Teacher: Mr Cooper

TA: Mrs Howse and Mrs Ward

Dear Year 5 Parents and Carers,


Welcome back to a new term!

For terms 5 and 6, our topic is ‘Amazonian Adventure’ in which we will immerse ourselves in the astounding geography and culture of South America. In practical topic sessions, we will explore the Amazon rainforest and create several pieces of art focusing on the creatures which reside there. In Geography lessons, we will learn how the Andes mountain range and the Amazon river were formed and the impact of deforestation on the rainforest. Finally, at the end of term 6, both Year 5 and 6 will hold our very own Brazilian carnival, complete with decorative headpieces and music – what a fantastic way to end the year!

We would welcome any parents or carers who have experience of South American culture, Latin American dance or carnival drumming to come in and share their knowledge with us.

Click the picture below for our topic overview!


We know that we can also continue to rely on your support with the following aspects of school life:

Reading – In Year 5, it is still essential that your child continues to read regularly at home (at least 3 times a week).  Please continue to support them with this by ensuring that they are reading high quality texts of the correct level, and by listening to them regularly and discussing what they have read (using the prompts in their Reading Record for guidance).

PE Kit and Uniform - Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school at all times, that it meets uniform expectations and that it fits! PE for Year 5 takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Particular points to remember are: PE kits should be plain (no football shirts, etc.); footwear is black daps/pumps or trainers; tights should not be worn under PE shorts; hair should be tied back; and earrings must be removed. St Mary’s considers our school uniform, which includes appropriate footwear, to be an important matter too. Please therefore ensure your child’s dress conforms with the requirements given on the school website. Remember, for example, that any hair accessories must be discrete and that nail varnish and jewellery (other than small ear studs) should not be worn.

Homework - Maths and grammar/spelling homework will be handed out on a Monday, and must be completed by Friday of the same week for marking. Occasionally, topic-based homework will also be given, which may span a number of weeks.

Whilst we encourage our older pupils to become increasingly more independent in their final years at the school, we still encourage a close relationship with parents and carers, so please feel free to contact us and we can then arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss any queries or concerns in a timely manner.


Kind regards,

Mr Cooper and Mr Biddle