Olive - 5

Mr D’Souza – Year 5

Welcome to Olive: our class of curious and creative team players.
The other adults in this class are: Miss Forbes and Miss Beckett.

Dear Team,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely break over Christmas.


Important information for the week

Week 1/2 Homework: Last term one of the children had the fantastic idea of designing a new set of flashcards – ‘Extinct Species’! Since I’m a little pressed for time these days, and it’s part of our topic, the children are going to help me make them. Below please find the task – the children each have a creature or two to research and summarise in 150 words or less. We will be designing a piece of non-fiction writing on a ‘weird and wonderful’ dinosaur/prehistoric creature, so this will be an excellent opportunity to get some good research done. To hand in on Thursday 16th January, please.

PE Kit and Swimming: Olive and Ash class swim on a Friday afternoon. Please do send children in on Friday with the appropriate kit. Olive will be doing PE on Thursdays.

The curriculum for next term

Olive’s topics for the Autumn Term:
– Animals and Humans (completed)
– Earth and Space (completed)
– The British Empire (completed)
Olive’s Topics for the Spring Term:
– Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures (in progress)
– World War 2
Please click the links below for further details of the topics and what’s planned for other subjects.



Important dates for the term:



Current home learning expectations

Reading: The children are expected to read for at least 30 minutes daily by Year 5 – this makes a huge difference to everything we do at school. This is monitored, so please remember to log this in their reading logs. If you can, making time to read to the children also has a positive impact on vocabulary acquisition and comprehension.

Spellings and Nessy: The children have spellings to take home and learn each week. Tests happen on Mondays. Some of the children have access to Nessy to help with their spelling; I have set targets for these children to complete at home.

Maths: The children all have TT Rockstars accounts, which is a great way of embedding their times tables knowledge and maths reflexes. 30 minutes maximum a week on this game will keep this area of their learning strong and will positively impact their maths in class.

Homework – Due every 2 weeks, on Thursdays: The nature of the task will change each time, but it may include writing stories, taking notes from online information, completing a diary entry, or completing an extended project over several weeks. Use of a computer is acceptable for these tasks, but it would also be good to reinforce quality handwriting from home too. In the Spring Term, we will begin a Y5 Independent Project, researching and presenting on a topic of your child’s choosing.




Any other information?

Office Hours: Mr D’Souza is available after school on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45, if you would like to drop in for a quick chat about anything at all. Please try to drop by at least once every 6-8 weeks if you can, even if it’s just to touch base!



Thank You: I look forward to seeing you all and would like to thank you in advance for all that you do – it makes a huge difference, and you are very much appreciated for it.

Take care,


Mr Richard D’Souza



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