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,

It was lovely to see everyone at Parents’ Evening – please do feel free to drop in during my office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays after school if you have any further questions, insights, or just fancy a chat! Thanks so much for your hard work this term; it goes such a long way.


Important information for the week

New Targets and Topic: Over half term, I took the opportunity to set individual targets for the children based on their last piece of writing and their learning more generally. You may notice your child with a new bookmark, which outlines these targets. One target is for literacy, while the other is a class culture target that focuses on one of our Olive core values. Our new topic, the British Empire, has also begun – a useful ‘knowledge organiser’ for some of the content taught can be found in the link above.

Week 10/11 Homework: A geography assignment designed to familiarise the children with the map of the world. Signpost where you’ve been, where you’d like to go, or where you’d be keen to learn about! If you’re stuck for ideas, check out Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego cartoon series – currently my guilty pleasure show!

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 this term

The topics this term:
– Animals and Humans (completed)
– Earth and Space (completed)
– The British Empire (in progress)
Please click the link below for further details of the topics and what’s planned for other subjects.



Important dates for the term:

Mufti Day: Friday 22 November

Olive singing at Earl’s Cafe: Wednesday 11th December

End of Term: Friday 20th December



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 the reading logs which go home on the first day. 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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