Year 5

Your class teachers are:

Sandpipers: Mr Scudder

Lapwings: Miss Rose

Avocet: Mrs Ryan 

Year 5 TA Team: Mrs Tkchova, Mrs Hartley, Miss Tilley, Miss Farrimond, Mrs Smith, Mrs Williams.

Downloads and links:

Topic web

Welcome letter

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Class email addresses:

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This Autumn term, the year 5 children are studying the Vikings.

To support our learning, we have arranged a ‘Viking Experience Day’. This will take place in school, on Monday 17th October 2022 for the whole year group. During the day, children will take part in workshops lead by a member of the Viking Schools Education team which will enable children to understand more about the Vikings and their way of life.


The children will take the role of Vikings with the children covering various topic areas each with a hands-on element. They will have the opportunity to handle artefacts, and piece together evidence to aid discovery. Children will need to be in school at the normal time and will finish as normal at 3.00pm. All lunch arrangements will remain as a normal school day. As part of the day, we will be asking children to dress up as a Viking and to bring in their shields (which we will set as Home Learning so don’t worry about this yet!) that they have designed and created for homelearning on the day of their workshop. Dressing up needn’t be challenging nor expensive. Costumes are easily made from existing clothing and there is no need to get something from a fancy dress shop. In fact, your clothing will be more authentic if it’s not!


So, if you want to make a quick, cheap and simple authentic home-made outfit, you can wear:

  • Viking or Saxon Warrior A long sleeved, oversize plain T-shirt, any colour but muted ones are best. Borrow your dad’s or big brother’s!

  • A thin belt, leather or fabric. A plain tie-belt from a dressing gown will do at a push!

  • A pair of plain dark leggings or jogging bottoms

  • Plain dark shoes or short boots Viking Lady

  • A plain coloured long dress or top and skirt

  • A plain long tabard-style apron (this can just be a rectangle of fabric with a hole cut in it for the head), or at a push, a plain kitchen apron

  • A thin belt

  • A pair of round or oval badges or brooches, one to be worn on each side of the chest just below the collar bone

  • A string of beads to hang between the two brooches

  • Plain dark shoes or short boots

  • Hair plaited in a single plait at the back Anglo Saxon Lady

  • As above, but without the tabard/apron dress and brooches. The beads can be worn as a necklace instead.

  • A plain headscarf.

Sideshore Sea Safety Project, September 2022

This week, 180 of our Withycombe children (Year 5 and 6) took part in the first ever ‘Sideshore Sea Safety Project’. This project was set up the following aims:

  • To inspire and motivate all children to use and respect the local environment

  • To equip and educate all children with the lifesaving skills necessary if they should unintentionally fall into water

  • To provide education and guidance on safe sea swimming and self-rescue


The children started their beach sessions with a ‘meet the lifeguard’ talk from the RNLI beach lifeguards, who carefully explained the flag system on the beach and gave helpful tips on safer sea swimming. The children then completed a series of land based games and sea swimming activities learning about self-rescues, hazard spotting and cold water shock.

The children absolutely loved the sea swimming sessions and were already asking to go again before they walked back to school. There have been a LOT of smiles on the beach over the last two days and many members of the public have commented on how wonderful our Withycombe children are. Despite the red flag on day one, this project has been a huge success and highlighted the importance of taking care of the environment and checking that it is safe to swim even more. 

Huge thanks to Edge Watersports, Sideshore learn to swim initiative for funding the event, Jane Hushon (Swim Devon) and the super team that we have here at Withycombe who worked hard behind the scenes to make this all come together.