Mr Hayden

Mastery Maths  and Timestable Rockstars

Here you can find the Mastery Maths guide for parents: Y5 Parent Mastery.

We ask that parents support the school and their children with this approach to mathematics. We also ask that parents go through the Mastery Maths homework guide with their child; it is extremely important for children to continue to apply and use their learning outside of the classroom. This will help parents understand and become familiar with the strategies children will be using in school.

As part of their weekly homework, children must visit the Timestable Rockstar website and participate in activities for atleast 30minutes.

Parents can find up to date methods that their child will be using in school in this guide.

Homework guide for parents (up to date for 2019-20):

Year 5 Homework Book Autumn 2017-18 (2)

Year 5 Homework Book Spring 2017-18

Year 5 Homework Book Summer 2017-18

Community – Autumn term 1&2

Literacy & History

As part of our English scheme, we will be exploring the text Street Child. This text focuses on the life of a Victorian street child, Jim Jarvis, and follows his story; events are based on a true story as told by Dr Barnardo, founder of the Barnardo charity that we know today. Street Child helps the children understand a sense of community as they explore the life of Victorians and the impact their decisions / social status had on their place in the community.

Street Child will be taught alongside the Victorians as our first topic during the Autumn term. Y5 will be exploring what life was like for a child in Victorian Britain as well as exploring its most famous artists (William Morris) and creating their very own DT project (Punch & Judy!)

To help children really engage with this text and the life of Victorian children, we have arranged the following school trips:


Victorian Schooling, classroom experience – Perlethorpe


What was life like in the workhouse? – Southwell Workhouse

Additional Support

As a school we will continue to subscribe to discovery education. This is an extremely helpful and child friendly website that contains guides, videos and activities that children can access in school and at home to further support their learning.

Simply search for the area your child would like to further explore, e.g. Synonyms and Antonyms, and the system will show all the relevant activities, tasks and videos. The website also contains a coding programme.

MY Maths

If your child would like to access additional maths support, the log-in details for the school’s MyMaths are below:

User: Hfps

Password: Boostholy

Your child would need their own unique log-in to access most content. If they have misplaced or forgotten their details they need to come and see Mr Hayden.


Termly homework: Homework is now optional but children have been provided with a termly homework list based on our current topics. These can be found in the front cover of your child’s homework book. If for any reason these go missing, please come and find me for another copy. Homework will be marked weekly every Friday.

Reading:  We expect your child to read at least three times per week at home and to record the chapters/pages into their reading diaries. Reading diaries need to be in class every day and will be checked every Friday. Reading three times a week will earn your child a point on our reading challenge.

Spellings:  Throughout school we deliver spellings through HeadStart Spelling. A guide for parents can be viewed here. Children are given a list of spellings in four weekly sets. Each list of words will be taught weekly, with a test at the end of each set. Additional end of term tests will also be carried out. Practicing spellings at home will be of great benefit to your child’s progress.  A copy of the entire Y5 Headstart Scheme has been sent home. If for any reason this has been misplaced, come and find me for another copy.

Timestable challenge: Children will take part in a weekly timestable challenge every Friday. The purpose of this challenge is to help children progress with their timestables and improve their mental maths abilities. The challenges will take place on Timestable Rockstars.

Physical Education / Swimming

Swimming is timetabled for Monday afternoon and P.E is timetabled for Thursday afternoons.  Children are now to come in to school wearing the correct PE uniform on Thursday’s to minimise disruption and promote participation.

Your child’s Swimming/PE kit should contain the following items:

P.E: Black shorts, white t-shirt/ Red HF Polo and trainers.  During the winter months (November – March) your child may bring a DARK tracksuit for outdoor activities.

Swimming: Tight swim-shorts or speedos for boys. NO lengthy, loose or baggy clothing due to health and safety reasons.  Full 1 piece swim costume for girls. NO  bikinis.

Please note:  Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery must be removed before the session. Please keep valuables at home during PE and Swimming days.