Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Year 5 - Mr Musk and Mr Mason

Hello Year 5!


Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Easter and look forward to welcoming you back to the Summer term. Here are a few things you need to know:


  • PE will take place on a Monday and Thursday, so please come into school wearing your PE kit, including appropriate footwear.
  • Swimming (There is NO swimming for the remainder of Year 5).
  • Spellings: We will be continuing to use Spelling Shed this term; all the children will have login details in their reading records. New spellings will be online every Wednesday. The expectation is for the children to complete 8 games during the week. On Tuesdays, there will be a test for the children to complete online from 4-8pm. Please speak to us if you need advice or clarification on your child's login details.
  • Maths Shed: the login details are the same as Spelling Shed. New tasks will be online every Thursday. The expectation is for the children to complete 12 questions. Again, please speak to us if you have any additional questions.
  • Reading Records: All children have a reading record and a reading book appropriate for their current reading age. It is an expectation for the children to read regularly at home (5 times per week would be great!) Children must ensure that they remember to bring their reading record and reading book to school every day. Please can you look to update your child's reading record at least once every week. The children are required to complete a quiz on accelerated reader when they have finished their book. 
  •  Personal welfare: All children should ensure that they bring a water bottle to school every day, along with a healthy fruit snack for play time.


We are looking forward to another super term!

☺ Mr Musk and Mr Mason

Mr Musk -

Mr Mason - 


Meet the Troops!

Mr Mason has been teaching for 4 years and is really excited about starting at Thomas Jolyffe! He is passionate about sport and is delighted to be co-PE Leader at TJ. He has a keen interest in teamwork and will be looking to help and develop this important life skill with the children.

Mr Musk has been teaching for slightly longer! He is so glad to now be working at TJ full-time and has taken on the responsibility of Music Leader in the school. He is looking forward to supporting the children in their learning and personal development.

Mr King is a die hard Villa fan! He follows them at home and away. When not watching football, he divides his time between both classes, working diligently with small groups and 1;1, supporting children in their learning.





It is the expectation in Year 5 that children read for approximately 25 minutes per day at home. It is important that after finishing each book, the children are quizzing independently to demonstrate how well they have understood what they have read. Quizzing can be done either at school or at home (login details can be found in your child’s reading record).


Times Table Rock Stars

We are also continuing with our Times Tables Rock Stars programme, which children can access at school and at home using the link above.


Email Communication Statement

As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff - especially this year where face to face contact is rare. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that up to 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. However, children who are self isolating or quarantining will be given priority. Urgent matters are best discussed via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible.

As with all messages, the meaning and tone may vary depending on who is reading it. Please consider this before choosing to email any member of staff. We would also encourage all parents to consider information sent to teachers regarding other children very carefully as this can be requested by other parents under the rules governing GDPR.


‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered.'