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St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Year 5                                    Mrs Fairbanks                            Advent 1

                                   The Robins 

Medium Term Plan Advent 1

Angelus Prayer 

Reading Challenge

Year 5 Maths

Geography Learning Link

History Learning Link

Science Learning Link

DT Learning Link

Art Learning Link

Music Learning Link

Writing Standards
Writing Standards KPI




Class Teacher: Mrs Fairbanks

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs McMurray

Welcome to Advent 1 2021

Our Year 5 Termly newsletter is uploaded onto the Year 5 Microsoft Teams Account and gives useful information about this term.  

Our Year 5 Knowledge Organisers outline what we are covering this term, they will be uploaded to the Year 5 Microsoft Teams Account.


Dates and News 

Please see the diary dates tab on the website.




Year 5 will need to come into school on a Friday wearing their P.E. kit. 

This will maximise the time spent in PE by cutting out time spent changing, it also means PE kits can be washed weekly, as opposed to termly, which is more hygienic. This policy requires that children wear the correct kit, this consists of a school logoed navy t-shirt, navy shorts or navy/black tracksuit trousers (not leggings) and a navy/black jumper along with trainers to be worn to school and plimsolls/indoor shoes in case PE is in the hall. 



Homework will be uploaded to the Year 5 Microsoft Teams Account every Friday. Homework is expected to be completed by the following Wednesday. Work should be completed at home by either printing off and completing the sheet or writing the work in their own notebook at home.  Due to COVID-19 arrangements children are not required to bring this into school.  The following Friday a video of the answers and any methods for working them out will be uploaded.



See our English page for Reading updates.

See our library page for recommended reading lists.

Recommended Reads for Year 5 are also uploaded onto Microsoft Teams at the beginning of each term.



Children will focus on a spelling pattern each week from the Year 5 National Curriculum, these will also be uploaded to Microsoft Teams each week for children to practice in school and at home.  They will be tested on a Friday.  


Times Tables

By the beginning of Year 5, pupils should know their 2x – 12x tables confidently. Please help your child to practise their times tables and corresponding divisions at home.  Hit The Button is an online game and a fabulous way to record speed and progress with your child(ren) at home.


The School Day


Start of the day

Gates Open at 8:40am.

School Starts at 8:55am


Break time

Children may bring in a healthy snack to eat at morning break. Milk is available for those who have signed up for it.

Break is 10:30am.



Children can bring a packed lunch to school or sign up for a hot meal provided by Farm Kitchen. Please contact our school office for more information on how to sign up for school lunches. 

Children eat their lunch at 12:30pm with 30mins of breaktime prior to this.


End of the day


Please see latest COVID-19 information sent out to parents regarding the end of the school day.


School finishes at 3:15pm.


Supporting Your Child At Home

You will find useful information and resources to help support your child at home on our curriculum pages.


Secondary School

We encourage parents and carers to start considering secondary school choices and visiting some schools. Applications need to be made early in Year 6 and some parents find that looking around schools over a couple of years allows them to get a better understanding of what the choices are. All the local secondary schools hold open days/evenings for prospective students and Spalding Grammar and Spalding High schools are able to provide further information about the 11+ tests.

Application arrangements for places in Year 7 are coordinated by Lincolnshire County Council’s admissions team. Parents who live in Lincolnshire should apply online, while parents resident in other areas must apply through their home local authority (LA).

In Year 5, we often have visits from Secondary school staff and some of our past pupils who have moved onto our feeder schools. This allows children the opportunity to prepare for being part of Upper Key Stage 2, moving on to Year 6 and becoming Secondary ready.


11+ Examinations

The 11+ is an optional test taken by some Year 6 pupils in primary schools in England. It’s a way of selecting who’s academically suited to attend a grammar school or selective school for Year 7 onwards. It is a parental choice as to whether your child takes part in these exams, therefore any preparation for the tests is the responsibility of the parents.

At Saint Norbert’s, Year 5 children whose parents have signed them up to take part in the 11+ will sit two practice tests in the Pentecost Term on two separate days. These tests are NOT marked but are held securely in school and then sent back to the respective Secondary schools.

The official tests are conducted by and sat at Spalding High School for Girls and Spalding Grammar School for Boys. Prospective pupils to Spalding High School or Spalding Grammar School must sit two 11 Plus exams on two separate dates. These exams are multiple-choice and cover the following:

Verbal Reasoning – this 50-minute test is made-up of 80 questions. Questions are divided into 15 or more sections, with 5 or 6 questions in each section.

Non-Verbal Reasoning – this 40-minute test is made-up of 70 questions and is split into five sections. Questions must be answered one section at a time, with seven minutes allocated for each section. Pupils cannot move onto the next section until they are told to do so. Two of the five sections cover Spatial Reasoning.


Parents Meeting Teachers

Parents' Evenings are held in the Advent and Lent terms – information regarding how these will be conducted, due to COVID-19 will be sent out in due course. 
For anything further, an appointment can be made to discuss your concerns in more depth, or you can email the school on


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we request that sweets and cakes are not sent into school. These do not follow our Healthy School promotion either.

If you wish, donate a book to your child’s class and write a birthday message inside. Check the Recommended Reads for Years 5 & 6 for ideas.