Welcome to Class 5 – home to our Year 5 and 6 children.

Miss Randall is our teacher  – she is brilliantly supported by Mr Macklin, Miss Wilkins and Mrs Dunn. 

In Year 5 and 6 we work hard but make time for plenty of fun along the way. We also really love reading!

In upper KS2 we try to set good examples for the rest of the school. 

Year 6 are also brilliant buddies to our brand new reception children. They enjoy reading with their buddies, helping them with coats and wellies in winter, and helping them at lunchtimes. 

Class 5 Blog

Term 5

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

As usual, this term is jam-packed full of learning and fun. It’s a very short term – blink and you’ll miss it!

Firstly, a reminder of some key dates for your diaries:


Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday

Monday 9th – 12th May – Year 6 SATs Assessments

Tuesday 10th May – Year 5 trip to Redwood (with Class 4)

Friday 13th May – Class 5 – ‘end of SATs’ fun day

Friday 20th May – Young Voices

Swimming for Year 5 will continue on Monday afternoons.

As you will see above, our Year 6 children have their SATs tests the week beginning 9th May. Our Year 5 children will work with Miss Glover and Class 4 for some time each morning for the duration of these assessments. Our Year 5s, will also be joining class 4 in their trip to Redwood for a forest school day on Tuesday 10th  May. More details of this, and all the other key dates mentioned above, will be communicated soon.

This term’s topics:

Science – Evolution, Adaptation and Inheritance

We ran out of time to finish our work on this topic last term so we will be continuing this for a few more weeks. We’ll be looking at fossils and what they can tell us about the past as well as exploring the variation of ‘snails’ in our local habitat with some fieldwork at the rec.

We will also be carrying out some scientific enquiry work in our topics on  ‘Forces’ and ‘Electricity’.


Topic – History – Ancient Greece

Our new topic is Ancient Greece.

We will be learning about everyday life and education, important buildings, the Olympics, Greek Gods and Goddesses and Alexander the Great. We will also learn about different historical sources and how reliable they are.

Look forward to seeing you all this week, 

The Class 5 Team










Welcome to Term 4

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a restful and fun half term.
We are now officially half-way through the school year and there is still so much to look forward to.
We have many special events still to come as we progress towards the end of the year:

• World Book Day (this Thursday). If your child wishes, they may come to school dressed as a book character.
• Comic Relief (Friday 18th March – information to follow)
• Bikeability for Y5s (and any Y6s who missed it the first time). This will take place from Monday 8th April. More details to follow.
• Additional Swimming sessions are also taking place for our Y4 and Y5s starting on 21st March.
• Our ‘Schools Beat police officer’ will also be visiting us to discuss online safety later this term.

This term, the main focus for our topic work will be Science and Geography.
We will be studying Adaptation, Evolution and Inheritance in Science, and Biomes in Geography.
These topics link together perfectly and are really fascinating.

I would like to make some ‘terrariums’ with the children. These are essentially mini biomes in bottles with living plants. If anyone has any large clear bottles that you could donate, that would be amazing 🙂 I am looking for bottles larger than the standard 2 litre Coke bottles.

Our PE lessons continue to be on a Thursday afternoon.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit, especially footwear.

For this term, we have a new creative topic homework grid which compliments our learning in Geography and Science.      Spellings, Maths and Reading will continue to be sent home weekly.

SATs for Y6s
If you are a Y6 parent and were unable to attend the meeting about the tests, please let me know via Tapestry and I can try and reschedule another one for those who missed it.

Any questions on any of the above, please get in touch,
Miss Randall

Term 3 in Class 5


I hope everyone had a fantastic break and has recharged their batteries ready for another busy term in Class 5!

Please see the information below about some of the things we will be learning about this term in Class 5.

Our science topic is SPACE.
Our learning will include:

• Exploring BIG questions about space exploration (and the universe!)
• The movement of the earth, moon and planets
• The different planets – their sizes and terrains
• The different phases of the moon
• The International Space Station
• Space Tourism
• Space Junk

We will also be learning about The Ancient Maya – a South American civilization.
Our learning will include:

• Gods and temples
• Clothing
• Food and hunting
• Writing and architecture
• Main achievements

In English, we will be exploring some different genres of writing – most of these will be linked to our topics and will include:

• persuasive writing and balanced arguments
• science-fiction
• descriptive writing
• developing characters
• report writing

In Maths, we will focus on the following areas:

• Mental Arithmetic
• Percentages of numbers and amounts
• Fractions, decimal and percentage equivalents
• Ratio and Proportion
• Angles
• Measures
• Charts and graphs

We will also work on speed and fluency when solving mental arithmetic and reasoning problems.
We will also continue to revise all areas of maths already learnt.

Homework this term will include reading comprehensions, grammar, maths problems, and some more creative tasks which I know lots of the children enjoy. Please help by encouraging your child to complete the work set in class, so they get the most from their learning.

We will be using our new online scheme for spelling – ‘Sir Linkalot’. This is a fun and interactive way of learning spellings using animation as a focus. The children have already been trialling this and find it enjoyable.
Much of our spelling work continues to be done in class, but the children will still have spelling words sent home to practise.

Any questions, please get in touch. 

Welcome to Autumn in Class 5

Dear Parents, Carers and Children, 

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Class 5!

I hope everyone has had a super summer holiday and that you are now ready for the start of a busy new year at Slimbridge. 

A letter will be sent home at the start of the year (and posted on Tapestry) to explain our class routines in more detail so please read it carefully.

Year 5 and 6 children can continue to come to school via the back entrance at the top of the rec at 8:45am. I will be handing out permission forms for all children (and siblings) who wish to leave by the back gate and these must be signed before we will allow your children to leave. For the time being, all children must be met at the back gate by a parent – we will not be allowing children to leave alone this early in the school year. 

We have some great topics to get us started in Class 5 this term. We also have quite a few outings to look forward to such as the Y6 South Cerney cluster day, Y5 Canal walk and blackberry picking, and also bikeability for all Y5 and Y6 children. 

Our maths focus this term:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Measurement
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • addition and subtraction
  • algebra 

We also work very hard on our mental arithmetic and have weekly ‘demon’ maths tests which (believe it or not) the children seem to enjoy! 

In English we will be linking a lot of our work to our science and history topics and focusing on diary writing, newspaper reports, information texts, poetry and explanation texts. We will also continue to promote reading for pleasure  and I look forward to sharing our many interesting books with the class.

Our History topic is TITANIC and we will be learning the following (and much more!): 

  • about the type of people who lived during Edwardian times (working class, aristocracy)
  • about Titanic’s passengers and crew
  • how Titanic was built and what it was like inside
  • the type of food that was eaten and activities that people did on board the ship
  • how Titanic sank and how lifeboat laws changed
  • icebergs

All our work on Titanic will culminate in a Titanic ‘themed’ day of dressing up and banquets. 

Our Science focuses on Amazing Human Bodies where we will learn about the circulatory system, including: diet, exercise, and blood. This is a very hands-on topic and your children will have great fun participating in investigative work. 

PE will be on a Thursday this year and Music and French will be taught on a Wednesday afternoon by Mrs Carter and Miss Glover respectively. 

Any questions on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Kind regards, 

Miss Randall