Class 12 - Pioneer 

Teacher: Mr Biddle

TA: Mrs Chivers

Dear Year 5 Parents and Carers,

Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed your holiday.  Our topic this term is based around ancient Rome and the book 'Julius Caesar' by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross.  

Our big questions this term are: 

Were the Romans trustworthy?

Why did the Romans invade Britain?

Was life better with the Romans or Saxons?

Key Dates:

We will traveling to the Living Rainforest to support our term 6 learning on the 24th of June. More details will follow, nearer the time. 


How to help at home:


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.  We are busy working our way through our '50 Best Books' (  We are trying to get through them all by the end of the year.



We have cut down on homework this year as a school and focus on reading, times tables and spelling.  These skills are incredibly important and feed into so many aspects of our curriculum.  We would appreciate your support with completing the homework each week.  Homework consists of -


These are given out on Fridays and will be tested the following Friday.  Children have space in their green spelling books to practise two times.   Any additional practise can be done on paper.  Click here for a list of the term's spellings.  Click here for a selection of different ways to practise spellings.

Please play Times Table Rockstars to consolidate knowledge and fluency of times tables and their related division facts.
Please read at least three times a week and sign their reading records. 

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 Mondays 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.

Thank you for your continued support,


Mr Biddle