RIDGEWAY Primary School

Year 5 - The Bright Sparks


Mrs Bennett- mbennett@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk

Teaching Assistant:

 Miss Atkin - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and PPA cover on Friday afternoons. 

Mrs Mitchell - Monday and Thursday mornings. 

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Remote Learning Page.

Welcome to Year 5!

We are Team Bright Sparks and this is our class motto and chant...

We're Team Bright Sparks, we work so hard, we shine so bright and together we can help each other see the light! 


We're Bright Sparks and we're unstoppable!

Class information:



Our PE days are on Mondays and Wednesdays. We kindly ask that all pupils come to school for the whole day in their PE kits on both these days. Please make sure you have the correct PE kit on as you will be in them all day. We will have our PE lessons outside for the first term so please ensure you wear sweatshirts in case the weather turns cold. 


Homework will begin on week 2 and be due in the following Friday. Most of the homework activities will be set online including activities on Seesaw, ReadTheory, Times Table Rock Stars and EdShed. We will be sending home a new remote learning / homework book this week with all new log-ins to support home learning. More information to follow next week in regards to homework. 


As mentioned on the Week 1 Newsletter, homework is aimed to be effective at supporting your child's learning without taking time away from them relaxing, attending clubs and being kids! Homework for Year 5 will be set every Friday and should be completed by the following Friday

Each week the following tasks will be set:

  • Reading - 20 minutes x 4 times per week. One of your reading sessions each week will need to be recorded on Seesaw. Please record yourself reading for only a few minutes and submit it this on the Seesaw reading task. This is so I can listen to you read each week. You will also need to complete some reading tasks on Read Theory each week.
  • Spellings – I will set new spellings each week and upload a list with some short activities on Seesaw. You can also go on to EdShed to play games specifically linked to the spellings list set each week.
  • Times tables – please go on Times Table Rock Stars each week so you can regularly practise your times tables. Again little and often will support your times table practise.
  • 2 additional tasks - These will change each week but could include maths, reading, writing, SPAG, science or topic based tasks.

The instructions for each task will be on the Seesaw activities each week but they should not take more than 15-20 minutes. If you have any questions about your homework, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Autumn 1 - Our first topic of the year will be ... The Rotten Romans!

Our first topic of the year is a History topic called The Rotten Romans. As Historians, we will be investigating how the Roman Empire rose to power, how they invaded Britain and their impact on Britain today. In addition, we will be comparing the Romans to the Ancient Greeks. During this topic, we will be looking at how the Romans and Greeks fit into History, use primary and secondary sources to support our enquiries, compare these eras of History to other significant eras previously studied and consider how and why there may be different versions of the same events from History. 

In our Reading lessons, we will be exploring texts linked to the Romans including the story of Romulus and Remus and the Thieves of Ostia. 

In our Maths lessons, we will be developing our knowledge of skills in Number. Starting with our first Place Value unit, followed by an Addition and Subtraction unit. 

In our Science lessons, we will be focusing on the Year 5 topic Animals including Humans in which we will describe the changes as humans develop to old age. 

In our Art lessons, we will be exploring traditional Roman mosaics and create our very own mosaic design. 

In our Music lessons, we will be learning about and to sing the song 'Livin' on a Prayer'. 

In our RE lessons, we will be learning about Christianity. 

In our PE lessons, we will be doing multi-sports and team games. 

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