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Welcome to Year 5 

Class Teacher: Mr Thomas

Teaching Assistant: Miss Royer

Friday 24th September

We're back! 

We had a fantastic time and it was great to see the children so enthusiastic about all the activities. 

I'm sure they'll sleep well this weekend.

Thank you so much to everyone at Marchants Hill, especially our amazing group leader, Layla, for giving us an amazing few days.

Huge thank you to Miss Royer and Ms Bell for all their help, humour and endless energy.

Here are a few photos from our final day:

 All the best

Nick Thomas

Thursday 23rd September 

Another action packed day here at PGL, with the children loving all the activities, including climbing, buggy building, challenge course, archery and raft building, which involved more swimming than paddling!

We're having lots of fun and are looking forward to tonight's evening session and tomorrow morning's activities, before returning home.

Here's a flavour of what the children have been up to:

 See you tomorrow!

Nick Thomas

Wednesday 22nd September


After a really smooth journey down, we arrived at Marchants Hill in glorious sunshine.

We started activities this afternoon and the children have already thrown themselves into everything from the Giant Swing, to Jacob's ladder and Buggy Building. 

They are excited, happy and can't wait for tomorrow.

Here are a few photographs from today:


All the best

Nick Thomas


Friday 17th September

It’s been another action packed week in Year 5, with the excitement for our PGL trip growing by the minute! Thank you to everyone who joined the Virtual Open Evening last night; I have saved a recording of the meeting to Google Classroom if you missed it. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Roald Dahl

I was really impressed with the children’s research and their presentations on Monday to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. They spoke with confidence, fluency and expression. Thank you for uploading your presentations to Google Classroom or sending them in by email.


In Science, we continued learning about forces, this week focusing on air resistance. The children investigated the effect of parachute size on the length of time it took to fall. Here are some photographs:


In PSHE this week, we discussed collaboration and then had to work as a team to make the highest tower possible, with very limited resources! Here are some photographs:


I hope the children get some rest over the weekend ahead of what will be a busy week. Please send in any medicines as early as possible and let me know if you have any last minute questions about the trip. I can’t wait!

Have a great weekend.

Nick Thomas


Friday 10th September

It’s been a fantastic first full week in Year 5. We’ve started some new topics and had lots of fun. Thank you to everyone who joined the PGL meeting last night; the recording is available on Google Classroom if you missed it.

Our learning

The children have enjoyed our work on Goodnight Mister Tom and they have produced some lovely writing in English. In Maths we have been learning about place value and developing our knowledge from Year 4. We have started a new Science topic on Forces; the photograph below was from our lesson investigating the difference between weight and mass. In RE we are learning about miracles and we have been talking a lot about what makes a good friend in PSHE.

Home learning

I have set homework on Google Classroom; please let me know if you have any issues accessing this or any of our online learning programmes.

Open classroom

Next Thursday, 16th September, we have our virtual open classroom, where I will be able to share some curriculum information with you about the year ahead. The link will be sent out on Thursday morning.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nick Thomas


Friday 3rd September

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Year 5 over the last couple of days. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead, and I hope the children are too. They have come back to school bubbling with enthusiasm and I am very impressed with their positive attitude. We have lots to look forward to over the next few weeks, with the excitement growing for our trip to PGL in particular.


The children have been given their reading records and have taken home a reading book this week. It is expected that the children make 5 entries per week. These entries can be adults at home listening to them read or the children themselves making comments. The children need to bring their reading record in everyday, so we can listen to them read and check their progress. They will be able to change their books on Monday and Thursday.


Our PE lessons will be on Monday and Wednesday, starting next week.


Please join me next Thursday, 9th September, at 6:00pm, for a virtual meeting about PGL. The link will be sent out by parentmail on the morning of the meeting.

We are all very much looking forward to next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nick Thomas