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I am very proud to be teaching Year 5 this year. Our first week has been filled with lots of fun and I am very much looking forward to the achievements the year will bring. 


Please visit this page as the year progresses for updates, and to find out a little more about what we have been learning about in class.


Communication, both to celebrate the good things and tackle any problems or concerns, plays a principal role in ensuring the very best education for your child. Parents/guardians, please do not hesitate to contact me on the school number, or via email:


Alternatively, feel free to arrange a meeting- or simply pop in for a brief chat.


Many thanks,

Mr Portch

It's been a really busy week in Year 5.


We've been really lucky with the weather, with the sun shining on our tchoukball session. The skill levels of the class are going through the roof and we are having some really competitive games.


In the classroom, we have been preparing our recount of the Gun Powder Plot and researching more horrible facts! Maths has been spent solving problems related to line graphs, with everyone making great progress.


Finally, in science we have been concentrating on which materials conduct heat and which insulate.


Thanks for a great week.



It's been a fun week in Year 5!


In English we have been researching Guy Fawkes and concentrating on improving our descriptive writing. Maths has been really enjoyable, with an emphasis on reasoning and problem solving. Everyone has made great strides and the improvement is staggering! 


In PE, we continue to play tchoukball on Thursdays. The game requires teamwork, fitness and co-ordination and is lots of fun. Art has also been a hot topic, with lots of work going in to perfecting our masterpieces.


Finally, we got to spend some time with our Reception buddies, which always puts a smile on our faces. 



This week has produced lots of brilliant work, with Year 5 excelling themselves. We started off by finishing our newspaper reports and then compared the diaries of famous people and fictional characters.


In maths, we have been building on our knowledge of addition and subtraction and pushing ourselves to answer some really tricky reasoning and problem solving questions.


Finally, I am very proud of the Year 5 pupils who have been elected for various roles within the school. It is their hard work that helps make the school run smoothly.


Have a nice weekend.



Year 5 have had a really nice week. 


This week in maths we have spent time using our place value skills to order and compare large numbers, aswell as builing upon our knowledge of negative numbers. We have also spent time investigating the Gun Powder Plot through art and drama.


Prior to our church service on Wednesday, we also individually decorated our candle. This montage of individual 'stain glassed windows' worked really well - thank you Miss Goodison!



Wow! What a week we've had in Year 5!


In maths we have been improving our rounding skills, and really enjoyed testing our arithmetic. In spelling, 8 of our class got 10 out of 10, which is a really great achievement.


However, our week came to fantastic crescendo on Friday afternoon when we created a protest to raise awareness of climate change. Years 1 to 6 came outside to support us, sign our petition and ask questions. It was a great time..... and the sun was shining! 

Climate Change Protest

Climate Change Protest 1
Climate Change Protest 2



Sycamore Class have had another great week, rounded off by Roald Dahl Day. A massive thank you to everyone who dressed up and got in to the spirit of thing! To celebrate the day we have been writing our own revolting rhymes and designing our own Willy Wonka style sweets.


We have also been lucky enough to receive a fascinating talk about modern slavery and have really polished up our rounding skills in maths.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day 1
Roald Dahl Day 2



Our first week has been packed full of team building and fun activities. As well as learning about what each of us have been up to over the summer, we have also conducted our very own Book World Cup. Despite being so busy, we also found time to have our first taste of playing tchoukball!


During our normal timetabled lessons we have conducted baseline assessments and concentrated on improving our ability to reflect on our work.

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