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

She is brilliantly supported by Mr Macklin, Mrs Smith and Mrs Wilde.

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. We have lots of important jobs which help the day-to-day running of the school – such as organising all the fruit, milk and recycling.

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

Class 5 Blog

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 

Term 5 Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our final two terms at school are going to be really busy, so I thought you’d like to know about some of the things we have planned.

Bikeability went really well – well done to everyone for such a great job! Children in Year 6 should have come home on Friday with a bikeability badge, a road safety booklet and a certificate. Please make sure your child shows you these, as most have comments about how well they did and some recommendations going forward.

As usual, we will be busy each week developing and revising our maths knowledge. Reading remains a huge focus for the school, so we continue to encourage your children to read as much as possible at home and school. Spellings and some homework activities will be sent home each week.

For the first part of the term, these are our main topics:

Science: Adaptation, Inheritance and Evolution
We’ll be learning about how living things adapt to the environments they live in, how we inherit different traits from our parents and how creatures have evolved over millions of years. We will also be learning about the famous scientists Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution, as well as Mary Anning and her work studying fossils.

Geography: Looking at localities
We’ll be exploring localities using different types of maps. We’ll look at common map symbols, points of interest in our locality and learn to read maps using 4 and 6 figure grid references.

Here is some further key information about this term for our Year 6 children:

SATS Testing
As I am sure you have heard, this year’s statutory testing for Year 6 children (which normally take place in May) have been cancelled. Like most schools, we have decided to continue to do these assessments in some form on the week of 14th June and will aim to test the children for Maths and English. These tests not only help us to assess children before they move on to secondary school but also help them get a feel for the testing they will experience in their new school. Like always, we will provide a special SATs breakfast for the children on the week of the tests.

‘Leaver’s Hoodies’ have become a really important part of the Y6s leaving ritual and I know that children are already looking forward to the prospect of theirs. The school is unable to fund these and they normally cost around £20 each. Class 5 will be doing some fundraising later this term to help raise money to go towards the cost.

Year 6 Treat
With the continuing circumstances surrounding COVID, we have been unable to arrange a residential trip away for our year 6 children. This is incredibly disappointing for them and I’m so sorry that this is the case. With this in mind, I have managed to book South Cerney for a day of watersports (kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding) on Thursday 17th June for all Year 6 children. I have taken children to South Cerney on many occasions now – they will have such a great day! This cost of the activities will be paid for by the school but we will be asking for a contribution payment towards the cost of the transport.

PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education
Over the coming months, we will start delivering our lessons on Relationships and Sex Education. A letter will be coming home shortly with details of what will be included over these sessions.

Transition to Secondary School
At some point this term, I will be speaking to your child’s new school to ensure that they have all the information they need for a smooth transition into year 7. We will keep you posted with any further information about school visits and online information as and when we get it. In the meantime, if you have any concerns about the move to secondary school, please let me know.

Year 6 End of Year Celebration
Our Year 6 Leaver’s Celebration is one of our big events of the year. We are incredibly hopeful that by July we will be able to invite parents into school to join in with our final farewell.
This will be planned for the final day of the school year.

Further information about all of the areas above will be communicated to you shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Miss Randall


Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Thursday 4th March is WORLD BOOK DAY!

Sadly we can’t all be together to celebrate in our usual way, but don’t worry – we have plenty of fun activities for you to have a go at from the comfort of your home.

World Book Day is about promoting the enjoyment of reading, encouraging children (and adults) to read for pleasure and explore different types of reading materials.

Please take a look at the photo slides for a short introduction to WBD and posters informing you of some live events for all age groups that you can get involved in. Here are some of the links you might be interested in:

Little Otters/Reception – Follow the link to some lovely stories to watch and listen to  and some fun activities too 

Reception/KS1 – Follow this link to listen to stories being read  and some fun activities too 

KS2 – Follow these links for some ‘live’ share a story book events: 

some author/illustrator academy: 

and lots more resources: 

Please also look out for a post from Mrs Carter with all the links to our YouTube school channel of teaching staff reading stories throughout lockdown. We hope you enjoy them.


Here are some activities for you to do at home and to upload to Tapestry is you wish.

1. Make a book character/characters out of loo roll or a potato! – prizes will be given for impressive characters!
2. Make a cozy reading den – send us your photos of your den!
3. EXTREME READING – Reading in strange places! – prizes will be given for the next extreme reader photos!

Please see the information sheets about all three of these events here: 

Your FREE £1 Book Token is attached to the Tapestry post for you to download. 

We hope you enjoy some of these activities but whatever you do, take some time out to READ this week 🙂

Class 5 – Home Learning 1st March

Year 6 Independent Maths and English Workbook 1Hello Class 5


I feels really good to be saying the words – ‘this is your LAST WEEK of home learning…..’ 

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get back to school and am really looking forward to seeing you all.

I’d just like to say a MASSIVE WELL DONE – We are so proud of each and every one of you for all your excellent work, determination and for coping so well under such difficult circumstances. Take a moment to reflect on how brilliantly you have done – and at the same time, say a HUGE thank you to your amazing parents for being your teachers over the past 8 weeks!

You will see that this week there are not as many tasks as usual – this is because it is also WORLD BOOK DAY on Thursday and there are some cool creative tasks that you do as well. (I also thought that you needed a ‘lighter’ week as you prepare to come back to school). 

Weekly Timetable:  Class 5 home learning March 1st


Please see the below English and Maths Independent work booklets. These can be done over a couple of days.

Year 6 Independent Maths and English Workbook 1 (more challenging)

Y5 independent maths and english workbook (mid ability)

Year 4 Independent Maths & English Work Booklet 1 (easier) 



Telephone Stage 4 Comp – Comprehension Pack- easier

Three Star Non-Fiction Pack – Mars Rover – more challenging 




Read through this Pobble365 Story starter and have a go at finishing the story…


World Book Day Activities: 

Reflecting on the things  – activity



Some World Book Day Activities:

KS2 World Book Day Word Search



Can you make your own World Book Day Wordsearch or crossword?