Welcome to Year 5

Hello all,

My name is Mrs Cole and I have taught in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. I’ve been at St Francis of Assisi for 5 years now and will be teaching Y5 this year.

I wasn’t always a teacher; I have had some other very interesting jobs too. I’ve travelled to and lived in different countries, so can share interesting facts and stories. I enjoy geography and researching into different cultures; you’ll be able to share some of your own knowledge and cultural stories.

I love reading and will be asking you to recommend books for me, as I do the same for you. A funny novel, or an adventure are always a hit. Picture books are also a favourite.  RE is a big passion of mine and this year I will be looking after it for Mrs Broughton.

A very warm welcome back to school!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for a busy and exciting year ahead. A special welcome to new pupils, parents and staff to our school; we hope you will be very happy here.

I would like to say how pleased we all are to see the children again. This is a very special school and one where we all feel extremely privileged to work.

Welcome to Year 5, where we are all committed to working hard and striving for our best. Our school rules are at the heart of everything we do:

  1. Listen
  2. Respect
  3. Try our best
  4. Be positive

We have an exciting year ahead with lots of fun, creative learning to ensure we all reach our potential. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies so I cannot wait to share some new texts with you throughout the year and look forward to hearing some of your recommended reads too. As well as that, we have some exciting trips and topics planned!






Best Wishes

Miss Appleyard

Nell Bank – River Study

Nell Bank - River Study    

We had a fantastic trip to Nell Bank Activity Centre in Ilkley. Our main focus was studying a river, having learnt some new knowledge about it in class. We wanted to see what all of these technical terms really meant in the world around us and how they played their part. When we visited the River Wharfe, we had to be very careful as it was already on a yellow warning for flooding but it was a real experience to follow it from the source right the way down to the river – which we were told continued for a whole 60 miles before it then joined with another river.

In the afternoon, we also had the experience of doing some pond dipping where we looked at some of the new life that was starting. We even managed to find a newt!

Finished off with a run round the activity park, it was needless to say we had a fantastic time and consolidated so much of what we had learnt along with finding out some new information too.

Holly reports, ‘It was a really good trip which helped us to learn all about the water cycle and the different parts in it.’

Enoch reports, ‘This was the best trip ever because we learned lots of new things but it was also exciting. The best part was pond dipping!’


World Book Day

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March was World Book Day. We dressed up as a piece of vocabulary. It was a great game to work out who was what word . Some very creative ideas – Miss Appleyard’s favourite has to be Michael with his original idea of coming in reverse (his clothing was on backwards)!

Into University Trip

Into University Into University

Year 5 had their first morning with Into University to delve deeper into what a university is. We took part in a range of activities:

  • Where we can go to university – this tested our geography knowledge as we had to locate different universities in the UK and place them on the map.
  • Where we can stay when we’re at university
  • Different courses we can study at university – we cannot believe there are 50,000 options!

Our Positive Action Zone Stars, who listened well, showed respect, were focused and determined were: Levi, Emmanuel & Treasure!

Well done Year 5 it was an inspiring morning!

Amazing Author Visit with Virginia Clay

Author Visit

Year 5 & 6 had the absolute privilege of meeting a ‘real life author’ in school today. We were completely star struck as she entered the building and loved hearing all about her life story and how she came to write the novel Year 6 have used within their english lessons – linked with their Africa topic. Having read her book (Warrior Boy) about London Schoolboy Ben who is heading for Kenya to meet his Maasai family, it was a great delight to hear how we too can write great books like she has. A great relief to also hear that it took thirteen drafts before her book was ready for publishing; some chapters taking her even more drafts! It was also delightful to hear all about her life in Kenya which added further inspiration for the world that is around us.

We then had the luxury of a book signing session too so more of us can read her novel. Look out for the new book she is writing at the moment – hopefully due for publishing later this year!

Aaron’s review: ‘This was the best experience ever! I have never seen a real life author before which made it even more special. She even gave us a spoiler about her new book ‘The Waves’ which I can’t wait to read!’ 

Y5 newsletter Spring I

Y5 newsletter Spring II

Please have a look at our suggested reading lists for children in Year 5. These books are a range of bestselling picture books and longer texts to encourage both shared reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.


Don’t forget if you would like some more help with your choices or to share your enthusiasm for reading our Reading Ambassadors and School Librarians are always on hand!

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

MATHS– Boys, please go to https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/week-2/ or just google whiterose maths and go to home learning. I will send sheets too, but please watch the videos. 

RE – I will send this to you in the post. 

English – I’ll also send in post, a little project which I hope you will enjoy. 

Science – 2-Rotation Night Day read, watch and try to explain what you’ve learnt

Geography – I will add on Monday when we do this. 


Home Learning – these websites are all good for extra learning whilst you’re isolating

Website Age Range Content
www.classroomsecrets.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Home learning packs covering English, phonics, maths and practical activities.
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Covers the whole curriculum
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Early Years -Yr2 Phonics games and activities



Early Years – Yr6 Various activities and video links to many subjects
www.spellingframe.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 Some free spelling games
www.primaryresources.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.teachingideas.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.topmarks.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of subjects with lots of interactive online activities and games
www.crickweb.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Free online education resources and games
www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ Yr1-Yr6 Excellent website with a really wide range of subject coverage



Yr1-Yr8 Free resources and learning videos that link directly with our in school maths curriculum
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Early Years – Yr6 Body Coach – Online exercise videos to keep you active 9am live daily
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Early Years – Yr6 Free e-readers
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/ Yr1 – Yr6 Free maths resources
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/ Early Years – Yr6 Lots of geography resources
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html Early Years – Yr6 Free downloadable home learning activities
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ Yr1-Yr6 Daily maths learning
https://www.mathswithmum.com Yr1-Yr6 Maths videos to help with children’s learning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw Early years – Yr2 Phonics based video and dancing
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ 0-5years A government recommended website for Early Years
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online All the family Virtual Tours of 12 museums around the world
https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science Yr1-Yr6 Science activity ideas

Websites currently giving free subscriptions due to school closures

Website Age Range Content
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of resources covering the whole curriculum
www.purplemash.co.uk Yr1 – Yr6 Computing and digital skills – free 14 day trial


Spelling Shed & Maths Shed


Children already have log ins for this. Please use their current usernames and passwords.


Lots of non-fiction e-books to access free: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR2pwHf6d30wVXcDUq0zL5DOZ_lVLGkelBWEwpXTWDmwDrdajrkw8OAWBwY


To the boys who are isolating, I am already missing you – please try really hard to do some learning (see the online learning page). I will keep popping things in the post for you too. Look after your families and take great care to keep safe. Mrs Cole 

Hello Year 5

I am really pleased to be back to school and to see you all. It’ll be a great year with lots of learning complimented with fun. We have a very bust schedule and I can already see how ready you all are for Year 5 learning. Mrs Cole

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