Welcome to Year 5 - Hawks!
Welcome to the Hawks!
I am Mrs Harris, the class teacher. Miss Hartley will be working with me, alongside Miss Waddington.
Hawks is a Year 5 class. We work hard and respect one another so that we can learn in a calm and happy environment. We are proud of the work we produce and encourage one another to reach our potential.
The children have returned to school in a very calm and mature manner. I am very proud of the way they have adapted back into the routines of school life. Well done Hawks!
Please feel free to contact school on 01254 291250 (in the first instance) or alternatively email me at
if you have any concerns or queries.
Every child in Hawks has been given a reading book and new reading record for this academic year. Please ensure your child reads at least 4 times a week. An adult needs to sign the record to confirm reading has taken place. Details of when books will be changed are in our latest class newsletter below. It is important children do not race through books, and ensure they fully understand them before moving on. Please spend time with your child noting new vocabulary and asking your child questions about what they have read.
Your child will come home with login details for Times Table Rock Stars, Mathletics and Purple Mash. Please keep these safe as the children will need them to access homework and have fun on these websites at home. There are some very exciting incentives - certificates and exclusive access to Meritopia! Intrigued? More will be revealed...
PE day is every Tuesday so please ensure your child has their PE kit. This must be kept in school until half term when it can be taken home to be washed. School allows for children to wear studded earrings only for school (for health and safety reasons). Please ensure these are removed before coming to school on a Tuesday morning, especially if they are not confident removing them themselves. We cannot assist them.
Please find and read our Autumn newsletter below. Keep revisiting this page for more information and celebratory work....coming very soon!
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Autumn Term 1
Well, the final day of Year 5 is finally here! It has certainly been an unusual year but it has been an absolute privilege to be your teacher. Mrs Roe, Mrs Mulla, Miss Waddington and I all agree that you should all be so proud of yourselves for how you have risen to every challenge that you have faced and you have done so with maturity, determination and a huge smile. It is such a shame that we didn't get to do everything that we planned this year but the fact that you are all safe and well is the most important thing. I know that you will all thrive as Eagles and I wish you all the very best as you carry on your St Matthew's journey next year. Enjoy the summer, stay safe and I hope you like this poem that I have written for you :)
A Poem for the Hawks
Hawks I’m going to miss you,
You really have no idea,
Just how much you’ve filled my days
With lots of pride and cheer.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen you all,
Four whole months in fact.
But the two terms that we had in class,
No one can ever take back.
Coronavirus came along,
It made us learn from home.
But it couldn’t stop your amazing hard work
And our lovely long chats on the phone.
Every single one of you
Is an asset to our team,
Thirty nine unique souls
Who make teaching an absolute dream!
So even when I’m old and grey,
In a home for the ‘old folks’,
I’ll always remember my very first class,
My tremendous, special Hawks!
From Miss Galvin :)
Useful online learning resources
BBC Bitesize - www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize This is a new service set up this week that is offering daily lessons. I have had a look at the Year 5 lessons and the Maths, English and Reading lessons this week would link very well to the units we cover in school. The Music and PSHE lessons this week also look fantastic. If you get through all of the work that I have set and would like another challenge, have a go at these. I would love to hear what you think!
DfE Home Education Resources - Please click this link to find a list of resources that the government have put together to supplement the daily tasks that we are setting for the children. Please make sure you check the key stage as some of the resources are designed for secondary school age children.
The Oak National Academy - https://www.thenational.academy/ This website offers daily lesson videos led by teachers. I have had a look through this week's and they are fantastic. They could be used as extra practice or, if your child would prefer to complete these instead of the Maths and English tasks in the home learning section, then that would be fine. This is a great way for the children to use metacognition and take ownership of their own learning.
Scholastic Learn at Home - https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html (Alternatively you can use google to search for ‘Scholastic Learn at Home’)
This is a website that has been set up specifically for school closures. It has stories and activities based around various different topics that link to your children’s learning. More activities are being added to the site every day.
Step 1: visit www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
Step 2- fill in the 'new to twinkl' form.
Step 3- enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS
Step 4- search KS2 activities
Five minutes each day will really help the children to remember their times tables.
On this website you will find lots of fun, practical learning activities as well as access to a library of e-books.
www.topmarks.co.uk - fantastic interactive resources linked to the National Curriculum
Audible Audio Books-
stories.audible.com - This site is offering free access to audio books each day during school closures
As the current situation means that the children will be spending more time online to access their learning, here is a useful link about online safety:
History and Geography Learning Tasks
Our Summer Term topic is Benin so the next few weeks will provide a great opportunity to research this African kingdom, as well as recapping our Ancient Greece and Beautiful Blackburn topics.
The websites below provide lots of information and ideas for activities. 3dgeography is particularly good for junk modelling - why not see if you can build the local landmark that you did your Beautiful Blackburn presentation on?