Year 5

I’d like to say a warm welcome back to everyone and that you all had a lovely, restful Easter break after a busy Spring Term! The children have been so resilient and brave this year, growing in maturity and adapting to many changes. I know that they are ready for this action packed term. This Summer Term we will be continuing to be ‘stronger, braver and fearless’ and keeping our spirit strong! Children will be learning about the developments of Clifton Village and see how it has bloomed over time.

BRAVE, STRONG, FEARLESS: How has our locality bloomed?


This term we are exploring decimals, shape, position and direction and measurement, whilst using our heuristics to solve problems related to these topics. We will also be revising and consolidating our number and place value understanding, to support these topics.


In English, our writing will be inspired by ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ’Brightstorm’ as we continue to become sophisticated writers using a range of grammar and punctuation, within a variety of genres.

Come and See

In RE, we will begin the topic of ’Transformation’, which will allow us to explore the power of faith and spirit through the time of Pentecost. 

Consequently, we will then focus on ‘Freedom and Responsibility’, looking at free will and the power we have to bring goodness to the world.

Finally, we will study ‘Stewardship’ and our responsibility within the world.

Our exploration of another World Faith– Islam – will give us chance to consider the topic of Community and the communities we are part of.

Wider Topic

During science lessons, children will be exploring the properties of materials, different states of matter and changing materials through lots of practical investigations!

History  and Geography lessons will be focusing on how Clifton Village has bloomed from the Victorian era, WW1 and through to present day. We will explore what caused this and use our map skills to investigate this further.

Art lessons will provide opportunity for the children to include texture to their artwork and produce their own Willaim Morris wallpaper.

In DT Year 5 will be creating and producing their own William Morris inspired cushion by exploring textiles. In Computing the children will be developing their IT skills through Microsoft Office and will be coding through Scratch.

In PE we will begin sessions developing our athletic skills, ready for sports day. and rounders. Dance will be every Friday afternoon, focusing on the ‘braver, stronger, fearless’ theme. We hope to spend some time at Glapton Woods to build our confidence, take risks and respect for the environment, whilst looking at the features of plants during Forest Schools.

Music this half term focuses on composers and the children will be composing their own pieces of music, inspired by various artists.

RSHE: This term, the children will participate in  ’Relationship and Sex Education’. The children will develop an understanding of the world around them, how to be safe and how to be global citizens of the world. The school’s RSHE policy can be found on the school website, which outlines the objectives covered in Year 5.

Help From Home

1. Please check Homework diaries regularly for weekly information about your child’s work and progress. Children’s diaries will be checked and signed on Monday mornings to ensure reading is taking place at home. Your child must be filling this in every day with what pages they have read.

2. Children will be given homework each week on a Thursday.  As Year 5s, they are encouraged to take responsibility for remembering to complete their homework, but they may need the odd reminder from someone at home to get it done! Homework is not something that should worry them and I will remind them that if they are ever struggling to complete a homework task, then they should come and see me.

3. It is very important that all children can recall their number facts quickly and correctly, so when possible please encourage your child to practise their times tables and mental addition/subtraction through TTRS, Mathletics and Numbots.

4. “”The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go”― Dr. Seuss. Reading every day is essential. Please discuss characters, themes, plots and ask for your child’s opinions on the books they are reading; this will help with their success in English. Recording this information in their homework diary is extremely useful evidence of their reading.

5. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day. They need a suitable PE kit for both indoor and outdoor PE. Their outdoor PE kit should include a hoodie and something to keep their legs warm (gym leggings or jogging bottoms).

6. Children will be given a list of spellings each week on a Thursday. These will be tested the following Thursday. Please keep a check of these regularly.  A useful way to practise spellings is to include them in interesting or funny sentences.

I cannot believe that the final term is here! It has been so lovely to watch the children mature and blossom from September, ready for their next adventure in Year 6. This busy term will push the children to grow in confidence and independence further, always showing pride and responsibility. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years and the support for this coming term.

Miss Andrew


  1. But the summer term is the last term! I’ll really miss Miss Cotter! But this is the last term, we have to make the best out of it with Miss Cotter! WE CAN DO THIS!

    • She is the best teacher ever. She helps children if they struggle,encourages pupils to become more interactive with the world, is an inspiration to us all, can feel from the pupils’ point-of-view, sorts out any troubles, gives us prizes: I could go on forever…

      • I really do agree with you Methmi! Miss Cotter will always be PHENOMENAL! She will always be in the memory of our minds of our class!

  2. Miss Cotter, the quote you put above:”This is my year” means a lot to me. This year, in Year 5, I feel like I have accomplished more achievements than ever before. I feel like you have inspired me to make this year the best I can before going into Year 6, where I will have to work very hard.

    • So, thank you for all you have done for me, whether I liked it or not, because you did it to make good. Thank you for being a good friend and teacher.

  3. Thank you Miss Cotter for everything you have done for us. We can’t have come this far if it wasn’t for you!

  4. I am having so much fun in year 5 , I am really enjoying our science lesson : we are testing egg shells in different liquids which are coke, black current ,bitter lemon, water ,orange juice and tea. The grossest one is tea because it is mouldy a spotty .Miss Cotter is the best teacher ever!

  5. This year is going to be a year to remember. It is so much fun in year 5, I am ready for this adventure in Year 5

  6. I am thoroughly enjoying year 5. We have already learned so much, such as, how Henry VIII mastered his monarchy, we also read the book Treason which I found very interesting. I am also really enjoying our current topic about the ancient Greeks. We are learning so much about how they lived in the past.

  7. This my 3rd week of home school and I am learning new skills. Like preparing meals for my family, cleaning and keeping my room tidy, washing and ironing clothes. I start my day with a Joe Wicks workout and I do some english and maths tasks.Then after lunch, I practice my front and back flips on the trampoline. In the afternoon, I do some art work like creating different patterns. After all my work is done I keep in touch with my friends online.

    Missing my friends and teachers at school
    (Well done to the teachers who are at school we all appreciate it.)


  8. Hi 👋 everyone. Hope you are well.
    I’ve been doing lots of things like baking brownies , doing lots of art inspired by other artists, I’ve even continued doing my kilometre a day and I’ve made a schedule of what I am going to do every day. My favourite thing I have done so far is paint a picture of some tulips 🌷 and my mum has emailed it to school so you can see.

    • Hi CharChar, it’s Imogen, I have been doing lots of art too, I have also been doing lots of gardening so I really like the idea of painting tulips, I think I am going to give that a try and paint some of the flowers in my garden.

    • Cool I would love to bake brownies charlotte but I am not exactly the best baker. The tulip work sounds awesome and im glad your not painting on the tulips though! Me and my mum made a delicious lemon cake but it got a tiny bit burnt!
      Cant wait to see you again Imogen and charlotte! cassie

  9. Hi everyone, it’s Imogen, I am missing you all, I have been enjoying watching the Blessed Robert YouTube Channel, I have made an eco poster, I have done lots of gardening, I have been enjoying online dance classes, and have been doing a lot of creative drawing, I even made my very own vending machine and it works! I will try and take some photos to show you all. I can’t wait to see you all soon.

  10. Hiya everyone its Katie, i am really missing you all and when quarantine has ended then i cant wait to see you in class with all our Blessed Robert Staff! The things i have been doing is: doing home school work (for 1 hour or more), Singing to my fishes, Created an eco poster (thanks for the idea Imogen), Spent time with family, Playing with my mums key worker children (so there not bored), got the house done and decorated, Clean my room, Packed my bags for school, Learnt how to cook easy things and made lots posters for the whole class on washing our hands for 20 seconds and staying indoors! Im really missing you all! Please stay safe and remember us all! Bye xx

    • By meaning “poster for the class” i mean like one poster in the class for EVERYONE to look at (could go on the door or on a wall in our class room).

    • You have been super busy Katie at home! It sounds like a lot of fun and I’m so glad that you’ve remembered to keep the Eco message alive and strong. It’s great that you’ve continued to do work and made some time to have fun too. I’m missing you too!
      Miss Andrew 🙂

  11. Here’s my semicolon sentence.
    Mowgly loved exploring the jungle; however other members of the clan resisted and stayed in the layer.

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