Academic Curriculum

A Subject Topic & Skills Grid giving an overview of what the children will be covering this term, will be published on Friday.



Homework (Prep) will continue to be set via the subject specialist teachers. Your children should now be familiar with their prep timetables and confident with their daily prep routines for Year 5, including completing this on time and to an acceptable standard. We ask that you now encourage as much independence as possible.

Our expectations are that children continue to learn their weekly spellings and complete weekly related strategies and activities set in their purple spelling books or on Spelling Shed, read daily (ideally to an adult for at least 10 minutes) and frequently revise and practise their times tables. Please do make sure you sign and comment accordingly in your child’s Prep Diary on a weekly basis.

Pastoral Care and Curriculum

In our Shoots (Wellbeing) programme this term the children will explore ‘Positive Relationships’ focusing on links to mental wellbeing, respectful relationships and empathy.

In PSHEE/RSE the children will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of staying healthy through the topic of ‘Keeping Active’. They will identify the benefits of exercise and its impact on mental and physical health, explore the risks associated with an inactive lifestyle and identify opportunities for physical activity. They will also consider how to balance time online with other activities.


The Years 5 and 6 children will be taking a theatre trip to see ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ on Thursday 29th February.

We’re so excited to be able to offer the children some real-world experience of what they are learning in school. Trips are a brilliant way of making learning more tangible and memorable, as they enable the children to engage with the material in a more active and immersive way than can often be possible in the classroom. They are a powerful tool for broadening the children’s horizons, and also a lot of fun.

More information will follow nearer to the date.



In Years 5 – 8 pupils must have their own fully stocked pencil case, including the following items:

  • HB pencils
  • Rubber
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Two Blue handwriting pens (not biro)
  • Red pen (a red biro is fine – children will use this to refine and perfect their work)
  • 30cm ruler
  • Coloured pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Three different coloured highlighters

Children should also have their charged laptop with them in school each day.

Year 5 Routine

Drop off is at 8:15am on the Terrace or in the Drop off zone, for registration at 8:20am. Children arriving earlier should be booked in for breakfast from 7:30am or join our Early Birds in the Sports Hall or Courts from 8:00am. Children should not enter the Clock Block earlier than 8:15am. Core lessons begin at 8.30am.

Pick Up is at 4:00pm at the front of school, unless your child is staying for Prep when pick up will be 5:00pm at the front of school. All children must ‘blob out’ with the member of staff on duty before they leave the school site.

If you would like your child to join us for breakfast, or stay beyond 4:00pm for Hobbies or After School Supervision / Supper Club, please book this via the Portal, or contact for assistance.

Dates for your Diary

As well as your pocket-sized diary, parents can also view the Spring Term calendar via the website and Parent Portal.

Please do have a look through and pop important dates in your diary.  Of course, sometimes plans need to be updated, and so any changes will be updated on our electronic calendar and communicated to you as soon as possible.

The key events for our Year 5 parents include:

  • Individual Future School Consultations for Year 5 Parents will be held the weeks beginning Monday 15th January and Friday 9th February.
  • There will be a Senior Prep Open Evening for the parents of our Years 5-6 pupils on Monday 15th January, where we will give insight into what pupils can expect in Pennthorpe’s Years 7 & 8, and how this might differ from the experience of the same years in larger Senior Schools.
  • If you are interested in finding out more about the Prodigy Programme, we will be hosting an information evening on Tuesday 23rd January at 7:00pm and Thursday 25th January at 8:30am.
  • Parents are invited to our PSHEE Tea & Talk for Years 5-8 on Friday 9th February.
  • Parents are invited to come along to our informal ‘Tea & Talk’ session with Heads of Year on Tuesday 27th February at 8:30am.
  • The Years 5 and 6 children will be taking a theatre trip to see ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ on Thursday 29th February.
  • All our parents are invited into school to Come & See What We Do Afternoon on Friday 1st March.
  • The week beginning 4th March we will be hosting a Virtual Careers Fair where the children in Years 5-8 will have the opportunity to meet and talk to industry and job experts.
  • We will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character for the day.
  • Save the date for the Years 5-6 Showcase on Tuesday 12th March at 6:00pm.
  • Wednesday 27th March is the end of term with school finishing for Year 5 children at 12:00pm.

FoP events

Our brilliant Friends of Pennthorpe, as always, will be doing lots to support our school and community this term. Key things for you to watch out for include:

  • Bags of Support Collections on Friday 12th January and Friday 22nd March.
  • Please save the date for the FoP Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 2nd February.
  • The Friends of Pennthorpe Mother’s Day Shop will open it’s doors on Tuesday 5th March.
  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop on Tuesday 12th March.
  • After-school Tuck Shop on Friday 15th March.


Now that the weather is getting colder please ensure your child has a named Pennthorpe hat, scarf and gloves in school.

Children are expected to wear smart uniform each day, with clean shoes and tied back hair as required for girls. All children should wear their blazers coming to and from school.

As a reminder, all PE and Games kit should be brought in to school on a Monday morning and should be taken home for washing at the end of each week (see below for sports kit requirements).

The Year 5 Team will be conducting a complete kit check at the beginning of term.  This will include wellies, waterproof trousers, school play coat, water bottle and sports kit. It is important that the children understand the importance of looking after and organising their own property, especially as they are now in Year 5. Please support this at home, by ensuring your child uses their independence and organisational skills to ensure they have what they need in school each day and take care of their belongings (especially their laptops!).

Please ensure that all items of uniform are named, including water bottles, shoes, wellies and trainers.

If you have any uniform requirements, please place an order via our website here. You can also book an appointment at the Uniform Shop by contacting or drop in during the times below:

  • Monday 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Thursday CLOSED
  • Friday 8:30am – 9:30am

Sports Kit

For the first half of the Spring Term,  boys will be continuing with rugby and the girls with netball. A full kit list is available here, and all branded items can be ordered through Blueblood


  • Games kit
  • All jewellery must be removed
  • Base layers (recommended)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard
  • Base layers (recommended)

Please can the boys have a separate bag (such as a bin bag) in their games kit bag so muddy sports kit can be kept away from clean PE kit/uniform and a named towel to wipe excess mud off after rugby sessions.


After half-term the boys will be switching to hockey and girls to football.


  • Games kit
  • Shin Pads
  • Football Boots (optional)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard

Car park

Please do not park in the drop-off lanes at the front of school if you are coming past the gates to drop your child into school, or collect them from one of the school buildings. These lanes are intended for dropping-off only!

Instead, please park up in the car park, or find a safe place to park on the neighbouring roads (being considerate of our neighbours, especially with regards parking near to junctions or driveways).