Year 5

Welcome Back!

We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for the term ahead. We are excited to welcome your child to Year 5. We run an open door policy so please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Year 5 Team
Ms Williamson – Class Teacher
Miss Jackie – LSA
Miss Amber – Inclusion Team and LSA


What we will be learning this term

Literacy:  The focus this term will be on writing adventure stories and newspaper reports.

Maths:  Number and place value.

Computing: Green screen / video editing.

Science:  Forces and Animals including humans.

RE:  Jesus – Human Divine.

History: Vikings and Anglo-Saxons – Raids and Invasions.

Geography: Greece knowledge.

DT:  Viking crest designs.

Music:  Steel pans and Sea Shanty songs linked to our Vikings topic.

Art: Observational drawings.

MFL:  French

PSHE: New beginnings, Getting on and falling out, Say no to bullying.

PE: Gymnastics and Swimming.

PE days: Year 5 have PE on Tuesdays and swimming on Thursdays.

PE uniform: Blue or black shorts or track suit bottoms with a white T-shirt and plimsolls or black trainers.

Please write your child’s name on all their clothing – it helps enormously if they get lost or mixed up with another child’s clothes. Please note, we are not responsible for any lost items of clothing. We teach children to take full responsibility for their possessions. If for any reason clothing is lost, we endeavour to help locate it, but we do not replace uniform of any kind.

Latest Year 5 News

Year 5 Staff

  • Jackie Balcombe
    Jackie Balcombe
    Teaching Assistant Year 5
  • Kay-Ann Williamson
    Kay-Ann Williamson
    Year 5 Teacher (5b)
  • Amber Lyseight
    Amber Lyseight
    Inclusion Officer, Learning Support Assistant Year 5

Upcoming Year 5 Events

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Latest Year 5 Letters

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Jackie Balcombe
Teaching Assistant Year 5

I have been working at Grinling Gibbons Primary School for 17 years, and this is the school that my children attended, as well as the school where I came as a child. This is why I love working here – it’s more like home to me!

Over the years, I have had many roles including lunch-time support, cleaner and teaching assistant, but whatever it is I’m doing, I really enjoy working with the children.

Kay-Ann Williamson
Year 5 Teacher (5b)

I recently joined the Grinling Gibbons family in September 2017 and I am excited for the years ahead. Whilst at University, I had visited Grinling Gibbons on a two week placement and knew immediately that this was the school for me. The enthusiasm of the Head teacher, teachers, staff, as well as the passion that the children have for their learning has been infectious, heightening my drive to work in this remarkable and nurturing environment.

I am proud to work in such a culturally diverse community where parents are supportive and value their children’s education. I look forward to working in partnership with you in developing the future generation and in creating opportunities to further stretch them as they develop into lifelong learners.

Amber Lyseight
Inclusion Officer, Learning Support Assistant Year 5

I joined Grinling Gibbons in March 2011 as an LSA in year 1. The child I worked with went from not being able to communicate, read or write, to being able to take his SATS, which was an amazingly rewarding achievement for us both. When he went onto secondary school, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to join the inclusion team which is where I’ve been since September 2016. I get to work within a team who put the child’s needs first every day and can honestly say that I love my job.

Working at Grinling Gibbons, no two days are ever the same. I work in class one to one supporting different children; I run speech and language sessions; I arrange for our AGT children to further their learning by sourcing and arranging specific events; and I run mindfulness sessions as well as a fit club for the staff and an after-school multisport club. In September 2017, I organised a residential trip to Kingswood for the Year 6 children which was a huge success.

Grinling Gibbons is the only place I know that hugs so much. Our school is a real community, and one that I’m very proud to be a part of.