English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Welcome to Year 5!

A warm welcome to Year 5’s class page! I am really looking forward to getting to know your children and sharing my passion for learning with them over the next year. Mrs Ellmer and I will be working closely together to both plan and deliver a highly motivating and engaging curriculum, so that everyone has a brilliant year!

We have an action packed year ahead of us and we are aiming to bring your child’s interests into the classroom environment as much as possible, in order to build confidence, set challenges and make progress. We understand that for some, the thought of Year 5 can seem a little daunting to begin with but please know, Mrs Ellmer 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. Our door is always open!


Physical Education

This term, Year 5 will be having swimming lessons on a Monday afternoon which is part of the PE curriculum for Key Stage Two. Please make sure your child has their full swimming kit in school on these days and that all items are labelled with their name to help avoid things going missing.

We are also lucky enough to have sessions with Premier Sport again this term on a Wednesday morning. In the past, the children have gained many skills and much confidence across a range of sports from these sessions and so we are extremely grateful for this opportunity. Please ensure that your child has the correct school PE kit with them.



New spellings will be given out on a Monday for your children to practice at home and these will be informally tested on Fridays. The children will also be given English and Maths homework on Wednesday, due in on the following Monday. In addition, we ask for children to read for about 30 minutes each evening, which is a great way for you to join them in their learning, by reading with them.


PPA Cover

Mrs Fordham will be teaching in the classroom on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings to cover both my NQT time and half day of PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time. Mrs Fordham and I will be regularly communicating about the children’s needs and learning and she is looking forward to working with the class.



Water bottles and lunch boxes


Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in class (this must only contain water, no juice or squash). 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 really enjoying working with all your children so far and can’t wait for the exciting year ahead.



Miss Stillwell and Mrs Ellmer