Welcome to Year 5, I am Mr Callus.

During the year we undertake a number of exciting IPC units which cover a broad range of topics such as; the Solar System, Renewable Energy, Living and Growing as well as the Art and History of different.  We will also be exploring where our feelings and emotions come from and how they may affect us.

Our primary aim is to help prepare your child for the challenges and rigours of Year 6 and ensure they make as much progress as possible. This means building on their literacy and numeracy skills. We also believe the key to lifelong learning is nurturing curious minds and encouraging pupils to become more independent.

As teachers, it is our aim to not only to build good relationships with children, but also with parents. With this in mind, we would like to keep you informed and up to date with what is happening.

We hope your child will have a fun and hard-working year with us in 5L,  5U and 5T!

Our Year 5 Newsletter View Here


As part of our English curriculum we study a range of texts and genres of writing, including Romeo and Juliet and The Highwayman. In Maths lessons we will be learning key skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, angles, fractions, decimals and percentages as well as problem solving and data handing.

All children in Year 5 have a fantastic opportunity to learn how to play an instrument with a Specialist Music Teacher. Pupils can continue this into Year 6.

We hope your child will have a fun and hard-working year with us in 5L and 5U! Please see our class blogs for more information.

For further information you can view our Curriculum Maps here: Our Curriculum.


Mrs Lewis

My name is Mrs Lewis. I am currently teaching in year 5 and I am the Religious Education Coordinator.

I have been teaching now for 3 years but have been working and volunteering with children and young people for 7 years. I adore teaching, especially at John Perry; children here are passionate, driven and enthusiastic. Previous to this, I worked as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant and retail operator.

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I have been fortunate enough to have some brilliant and inspiring teachers, which is one of the reasons I’ve become a teacher. I love learning and would like to instill that passion in children.

I love working with young people so much, that I spend my summers volunteering with 16-18 year olds participating in team building activities. I enjoy taking part in changing the lives of children and young people because I believe they can change the world and that education is the key to access social mobility.

As Nelson Mandela stated “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Mr Callus

Hello, my name is Mr Callus. I have taught at John Perry for a few years now, gaining experience across a number of year groups. I have thoroughly enjoyed working here and have seen many changes happen within our school; always for the better.

I am very excited about what the future holds for John Perry Primary School as we continuously seek to improve the experiences we provide for the children. I am always overwhelmed by the excitement and enthusiasm that children bring to my classroom and I believe it’s due to the personal relationships we build.

As my classes always know I have a fond passion for Leyton Orient football club. I also love to play football in my spare time, travel and socialise with my family and friends.

Miss Van Haeften

My name is Miss Haeften. I am a year 5 teacher.

The reason I moved to John Perry was due to its warm and welcoming nature. Everyday is a new challenge and I enjoy working with children helping them to succeed. I love to be creative in my classroom and always try to create an exciting and enthusiastic environment to learn in. I love the arts, especially music!

In my spare time I love to horse ride, take cooking classes, learn a new language, play the saxophone, flute and piano and travel.



December-more like Religious-cember!

5L have been extremely lucky these last few weeks,  they have had visitors from different religions come into school and enlighten the children about their faith and their journey to their religion. 5L have also been on a trip  to see the Nativity in Romford. They were able to gain knowledge about the story of [...]

Barking Stinks!

5L went on their first trip last week to Valence Museum, to discover the layers of smells and stenches that tell the story of Barking's rich industrial past. From the fragrance of thriving fisheries to the stench of the sewage works, manure to match makers, and fertiliser fumes to fizzy pop factories. The children got [...]