Welcome to Orca Class

Mrs Freer – Year 5 Class Teacher

Mr Rigg – Year 5 Teaching Assistant


Reading at Hendal Primary School

Reading: Our reading resources continue to build upon previous learning stages! Our reading books are organised into coloured bands based on the level of challenge and length of text. We have a wide selection of other books within the coloured bands to ensure children are exposed to a variety of texts with the intention of all children developing a love for reading that will ensure success in adult life.

Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Year 5. Throughout the year your children will learn through the topics;

  • Space – To infinity and beyond
  • The Terrible Tudors
  • The Vile Victorians
  • Wild West
  • The Rainforest  

You can also speak to your class teacher Mrs Freer for additional information regarding the National Curriculum for Year 5 or click on the link below.


Click the link below for more information including our exciting Topic Launches, Educational Visits, Aspire Afternoons, Parent Partnerships and Finales.

Year 5 Long Term Curriculum Plan

Our Topic this Half Term

This half term you child’s topic is – The Vile Victorians

Please click on the link below for more information.

What is going on this Term

Topic Launch: The children will be engaging with all things Victorian this term.

Educational Visit/Visitors: Wakefield’s very own Victorian bakery (Warburtons) will be coming into school to deliver a hands on bread making workshop with the Year 5 children on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Additionally, we will visit Leeds Industrial Museum – Armley Mills, on Thursday 5th March 2020, so the children can dress-up and experience a day in the life of a Victorian child – attending a Victorian schoolroom and working a gruelling shift in the mill.

Aspire Afternoon/Parent Partnerships/Topic Finale: Parents are invited to join us to create our very own Peg Doll inspired by our trip to Armley Mills and lessons linked to Victorian children and their toys. Date TBC – Spring 2.

Things to Remember

Your child should arrive promptly at school for 8.50am ready to begin morning work. It is paramount that your child is not late as this accumulates lost learning time.

Please send you child with the correct equipment on the following days:

Tuesday– Indoor/Outdoor PE kit

WednesdayHomework & Spellings are to be handed in

Friday Indoor/Outdoor PE kit & Homework and Spelling handed out

Home reading books should be brought into school every day.

If you need any support or have any questions regarding how you can support your child’s learning at home or require further resources please speak to you child’s class teacher (Mrs Freer).

Parent Partnerships

We welcome any opportunities for parents to share their skills and knowledge.

Please listen to your child read at home at least three times a week and record this in your child’s reading record.

Milk is available to children at a cost of £1.00 per week. Families who are in receipt of low income benefits will qualify for free milk for their child. To register and pay for milk online, please click on the following link;

Please see the School Dinners page or Mrs Brailsford in the school office for more information about our School dinners.