English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Welcome to Year 5!

The Year 5 team

Mr Cousins 

                 Mr Cousins                                   Miss Boutwood

                Class teacher                                  Teaching assistant


Welcome to Year 5!

We are really looking forward to the year ahead and cannot wait to get started. This year is going to be jam packed with new and exciting things as well as plenty of opportunities for the children to challenge and stretch themselves.

In Year 5, we really encourage that the children develop their ability to organise themselves. Please remind children to make sure that water bottles and PE kits are in school, and that all personal items are names so that they can be identified, just in case they do go walkabout. Each child will have a peg on which to put their belongings and a tray in the classroom to keep their day to day belongings such as their reading book.

Reading is something that we are really passionate about in Year 5 and therefore something we want everyone to be excited about. Children are encouraged to read for about 20 minutes a day at home, as well as any reading activities that they do at school. Mr. Cousins is always a useful port of call if you are stuck for which book to read next!

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is expected in on the following Wednesday. Homework is a fantastic way for the children to practice a skill that we have been learning about in class, especially as it serves as a good way to reinforce concepts. Homework topics will be Maths and English based. There will also be a take home task for each topic which will allow the children to be more creative and put their own personality into the task.
It is also expected that the children practice their spellings that are sent home, as well as practicing their quick recall of their times table facts.



We will be having two PE sessions a week, in which there is chance to develop and gain new skills and learn new sports. During the Autumn term, one of our PE sessions will be taken up with Swimming lessons on a Monday, while the other lesson will take place on a Friday.

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We are very lucky to have Mrs. Webb teaching French and Music on a Thursday morning. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to broaden their knowledge of a foreign language and develop a more musical side.

Our residential to Arundel is mere weeks away. Between 26th– 28th September, we will be on residential in Arundel, where we will visit, Arundel Museum, Arundel Cathedral, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Arundel Castle. We are fortunate to be staying at the Sussex Heritage Centre situated in Warningcamp. We are really excited about our trip to Arundel and hope you all are too. Any questions about the residential, please feel free to pop in and ask.

We really are looking forward to this academic year, it is going to be very special. Any questions about anything in Year 5, please don’t hesitate to come in and have a chat.

Mr. Cousins and Miss. Boutwood