Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 5


Teacher : Miss Randles

TA: Ms Cato and Miss Payne



I hope you have all had a lovely summer break! It is so lovely to see the children back, and all of them eager to learn. Year 5 is a wonderful year for many different reasons, there are lots of exciting things happening and we have a very busy year ahead! Please have a look at our class timetable below along with the KS2 long term plan which explain what learning will be taught.


Homework and Reading Records

Homework will be given out on a Thursday to be handed back in on a Tuesday morning along with reading records. Homework will usually consist of one piece of Maths work and one piece of English however, this can differ. Sometimes the maths will be online on Mathletics and therefore the children will be given their login details to take home. As always, homework not handed in on time, or not completed to a satisfactory standard, will need to be completed at break or lunchtimes. The homework set is in addition to regular reading at home and children will receive merit points if their reading record is signed at least 3 times.



PE lessons are on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. Please make sure your child has their named PE kit in school on a Tuesday. Each child will need a pair of trainers, a white t-shirt, and blue or black shorts. As we transition into the winter months, children can wear blue or black tracksuit bottoms and a blue or black jumper.


For swimming the children need a costume; girls a one-piece costume and boys need a pair of fitted swimming trunks, not loose baggy board shorts, and a towel. Please avoid light coloured swimming trunks and costumes. If they have long hair this needs to be tied up and a cap can be worn. Goggles can also be worn if they would like to. Flip-flops can be worn once they have changed to and from the pool side. As with PE, no jewellery should be worn for swimming although stud earrings can be kept in.

Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day.  Due to hygiene reasons, it is difficult to provide cups for the children, so it is important they have their own water bottle. 


I hope this information answers a few questions you may have. If you have any concerns or would like to know further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is important we all communicate and work together to ensure your child has the best possible experience at school.


Thank you,


Eustacia Randles



Year 5 Autumn 2023

Reading in KS2

In KS2 children have daily whole-class reading lessons.  At Monksmead, we use VIPERS from Literacy Shed Comprehension Plus to help structure the learning and ensure that all key skills are being learnt.    

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.  The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc.  As such, VIPERS is not a reading scheme but rather a method of ensuring that teachers ask, and students are familiar with, a range of questions.  They allow the teacher to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these which allows for targeted questioning afterwards.


To support the children in accurately answering comprehension questions, we use A.P.E.   This stands for 'Answer', ' Prove it' and 'Explain it'.

Science Knowledge Organisers  - Autumn 2023


Click on the images below to enlarge the knowledge organiser for the individual topic area.