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Year 5 - Hornbill Class

Welcome to Year 5 Hornbills!

Our class teacher is Mr. Cullen; our teaching assistant is Mr. Dole

Hornbills are the national bird of Malaysia and Mr. Cullen has seen them flying around the jungles of Thailand! Hornbills are the only bird to have eyelashes!

In Term 1 we learnt about Ancient Egypt and Earth and Space.

In Term 2 we learnt about how volcanoes affect the lives of people living near to them and about Earth and Space.

In Term 3, we will be learning about Ancient Maya in history and in science we will be learning about changes of state and properties of materials.


We are starting a new book - Running Wild - a wonderful story based around real events. The story shares the journey of a boy who survives the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. This story shares his remarkable journey.

Our P.E days are Tuesday and Friday - please bring in suitable P.E kit for the weather. We will be learning football and dance skills. For Term 3, our Tuesday PE slot is in the morning. We would like the children to come to school in their PE kit and then change into uniform for the rest of the day - the children must remember to bring their uniform in their bags.

Our Forest School day will be every other Monday (our sessions are scheduled for the 9th and 23rd of January and the 6th of February) - please bring suitable clothing for the weather.

A number of homework tasks relating to will be handed out on the first day back at school. Additional homework is welcomed, please send in any pictures via class dojo. Please use the Dojo Point list below for ideas for extra homework tasks. We will review homework on Fridays.

It is expected that the children read every day (where possible). We have a number of reward systems in class for the children's reading to encourage this. The most important thing you can do to help your child is to encourage them to read and learn to love reading. If your child is a reluctant reader, please dedicate some time to reading together as a family - this will have the greatest impact!

Dojo points will also be rewarded for evidence of children: practising key skills - times tables, handwriting, story writing, reading, researching etc.; being responsible at home - cooking meals, completing household chores etc.; practising passions - artwork, music, sports etc.; being environmentally conscious - recycling, litter picking, growing plants etc.; and sharing their weekend/holiday stories - diaries, picture diaries, blogs, show and tell etc.


The Term 3 document below provides an overview of the topic planning. 

Teachers can be contacted via Class Dojo if you have any questions or queries regarding the home learning. 

Please click here to access extra phonics, reading and spelling resources.

Please click here to access links to other useful home learning resources published online.

If you are unsure of any log in details please contact the teacher through Class Dojo or email