Message from our Head Teacher

Welcome to Haydonleigh Primary School’s website and to a school where ‘I am talented, together we are amazing’ underpins our philosophy.

We provide a secure and happy environment where the work is varied and challenging and every child and adult is valued. We set the children and ourselves high standards to enable every child to develop his or her potential to the full and become confident learners.

All parents are very welcome at Haydonleigh, and we see home and school working together as very important for your child.

Our website will give you a flavour of our school’s aims, the activities that the children are involved in, the achievements that we have gained and the wealth of memorable experiences that the children encounter.

I hope you enjoy the website and if you'd like to visit the school, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Frances Billinge

I am talented, together we are amazing !

Welcome to Year 5

Mrs Rochester                                                                                                     Miss Kenshole

Class 16                                                                                                                 Class 17

Miss Walters

Class 18

 Mrs Titcombe

Mrs Swindall

Mrs Hackman

Parents Curriculum Evening  - Tuesday 14 November

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Useful Information 


  • Year 5 PE days are usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays, however children need to have their PE kits in school every day of the week. 


  • Music lessons will take place on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will receive one term of recorder tuition and two terms of clarinet lessons.


  • If your child has anything they wish to discuss, please encourage them to approach their teacher first. In Year 5 we strive to achieve greater independence.  We operate an open-door policy and welcome parents and guardians to approach and discuss any concerns with their child’s teacher. Many thanks for your support in this busy academic year.


Year 5 Homework

Homework is handed out on Monday and collected back in on the following Monday.


Maths homework

Our Maths homework is to complete the weekly task(s) set on a Monday. Children are also required to practise their times tables with the related division facts each week in preparation for a times tables test every Friday.


English homework

Our English homework is to complete the weekly task(s) set on a Monday.


Reading homework 

Children are expected to read at least 5 times a week for approximately 20 minutes each time and record their comments in their reading journals. It is imperative in Year 5 that children are reading regularly to help improve their writing and to prepare them for future years.

Spelling homework

Children need to practise their set spellings every evening in their ‘home spelling books’. There are lots of spelling strategies to refer to at the front of these books.


Weekly homework

Maths homework

Miss Kenshole’s and Miss Walters' maths groups

Mrs Rochester’s maths group

English Homework

English homework all groups


  • World Book Day – Friday 2nd March
  • Easter Holidays 30 March  to 13 April
  • Half Term 28 May to 1 June
  • Summer Holidays 27 July to 31 August 

Years 5 and 6 have been busy developing our 4Rs (Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness)!

First, we mixed up into our house teams and accepted the challenge of using straws and masking tape to make the strongest bridges possible! After testing which shapes gave the strongest structure, we began to build our bridges in groups of 4 or 5. To test them, we piled weights on top of each bridge to see which one could hold the most before it collapsed! Well done to the Pumas who managed to make the strongest bridge! On reflection, we thought about how fair this test was and discussed what we would do differently next time. These are some of our amazing designs:

The next day, we mixed up into our house teams again to compete in a maths competition! We worked in pairs to solve different word problems, making sure to show all our working out! For each question we answered, we won some house points, raffle tickets and a letter (part of a code). For an extra 20 house points at the end, we had to try to work out what the code spelt. Well done to the children who worked out it was ‘HAYDONLEIGH LOVES MATHS’! Here are some photos of us hard at work:

Building Learning Powers

In Year 5 we aim to develop the children’s independence and attitudes to learning by encouraging them to consider the Four R’s at all times during their learning. These are:

Reflectiveness, Reciprocity, Resilience, Resourcefulness.

These learning powers are regularly referred to by both adults and children throughout Year 5 and reminders are displayed in the classrooms. Children are familiar with the different learning powers and understand how they can demonstrate those attitudes in their learning.


Last term, Years 5 and 6 found out about The Bloodhound Project, a team who are aiming to set a new land speed record of 1000mph! This project inspired us to have a go at investigating different variables that can affect a moving object’s speed, and to set our own Haydonleigh house team records! To do this, we became scientists and mathematicians!

Throughout the day, the children worked incredibly hard and showed fantastic resourcefulness, reciprocity, resilience and reflectiveness! Here are some of the records that we set:


  • Longest running man: RA, NH and JV -  20+ minutes.
  • Longest arm span: AA - 125cm


  • Longest time staring without blinking: JB at 4 minutes 30 seconds.
  • Furthest throw of a bean bag: AJL at 20 m


  • Most keepie-uppies in one minute: FC at 34 successful keepie-uppies
  • Heaviest pencil case at  TK 600g


  • Longest arm span: MZ  at 158cm
  • Largest grasp/hand span: HC at  21 cm


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