Welcome to Budbrooke Primary School

Year 5 -Redwood 2023 - 2024

Mr Jones

Mr Jones

Welcome to Redwood Class Page! 


Welcome to Redwood's class page! The Year 5 teacher this year is Mr Jones. Mr jones is a passionate member of Budbrooke Primary School. He loves to create immersive lessons that engage all his students. He cannot wait to get stuck into all the fantastic topics this year and is especially excited for Year 5's swimming lessons. Not only does Mr Jones love swimming himself, he believes it's a vital and important skill to learn.

It has been a brilliant start to the term already and Redwood cannot wait to get stuck into all our brilliant topics this new summer!

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Topic this term: Groundbreaking Greeks

In the Groundbreaking Greeks project, Redwood will learn about different periods of Greek history, exploring the earliest civilisations, the devastation of the Dark Age and the breakthroughs and developments of the Archaic and Classical periods. They will understand how the geography of Greece affected the development of city states and explore Athens, learning about the structure of the government and society. They will get to know some of the most significant Athenians and understand why Greek art, culture, architecture, philosophy, medicine and mathematics were so significant. Redwood will learn about the leadership of Alexander the Great and discover how ancient Greece became part of the Roman Empire after the Hellenistic period. They will explore how the Romans respected and developed Greek ideas, making them their own and spreading them throughout the Roman Empire. To end the project, your child will decide which was the ancient Greeks' greatest idea, and explore how the legacy of ancient Greece affects their lives today.

Our novel this term is a wonderfully, mystical novel Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans. The book was published in 2017. It is a lovely story that embeds fascinating Greek mythology into  wonderfully creative narrative. A brief summary of the book: When a shooting star crashes to earth, it lands Eliot smack bang in the path of Virgo - a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But when the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, they've got nowhere to turn for help but to the old Olympian gods.



Class information

PE days will be Tuesdays and Wednesday. Please have your PE kit in school. 

Please complete your English and maths work at home and find time to practise your weekly spellings.

Ensure you have a water bottle and a coat in school every day.


Example of a day in Redwood

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Redwood working hard!

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Spellings: your child will receive weekly spellings on a Thursday and be tested on these words the following Tuesday. Please find below a half termly overview of the spellings we will be sending home.

Home learning:   A piece of English home learning or a piece of Maths home learning will be uploaded each week on a Thursday.

Home learning will be uploaded each week in the 'files' section at the bottom of this page. There will be three colours to choose from. Your child will be given a colour every Thursday. The colour will be found in the margin of their home learning book. Select and complete the colour your child has been set.

The three colours are: Blue, Red and Yellow


Children should be encouraged to have an enjoyment of reading.  They can use their imagination and lose themselves in a book. Therefore, there should be time at home each day for children to be read to and to read independently. They should be encouraged to read a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and asked questions about what they are reading. This will develop their prediction, inference, summarising skills as well as improving their knowledge of vocabulary. 

Expectations: Pupils to complete at least one entry in their reading diary per week. 


Here are a selection of websites which can help you and your children.

Maths Frame

(Some games are subscription only, but there are plenty of free games and activities to help you practise maths skills)


Corbett Maths Primary

This is a great website as it has lots of short videos which explain key maths concepts and have lots of practice questions to try.


Spelling Frame

Again, some subscription access only games, but there are some free games/word lists which allow you to practise your spellings in lots of different ways.


The School Run

This has lots of information for parents which explains useful terminology.

Files to Download

Student Login