Meet the Teacher

Hello Year 5 parents!

Normally at this time of year we would be inviting you all into the classroom for our Meet the Teacher session, but seeing as that is not currently possible, I have recorded a Meet the Teacher video which runs through some of our key routines, focus areas and reminders. I've also done a little tour of the classroom so you can get a taster for your child's learning environment and you can see where all the fun happens!

I hope these are useful, and if you have any questions or would like any more detail or explanation of anything, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

I look forward to speaking/seeing you all soon!

Mr Dickson




Useful information

PE: Mondays and Wednesdays are our PE days. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days. There is no need to bring a change of clothes as pupils will remain in their PE kit for the rest of the day. Please also ensure that your child has a pair of trainers in school at all times.

Reading books: Due to current restrictions on movement around the school, children will have a selection of library books to browse and read in class. They will also have a colour banded reading book suited to their reading ability to read. Our daily Guided Reading lessons will give children the opportunity to explore a variety of texts as a class,  strengthen their core reading ability and develop specific comprehension skills.  

Pencil cases: Please do not send your children in with pencil cases. We will be providing the children with all necessary equipment while they are here. 

Spellings: We will cover the core spelling patterns from the National Curriculum as well as tricky and common use words in class. Further details on our approach to learning how to spell can be found on the school Literacy page. 

The Curriculum: At Brill School, English, Maths and Core Skills are taught through focused daily lessons; usually in the morning.  For other lessons we have developed a curriculum that is imaginative, child focused and cross curricular.

Year 5’s thematic topic units for this year are:

Autumn - The Ancient Egyptians

Spring - The Fall Of The Roman Empire

Summer - The Great Outdoors (Refugees)



Please don't hesitate to contact us via our school email addresses if you have any queries or questions. 

We can then arrange a meeting, if necessary, to discuss matters further.

Thank you!

Mr Dickson

Ways you can support your child's learning in school


In Year 5 the children are taught particular spelling patterns during Literacy lessons and we have recently begun a new 'Speller of the Week' initiative.  If children are able to use the spelling patterns correctly in independent writing, they are rewarded through our credit system and also, for additional effort, may receive the Speller of the Week certificate.  Additionally, we have some 'Words of the Week' too.  These aim to develop use of more adventurous vocabulary and sometimes these words are also related to the spelling pattern.

Year 5 have a spelling list of words that is used within lessons. These words form the basis of our weekly spelling tests.


In Year 5 the children take part in guided reading sessions, 4 times per week, where we focus on specific reading skills.  We prioritise reading in Year 5, recognising that regular reading of high quality books will impact learning in a positive way.  Reading appropriately pitched books will inevitably lead to an improved understanding of written material, whilst also positively impacting the childrens' writing content.

Do please encourage your child to read (and share with you) the texts from our Brill School Year 5 recommended book list.


Within the Year 5 curriculum, there are many times where secure knowledge of all of the times tables from x1 to x12 helps the children learn new skills and methods of calculating. Please encourage your children to frequently practise their times tables; both by rote methods and by asking questions out of order.  The more secure the times tables are, the more confident your child will be in lessons when learning much of the curriculum objectives for Year 5.

Class Teacher

Mr Dickson

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Ellis

Year 5 Wow Moments!

We have an Engineer in our ranks!

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Arlo has put his time into creating this amazing example of engineering.  I couldn't even begin to explain how he has created it and I wouldn't even try to explain it.  We all know Arlo would explain it perfectly and in depth like he always does!

Very Very Very impressive Arlo!

Relaxing in the Sun!

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Harry has been 'chilling' in his treehouse with his sister Lara!  Before anyone asks, NO ADULTS ALLOWED!

He has also taken part in the competition to create his own dragon!  A very cool, very scary looking creature!!


Lilly The Illustrator

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Below is a beautiful illustration created by Lilly.  It is based on her favourite book!  This is a great task to do and good to get your creativity flowing!  Send them in to me and I will blog them, if you want to!

Maya the Magical Gardener

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Maya has been busy in the garden, planting away!  If anyone needs some gardening done, or their raised bed decorated.  I know the girl for the job!  Email (Not a real email! Please do not actually email!) 


Callum's Cakes

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Callum showing he is not just a pro on the guitar, but clearly a kitchen pro too!  Mrs Freeland must take notes!  If you could save some for me, that would be amazing Callum!


Mrs Freeland's Clearly Crafty in the Kitchen

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Mrs Freeland has been busy in the kitchen baking some Cheese Scones & Jam filled Goodies!


Dragon George!

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George has taken part in an online competition where he had to design and create a dragon.  This looks and sounds amazing George, I am going to try and find the details so that hopefully others can join the competition!



Ava has been busy!

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Ava has filled her days with many different projects!  She's been practicing all sorts of different skills across the last two weeks.  As we can see she's been baking, skating, painting, talking and planting!! How have you managed to fit that all in Ava? You must teach me!!



Mexican Spiced Lasagne anyone?

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Below is a beautiful invention by Rose, called the 'Mexican Spiced Lasagne'.  According to a local source, Rose is having meetings with many major restaurant businesses to get her meal on the menu.

Masterchef Maisie!

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Move over Jamie Oliver, Maisie is here with her homemade pasta!  An excellent and fun activity with a tasty result at the end.  


Hot Cross Bens

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Looks like Ben has been busy not only in the kitchen baking some goodies for his family, but also out in the fresh air planting some seeds to grow.

Creativity flowing in Year 5!

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Excellent to see the creativity still flowing through Year 5.  Here we have Harry's Lego creation and Emily's beautiful drawing.  If you have created something that you want me to share, please get an adult to email it to me at

Looks like Mr Dickson has a new baking challenger!

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Lilly has shown off her baking skills by baking a cake that not only looks better than Mr Dickson's banana bread but probably tastes better too.


More Beautiful Picasso Art

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A few more to add to our Year 5 collection of Picasso Artwork.  Myself and Señora Tate are hugely impressed with the artistic skills being shown by Year 5

Mrs Freeland Garden Reading!

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Mrs Freeland keeping her mind busy by basking in the sun reading a new book!  I would echo this as a great activity if you are looking for something to do, if you have a garden space.  If you are like me and do not, open a window wide and get comfortable, the fresh air is refreshing!

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Was due a clean!

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Sun was shining and my car was dirty!  A good way to spend a few hours!  Maybe even offer to wash your household's cars!

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Barlow Writers!

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Excellent to see the girls working hard on their English work!  I look forward to reading all of your work when we are back!

Mr Dickson for British Bake Off 2021!

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I have been keeping myself busy by giving baking a go.  I must say I think I would give Paul Hollywood a good battle in the kitchen!  I will try to save some for everyone!

Picasso Portraits from Y5

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Excellent to see some Year 5 children trying their hand at their own Picasso Style portraits.  Keeping their creativity and originality flowing.  I'm excited to see more soon!