Oak Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 1EP




Bishop's Waltham Junior School

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At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.

Things to Know About Year Five

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The teachers in Year Five are Mr McKenna (Tamarind Class) and Mrs Arnold (Sycamore Class).  We are joined by Miss Ekless, Mrs Gill and Mrs Shuker.  We are all looking forward to getting the most out of Year 5, working hard and having lots of fun! 

Communication between home and school

  • If you need to speak to a teacher, we will be available at the end of every school day when we bring the children out for collection.
  • If you need to speak to us more formally then please make an appointment so that a convenient time can be arranged.  Please avoid mornings unless it is before 8:20am.
  • Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact class teachers via school email addresses. These can be found on the school jotter app under ‘contacts’.
  • There will be formal parents’ evenings in October and March.
  • In February, you will receive a mid-year report for your child which sets out strengths and targets for the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • In July, you will receive a formal report of your child’s progress over the year.


Expectations of Year Group

As the children move into Year Five, there will be expectations of increased independence.   Our expectations of children’s work and behaviour will remain very high in order to ensure that children reach their full potential.

We will expect children to arrive in school with the equipment that they need on the correct days, and to complete tasks set for them at home.  We have arranged our timetable in a way which will follow the same structure each week so children should always know what to expect.




Homework will be set on Thursdays and will be due back in school on Tuesdays.  The children will have a homework book in which all of their homework will be put.


Maths homework will be given out weekly and will comprise of two parts.  Children will be given a maths sheet of arithmetic questions which will follow a similar format each week, enabling children to practise their key skills.  The sheet will also contain some questions to consolidate work they have done in class.

In addition to this, the children will be expected to use the Times Table Rockstars app or website each week to practise their times tables.  Their log-in information will be put in their homework books.


Reading is our top homework priority at BWJS – it is the thing that makes the biggest difference to children’s progress across the curriculum.  Children should be reading at home, ideally every day.  Each fortnight, children will be set a task to do which will be based on a book which they have been reading.  We will send home a template for this wherever possible.  These tasks will be shared with other children in the class, and children will be expected to be able to talk about them.


Occasionally, we may suggest additional topic-based homework which children may choose to complete, but there will be no obligation for children to take part in these.


We follow a spelling curriculum at school, and we spend plenty of time learning new spellings.  We will not be sending spellings home on a regular basis, but we will provide copies of the word lists children are working on so they can have access them at home.

Pupils in Year Five who do not hand their homework in on time will be given one extra day; if it is not handed in on the following day, they will be expected to complete it during a break time.



PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and your child will need to wear their kit (suitable for outdoor PE) into school.  On a Tuesday and Friday, children will have the opportunity to visit the library.  Children who use library books as their reading books will have an opportunity to borrow two books, and these books should last them until their next visit.  Please help us to maintain a good library selection by monitoring your child’s reading at home and helping us with returning books on time.  We encourage children to explore different genres of book and would appreciate your support with this.


Trips & Visitors

As part of the curriculum, we will be arranging for visitors to speak to the children to extend their understanding of our topic areas. Details of any trips will be available nearer the time.  If you or somebody you know has an interest in, or experience of, one of our topic areas, we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss a visit to the school.


Food and Nutrition

All the children should bring in a water bottle.  This should be in school every day and taken home every evening for washing.  The school has a healthy eating policy, so we would ask for your help ensuring packed lunches and snacks are appropriate.