Year 5 Staff
Mrs Barker – Class Teacher
Hello! My name is Mrs. Barker and I’m the Year 5 class teacher. I’ve worked at St John’s since 2008 and have loved every minute. We have such a fantastic school with amazing children and the best team of staff! I also have the responsibility of Mathematics across the school. My favourite subjects in school are Maths and PE.
In my spare time, I love spending every second with my beautiful boys Hugh and Evan. We love going for walks along the coast enjoying the sea and sand. I am a big Sunderland fan and enjoy keeping fit!
Lisa – HLTA
My name is Lisa and I’ve worked at St John’s for a long, long time – 30 years this year!
At the moment I work in Year 5 which I absolutely love.
My role in class is to give support to whoever needs it and also to provide specific 1 to 1 and small interventions. I have an additional role within school called Time for Children. This involves being a listening ear and working with children and families across many areas e.g. bereavement, confidence building, friendships changes at home/school etc.
I really enjoy Art, Drama, History and English… I adore glitter and flamingoes! Outside of school, I love to spend time with 21-year-old daughter, Eden, and my wonderful friends and family.
Year 5 Important Information
After what can only be described as a strange few months, I hope your child has settled well into Year 5 after such a long time away! Here is some important and useful information for our Year 5 children and parents.
Homework in Year 5 will be as follows:
Monday – Spellings to learn for Friday’s spelling test (children can practise their spellings at home as many times as they wish during the week, choosing the best method that works for them).
Children will also be given a list of spellings that they should know by the end of Key Stage 2. These will be split up into a Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 list. Children are not expected to learn these all at once, they are an ongoing list of spellings that children will be revisiting throughout the year. It would be helpful if your child could take a couple of these spelling per week to learn at their own pace. They will not be tested on these weekly.
Times Tables – children can practise and learn all Times Tables facts from 1×1 up to 12×12. Some weeks, we may send an activity/worksheet home linked to a particular times table – this does not need to be returned to school.
Physical Education is a compulsory part of the school curriculum; therefore, all children need to have their PE kit in school. PE days are Monday and Wednesday.
At the moment, children’s PE kit consists of:
plain white t-shirt or polo shirt
black, grey or navy tracksuit bottoms
trainers or plimsolls.
Children can wear their red school jumpers over their white t-shirts.
Most children in Year 5 will not be receiving a regular weekly reading book. We are encouraging children to become more independent readers. Children will be choosing their own books and reading during our daily in-class ‘Accelerated Reader’ sessions. Every child will be heard reading regularly in class in our Accelerated Reader sessions and Guided Reading Group sessions where adults regularly assess and monitor your child’s progress. If your child is sent home with a reading book there will be a separate letter attached.
Miss Ramage is our Year 5 class teacher and Lisa, our fantastic HLTA, also works full time with us in Year 5.
Finally, if you have any questions or need any further information about anything to do with school, please ask! We are looking forward to a brilliant year in Year 5!
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Miss Ramage and Lisa
Click on the link below to view the topics that will be taught this academic year.
Year 5 Book Reviews
Skellig Short Book Reviews
I liked Skellig because it had good vocabulary and good descriptive writing. I recommend that everyone should read this. I also think that from the very first sentence it will inspire you to read to the very end. The characters’ stories are amazingly heart-warming. Ashton Maddison
I loved the book Skellig because it was sad when the baby had to go for an operation but I am glad she survived. Skellig is a very disgusting character in this book, he was also a young character, which I was shocked at. Mina was not an ordinary person, she was intelligent and always there for Michael. I really enjoyed the book – it is the best book I have ever read! Eliza Bailey-Metcalf
I loved the book Skellig. My favourite part was when we discovered that Skellig could fly. Skellig was a grumpy character who liked to eat slugs. I was sad when the baby had to have a heart operation, but the baby’s brother (Michael) had a best friend (Mina) to help him throughout the story. Their relationship was wonderful. I learnt about William Blake as this is Mina’s favourite writer in the book. Annalise Moore
The book Skellig is a really good book. My favourite part is where Skellig reveals his wings. Skellig is my all-time favourite book yet! I would read it a million times if I could. I definitely recommend that everyone reads this book! Jacob Murray
Skellig is a book that is very easy to enjoy. It is very mysterious and I would definitely recommend reading it if you enjoy heart-warming stories. I would love to read this book over and over again! My favourite part was when Skellig revealed his wings. Lilly Jordan
I loved this book because it really is a book you can get lost in and it is easy to understand. My favourite character was the baby because she was so mysterious and lovable. I recommend this book to people that like to read a mysterious yet heart-warming story. The best part was when he found out the baby was going to be ok and that they named her ‘Joy.’ I rate this book 10/10, it is one of my most favourite class novels. Sienna Brewster