From the week beginning Monday 24th January, Year 5 will start their swimming lessons at the Life Centre.
As a reminder, children will be swimming every day for 3 weeks (beginning on the 24th January, Monday to Friday). The hope is that all children will be more confident in the water and able to swim 25m unsupported.
Non-swimmers are common and often make the most progress in these sessions. They should not worry about depth of the pool, as the adjustable floor height is set to a level where all children can stand up. As they show their ability, children move into the deeper water and eventually the 5m deep dive pool. Children who are able to swim well are also taken diving during the later sessions.
Each day they will need dry swimwear and a towel. Girls – must wear a one-piece swimming costume. Boys – shorts must be above the knee. As usual, it would help greatly if ALL clothing is labelled, including, where possible, socks and underwear. Every year someone loses a sock or their underwear!
Due to the time of our lessons (11am) and for hygiene, we would suggest that they do not wear their swimwear to school. Goggles are allowed, although they will not be worn in certain sessions, as per the previous letter from Everyone Active. Earrings should be taken out where possible, although we know that some children have had their ears pierced recently. Long hair must be tied back. We usually find that plaits are much better than ponytails.
There will be a coach which drops the children at the Life Centre and returns them to school. The children will be accompanied by the year 5 teachers and LSAs. The lessons themselves will be taught by trained specialist swimming teachers. The children will change in the school changing rooms, with a room for the girls and a room for the boys. There will not be time for showers so the children should not bring any toiletries to the lessons, although they may wish to bring a hairbrush.
If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to one of the Year 5 team in the playground. Please fill in the return slip to show that the information has been received and your child is ready to go swimming.
Year 5 team
Recommended Reading Books for Year 5
Several parents have asked about suitable texts for their children to read. This website is great for suggesting texts suited to year 5 children.
...Welcome to the Year 5 page 2021/22...
Welcome to the Year 5 page.
Your teachers in Year 5 are Mr Williams and Mrs Harden. Mrs Taylor is our teaching assistant and supports children with their learning across both classes.
If you wish to contact us then please feel free to e-mail, ring or catch us on the playground after school.
The past 2 school years have been very different, with a great many challenges already and we will strive to make the return to normal school life as smooth as possible, whilst doing all we can to support the children. There will be parts of the curriculum that have been missed in the past, but you do not need to worry, as we will incorporate these into the teaching over the coming months. If you have any worries about any particular parts of the curriculum missed please feel free to contact us and talk with us.
The Year 5 Team
Mr Williams, Mrs Harden and Mrs Taylor
PE Kit and days
Planning Days (PPA)
Attached below are all the sheets for the times table programme. I will outline which week we are on in the planning. I am unable to separate the document as it is provided as a PDF but it will allow you to print off the sheet you want.
RE in Year 5
At Manadon Vale, RE is taught to give every child the opportunity to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to their lives. Pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for RE. The principal religions and non-religious worldviews represented in the UK are covered taught through 'Key Questions'. These key questions are explored through the study of sacred texts, through creative arts, with visiting speakers and visits to places of worship and with lively discussion and debate.
In Year 5 the key questions are:
What does it mean for Christians to believe God is holy & loving?
How do Christians decide how to live? ‘What would Jesus do?’
Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah? (Incarnation)
What do Christians believe Jesus did to ‘save’ people? (Salvation)
Why do Hindus want to be good?
What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
Year 5 Term overview
Multiplication and Division
In Year 5, the expectations in maths have changed significantly. ALL children are expected to know their times tables, up to 12x12, by heart and with instant recall, by the end of Year 4. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for multiplication and division, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key skill which they will use throughout their lives.
We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. If you need some help with suggestions, please see the resources below or come and ask one of the team for some support.