Oak Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 1EP




Bishop's Waltham Junior School

Enjoy, Learn & Achieve Together

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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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.   

If children wish to bring in a pencil case from home, they are welcome to do so, but all their equipment must fit into their class drawer. They will need to take responsibility for looking after this equipment. Alternatively, we will provide all necessary equipment for lessons in school.  



Homework will be set every Thursday and will be due back in school on the following Tuesday. The children will have a homework book in which all of their homework will be put. Every week, the children will get a maths task and an English task. This will alternate between a grammar activity and spelling sentences which will be tested in school. In addition to this, we will expect children to read every day. The children will be provided with a reading record which we expect them to complete every time they read. We also request that an adult at home signs this log at least once a week. This record will be checked in school on a Tuesday, so it is ideal if adults review weekly reading activity and sign the log on a Monday.

We would very much appreciate your support in keeping children’s reading logs signed, and ensuring that their homework is completed on time. We would also be very grateful for offers of help hearing readers in school time. Please contact us to arrange a convenient time if you are available.  



Year Five will use the swimming pool on a Monday morning, so it will be essential that all children bring in their swimming kit on this day. PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon, but we do ask that all children have their PE kit in school every day. On a 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 on a Friday morning, 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 are provided with a named water bottle at the start of the year. 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.