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Year Five - Blencathra

9.6.21 Today in Science we learned about the solar system.

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25.5.21 Today Year 5 had to follow directions to find their way around the village and pinpoint their location using grid references.

24.5.21 Today Year 5 took part in wheelchair basketball.

For our WOW introduction to our new science topic of Earth and Space we recreated the artwork of Peter Thorpe.

Our Science experiments investigating the effects of air and water resistance.


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Well done Cameron and Kohl for making such progress with your guitar lessons this term. Thank you to Mr McKenzie for teaching them so well.

18.9.2020 Congratulations to our star of the week for his perfect poetry writing!

Welcome to Year 5

Dear Parents/Guardians,


What a very different end to this school year it has been for your children. By the time September comes, it will have been many months since most of them have been in school. I’m very much looking forward to meeting the students and getting stuck into life at Cumwhinton School. It promises to be a great year!


As I’m new to the school, I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation to introduce myself and some of the topics that we’ll be covering in Year 5, which is underneath this letter if you scroll down the page. Working closely along-side me this year is Mrs Strong. Also on a Friday afternoon, we are very pleased to have Mrs Burke working with Year 5 this year.


PE in Year 5 will involve a variety of sporting activities. All pupils will need their school PE Kits every PE lesson (i.e. black/navy shorts; white T-shirt; trainers. Tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt would be advisable too for the colder months). We have also booked a variety of sporting coaches to come in and work with the children over the course of the year.


School policy is only stud ear-rings please (if children can't take them out for PE lessons they need to be covered with plasters). The only other jewellery allowed is a watch.

Please make sure all clothes are labelled with child's name (especially school sweatshirts & PE Kits).   


If your child is opting to have a packed lunch please provide a balance between sweet and savoury; there should be no sweets in packed lunch boxes. Please remember we are a NUT FREE school. If you would like to provide your child with a snack for playtime, please ensure that this is either fruit or vegetables only.


From the week commencing 07.09.2020 your children will be getting ‘Talk Homework’ every/or every other Monday (depending on the nature and length of the writing task). This is a very important piece of homework, which will prepare your child for their ‘Exciting Writing’ completed in class on Fridays.


Children will be given new spellings to learn every Monday and will be given a spelling test on these spellings on the following Monday each week.


We will try to hear your child read twice a week, so of course having their reading book with them every day is important. It is such an enormous benefit to your child if you could hear them read their books every night at home. Please use your child’s home/school diary as a communication between home and school and record any comments about your child’s reading in there too.


Every time your child reads at home they will a raffle ticket, which gives them a higher chance of winning a weekly prize. In addition to getting a raffle ticket for reading every night at home they will also earn a raffle ticket  for completing homework on time; having a great work attitude; displaying the Cumwhinton values, super effort and manners, etc. These are in addition to the individual House Points they can also earn. For exceptional effort by the whole class, the children will be rewarded with one of the marbles out of our class marble jar. When the class has earned all the marbles in our class jar we will have a special class topic themed day, full of exciting activities.


We want your child to have a happy and productive time in Year 5. Communication between home and school is vital, so if there is anything you need to pass on that will help us support your child in school, please email me directly to our class email address ( or telephone the school office and I will return your call as soon as I am available to do so.


We are looking forward to a fun filled, hardworking and happy year working with your children.

Thank you for your continued support.


Mr Elder                                   Mrs. Strong                 Mrs Burke                         Mrs Norris

(Year 5 Blencathra                  (Senior TA)             (Year 5 Blencathra               (Higher Level TA)   

  Class Teacher)                                                          Class Teacher)


Parents Year 5 Information PowerPoint