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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5's Web page! 

Teaching Staff

Ruth Butchers (Aspen Class)

Shanshan Long (Willow Class)

Bryony Fraser (Core Subject Teacher - English / Maths)

Helen Beckett (Core Subject Teacher - English)

Sarah Newman (Core Subject Teacher - Maths)

Support Staff

Kelly Tolhurst

Virginia Ramos

Phase Leader

Helen Beckett (Assistant Headteacher)

We value your feedback and comments, both positive and constructive, and so operate an open door policy.  Please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

Should any concerns still remain, please make an appointment to speak to:

Helen Beckett (Phase Leader) by emailing:


The Half-Term Ahead!

This half term, our topic is: "Third Rock from the Sun".  Please see the curriculum information   web page for more detail on the topics we will be covering.



George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy Hawking

The Sea of Tranquillity by Mark Haddon 

Educational Visits & Activities


Inflatable planetarium - in school 20.10.17

Science Museum Discovery Motion Theatre to experience the ‘Legend of Apollo’  21.11.17

Greek day – in school (date TBC)

Museum of London 23.2.17

Mayan workshop – in school 20.4.17


Suggested Family Activities


Greenwich observatory


Key Information

Water Bottles & Snacks
All children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle each day which should contain water only.  Children are allowed to bring in a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable (one only please) to enjoy at break time. Please ensure this is clearly named so that it can be easily identified in the snack box at break time.

PE Kit
PE kit must be in school every day.  Please send you child in with their bag on Monday, which will be sent home on a Friday.  Should the children bring their kit home during the week, please ensure it is returned the following day.

Start & End of the School Day
School opens at 8:35am and children should enter through the door by year 4 before 8.45am.  If arriving after this time, please enter via the office. Children will be dismissed at 3.10pm by the staff by the same door.  For any parents considering allowing their children to walk home from school  unaccompanied permission for this must be granted by Mrs Francis.

Pencil Cases

From Year 5, all children write in a blue handwriting pen which can be provided by the school.  To support independence please provide your child with a small pencil case containing: a blue ink pen, a writing pencil, a small selection of colouring pencils, sharpener, a small ruler & a glue stick.

Year Group Specific Information
Year 5 marks the start of phase 3 (upper Primary) and brings with it new responsibilities and opportunities.  Phase 3 provides the opportunity for children to    develop independence and   self-management. To  support this we strongly encourage children to take responsibility as a learner.


Get Involved!

There are numerous opportunities for you to join in with the life of the school in the
following ways:

  • Accompanying School Trips;
  • Class Celebration (Autumn 2);
  • Sports Day (Summer 1);
  • Year Group Performance (Summer 2);
  • PTA & Volunteering in School


Hillcross is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.  This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and supporting procedures in place.  All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.  Parents and carers are welcome to read the policy on request.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:

  • Lisa Francis – Headteacher
  • Graeme Page – Deputy Headteacher
  • Helen Beckett – Assistant Headteacher
  • Tanja Doig – Year 3/Assistant Headteacher