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Little Hallingbury


Oak – Year 5

Haere mai (Welcome) to Oak class 2019-20


Kia ora (hello). 


I'm Mr Lister. 


I'm delighted to be the full-time classroom teacher of Year 5 at LHPS.  


A bit about me...potted history


Personal Bio


  • kiwi (NZer) with an Irish passport (thanks to maternal grandparent)


  • married with 3 children aged 8 to 14 living in Chelmsford so running around all the time!




  • law and politics degrees and ed diploma




  • commercial property and environmental lawyer for 16 years


  • dramatic career change (read "midlife" crisis)...primary schoolteacher for last 8 years (classroom and supply) in NZ and UK


My Pedagogy (teaching practice)


He tangata, he tangata, he tangata (the people, the people, the people).  Relationships are paramount - teacher/child, peer interactions and teacher/parent.  Pastoral care too.  When a child feels safe and supported the real learning can begin.  I like to use the school's principles and values to co-construct with the children what best practice ("rules") look like in the classroom.  I believe children learn as much from each other as they do from their teacher and from their wider environment/ independently.  All of us are a blend of visual, aural and kinesthetic learners so I employ a variety of these teaching styles and tasks to maximize learning outcomes across the curriculum.  I embrace technology as a super tool to make children digitally SMART.  IT is a stimulating, interactive and engaging way to develop independent learners.  I like to make lessons fun, challenging but rewarding.   




Ego docemus, ergo sum  (I teach, therefore I am)


Together, we're going to have a wonderful year...


Ka kite ano (see you)

David Lister








NOTICES for Autumn term


  • Hey, hey...I'm back.  Mea culpa.  Mille scuse.  I forgot my username and password so you may have noticed I haven't posted for a couple of weeks at least.  I'm back now.  This week's spellings are on. 
  • SPECIAL NOTICE...This week (on Thursday 28 November) I invite all children to bring into class 1 or 2 of their favourite chocolate bars together with a cup because we will be concocting our own version of a Mayan chocolate drink!  No nuts please.  If anyone is lactose intolerant or has any other dietary special needs please let me know. 


  • PE is on Tues (KAS) in the 2nd half of the last period of the day.  Because this term we're doing Swimming every Wednesday which takes us out of school all Wed morning, we may not always have a 2nd PE lesson on Thurs (tho sometimes we might).  Please ensure your PE gear and trainers are in a separate bag at school on Tues and Thurs.


  • Daily 15 minute mile.


  • Swimming lessons weekly every Wed this term until and including Wed 11 Dec.  The school expectation is all students participate unless they have a written signed note.  Please ensure appropriate swimming costume, cap, goggles (optional) and towel in separate bag.


  • Stationery - for the moment bringing in personal stationery is on hold.


  •  Water bottles - recommended.


  • Reading daily at home - c 20 minutes recommended to/with adult or independently.


  • Times tables - practise on - students use unique username and password to access website  and complete set rapid recall number skills tasks.  Mr Lister's "fun" activities (read "tests") are every Fri am.  Any children without access to the internet or needing to focus on 1 or 2 times tables will be provided with a unique home programme.  I was delighted today 4 children recorded their best results in times table recall.  Keep works. 
  • This week we completed our novel study of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom.  Next week we start our new novel The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads (based in Mayan times). 


  • We are reading "The Matchbox Diary" by Paul Fleischman.  Please can you discuss with your children any significant events in their life that they might like to recall and memorialise with a token or keepsake that might fit into the matchbox they made e.g. sand or shell or stone signifying a favourite family beach holiday, a photo (it could be of their pet, family, friends), a ticket, a football card, a piece of cosmetic jewellery, a coin etc...nothing of extrinsic value please, intrinsic only.  If the children could start bringing in these items this week please and store them in their trays...




  • Huge congratulations to the 4 boys that joined 6 Y6 boys and represented the school in the football tournament winning a gold medal in the small schools category and also a bronze medal overall.  Not only did everyone play to the best of their ability and with enthusiasm but they were wonderful ambassadors for the school and we are very proud of both the way they played and their achievements.
  • This week it was the opportunity for those children that really push themselves in the 15 Minute Daily Mile to represent the school at X-country.  1 girl won a silver medal, another a bronze and everyone who competed did extremely well...I understand the girl's team have qualified for the next round, go you good things!


Spelling - weekly - see link below for a list of spelling words for the week.  I have also posted a hard copy if anyone needs.  There is also a list of contractions for 3 children to practise. Online children are encouraged to "play" the various spelling games forming part of this website to practise the correct spelling of the words.  Mr Lister's "fun" activity for these words (read "test") will be on Fri am.  Spelling this week is List 10 hard copy word doc or online... it is the word group ending -iousLast week it was clear from some scores that some children had not practised. These Y5 spelling words are challenging, even more so if you haven't practised.  I'll be checking some children's daily practice this week.  










SPORTS CLUBS - Autumn 2019


Time Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
B4 school   Y3-6 Cheerleading      
Lunch Y5/6 choice Y4-6 Girls' Football      
After school Y5/6 Netball Y5/6 Football    

Y3-6 Indoor Sports

Y5/6 Tag Rugby


Place Value Rap

Mr Lister's Fave Maths Websites as at Sept 2019

The Matchbox Diary - class buddies making their own matchboxes from a net

Spelling Words for 3 children

Spelling Words 4

Spelling list 5

Spelling List 6

Spelling words for 3 children - irregular verbs

Spelling words - contractions

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