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 4 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,


After an incredibly busy term 3, we hope you have all had a relaxing break  and are ready to start an exciting term 4.


Our topic this term is entitled ‘Walk like an Egyptian!’ this is a fantastic topic which will hopefully include Mrs. Griggs’ fish mummification sessions! Please see the topic web for details about the content of each subject we cover. If you have any resources that would support our topics, please send them into school clearly labelled.


As part of our PHSCE and Science work in term 4, we will be covering the theme of change and puberty.


With guidance from the school nursing team, with their Sex and Relationships Education Programme, Yr 5 will be given the opportunity to watch a DVD entitled ‘Changes’. This focuses on the bodily changes that the children will experience and how all children are different and will develop at different times.


If you would like to view the DVD beforehand, please contact the school so that this can be arranged.


Our school policy states;

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education programme that we teach in our school. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from sex education lessons, they should discuss this with the Headteacher, and make it clear which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in. The school always complies with the wishes of the parents in this regard.


If you wish to withdraw your child from the health education lessons, please contact Mr. Ind.



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 like to try and go outside whatever the weather so please provide a small towel and a spare pair of socks (for very wet days). Those children who had this last term found it very useful!




As the children are now in upper key stage 2, we have high expectations for both 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, including home learning. Expectations have been made clear to the children and we will monitor this closely, asking children to repeat work that we don’t feel is up to their usual standard.






  • 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.  Please look at all our information about this term on our class pages on the school website If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
    Yours sincerely
    Mrs. Price, Mrs. Griggs and Mrs. Norris


Pictures from Term 3

Pictures from Term 3 1 Testing balloon powered cars
Pictures from Term 3 2 Testing balloon powered cars
Pictures from Term 3 3 Which balloon type will work most effectivley?
Pictures from Term 3 4 Creating the axels
Pictures from Term 3 5 Creating solutions
Pictures from Term 3 6 Separating materials
Pictures from Term 3 7 Separating materials