Class 5


class5_bannerWelcome to Class 5. We are Year 5 and 6 children and Miss Randall is our teacher.

She is brilliantly supported by Mr Macklin and Mrs Arkwell-Smyth.

In Year 5 and 6 we work hard but make time for plenty of fun along the way…

In upper KS2 we learn to become much more responsible as we have a lot of important jobs to do to support the school. As well as setting up hall for assemblies, we run break and lunchtime fitness activities for the whole school and organise all the fruit, milk and recycling!

Year 6 are also brilliant buddies to our brand new reception children – we help them get the best start to their education and help them every step of the way.

Class 5 Blog

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.




Slimbridge Primary School will be welcoming children back on Tuesday 3rd September for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

There is an INSET day on Monday 2nd September where all the teachers and school staff will make sure everything is prepared for the new year.

We look forward to seeing you all and welcoming our new children.

Have a wonderful summer holiday.


We have taken the decision to CLOSE school today due to the weather conditions and to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff  – many of whom have to travel a distance to get to school.

Enjoy the snow, stay warm and take care.



Below are a number of links to helpful revision sites.

Just ask if you need any more information.



This website is great – it covers EVERY topic with little assessments and also has some YouTube tutorials to help you understand some of the tricky bits.

This youtube video goes through an entire mental arithmetic paper and shows you how to answer each question! Perfect for those few tricky questions you may not be confident about.

This is an interactive PDF document with links to everything about maths – also some handy tutorials via youtube too.

A good selection of maths games on the website above.



Try and read as much as you can. Try to choose books which have a rich variety of vocabulary which will get you thinking.

If you want to see the type of texts that are in the reading tests – search on google for the 2016, 2017, 2018 KS2 READING TESTS linked to the website.

You’ll find the text, questions and even the answers here too!

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

January and February 2019 in Class 5



This term we have some great topics – all starting with our class trip to the SS Great Britain in Bristol next Wednesday 16th January.

We’ll be learning all about the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and some of his marvelous designs and creations. Our work on Brunel will be linked to English, History, Geography and Science.

In Science we are looking at Forces – including gravity, air and water resistance and levers and pulleys.

In Maths this term, we will be focusing on number work – patterns, puzzles, addition and subtraction – as our core skills. We are also learning about the following:

  • Measurements:

converting kilograms to grams

converting litres to millilitres

converting milometres to metres

Converting ‘metric’ units of measurements to ‘imperial’ units – miles to kilometres


Number problems relating to the above


  • Ratio and proportion
  • Fractions and converting them to decimals – plus addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions.
  • Reading and plotting coordinates and solving reasoning problems
  • Translations, rotations and reflections of shapes on a coordinate grid
  • Drawing and interpreting pie charts and line graphs

Homework tasks will be stuck in books or given as a separate sheet.

All homework this term MUST be completed and books handed in on a Monday.

There will be a mixture of reading, maths and SPAG tasks to complete this term in preparation for the Year 6 SATS tests in May.

There is meeting for Y6 parents about SATS and residential on Tuesday 22nd January at 2:30pm in class 5.