first couple of weeks at school in which the children have started to get to grips with life in year 5. They are starting to understand what is expected of them and the standards that are set. Particularly with regard to presentation in their books! However they are learning quickly and will get there soon. We're starting to prepare for our class assembly and have been making some information videos with the green screen all about Switzerland so look out for those! 

In Maths we've started with a focus on number and place value, our class text War Horse has gone down really well with the children and we've already found quite a few cliff hangers!

Thanks for all your support in the early part of this year!




You are hopefully aware of Spelling Shed, our new program to help children with their spelling. The children will all have a login for Spelling Shed, which will be stuck into their diary. Our spelling tests will either be on the Year 5 Word list which is separated into words for Autumn, Spring and Summer or a different spelling rule.



Each week or every other week we will focus on a particular spelling rule, for example words that end in tial. The children will complete activities in class for these words and will also have that spelling rule set for them on Spelling Shed to practise at home or in school when time allows. 


This will allow the children exposure to a greater number of words and help them with their general spelling in written work rather than just focusing on spelling words from the year 5 word list. The spellings will be posted here for the following Friday. They are below along with the date they are tested:



Date Tested:

15.11 - Challenge Words


08.11 - Words from the Autumn Word List






The homework for each date is below. Homework is set on a Friday of each week and is expected to be completed by the following Friday. Children are able to use school laptops if they do not have access to the internet at home and are aware of the appropriate time to do that. If any documents go with the homework, they'll be in the homework documents section below the dates. Almost always, the homework set reinforces learning that has taken place in the classroom. Homework for the next term will be listed below.



Date the homework is set:


11.11.19 SPAG.COM - Modal Verbs


18.10.19 - MyMaths - addition and subtraction


11.10.19 - Mental Health Awareness Homework (see documents) and optional Place Value task


04.10.19 My Maths - ordering decimals


24.09.19 War Horse picture, children to create an image of Joey the war horse, this can be in any style they want. Paper available from school if needed.


20.09.19 - My Maths - Decimal rounding 


13.09.19 - MyMaths (their login won't have changed but I can give them a paper copy if they have forgotten) - Place Value


06.09.19 - Parent Wishes Homework - This homework is for the parents! If you didn't get chance to complete a parent wishes sheet at our Meet the Teacher event I would be grateful if you could complete one this coming week. It gives me a really valuable insight into your child and helps with getting to know them. The children have been given a copy but it can also be found in the homework documents section below.



Diary Dates


3rd and 4th September - INSET DAYS

5th September - First day back

Thursday 24th October - Last day of the half term

Friday 25th October - INSET day