Welcome to Year 5


A very warm welcome to Year 5. My name is Miss Holtby and this will be my second year at St Francis. I am delighted to be teaching Year 5 this year, and I am looking forward to our time together. Before I became a teacher in the UK, I travelled to lots of different countries and taught English to children in Vietnam. I love reading and spending time outdoors and I am excited for us to explore the world around us together. Our classroom will be an interactive and creative space in which everyone is valued.

In Year 5 we will be positive, give everything a go and push ourselves to be the best that we can be.

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


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 Virtual Author Activities




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