Asquith Primary School

Growing to Succeed

Horsfall Street, Morley, Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS27 9QY

Headteacher: Gillian Austerfield



Poplar class


Your class teacher is Miss Wetherill, supported by Miss McDermott.

Here you will find useful information about our class, as well as photographs of what we have been doing in school.       

PE Days

PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We will be aiming to run the mile on Thursdays to avoid confusion as to when the children need their PE kits.



Signed by parents over the weekend and by the class teacher on a Monday.

Please feel free to use your child's planner as a means of communication if you would like to pass on any messages.

You will also find my school email in their planner if you would prefer to use that.



Homework will continue to be given out on a Friday, to be completed by the following Wednesday. If your child is unable to complete this at home they will have the chance to do so in school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes at homework club. 


This term's creative curriculum is entitled 'my world'. 

This is due back on Monday 20th November.

The homework exhibitions will be held on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd November.


Children in Year 5 are expected to spend 1 hour on their homework each week. This will consist of spelling practise and a maths homework relating to the work covered in class that week. It is expected that your child reads for at least 10 minutes each night as part of their homework from school. It would be really appreciated if you could encourage your child to do this.



Children are welcome to take books from the KS2 library as well as our class library and read them at home.

Bug Club is now up and running and login details can be found in children's planners. We will be using Bug Club in guided reading sessions, and children will occasionally be set grammar and spelling activities to complete as homework.



Spellings will be given out on a Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday, after your child has had chance to practise over the weekend. Each week, spellings will be updated on the learning platform for you to access at home and practise online!


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For the past two years, as part of a whole school effort, each class has taken part in a weekly 1 mile run.

The benefits resulting from this have been fantastic! Not only has it been evident that children have been getting fitter, and therefore healthier, but it is also clear that they are becoming more confident, with children applying their new found determination to their work ethic in the classroom. We are keen to continue running at least once a week and ask you to please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear in school so that they are able to take part.




Our current record for all Year 5 pupils is...

11 minutes 50 seconds 

Autumn 2

Year 5 are learning all about the Viking Age in Britain. We were lucky enough to visit the Jorvik Viking Centre in York. Here is a photo of us learning all about the archaeology behind the dig site of Jorvik. 



Autumn 1


 As part of our space topic in Autumn 1, Year 5 pupils worked in groups of 2 and 3 to investigate the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon. We made mini models using paper plates and split pins that helped us to learn about the difference between rotating and orbiting.

As a school, we are working with Premier League Primary Stars. In Year 5, myself and Mr Jones will be working closely with coaches to plan and deliver fun and engaging PE activities to help pupils develop their skills in everything from balance and coordination to athletics and throwing skills. In addition to this, challenging topics such as resilience, diversity and self-esteem, will be brought to life by personal insights from children and top figures of the sporting world. 


Today (21.09.17) we were lucky enough to be visited by Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock, who kindly answered all of our questions about his inspirations, work ethic and hobbies outside of football. 

Recommended websites...


English/ Maths/ Science 





Login details can be found in the back of your child's planners. 





Poplar Class

Super stars in Year 5!

Chloe WETHERILL (wetherillc) on: Poplar Class

Today we were awarded our 7th playground star, for our mature attitude when lining up for lessons in the playground. That takes us to the top of KS2 with the most so far this half term, Keep it up Year 5 and this half term's prize will be in the bag! Image result for smiling emoji


National Poetry Day

Chloe WETHERILL (wetherillc) on: Poplar Class

In keeping with our space topic, we looked at a Kevin Nesbitt poem about aliens :)

The aliens have landed!
It's distressing, but they're here.
They piloted their flying saucer
through our atmosphere.
They landed like a meteor
engulfed in smoke and flame.
Then out they climbed immersed 
in slime
and burbled as they came.

Their hands are greasy tentacles.
Their heads are weird machines.
Their bodies look like cauliflower
and smell like dead sardines.
Their blood is liquid helium.
Their eyes are made of granite.
Their breath exudes the stench of foods
from some unearthly planet.

And if you want to see these
sickly, unattractive creatures,
you'll find them working in your school;
they all got jobs as teachers.

- Kevin Nesbitt


Leeds Theatre in Education

Chloe WETHERILL (wetherillc) on: Poplar Class

Today, we were visited by The Leeds Theatre in Education company. They performed The Looking for Callum Educational Theatre Programme, which has been designed to address some serious issues which affect children and young people. The play and the workshops have been structured to allow participants to engage with a range of issues on a level according to their own experiences and knowledge, and to explore those issues with their teachers/support workers according to their needs and concerns.  Year 5 were engaged throughout and took part in a mature and sensible manner, well done! More information about this workshop can be found on the school's safeguarding page.


A visit from Bailey Peacock

Chloe WETHERILL (wetherillc) on: Poplar Class

Year 5 were very excited to have the chance to get a surprise visit from Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock. He very kindly answered our many questions about his daily diet, hobbies and inspirations. 


Mile run

Chloe WETHERILL (wetherillc) on: Poplar Class

We aim to run the mile each week as a full year group. We had a fantastic start to the mile run last Thursday (14/9/17) and all finished in under 13 minutes. The children showed amazing team spirit, and kept each other motivated no matter what speed they were going. We were really proud of their efforts and are excited and raring to go for next week!