Years 5 & 6 Information

Welcome to Years 5 and 6! 


We hope you have enjoyed the summer break and we are very much looking forward to seeing all the children again. 


Please see below for information specific to Year 5/6. 


Morning Routine 


8:30am   The school gates will open and teachers will open classroom doors. Please enter the school via the playground. Although restrictions have changed since the previous academic year, we are continuing to be mindful of Covid and so children are to be independent and make their way to their class on their own. We are aware that many pupils in years 5 and 6 walk to school – when they arrive, it is important that they come straight into class. 


Upon arrival into the classroom, children are asked to wash their hands before sitting down. They will have a morning task to complete until the register is taken at 8:50am. Morning work will be focused on reading, spelling, grammar and maths tasks, with the teacher using this time to support learning. 


8:50am   The playground gates will be locked. If you arrive after this time, please report to the School Office. 


End of School Routine 


3:15pm  Class ends. Class teachers will lead their classes to the playground and dismiss. If someone other than a parent is to collect your child, please let the class teacher/school office know. If you allow your child to walk home, please provide consent either via Arbor or a written, signed consent note, with a start date for this, for your child to hand to their class teacher. 


Mobile Phones 


We are aware that many children walk to and from school independently and that they may have arrangements with parents for them to bring their mobile phone whilst walking. As such, we have mobile phone boxes in each class, for children to sign their phone into, each morning. We ask that parents provide a written, signed note, consenting to their child having their phone in school, if it is needed for this purpose. Please be aware that children bringing mobile phones onto school site, do so at their own risk. 


Communicating with Class Teachers 


  • If you need to advise us of an upcoming appointment or change of person collecting your child, please contact the school office (in person or via telephone/email) or provide your child with a note to hand to their teacher at morning registration. 

  • Teachers are available briefly at the end of the school day, when dismissing classes on the playground. If you would like to speak in detail, please email and your child’s teacher will contact you as soon as they are able. Alternatively, you can leave a message with the school office. Please be aware that your child’s class teacher may not be able to respond within the school day. 


Weekly Communications with Parents 


As part of our efforts to continue to be environmentally aware, information regarding our week, diary dates and updates will be emailed to parents/carers, via the whole school weekly newsletter, using the email address we hold on the school management system. 


All correspondence will also be posted on the school website ( 

Information specific for year 5 and 6 will be posted under ‘Parent Information’, ‘Years 5 & 6’. 


Contact Details 


If you have changed your address, email address or contact details, please advise the school office as soon as possible. Ideally, we require details of at least two emergency contacts. 


If your child requires an inhaler or other medication, please arrange this via the school office. Similarly, if you are replacing an expired inhaler or form of medication, please do this via the school office. 


Benefits for your child – did you know that if your child is registered under the Government Pupil Premium Scheme, the Government will allocate funding for Orchard Vale to use to help subsidise your child’s learning support in school, free school meals, school trips and school residentials.  Please contact the school office for more information. 


What to bring to school 


We ask that children limit what they bring to school each day. They will need: 

  •          A coat 

  •          Named drinks bottle 

  •          Packed lunch (if required) 

We take the children outside at different points in the day, so a coat is essential. 


If your child would like a healthy snack for break time, please provide them with either fruit or cheese. Please note we are a nut-free school, due to both child and staff allergies. 

No toys, please. If your child would like to show an item to their class, as part of ‘show and tell’, this needs to be pre-agreed with their class teacher. 




Spellings and times tables tests will be carried out each week in classes/learning groups. 

Children have been given a log in for Microsoft Teams, where they will find information about their homework, each week. 


In Year 5/6, we have a Tri-reading Tournament, which your child will begin in school, for them to continue at home. All pupils will have a reading book in school and can choose to read home books/eBooks available on their Teams Virtual Library, at home, in order to progress in the Tri-reading Tournament. Please encourage your child to read for 30 minutes each night in order to get closer to the trophy aware. All information regarding this can be found on Teams. If you are at all unsure about the Tri-reading Tournament, please email the school and your child’s class teacher will be in touch. 


School Dinners (£2.30) 

A copy of the Autumn term lunch menu can be found on the school website. 

The cost of school dinners has increased to £2.30. 


If your child is registered under the Income Related Free School Meals, they will be entitled to a free school dinner/school packed lunch. 




In Year 5/6, the children take part in a variety of sporting activities and events throughout the year; it is therefore important for their safety to ensure that they have the correct PE kit. We appreciate that it may take a couple of weeks to make sure your child has all of the correct kit – if you have any issues in acquiring any item of PE kit for your child, please contact the school office or your child’s class teacher. 


Please can pupils wear their PE kit to school on the following days: 

Mrs Rana/Ms Richardson’s class – Wednesday and Friday 

Mr Boult and Mrs Scott’s classes – Your child will be told if they are in the Monday or Tuesday PE group. This will also be added to Teams and their Homework book. Both classes will need PE kit on Fridays. 


On Fridays, as part of our afternoon, active learning, all children in year 5/6 will require their PE and suitable footwear and waterproofs for forest school. 


PE Kit List 


  •          White t-shirt 

  •          Navy/black shorts or sports leggings (not transparent cotton) 

  •          Warm jogging bottoms for the cooler months 

  •          Sports trainers 

  •          Hair band for those with long hair and no jewellery 


As in previous years, we will be having a shin-pad and stud amnesty in school to prepare for our football and rugby sessions so if you have any old shin-pads or studs that you would like to bring in to lend another child that would be wonderful. 


We find that it is also useful to prepare the children for secondary school by ensuring they take responsibility for having their correct kit, on the correct day, therefore this will be an expectation. 


Microsoft Teams Online Portal 


To further improve links between home and school, we will be continuing to use Microsoft Teams and OneNote across Year 5/6. To access this home learning resource, please see the guidance letter, on the school website. 


If you have any questions, please contact the school office and your child’s class teacher will be in touch. Many thanks in advance for your support over the coming year. 




Mrs Scott                   Mr Boult              Mrs Rana                   Ms Richardson