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Dear Parent/Carers,


We had a great but busy last half term and the children all worked so hard and have really settled back into JC life well. Thank you for your continued support of all that we are doing ion Year 5. We are really looking forward to this half term as we lead up to our Christmas break. Here is a brief overview of what we’ve got in store.                                                                                                                                    


English and Topic


Our topic this half term is all about Space and Science Fiction, with a particular focus on the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. Our English work this half term will be based on lots of different stimuli to help the children with their informative and creative pieces of writing. In particular, will be using the Disney/Pixar film WALL-E and The War of the Worlds by H G. Wells as a main text. The children will write descriptive pieces relating to settings and characters, as well as biographies about well-known astronauts and scientists.


During topic lessons, the children will learn about the Sun, the Moon and the Earth, before finding out about space travel, space exploration and The Big Bang theory. This will link in with our main topic focus subject which will be science, where we will be studying the solar system and star constellations at some detail. Finally, to round off our half term, Year 5 will be holding an RE week where will be using all that we understand about the first Christmas and the constellations to investigate how the Magi used the stars and their alignment to discover the whereabouts of Jesus in Bethlehem. We will also be asking questions and exploring answers as to what we think and feel about this particular voyage along with discussing whether or not it is based on faith, fact and fiction.


All children will also be continuing their Outdoor Education provision with Forest Schools Teacher, Mr Goodburn, where they will make and create more items to do with the work we are studying. Your child will still need to make sure that their outdoor learning kit is in school for this session that will take place on Tuesday afternoons.




This half-term, the children will be learning the skills required for gymnastics and dance. These sessions will take place indoors. As ever, we do expect children to have kits in school all week as they are all expected to fully participate in all PE lessons, which will usually take place on Wednesday.


Staying in Touch


Please remember that we are usually available at the end of the day to chat with if you need to share any information with us or have any concerns at all about how your child is getting on.  Don’t forget that reading diaries are also a very useful mode of staying in contact with us on a weekly basis.  You can also check for updates on the Year 5 class page on the John Clifford website.



We would like to wish you and your child all the best for the coming term!


Best wishes,


Miss Kyle and Mr Palmer

What will we be learning about this half term?


Here is the Autumns 2 Mind Map for you go gain an insight into what Year 5 will be learning about in the run up to Christmas.

Working hard already...neatness is everything!

Outdoor Learning


This half term, Year 5 have been fortunate enough to had Mr Goodburn for outdoor learning where we explored our half termly topics using our outdoor area.


Autumn 1 we enjoyed using the outdoors to help enhance our Continent to Continent topic 


Here are some photographs of Year 5 working hard whilst braving the environment.

The Phases of the Moon by Red Kites


This is the short movie we made for our class assembly. We produced it to show what we have learned whilst enjoying our Space topic.

The Phases of the Moon by Red Kites

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