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Year 5 - Giraffes and Orangutans

Welcome to Year 5 Great Giraffes and Orangutans.


The Year 5 Team 2023-2024


In Orangutans, our teacher is Miss Evans ( and in Giraffes, our teacher is Mr Petman ( 

The super Year 5 Teaching Assistants are: 


Miss Pearson

Miss Hodgkinson

Personal Care Assistant- Mrs Fagan


Have a look at the resources from our Year 5 2023-2024 welcome meeting if you missed it or need a refresher!

Here is our latest newsletter (Autumn Term):

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

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

Spring Term: Rainforests - What impacts our world?

Based on the text 'The Lorax' and a selection of non-fiction texts about the rainforest.

Summer Term: Earth and Space - How does design aid discovery?

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

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:

Reading Books

We encourage all children to read for pleasure and hope that all pupils share stories daily with an adult as this promotes a lifelong love of reading, as well as vocabulary development and understanding of the world. We ask that you fill in your child's reading diary every day that you share a story. If you have shared more than one story with your child, (fantastic!), but please only fill in your child’s diary once per day with one of the books you have shared together. You do not need to start a new day for each week, just continue where you left off each day.


You should try to read your child's book to them every day. Reading the same book again has many benefits. It allows your child to gain a good understanding of the story plot and also the pattern of the text. This then allows your child to join in with some of the story during later readings, and build upon their own usual vocabulary choices, adding expression too. Your child may notice something different during each read, and you may find you chat about things they have spotted, linking them to your child’s own experiences. In your child's reading diary, you will find some useful tips for sharing a story with your child before the reading diary pages.


All children should have a book banded book from school, a reading for pleasure book and also one at school. They can change their books whenever they need to.


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 handed out on a Friday and will be collected the next Friday. These will be activities that are used to consolidate learning or as a revision of topics that have been taught in Year 4.


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 15 spellings they must learn over a two week period. 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, Thursdays and Fridays 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)

Orangutans and Giraffes will be doing PE on a Friday 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 Fridays.



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 Wednesday 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.

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