Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 5


Teacher : Mr Hibbard

TA: Ms Cato and Miss Payne

Welcome back, 

We are looking forward to lots of exciting learning from Year 5 this term.



Homework will be given out every Wednesday and handed back in on a Monday. There will be two pieces of homework usually a piece of English and maths; sometimes the maths will be online on Mathletics (children will bring home their login details). 



It is important that children read at home, ideally this can be done with an adult or older sibling at home. Most children take home a book from the class library which is at their level; in addition to this they can also take home a second book from the school library.


Reading records are checked every Monday and children are expected to read a minimum of three times a week at home where it is recorded and signed by the adult. If children have read three times they receive one merit point, if they have read five times they will receive more.



PE is on a Thursday, kit suitable for indoor and outdoor PE should be sent to school. It is best to send their PE kit in on a Monday and to leave it in school until Friday in case it is needed again.

Please ensure all PE and Swimming kit is labelled with their names! 

We will be swimming on a Thursday morning.

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.  If they have long hair this needs to be tied up and ideally a cap should be worn. Goggles can 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.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Please see below the curriculum map to see what your child will be learning about.


All the best,

Mr Hibbard




Year 5 Summer 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  - Summer 2023


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