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Hillary Primary School

We celebrate diverse completeness - We Thrive in our uniqueness

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Hillary Primary School

We celebrate diverse completeness - We Thrive in our uniqueness

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

PE change for Summer 1


From Easter until May half term, all children in Year 5 will have PE for the whole of Tuesday afternoons as they will be completing a 6-week programme called Joys of Moving which will be lead by people from Walsall FC. Therefore, children in all 3 Year 5 classes will only need to wear their PE kits on Tuesdays.

Upper Key Stage 2 Calculation Policy


This document contains information about the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach which we use in maths. It outlines different strategies we use in maths which you may find useful.

Year 5 Notices

Spelling Shed

All children have been given their Spelling Shed logins to take home. Please encourage the children to log in to Spelling Shed as often possible so that they can practice the online games. The games will match the spelling pattern/ rule which children have been learning in their lessons. The games will change weekly to match their current spelling lesson.

The staff that work in this year group are:

  • Ms Seward (Assistant Head)
  • Mrs Perkins (5A Class Teacher)
  • Miss Richardson (5B Class teacher)
  • Mr Johnson (5C Class Teacher)


The year 5 English curriculum at Hillary Primary School is inclusive, broad, and stimulating. We follow the ‘Power of Reading’ outline because it enables our children to become exposed to a rich, sophisticated range of books and vocabulary that enables many opportunities to develop their writing, comprehension and speaking and listening.

Our curriculum provides endless opportunities for children to discover their strengths in not only reading and writing but also exciting drama to boost their confidence. It encourages adaptability as well as communicative competence. It puts language into context, and by giving children this experience, it arms them with resilience for tackling the world out side the classroom. Some of the things we will explore include:

· Persuasive writing

· Poetry

· Writing letters

· Diary entries

· Setting descriptions

Children will learn to use more complex word forms and clauses, to use uncommon punctuation, and to build cohesion by linking ideas across their writing.

Some of the books we will be reading are:

· The promise by Nicola Davies

· The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton

· Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian




At Hillary Primary School, we use White Rose Maths which is an award-winning scheme for teaching and learning mathematics to young learners. It has been developed in accordance with the UK education system by a team of mathematicians who have spent years developing innovative ways to teach mathematics, it also supports Maths Mastery.



It will be an exciting time in year 5. We have so many interesting things to find out about.

In the Autumn term we will be studying the UK in Geography and Ancient Greece in History to link with our English Texts. In Science, we will be researching into Materials and their properties and Forces in Science.

During the Spring term we will be Exploring Volcanoes in Geography and Benin in History. As a link to our English text we will be studying Earth and Space in Science as well as Living things and their Habitats.

For the final term in year 5 we will look at the countries in South America in Geography and World War 2 in History. We will be Researching Animals including humans and completing a special project in Science.

As you can see it will be an interesting year.


    Attendance & Punctuality

    It is vital that your child attends school and that they are on time every day. The doors will be open for 10 minutes for children to arrive. Please try and book any appointments outside of the school day where possible.


    Start Time: 8:50am

    Finish Time: 15.30pm

    Water Bottles

    Children may bring in a clean water bottle to drink from during the school day. Children are able to re-fill bottles at school. Please ensure they are clearly labelled with your child’s name.



    From September 2023, school will be offering a wider selection of tuck.  This service will only be available to KS2. The children can bring their tuck money each day and purchase what they would like directly from the kitchen each morning at break time. 


    Price List:


    Item:Available on:Price:
    Toast (per slice)All Week25p
    Bagel (half slice)Tuesday & Thursday25p
    MilkshakeAll Week50p
    Orange JuiceAll Week50p
    Apple JuiceAll Week50p
    WaterAll Week40p
    Radnor JuiceAll Week35p


    Alternatively, children are able to bring a healthy snack from home, such as fruit.



    All dinners must be paid for in advance on Arbor.  You must also make a meal selection on Arbor the day before by 11.30pm. If you do not make a meal selection, then your child will be given a cheese sandwich and a piece of fruit.


    If your child is entitled to free school meals, you must still make a meal selection on Arbor by 11.30pm the day before. If you do not make a meal selection, then your child will be given a cheese sandwich and a piece of fruit.


    School meals are available for all full-time children at a cost of £2.50 per day.  Alternatively, children may bring in a healthy packed lunch from home if they prefer.


    Please note: We are a nut free school as we have many children with serious allergies. Please do not send anything into school that contains nuts, this includes chocolate spread.


    Our Menu’s can be found under the Parent tab - Lunch Menus


    Uniforms and PE kits

    A reminder of Uniform and PE kit can be found on the ‘Parents’ section of the school website. PE kits must be worn to school on PE days only. If children arrive to school in sports attire that is not plain and logo free then you will be contacted to drop off the correct PE uniform for your child to change in to. Click link to take you to the Uniform page



    PE Days


    Class 5A – Tuesday & Wednesday

    Class 5B- Tuesday & Wednesday

    Class 5C – Monday & Wednesday 



    Please ensure you have the Arbor app downloaded to your phone – you will need this to pay for everything in school, including trips. If you require any assistance in using the app, please get in touch.



    Useful Documents