Welcome to Ash Tree Class!


Welcome to our class page!

Year 5/6 Ash is taught by Miss Bairstow with support from Mrs Senior.

The information detailed below will be updated for the 2019/20 academic year. For now, please click here to see your child's class newsletter.      


This year, alongside the school curriculum we plan to focus on...

  1. Reading for pleasure – sharing book tips with our friends and discovering new favourite writers. 
  2. Becoming more resilient by taking risks with our learning – both inside and outside the classroom (e.g. through drama or school trips). 
  3. Reflecting on our work and learning from our mistakes (FAIL = First Attempt In Learning!). 
  4. Achieving all our times tables awards.
  5. Improving our handwriting.


HOME READING: This will be central to your child’s learning this year. The expectation in Year 5 is that children read for 20 minutes at least 3 times per week – however those who make outstanding progress often read 5 or more times! Please record the book and page number in your child’s reading record. Finished books will be changed every Tuesday and Friday.

HOMEWORK: English and maths homework is given every Friday – to be returned the following Wednesday. Please ensure your child does not forget the basics (neat handwriting, capital letters, full stops, etc).

SPELLINGS: These are given every Friday and tested the following Friday. They can be practised online by logging onto our Spelling App from this page and clicking on 'Year 5'. Children can also access the various Word Walls of essential high-frequency spellings.

TIMES TABLES: Instant recall of times tables is a crucial foundation of the more advanced maths we’ll tackle this year. Children are therefore expected to practise at home regularly (Mathletics and Hit the Button can help here). They have the chance to achieve their times tables award every Monday lunchtime. Winners are announced in Celebration Assembly on a Friday. By the end of Year 5, every child should have achieved their Super Gold award (all multiplication / division facts up to x12).  

PE: Oak Tree Class usually have PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Ash Tree Class usually have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays – however this can change due to the weather. Therefore please ensure your child brings their full PE kit (including trainers) every Monday – they can be taken home at the weekend for washing.



  1. Read with them every day, asking lots of questions to check their understanding and discussing tricky vocabulary. Ask your child if they won a house point for their reading last week!
  2. Help your child achieve all their times tables awards. Regular use of Mathletics or Hit the Button can be a huge help here.
  3. Encourage them to earn all their gold bars on Mathletics – which covers the majority of the maths curriculum. They can win a gold bar by achieving at least 85% on a task.
  4. Encourage use of the school’s Spelling App - both weekly spellings and the Word Walls for essential high-frequency words.
  5. Help your child to reflect on their homework by looking back on aspects they found tricky or doing extra research.



    NEWS (2018-2019)



                                                              Fossil Hunt

Ash Tree Class have been learning about Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning as part of our topic on evolution. We carried out our own fossil hunt in their classroom and discovered a range of fossils that were millions of years old - including crinoids, gastropods, ancient shark's teeth, ammonites, brachiopods and coprolites. A coprolite is a fossilised dinosaur poo!


                                               Forest School Workshop

Year 5 enjoyed a visit from Mrs Celli of the Yorkshire Forest School as part of our science topic on Living Things. The children had a fantastic afternoon in the sunshine, creating bug hotels and bird feeders beside the school field. We plan to develop this area into a minibeasting zone in the near future.

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Poetry Slam

Year 5 concluded this busy half-term with a live Poetry Slam! The children performed a mixture of famous poems and original compositions in front of a live audience and were awarded marks for their delivery and expression. Congratulations to all our finalists… it was so difficult picking a winner!


High School Musical

Many thanks to Benton Park School for inviting us to a sneak preview of their fantastic production of ‘High School Musical’. Our children were really impressed by the brilliant acting, singing and dancing!



Our music topic this half-term has been rock and roll! Ash Tree Class have loved using our new music resource ‘Charanga’ to work on our rhythm and pitch, before learning to perform Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi.



As part of this term’s topic, Ash Tree Class have enjoyed learning about the four layers of the rainforest – making information booklets, writing poems and creating some fantastic artwork!



Science trip to Benton Park

As part of our science topic on Electricity, Year 5 had a brilliant morning at Benton Park School, where we received specialist teaching from their staff in the science department and used a variety of equipment to make different types of circuits.

Christmas show

Years 5 and 6 put on a fantastic show for our festive production – A YEADON WARTIME CHRISTMAS. The children sang a mixture of wartime and Christmas songs, shared our work from this term’s WW2 topic and performed a monologue based upon the life of John Denison, a teenager living in Yeadon during the war. Many thanks to www.aireboroughhistoricalsociety.co.uk for use of original photos and research.


Dig for Victory

We enjoyed learning about the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign by using a wartime recipe to bake carrot cookies. They were delicious! We also made enough to share with our audience for our Christmas production.


Mosque trip

Ash Tree Class enjoyed a visit to a mosque in Bradford as part of our RE topic. We were given a tour of the building, followed by a talk about the different beliefs and traditions of the Islamic faith.


Judith Rhodes talk

Many thanks to Judith Rhodes, who visited our class and taught us about the Kindertransport for our WW2 topic. Judith showed us a documentary about her mother, who came to Britain in the 1930s after escaping Nazi Germany. She also brought the actual suitcase her mother used while fleeing persecution and some of her original possessions, before taking questions from the children.


Gymnastics workshop

Gymnastics expert Jonathan Last led a series of exciting workshops for Year 5 throughout the morning, before giving an assembly on ‘learning new skills’. He finished by showing us a standing backflip!


Author Visit & Armistice Centenary

Key Stage 2 enjoyed a visit from popular children's author Tom Palmer, whose latest novel - Armistice Runner - is partly set during the First World War. As part of the commemorations for the Armistice Centenary, we also decorated the school with poppies and visited Yeadon Town Hall to read the names of all the local men who fought in the conflict.


Romeo & Juliet

A huge congratulations to our KS2 Drama Club, who gave an outstanding performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square. Our young cast performed brilliantly in front of over 300 paying members of the public as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018 - a date they'd been rehearsing for since May.

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Local History Talk

A huge thanks to Carlo Harrison of the Aireborough Historical Society for delivering a brilliant local history talk to Year 5 for our World War 2 topic. The children were fascinated to see pictures of Yeadon during the Second World War and handle original artifacts from the period.


Eden Camp Trip

We had a fantastic day out at Eden Camp in Malton as part of our WW2 topic! This unique modern history museum was built on the grounds of a former prisoner of war camp. The children experienced the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and Front Line - including the Blitz, a German U-boat and a 1940s music hall.

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