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Hello and welcome to Parwich


Mrs Astell



Hello. I'm Mrs Astell and I will be your Year 5 teacher in September.  I have been teaching at St John's since 2008.  For the last six years I have been teaching in Year Two and am really looking forward to moving into Key Stage Two to work with you in September. 


In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family.  We enjoy looking after our two horses, Magic and Tia, as well as our cats. 

I enjoy baking cakes, reading and walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.  I'm really looking forward to learning lots about you all in September.




As you probably already know, all of our classes are named after places in Derbyshire.  We are Parwich, which is a small village in the High Peak, 7 miles north of Ashbourne.  There are only 472 people who live in Parwich - less than the number of children at St John's.






Our Classroom



Our room is C1.  Look at the map to find out where we will be.  I will be spending some time over the summer holidays getting our classroom ready to welcome you back in September.

Our Projects


We have six exciting projects to look forward to.  We start the year with our Stargazers project which is all about our solar system.  Why not have a look at the homework ideas and get started over the summer?  I can't wait to see what you do.



Here is some information to help you get organised for our week in school.


Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  


Year 5 usually go swimming every Tuesday morning. However, this year we will not be going swimming for the first few weeks due to the current circumstances.  Therefore, we will initially have one indoor and one outdoor PE lesson every week.  Once we start going to swimming, we will then have swimming for one of our PE lessons and alternate between indoor and outdoor PE each term for our other lesson.


As Assistant Head, I will be out of class on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons to do my leadership work.  During this time you will be taught by Mrs Paine.  In addition to this, Mrs Winson-Bushby will be teaching you French every Wednesday morning after break.

Special Events


One exciting part about being in Year 5 is that you get the opportunity to go to Lea Green for your first residential trip. Here we get to try out new activities and have lots of fun!


Information for parents/carers

Contact Mrs Astell

If you have any questions about coming back to school in September and being in Year 5 or if you just want to say hello, please get in touch using the contact form below.