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 break and are well rested, ready for our final term in year 5. The summer term can be very busy with lots of exciting new learning, engaging workshops, sports events and of course our class trip!

Please have a look at our class timetable below along with the KS2 long term plan which explains what learning will be covered during the summer term.


PE lessons are now on a Wednesday afternoon. Swimming lessons will continue as normal on Thursday mornings.

Please ensure that your child has their named PE kit at school on a Wednesday and that it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor PE. This should consist of; trainers, shorts and/or tracksuit bottoms, socks and a white T-shirt. No jewelry should be worn.

Swimming kit = 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.


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 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.


Water bottles

As you know, we can experience some warm weather during the summer term. Please make sure 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 have. If you have any concerns or would like to know any 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 Summer 2024

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  - Spring 2024


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