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Amethyst 2023 - 2024

Mrs Holleley

Welcome to Amethyst ( Year 5) Class page.

Useful Information / Days

Communication: We will use Class Dojo to keep in contact with parents/carers and update you on our learning journey. Class Dojo will also be used as a reward system.

PE: Amethyst have PE on a Wednesday. Children should come into school in their full uniform.

Homework: Homework will be given out on Monday and is due back on Friday. Homework will support all class learning and so it is important that homework is completed every week. Homework will be discussed in class and any questions about the homework will be answered on Monday afternoons before it being sent home. If you find that your child is struggling with their homework, I am more than happy to support you on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday before homework is due back in. 

Spellings: Spelling will always be included within children’s homework, therefore spellings will be set on a Monday. Amethyst will be tested on Friday.

Times tables: Practicing your times tables every night via Times Tables Rock Stars is also encouraged to help with number fluency which will, in turn, help your child make connections with other Maths problems that they encounter.  

Reading: Reading is encouraged every evening. Reading books from school are provided but, please also take advantage of both Oxford Reading Buddy and Bug Club online at home as well as enjoying your own books and reading for pleasure - your log in details for these have been stuck in at the back of your reading records. Please log all the reading that you do (outside of Bug Club or Oxford Reading Buddy) in your reading records and hand it in to Miss Winder every day. All books that are sent home must be returned to school when you are finished with them.

Useful links

www.classdojo.com - While Class Dojo is now being used as a reward system in class, photos of our learning will continue to be uploaded onto our class timeline and important information and changes will be posted here.

www.mymaths.co.uk - This may be useful if you would like to practice your maths skills at home or could be used to support homework. If there is an area of maths your child struggles with, I am able to set lessons and activities to help you at home should you wish. 

www.ttrockstars.com - Use your personal log in to continue practicing your times tables. Challenge your class mates or play against the clock to beat your own scores.

www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com Use your personal log in details to log into our online books bands. Explore a wide range of books tailored to our reading level and answer questions and quizzes.

www.activelearnprimary.co.uk – Use your personal login to access reading and Science.

www.bbcbitesize.co.uk – The BBC Bitesize website is a great resource for all areas of the National Curriculum.

http://www.saint-maximilian-kolbe.org/  - Welcome to the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe - Serving the Catholic Communities of St. Edward and Holy Spirit

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyfkng8/articles/zt27y4j - How to pronounce new words. This BBC website video explains what decoding is.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/ - Oxford Owl Phonics Made Easy - This article (aimed at parents) explains how children learn to read using phonics and it also contains a useful phonics guide to show you how to make each of the sounds.

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-4-pupils-ks2-age-8-9/ - Are you looking for a new book to read? Why not try one of these?

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-5-pupils-ks2-age-9-10/ - Are you looking for a new book to read? Why not try one of these?

https://nrich.maths.org/ - Check out nrich website for some great maths challenges to really get you thinking.

https://scratch.mit.edu/ - ICT - Coding. Download Scratch from here. 


The book we will be using in our writing sessions is:

Leon and the place between by Angela McAllister

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We will use this to write Leon’s secret diary about what really happened in ‘the place between’, including
conversation between Leon and the boy. We will learn about:

  • Standard English forms for verb inflections
  •  Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions including when, if, because, although
  • Indicate possession by using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns
  •  Recognise the difference between plural and possessive ‘s’
  • Build a varied and rich vocabulary


The book we will be using in our reading session is: 

The train to impossible places by P.G. Bell.


We will be using this text to:

  • Ask questions to improve understanding
  • Summarise main the main ideas from more than one paragraph 
  • Draw inferences (inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions); justify with evidence 
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions 
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion 
  • Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning 
  • Evaluate authors’ language choice, including figurative language 
  • Make comparisons within and across books 


Class novel: The Big-Top Mysteries: The Case of the Vanishing Granny by Alexander McCall Smith

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For information about the rest of our curriculum, please see current topic web.

Many Thanks

Miss Winder

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The Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

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Main Contact | Ms Caroline Dineley

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