Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Year 5 - Mrs Russell, Mrs Morris and Mrs Woodhead

Hello Year 5!


Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2! We hope you had a lovely Summer break and are ready to begin your learning with us. Here are a few things you need to know:


  • PE will take place on a Monday, and swimming is on a Wednesday, so please come into school wearing your PE kit on Monday and bring your swimming kit on Wednesday.
  • Spellings and MyMaths tasks will be set on Wednesday ready for our check the following Wednesday. Spellings will be stuck into yellow books, which needs to return to school each Wednesday
  • Please bring your reading record and reading book to school every day, as well as your water bottle and healthy fruit snack for play time.
  • There is hand sanitizer in school for you to use, but if you wish to bring your own please keep it in your bag or drawer.


We are looking forward to a fantastic year,

☺ Mrs Russell, Mrs Morris & Mrs Woodhead ☺

Mrs Russell -

Mrs Morris -

Mrs Woodhead - 

Meet the Teachers!

Mrs Russell started her teaching career at Thomas Jolyffe four years ago and has taught in both Year 3 and 5. She is responsible for History across the school. Mrs Morris has been teaching for 6 years, and has been at TJ for 5 years. She is responsible for the languages curriculum across the school and works part time, on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Woodhead has been teaching at Thomas Jolyffe for 17 years. She is responsible for the RE curriculum in the school and works part time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

We also have the wonderful Mrs South as our learning assistant across both classes and the brilliant Mrs Culbert is working in 5WM during the mornings. 5R are lucky enough to have Mrs Richardson, who is a trainee teacher from Worcester University, working and teaching in their class each week. 


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.



Year 5's weekly homework will include MathsSpelling Practise and Reading


Maths homework will be set on 'MyMaths'. A new activity will be set each Wednesday to be completed for the following Wednesday. Your child’s login details can be found in their reading record.


As mentioned above, spellings will be set each Wednesday and the children will complete their test the following Wednesday. 


We are expecting all children to be reading for at least 25 minutes each day. 


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’