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