St Helen's Primary School

St. Helen's Primary School


Class 8 (Year 5/6) - Mr Dowding

 Hello and welcome to Class 8

My name is Mr Dowding and I am the teacher of Class 8. Our class is made up of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and we are so fortunate to be supported in class by Mrs Foreman and Miss Kennedy.

We are all so excited and raring to go in September- we hope you are too! I know that a lot of you know me already and I really hope you are all looking forward to joining my class. I can’t wait to get to know you all better, teach you lots of things, work hard and also have a joke along the way- learning should be fun and enjoyable! (There may just be one or two chats about Harry Potter and lots of other books thrown in there too!).

Year 5 and 6 is a busy year as you all work hard to be ready and fully prepared to sit your Year 6 SATs in maths, reading and SPaG. You’ll learn so much along the way and all I ask is that you try your best and you’ll succeed. I know you’ve all had lots of time away from school- don’t worry about this- we’ll catch up together and before long it’ll be like you’ve never been away.

I’m eagerly anticipating all of our topics that we’re going to be covering this year- from rivers in geography, to watercolour painting in art and woodwork in DT. Year 5 and 6 certainly promises to be an exciting year full of challenges, new opportunities and fun.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I can’t wait to hear all about it in September- it’ll be here before you know it!

See you all soon Class 8!

Mr Dowding


A Note For Parents


Water Bottles

Children can bring a water bottle to school. It should be labelled with your child's name. Children will bring their bottles home daily for cleaning. Please ensure that children only have water in their classroom bottle. (A separate bottle for juice can be sent in if your child has a packed lunch dinner.) 


Your child will bring home 20 spellings on a Monday. They should practise these spellings each night and they will be tested on 10 of them on a Friday. These spelling sheets should not be returned to school.  


Your child's PE day is a Thursday. Please ensure that your child brings their PE kit in each Thursday and children will bring it home with them on the same day for cleaning. PE kit is black shorts, a white t-shirt and appropriate footwear. PE will be taking place outside so children are advised to wear a hoodie and joggers or leggings to keep warm outside, as well as trainers or plimsolls.