Welcome to Year 5 Brilliant Badgers and Cheeky Chipmunks  

 The Year 5 Team 2021-2022

In Chipmunks, our teacher is Miss Westley (hwestley@greenwoodprimary.org.uk) and in Badgers, our teacher is Mr Jackson (ajackson@greenwoodprimary.org.uk). 

The super Year 5 Teaching Assistants are: 

Mrs Nix 

Mrs Chapman (am)


Isolation provision

When your child is absent from school and is well enough to complete their work, please contact your class teacher via email so that they can provide the weekly timetable and resources. The work is reflective of what they would be completing in school.

In the event of a bubble closure due to Covid-19, then links to each day’s work will be uploaded here. A stationery resource pack can be provided if requested. It is still an expectation that work is completed and returned daily by email in order for your child to continue to make progress.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:   

Miss Westley hwestley@greenwoodprimary.org.uk or Mr Jackson ajackson@greenwoodprimary.org.uk 

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Chipmunks Welcome Video                              Badgers Welcome Video

Have a look at the resources from our Year 5 2021-2022 welcome meeting if you missed it or need a refresher! 

Please note the above changes to Y5 staff.

Year 5 Welcome PowerPoint

Year 5 Parents Booklet

Badgers Passport

Chipmunks Passport

Year 5 Welcome Letter


Here is our latest newsletter (Summer Term):

Click here: Summer Term


Our Enquiry

To view our long term plan for Y5 click here


Autumn Term: Anglo-Saxons - What made Britain Great?

Based on Horrible Histories and the text 'Attack of the Vikings'

Click here to see our knowledge mat about our current History topic, Anglo-Saxons

Click here to see our knowledge mat about our current Science topic, Forces.


Spring Term: Rainforests - Why do trees need a voice?

Based on the text 'The Lorax', 'Greta's Story' and non-fiction texts about the rainforest.

Click here to see our knowledge mat about our current Science topic, Living Things and their Habitats.

Click here to see our knowledge mat about our current Science topic, Properties and Changes of Materials.

Summer Term: Earth and Space - Artists need inspiration, where does it come from?

Based on Earth and Space non-fiction texts, Neil Armstrong 'One Giant Leap' and the text 'Cosmic'.

Click here to see our knowledge mat about our current Science topic, Earth and Space.

Click here to see our knowledge mat about our current Science topic, Animals, including Humans.

Click here to see our Arts knowledge mat.


Helping your child with their learning

To help with your child's learning at home, we have created and attached a guide to give you some support. If you require any more advice, then please don't hesitate to ask a member of the Year 5 team.

Please click the links below:

Maths - Fractions Booklet

Maths - Four Operations Booklet

Welcome to Y5 PowerPoint

Year 5 Parents Booklet

Year 5 Welcome Letter

Y5 Passport - Badgers

Y5 Passport - Chipmunks

Click here for additional websites to support your child's learning


Homework and activities to complete at home

In Year 5, we are keen for the children to practice the skills and learning objectives that they cover in school and we will expect them to complete:


English and Maths Homework

Homework this year will be online through Purple Mash, this will be handed out on a Friday and will be collected the next Friday. If your child would prefer to do this activity on paper or does not have access to the internet, then this is fine. If your child needs to be reminded of their Purple Mash log in then see your child's class teacher. Some homework may be set in the new CGP books that were given out at the end of Summer.

If children fail to complete their homework in the allotted time, they will be required to stay in and complete this during break times or lunchtimes. Children are encouraged to seek help if they need to, from their class teacher.



Children will have a list of 10 spellings they must learn where they will be tested on a Friday. These will be from the year 5 spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum. Please help and encourage your child to learn their spellings as this is so important for their writing!

Children will also be tested on the Year 3, 4 and 5 spellings words from the National Curriculum word bank once every half term. Children will be sent home their scores and which words they got correct and incorrect.  Please ensure your child is always practising these words too, so as they can improve their scores each half term! 



This half term most of the Year 5 after school boosters will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15pm - 4pm. Please collect your child from the Year 5 classrooms and try to ensure your child attends all boosters they are invited to as this is essential for their progress throughout Year 5. 

Children also attend boosters throughout the school day to make sure they are on target and meet the learning objectives set during lessons.

Booster groups may change at the start of every half term.


Physical Education (PE)

Chipmunks and Badgers will be doing PE on a Thursday afternoon each week with Mrs Aspinall. 

At all times your child will need an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school.

Indoor PE kit is a white T-shirt, dark shorts (black or navy blue) and trainers or plimsolls.

Outdoor PE kit is a white T-shirt, dark jogging bottoms (black or navy blue), dark sweatshirt and trainers. Jewellery must not be worn on PE days.

If your child can not take part in PE for medical reasons, a letter should be sent to Mrs Aspinall or class teachers.

Your child is able to come dressed in their PE kits on Thursdays.



All Year 5 children have the opportunity to take part in lessons based on how to play the ukulele with a specialist music teacher! School do provide ukuleles for your child, however if your child wishes to bring their own ukulele in too, that is absolutely fine! Ukulele lessons are on Tuesday afternoons.



At Greenwood we support children with their behaviour principles of emotional coaching and restorative approaches.

The five essential steps of Emotion Coaching:

  • Be aware of a child’s emotion
  • Recognise a child’s expression of emotion as a perfect moment for support and teaching
  • Listen with empathy and validate a child’s feelings
  • Help a child learn to label their emotions with words
  • Helping a child to solve problems or deal with upsetting situations appropriately


"Helping children and young people to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur and how to handle them."   (Gottman 1996)

Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right. Restorative approaches refer to a range of methods and strategies which can be used both to prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen. Restorative approaches are built on values which separate the person from the behaviour. They promote accountability and seek to repair any harm caused in a situation.

‘Bringing out the best……in everyone!’

For more information about how we celebrate positive achievements, how the behaviour charts in the classroom are used, further support or exclusion information please look on the ‘Parents’ tab of the website and view the full policy.


Fancy a challenge?

Outdoor arts challenges

Lego challenges

Book challenges

Random challenges

Mixed school based challenges 

Colouring sheets and arty ideas

Home Science Experiments

Science Investigations

Colouring Sheets    1       3    4    5 

Star Wars Coded Jokes