Year 5

Mrs Marley

I am Mrs Marley and I am the teacher of Year 5 Birch Class.

One thing you will learn about me quickly is that I love books and reading. I read every day and like all sorts of books including adult and children’s books, adventure, fantasy, funny, mystery and sometimes scary books. My favourite children’s books are the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, the Cogheart books by Peter Bunzl and Matilda by Roald Dahl. In my class you can expect to hear lots of talk about books I have read and you will be able to borrow books from my own personal collection. I love nothing more than recommending and discussing books that I have enjoyed. We will be reading every day in class from the book we use for Guided Reading and English lessons to poems, short stories, information books and novels in our DEAR sessions at the end of each day. I am the English coordinator at school and run the Reading Champions group so I love all things to do with English and books!


I have two sons of my own, who are 12 and 15, and a gorgeous 3-year-old dog called Poppy. I love going for long walks with them and exploring where I live and new places. From woods or the countryside, to riverbanks or beaches, every weekend we go on a new adventure in the great outdoors.


Year 5 is a great year to be in. I’ve been a teacher for 23 years now and a lot of that time has been in Year 5. You will become more independent workers and develop confidence and maturity through the year. You will be able to be more creative when presenting work that you can be really proud of. ​


​In Year 5 we enjoy learning lots of interesting topics including the Ancient Greeks, the Maya, the Americas and Gibside. You will love learning about Greek heroes and monsters and how the Maya discovered chocolate. You will learn about the different places in the USA and the mountains and rivers in North and South America.

In science we learn about space, forces, materials and life cycles. We will imagine travelling into space and learn all about early space exploration. We will enjoy lots of practical experiments to find out about forces and materials.


Some of you may be feeling nervous about Year 5, but I know that you will rise to the challenge, use your growth mindset and work to the best of your ability. If you believe in yourselves and never give up, there is nothing you can’t achieve.

Mr Gibson

Hello there! My name is Mr Gibson and I am one of the Year 5 teachers.

In Year 5 we study some incredibly exciting topics, and begin exploring areas not quite so close to us ranging from the mythology of Ancient Greece right the way through to space travel and our universe! As the year continues we’ll also be looking a little closer to home, investigating Gibside and the surrounding area, before taking off again and researching America and figuring out just what you’d need to know in order to survive in that expansive place hundreds of years ago.

I love watching movies and anime, playing videogames and reading books & comics, and swimming and running. Most of all, though, I think I especially love eating M&Ms (just the plain ones, none of those peanut monstrosities) and madeira cake which I have a recently-rediscovered passion for. These are all things I hope we’ll get to do in the coming year in the classroom – although I’m not sure how I’m going to sneak my PlayStation in or explain the chocolate stains on the books, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it…

Year 5 is a big year for our children, but I have a classroom that’s filled with music and laughter and lots of chat about all of the things we love. I guarantee that Year 5 will be the most exciting, funniest and (I have to put this) educational year ever.