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Year 5: Porpoise Class 2020-21



Click on the picture to read Baring's version of Oi Frog. 




See blog for up to date news and photographs  

Friday 6th November                    VI/XI/XX

Dear All,

   Well this will be the last update I make to Porpoise Class Page, as from next week we will be moving over to using GOOGLE CLASSROOM. Your child should bring home a letter today that has all the information they will need on it. Please bear with me as I am bound to make mistakes at first..... we will be learning to use this platform together. It looks good though and is interactive too. To start, I have (I hope) left the children a message on our class page. If they could all log in and send me a message back we will be up and running. Any problems (which we expect- just let me know by email. 

In the meantime- our homework for next week is as follows



The children will continue to be given paper copies of the class homework on Mondays and they should bring these home along with their spelling tests on that day. 

PE continues to be on TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS. Both outside (Games and running respectively) So the children should come into school in their PE kits on those days.


PARENT MEETINGS - You should receive information about this from the office. I will be phoning you at an agreed time to have a chat about how your child has settled into school and how we can work together to help them reach their potential. As always though I can be reached by email. I check my emails when I get in each morning and it really helps if you let me know of any queries or worries you may have.

Best wishes... see you next (I hope)on Google!


Monday 26th October 2020          XXVI/X/XX

Dear all, 

     It's the Half Term break. Enjoy your time together as a family and have a good rest. The children and staff are all very tired and really need some time to relax and get ready for the next half term and the build up to Christmas. There is no homework set for this week.  Please encourage your child to read as much as possible and we will see you all back at Baring on

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER.  (Monday 2nd is an INSET day)

Best wishes to you all.

Marie Gray



Monday 19th October 2020          XIX/X/XX

Dear Parents and Carers,

  It's hard to believe that this week is our last one before the Half Term break! The children have worked hard this half term and deserve a rest.

Our homework for this week-  Spellings

Maths - Sheet 1  Sheet 2

This week we will be looking at art from the Kingdom of Benin. We will acting as History Detectives and will be considering what the the art can tell us about life in that time. We will also be having a go at reproducing some of these images ourselves using clay. 

Our School value for this month is Honesty and we will be looking at how lies and truth impact on our lives in our PSHE sessions. 

Best wishes to you all and please don't hesitate to contact me at the address below




Monday 12th October 2020   XII/X/XX

Dear Parents and Carers, 

   Just a few changes to the timetable for next week- PE will be on Monday and Tuesday. This is to ensure the children are in their school uniform on Friday for their individual photographs.

Homework this week - Spellings   and Maths.

We are starting a new topic about the Ancient Kingdom of Benin next week. It will allow us to focus on history and Geography in class.

We are continuing to use the book titled 'The Way We Are' by Oliver Jeffers as a basis for our Literacy work. Next week we will be looking at what Quality Education is across the world. 

As a class, over half of us now have our Pen Licence! We are practising our handwriting regularly to help everyone to write with a clear, joined up style.

In Maths we will be looking at multiplication and division. It is very important that the children know all of their times tables off by heart.  HIT THE BUTTON which is on the 28th September entry can help with this. 

Here are some pages from Bitesize to help you with this at home.  

Best wishes to you all and please do not hesitate to contact me at the following address if you have any questions or queries.

Ms Gray



 Monday 5th October 2020     V/X/XX

I hope you are all well. Here is the homework for this week.


Maths - Number Stuff  Understanding Place Value

The children will be given a paper copy of this today and it is expected that it is returned to school next Monday - along with any reading books that need to be changed. The children will also have a quick quiz on the spellings in class every Monday and will bring them home for you to see.

This week we are continuing to base our Literacy on the Oliver Jeffers book 'Here We Are.'

We had fun this week becoming journalists and filming documentary clips about animals that live under the sea. This week we will be using the sky as our inspiration for writing.

In Maths we are looking at the different ways of adding and subtracting numbers. 

Here is some information to help you with this when you are working from home.

We finished our first class text -'Billionaire Boy' by David Walliams and wrote a review of what we thought of the text .We move onto 'Krindlekrax' by Philip Ridley this week.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or concerns



Thursday 1st October 2020    I/X/XX       National Poetry Day

Click on the picture to enjoy our poetry performance.


Monday 28th September 2020      XXVIII/IX/XX

Dear Parents/Carers, 

  I hope you are all well. Unfortunately there are lots of colds and sneezes going around the school. Please keep well. 

We have had another lovely week in class. The English work  has continued to be based around the book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. This week we became poets and composed a poem about our favourite place in the world. The children should have taken a copy home with them on Friday of their 'published work.'

In class we are thinking about the neatness and presentation of our work. Next week some of the children will be awarded a 'Pen Licence'. This means they can use pen in their writing books. To receive this award they have to demonstrate that they can write legibly, with a neat joined up style. Well done to those children who receive a licence. This will be reviewed every week.

Here are our spellings for the week. Please help your child to learn them. We will have a quiz on Monday and the children will be encouraged to bring the results back home to you on that day.


For Maths we continue to work on our understanding of Place Value. Here is the homework for the week. Maths 1  Maths 2. The children will all receive a paper copy of the homework on Monday.

We use this website in class to help us with our learning. 

We are also trying to learn our Times Tables off by heart. We use these games  in class.





We are still learning our poem about Porpoises. Here it is. Please help your child to practise it.


We start drumming lessons with Nigel this week, on Thursday afternoon.


Many thanks for your continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the following address



 Monday 21st September 2020     XXI/IX/XX

Dear all, 

 We've had a lovely week in Year 5. All the children have published posters about Porpoises and completed some lovely art work using sketching pencils and water colours. 

Here are some spellings to learn about the subject of Porpoises We've been looking at these words in class and practising different ways of remembering them. 

For Maths - for the next few weeks we will be looking at Place Value (the different value a digit has according to where it is placed in a number eg 8, 80, 800, 8000)

This sheet relates to the work we have been doing in class. Place Value 

I will also send home paper copies of the homework on Mondays. Please return the work the following Monday (along with any reading books that need changing)

As a class we will be learning a Poem about a Porpoise this week. We hope to put it on this website when we know it really well. Watch this space...!

Thank you for your continued support


 Monday 14th September 2020      XIV/IX/XX

Welcome to Year 5, 

All the children have settled well into Year 5 and are getting used to the new routines.

Here is our Class Letter with some information about the curriculum for this term.

Page 1  Page 2

Here is this week's homework


Three Times Tables  Page 1 Page 2 

The children will bring home a paper copy of this every Monday.

Many thanks for your support in this. It is expected that the children return their home work to school the following Monday- along with any school reading books they would like to change.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at the following address if you have any questions or queries.

Best wishes