"Holly Hill is a friendly and welcoming school of which pupils, parents, carers and staff are justifiably proud", OFSTED 2018. This is a 'good' school.

Holly Hill Primary and Nursery School

Owls, Year 5, 2021/22

A Great Big Welcome to Owl Class

Year 5

A very big welcome to you.  I am Mrs Balchin - Owl Class teacher and I look forward to working with your wonderful children this year in what we hope will be a 'normal' but very exciting year!  

Working alongside me will be Miss Mills - who will be supporting the children, working 1:1 or taking smaller intervention groups.  

Our class page will give you daily updates about what we've been up to and there will be photographs and examples of work on there too. 

We are very much looking forward to our year ahead.

Key Information


The children will have P.E. every Tuesday.  Please make sure kits are in school for this day.  Ear rings must be removed for all PE activities.


Reading Diaries

We will be using reading diaries as normal this year.  Our school target is reading 5 times a week and the children in Year 5 are able to fill in their own diaries if they wish.  In class we will also be having time for quiet reading, guided reading and reading in the curriculum daily.  Please feel free to write any messages in diaries and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  



Spellings are stuck into diaries for the whole half term and will be practised weekly alongside the Year 5 spelling rules and patterns.  They will usually be tested on the following Monday.  The children will also be working on the Year 5/6 statutory spelling lists which they will practise throughout the year.  If more practise is needed some children may have lists to consolidate from previous year groups and these will be sent home in the next few days. 



Homework throughout the school will be reading 5 times a week and learning spellings and times tables.  The children will also be able to use any of our learning platforms including Mathletics and TT Rock Stars. 




Tuesday 21st September

The Best BasketBall Team Ever!!!  

Monday 20th September

Today we’ve been working on our world map skills. We’ve learned about Lines of Latitude and Lines of Longitude.  We’ve used our knowledge to use the coordinates to locate continents on a world map. It was tricky at first but once we mastered it, it was a doddle. 😁

Some English from today too. Using relative clauses to add more detail and give the reader more information. 
I’m glad you’re looking busy Marley! 😁😁😁


Friday 17th September

After a morning full of SPaG, spelling practise, English and Maths it’s Movie time with our lunch. Happy Friday everyone.

Wednesday 15th September


The children have been reading about Apsley Cherry-Garrard…one of our explorers. 
Today we’ve been writing main clauses and relative clauses. Well done Owls…..great sentence writing!

Monday13th September

Owl class worked hard on our first Power Maths Lesson.


Our First Owl Class Hero

All of Owls have been heroes this week as they’ve all had a great first week but Marley has really caught my eye. He is a hero for his superb Year 5 attitude and for being focussed on his work already
What a great start Marley!  I’m really pleased that you’re an Owl.

Friday 10th September

WOW - What a Day!

Today was our Year 5 and 6 WOW Day to begin our Explorer's Topic.  The photos speak for themselves.  Lots of learning took place today while having lots of  fun too.  

Gloopy Glaciers

What floats your boat.

Making Blubber Gloves


Thursday 9th September.

Our topic this half term is GREAT EXPLORERS.  Our topic incorporates the areas of English, Geography, DT and Science. Our text will be Great Adventurers by Alistair Humphreys. In Geography we will begin by looking at map skills. In DT our unit entitled 'How to eat like an explorer' begins by looking at Diet - a healthy diet, a balanced diet but also all the other possible diets that people may have including vegan, gluten and lactose free diets.  In Science we will be exploring Properties of Materials, focussing on investigating how materials can change. 


Wednesday 8th September

Practical maths today using base 10 equipment and place value counters. By the end most of us could write and give the value of digits in a 6 digit number.

Friday 3rd September

A Successful Few Days

Owls have enjoyed their first few days and have been superstars. We have spent time talking about what makes them happy and they have created some lovely work around this. As part of our Y5 and 6 work on Ambition they have also thought about 

their future goals. This was lovely to hear and we have a baker, an artist, a footballer, a police person, a vet, teacher and bus driver in the making!

Activities and group work about our Holly Hill Way and our school rules and expectations followed by group presentations showing our ideas.