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Welcome to Year 5

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As Lockdown continues, I am continually trying to develop and improve the online learning I can offer all of our 'Hermits'. This week, we are going to trial whole-class, live lessons. On Friday, I will assess how the week has gone and speak to everyone to see how they have found the classes. Following the morning sessions, I will be holding two Feedback/Catch Up sessions - I will invite members of the class to these sessions, depending on need for each session. Following feedback from Yr 6 Bubble, these have been really successful and I hope this prove to be as beneficial in Year 5.

My aim is to support all children in their Maths and English lessons, during the morning - with a 30minute screen-time break between the sessions - so that the afternoon can be set aside for Topic sessions.

It is really important that children are logged on to these on time. Please ensure you are ready to attend 5minutes before each session is due to begin. Where possible, it would be really useful if all pupils could have easy access to the resources required for each lesson (Chilli options etc) either printed out or online. This will enable me to work with the 'Hermits'/'Schoolies' during these sessions, rather than sharing my screen with the resources required. Please see my planned timetable, below.

Please only log onto your Teams' Catch-Up/Feedback Meetings.

Thank you



As you are in Year 5, the (current) guidelines and advice are that you should be provided with/you should complete 20 hours a week of online learning (average of 4 hours a day). Please see below the expectations/allocation of time for each subject area.


Weekly Topic Focus

In addition to daily Maths and English, we will be completing the following work at school and home. Approximately 90 minutes a day should be spent on this area of the curriculum, as that an approximate time that we would normally spend on each foundation subject, each week. Some days, you may find the work does not take you 90 minutes and others it may take longer. This is a judgement call for you to make. In school (the current plan) is for Mrs Hall to lead this and for home schooling pupils, I will be available unless you have opted for me to support you in a different subject, following our weekly 'chats' on Teams.


For some weeks, we may ask you to pop into school to collect some materials that you may require.

Following feedback from many of you, I will only be setting PE on Friday afternoon, leaving the remainder of the afternoon to complete any work you have not already completed. PLEASE look after yourselves and take regular breaks from the laptop/IPad etc.


Thank you for your continued support,


Mr Armstrong and Mrs Hall


Teams Information


Well... this is not we had planned, is it? Welcome back (virtually) to Class 5, I hope you had a well deserved rest during the Christmas Break and here's to hoping for positive New Year for 2021. Whilst this is not an ideal start, we can still continue on this journey together, albeit not in the same way we had planned.

Whilst Launch Days and Landing Days/trips can not take place in the current climate, there are still plans for these to take place in Spring 2.For the first half term, from Monday 11th January, all learning will be placed on Teams. Each week the Yr 5/6 Bubble will be taught by either myself or Mrs Amesbury while online learning will be supported by the other. We will alternate each week, so that every two weeks, children will be supported by their own teacher. I will continue to regularly check emails and keep you updated as much as possible.

Although this term may present new challenges and obstacles, I can not stress the importance of strong communication between myself, your child and you! It is, in my opinion, paramount in ensuring that we can work together to enable your child to achieve their potential. As with last term, I will continue to send regular 'Marvellous Me' messages and update you on our activities on Twitter - our class Twitter handle is @CarltonMiniY5 - if you haven't done so already, please add us to keep up to date with our learning.


Parent Consultations are planned for January (more information to follow) where we can discuss your child's report and discuss actions for the Spring term. 


Due to the current situation, we are unable to invite parents into school, during school hours. If you need to contact me please either ring the school office to arrange a 'call back' or email me on and I will reply as soon as I can.


Each term, we will send a class newsletter to inform you of our plans for the weeks ahead. Take a quick look at our Spring Term Newsletter, by clicking the link above (Updated by Friday 15th January). Obviously, with the current, unpredictable situation, plans may change at short notice, but I will endeavor to keep you informed as much as possible.


Children are expected to read with an adult and have their planner signed at least three times a week, aiming for at least 1 hour - but preferably 2 hours or more - a week of paired reading. Pupils will be rewarded for reading 1 hour (or more) a week, by moving up 'cups' (we have a 'Starbooks' theme) on Home Reading Challenge display, earning certificates and receiving tickets for weekly prizes. Raffle tickets will allow children to choose a 'prize' from our reading box. The more raffle tickets won, the more prizes on offer - simple!

Planners will be checked each Friday and signed by myself or Mrs Hall. Please ensure these are signed with number of minutes read, so we can calculate a title (if no time is given then, each 3x signatures will be awarded 30mins of reading time).

Your child has a 'question stem' bookmark attached to their planner, please use this to begin a conversation, with your child, around their reading book. We thank you for your support with this.


Passwords and Usernames

All children have their ReadingPlus, EdShed and TTRockstars passwords and usernames on the last page in their planners. If these have been lost or misplaced. Please don't hesitate to email me. *On Tuesday 5th January, an email containing your child's login details for Teams, was sent. Please contact me if you have any issues with logging in or questions on how to use this platform.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Armstrong and Mrs Hall