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Welcome to Ockbrook

Hello, I am Mrs Newton, your Year 5 Teacher for September. Some of you may remember me teaching you for a term when you were in Year 1. I remember how lovely you were all then and I can’t wait to teach you all this year.

I had been a Supply Teacher for many years at St John’s and I became full time in 2018 as a Year 2 Teacher. I moved to Year 5 in 2019 and even though I enjoyed teaching Year 2, I love teaching in the juniors as we get to experience lots of new adventures together.

I have lived in Belper all my life (I even came to this school when I was your age!). You may have also seen me out and about walking my German Shepherd called Mischa. Don't forget to say hello or give me a wave next time you see me. 



Our Class Name

Ockbrook is a village in Derbyshire about 5 miles east of Derby.

Our Classroom

See the link below to help you find your way around school. Our classroom is C3.

Projects in Year 5 

We have lots of exciting projects in Year 5, which offer lots of variety. For example, if you are a keen historian, we enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings when we study 'The Pharaohs.' If you are a budding scientist, 'Scream Machine' will be right up your street when you get to become engineers and get busy testing mechanisms, pendulums and pulleys to see how forces work.

Have a look here for homework ideas and get busy during the Summer Holidays. I can't wait to see what you create for our Stargazer's Project.

New Experiences in Year 5



Year 5 will have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons throughout the Year on Tuesday mornings.  Due to current Government guidelines, lessons will not begin in September as in previous years.  These will hopefully start later on in the Autumn Term.  You will receive more details regarding swimming when more information has been provided.  We would kindly request that any parents who are available to help us by walking down to the Leisure Centre on Tuesday mornings could let class teachers know so that we can begin to make plans for when lessons are able to begin. The weather can generally be unkind to us too, so you must remember to bring your coat on that day, even if it looks like a lovely day when you set off for school.


Until swimming resumes, PE will take place in school on Tuesday as well as Wednesday.



Indoor PE

Outdoor PE

Mrs Newton



Mrs Astell







Lea Green 

You will also get the opportunity to go on your very first Residential Trip to Lea Green. From what I can see on their web page -,  it sounds amazing and can't wait to go with you all.


Parent's Section


See the links below to tell you more about the school day, the equipment you will need and lots of other important information too.



Your child will complete a weekly spelling test. Spellings will be given to your child on Friday and are tested on these a week later. If your child is absent on a Friday, they will need to obtain the information as soon as they return to school.


In addition to this, your child will also receive weekly SPAG (Spelling & Grammar) or reading comprehension homework and maths homework, based upon the learning objectives taught during that week. Homework is due on the Thursday after it is sent out. We expect all children to read at least five times a week and record this in their reading record which we request is signed by an adult.  Your child will complete Accelerated Reader quizzes in school once they have read a book.  This will be monitored by your child’s class teacher.

During the week, Mrs Winson-Bushy will teach the class French on Thursday afternoons and Mrs Paine will be teaching a lesson on Friday mornings.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions regarding next year and being in Year 5, please let me know by filling in the contact form below. I can't wait to meet you all and find out what you have all been up to.


Mrs Newton