Year 5 - Topaz


Class teachers - Mrs Price (Mon, Tues, Wed) Mrs Griggs (Thurs and Fri)

Teaching Assistant- Mrs Norris

PPA cover - Mrs Foster- Bazin


Welcome to Topaz Class


Term 2 2019 


Dear Parents/Carers,


After a busy term 1 and a successful residential trip to New Barn, we now look forward to the build up to Christmas!


Our topic this term is entitled ‘Euro-vision!’ and we will be learning about many of the countries in Europe, both the physical features and people who live there. Map work will also be a feature of this term's work, developing the children's general knowledge about the world around them.


Once again we will be taking part in the Calne Lantern Parade.  The children will be making their own lanterns to carry in the parade – we hope as many as possible can attend this spectacular event. Further information about how you can be involved will follow shortly.


Please see the topic web for details about the content of each subject we will be teaching. If you have any resources that would support our topics, please send them in to school clearly labelled.



Appropriate outdoor PE kit needs to be in school every day. Please refer to our uniform policy. Children who do not have appropriate kit (including trainers for outdoor PE) will not be allowed to take part and will be sent to another class with work. A letter will be sent home informing you if this occurs. We will be taking children outside in all weathers so please provide a small towel and a pair of socks (for very wet days).



Having achieved our Silver Healthy Schools Award, we need to continue to ensure that at snack time the children have a healthy snack (this may include fruit, vegetables and breadsticks) to be kept separate to your child’s lunch box (so there isn’t the temptation to select an inappropriate snack). The children must also bring in a drink of water in a named sports top bottle in case the weather is warm enough for them to need drinks in class.



As the children are now in upper key stage 2, we have high expectations for their presentation and ability to apply what they have learnt. We expect children to take pride in their learning and always produce work to the best of their ability. The non-negotiables (such as underlining the date and using capital letters accurately) will be a focus this term.







  • Reading is an essential part of our home learning and we expect the children to read at least 4 times a week, which needs to include their bug club book at least twice. The children will earn rewards for reading including raffle tickets that go into our termly draw, which could lead to an exciting prize!
  • Children need to complete their home learning in the appropriate books in blue pen or pencil (no felt-tip or coloured/gel pens) and hand it in on the appropriate day.
  • The children need to continue to take responsibility to note down their home learning each week and any other important information they need to remember in their home learning records.
  • Home learning should take approximately 20/30 minutes. If your child takes longer to complete the work or it is not possible for them to hand it in on time, please let us know via their Home School Record book.
    Home learning is as follows:
    Monday – Spellings plus Reading
    Tuesday – Reading
    Wednesday – Handwriting and Reading
    Thursday – Reading
    Friday –Maths activity and Reading
    We hope you find this information useful in supporting your child in their learning. Thank you for taking the time to read our class letter. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
    Yours sincerely
    Mrs Griggs, Mrs. Price and Mrs. Griggs


Photos from Term 1

Photos from Term 1 1 PE time
Photos from Term 1 2 Concentrating on sewing
Photos from Term 1 3 Finding out about the planets
Photos from Term 1 4 Geography work
Photos from Term 1 5 Beach time
Photos from Term 1 6 Yummy icecream (even with green cones!)
Photos from Term 1 7 Visiting the Round House