English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Welcome to Year 5!

The Year 5 Team 




Miss StillwellMrs O'Reilly













Miss Stillwell                                                                                                                  Mrs O'Reilly



A warm welcome to Year 5’s class page!


I am really looking forward to welcoming your children back to school and getting to know them throughout the year. Mrs O’Reilly and I will be working closely together to both plan and deliver a highly motivating and engaging curriculum, so that everyone can embrace a passion for learning.

We have an action-packed year ahead of us and we aim to bring your child’s interests into the classroom wherever possible, in order to build confidence, set challenges and make progress. We understand that the thought of returning to school and moving up to Year 5 may seem a little daunting, but please know, Mrs O’Reilly and I are always available to help your child and to give them the right support.

Communication between school and home is also an important factor in a child’s education and we are happy to speak with you about any worries or concerns you may have. You can contact me via email at the following address: If you would prefer a face to face meeting, please contact the school office and they will be happy to arrange this for you.


Physical Education

This term, Year 5 will have PE on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. We are lucky to be having high quality sessions delivered by Mr Howell from AllStar Sussex, where the children will revisit the skills needed to play tennis and we are extremely grateful for this opportunity. Mrs Cleary and I will also be teaching fielding and striking techniques and we will look at how sport can help with well-being. At this time, we are asking for children to come into school wearing their PE kit, on the days they have a PE lesson. This is due to current guidelines from the DfE and is subject to change. As it is getting colder, and your child will be wearing their PE kit all day, please make sure they have warm, suitable clothing (we recommend a pair of jogging bottoms and a jumper). 



New spellings will be given out on a Monday for your child to practice at home and these will be informally tested on Fridays. In addition, we ask for children to read for about 30 minutes each evening and record this in their reading records. This is a great way for you to join them in their learning and reading stories as a family can be a lovely way to relax.

Discussions about setting maths and English homework will be had amongst staff in early September. Please keep an eye on our class page for further details.


PPA Cover

Mrs Webb will be teaching in the classroom on Tuesday afternoons to cover my half day of PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time. We will be regularly communicating about the children’s needs and learning and she is really looking forward to working with the class.


Water bottles and lunch boxes

Due to current circumstances and DfE guidelines, children are only allowed to bring in essential items to school. This includes lunch boxes, water bottles, coats and rucksacks. Small toys and 'show and tell' items MUST be left at home. Please make sure your child’s lunch box is named clearly and any cutlery they may need is provided, as we are unable to do this at this time. All children must have a named water bottle in class and this must only contain water; no juice or squash, please.

In Year 5, we encourage developing more independence and therefore see it as the children’s responsibility to take home their lunch boxes and water bottles, daily, to be cleaned and refilled with fresh water. 

A final reminder, please name all belongings! As a team we try our best to support your child in looking after their belongings, however if they are not named it can make the task very challenging.



We are looking forward to seeing you all very soon and can’t wait for the exciting year ahead.


Miss Stillwell and Mrs O’Reilly


Welcome to Year 5 - PowerPoint for Parents