Autumn 2019 in Class 5


Welcome to Class 5

This year we have a selection of brilliant topics, which I hope will continue to inspire and interest your children. Our topics from now until Christmas are as follows:

  • Live, Grow, Evolve: This topic continues our work on ‘inheritance and evolution’ as we learn about endangered species, the impact of global warming on habitats, the evolution of man and a study on fossils.
  • We’ll be taking a brief look at the ‘Suffragette’ movement too and looking at how the role of women in society has evolved.
  • We’ll be doing some writing activities based on JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’, creating our own beasts through writing and art.
  • Amazing Human Bodies: This science topic is incredibly hands-on as we learn about nutrients, make blood and (hopefully) dissect a heart!
  • Our class book this term: The Last Wild by Piers Torday

These are just a few highlights – there is much more going on in Class 5 this term, as you will see!

PE – Our PE lessons this year will be on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit at school. If you have any old, spare kit you’d like to donate, this would be helpful for the times when children forget J


Homework – I firmly believe that homework is only helpful to children if they are motivated, engaged and proactive about doing it. I also understand that some children love homework and some dread it! Therefore, I’ll include a few non-negotiable tasks as well as some element of choice with homework this year:


Spellings are essential – your child will be given spellings to learn – usually on a Tuesday and there will be a spelling test each Monday. The words will be a mixture of those set out by the national curriculum, words specifically chosen to widen vocabulary and words relating to our topics. Spellings will be chosen to match your child’s confidence levels, but will also be given to challenge. Daily spelling work takes place in class as well.


Creative tasks – I’ll send home some more creative homework tasks which will probably relate in some way to our topics. Most of these will be optional.


SATs practice – Children are well prepared for SATs tests at school but they may be given homework tasks relating to any element of the SATs.


Parental support with homework is not always a necessity and I know that it is not always possible to support your children all the time. Just remember that any help you can offer is always going to be a bonus – We can also help at school if needed.


Recycling – We made a brilliant start to our school recycling initiative last year and with small steps, our vision of a plastic-free environment will hopefully become more of a reality. THEREFORE, please help us by providing your child with a re-usable bottle for their drink and encouraging them to be less wasteful.


**Date for your diary**

On Tuesday 10th September, Year 6 children will be visiting South Cerney for their annual cluster day of watersports with other local schools. More information about this will be communicated shortly.

ALL Year 5 children, are going out on their annual ‘canal walk’, visiting the River Severn, the Purton boat graveyard and blackberry picking  (weather permitting). More information about this will be communicated separately.