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Vigo Primary School

Opening a World of Learning and Opportunity

Year 5

Year 5 is made up of three classes

Costa Rica,  Jamaica and USA


Welcome to the Year 5 home page! 

Costa Rica- Mr Cooper 

Jamaica - Mrs Bowyer (Monday-Tuesday) and Miss McSherry (Wednesday -Friday)

USA- Miss Furner


The start and the end of the day
Our school day starts at 8.35am and ends at 3.15pm. Please make sure that all names are on the collection list, if you wish to add a person please speak to a member of the office staff. 


What to bring to school

All children should have a water bottle in school every day – they will be in charge of filling and refreshing these during the day and will bring them home to be washed. These should be in addition to the drink they bring for lunch. They should have their reading book in school each day and take it home. They do not need to bring a pencil case, any toys or notebooks from home.


Forest schools

Autum 1 Jamaica class will have Forest Schools every Wednesday afternoon. Your children should come to school in clothing you don't mind them getting dirty or ruined. The children will be completing taks such as den building, buikding a camp fire, exploring their woodland classroom. Please pack wellies and spare set of clothes to change into if the become wet. Forest school will take place in all weather expect high winds or thunder stroms.


PE days
Year 5 PE days will be Tuesday and Wednesday every week, please ensure that on PE days your child wears trainers, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a white t-shirt.  In cold weather your child may also wear a plain black jumper or school jumper. 

Healthy snack and lunchboxes

Children need to bring in a healthy snack, for example: fruit, crackers and nut-free cereal bars for breaktime. Please can those bringing a packed lunch from home ensure there is a healthy balance of food and a separate drink.


We find children are more able to concentrate on their learning when they have a healthy diet and are hydrated throughout the day. Please also do not send your child to school with sweets or fizzy drinks in their lunch boxes.  Some ideas can be found here


Homework and reading expectations

The expectations in Year 5 for homework is 2 hours a week, this includes reading. The expectation for reading is that children read every day with an adult at home, we recommend about 10 to 15 minutes with a short chat at the end about what they have read, and for this to be recorded in their reading log. This will also help them contribute to the school reading challenge.


As well as reading, your child will get spellings to learn and these will be tested on these. Also some maths or literacy practice which will vary from week to week. 

How you can help your child in Year 5

Encourage your child to be responsible for their own belongings, eg. bringing in their reading record daily, ensuring homework is brought in on the correct day

Read regularly with your child. 

Take your child to the town library and choose different types of books to read.

Practise multiplication tables together.

Play games such as Monopoly, Chess, Blokus, Dobble and Scrabble with your child to support their learning in Maths and English. 

Spend time cooking with your child to practise reading and following instructions and understanding weights and measures.

Our topic this term in Science is Space. If you have any ‘Space’ related items you wish to send in with your child to show, please make sure they are named. The Year 5 team will be launching a competition to see which class can bring in the most items.


What to do if you have any worries or concerns

administration (e.g. replying to letters, reporting a child ill or finance and payment enquiries) please contact the school office on 01264 365166.


If you have any non-urgent learning or personal and social concerns about your child that you would like to discuss with a class teacher please email through, or catch them at the end of the school day at pick up.


We look forward to a really happy and successful year.



The Year 5 Team