Year 5 2022 - 2023

Miss Beard

Miss Beard

I am delighted to be joining Rode Heath Primary! I have previously spent two years working in Stoke-on-Trent. I have predominantly taught in KS2, and this will be my second year in Year 5. I am a Geography enthusiast and I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors with the pupils that I teach! I strive to create a learning environment where all children feel that they can succeed.

Outside of school I enjoy horse-riding, and regularly compete in dressage and show jumping competitions with my horse, Rum.

Welcome to Year 5


Please note that our P.E days in the Spring term will be Wednesday (Football) and Friday (Cricket). Please note that both of these sessions will take place outside, so warm clothing is essential.


We are very fortunate to be participating in the latest engineering project, launched by the University of Manchester and the National Farmers Union (NFU) on ‘Cattle Carers’, which will feature on a future Countryfile episode on the BBC. The children will be learning all about dairy farming in the U.K, and how engineers help to support cow wellbeing. The children will be designing and creating a life-sized prototype for the cows to try out!

Welcome back. Our topic for this term is going to be all about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons!

By the end of this topic, the children will be able to explain who the Vikings were, where they came from and why they came to the UK.  This topic will focus heavily on geography and history and the children will become experts on the natural landscape of Scandinavia, comparing it to the landscape of the United Kingdom, and the key historical events during the Viking era.

We will use the story Viking Boy, written by Tony Bradman, as our main inspiration for our writing and will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to ensure we cover all of the Y5 maths objectives and begin to develop a firm understanding of the upper Key Stage two mathematics expectations.  Of course, we will be learning a lot more and this is only a snapshot of what we intend to learn.  Please look at the Spring Term Topic Web document at the bottom of this page for a more in-depth look at what we are going to be doing.

We are very much aware of the importance of ensuring the children are happy, safe and secure in school and to help us do this, we will be following our Hearts and Minds curriculum.  More information about our Hearts and Minds curriculum and our weekly Hearts and Mind planning can be found using this link: Hearts and Minds.

Here are a few important organisational weekly reminders:

  • Please ensure your child is filling in their reading diary on a daily basis
  • Practise timestables on a daily basis using Times Table Rockstars and practising spellings on EdShed at least 3 x per week
  • Please come to school wearing your PE kit on a Tuesday and Friday.  Some of these sessions will be outside so please wear appropriate outdoor kit (tracksuit bottoms/ leggings and a jumper/ tracksuit top).  You must wear school agreed PE kits.  If you are unsure of this then please refer to the newsletters or ask me directly in the morning or via the school office. 
  • Maths and English homework will be given out on a Friday to be completed and handed in the following Friday.  Spelling homework will be given on a Friday, to be completed for the following Friday.

Here is a link to the book that I recommend you purchasing to help your child with the Upper Key Stage Two grammar, punctuation and spelling expectations:

Renaissance Link for reading: 

Continuing the learning journey 20/3/23

Maths: We will be completing some Maths assessments and reviewing what we have learnt so far.

English: We will be completing SPAG and reading assessments, before beginning to look at balanced arguments.

Science: We will be exploring pulleys, as well as using a food dehydrator. 

Hearts and Minds: We will be learning how to recognise when someone needs help.

Engineering: We will be continuing our new engineering project- 'Cattle Carers', as part of the NFU farmvention challenge with the University of Manchester.

PE: On Wednesday's we will be doing Tennis and on Friday's we will be doing Cricket.

Music: Our focus for this half-term will be on the Fresh Prince of Belair.

Computing: We will be looking at different computer systems with Mr Scott.

RE: We will be exploring Hindu Dharma with Mr Frankland.

Art: We will be beginning our latest Art project, based on the work of Hew Locke.


Don't forget to visit our Think Like an Engineer website regularly, to see what we're all busy doing:




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Rode Heath Primary School

Heath Avenue, Cheshire, ST7 3RY

Main Contact - Mr Carl Leech

Tel: 01270 314414


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