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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 5

Welcome Back!

Dear Parent/Carers,


Welcome back and Happy New Year.


We had a great last half term. Thank you for your continued support of all that we are doing in Year 5. We are really looking forward to this new year and to help you to see what it is we will be studying, here is a brief overview of what we’ve got in store.                                                                                                                                    


English and Topic


Our topic this half term is all about the Anglo Saxons. 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 our history theme and the story of Beowulf. The children will write different sections for a non-chronological report about the Anglos Saxons, as well as writing their own version of the story of Beowulf using all of the cross curricular work we will be exploring.


During topic lessons, the children will learn about how the Anglos Saxons originated, Anglo Saxon village life, entertainment, weapons and invasions and finally what they believed in. In RE week we will be learning about Sikhism and what is important to them, in particular the stories they tell each other. This will lead well into a whole school RE week where we will celebrate all that we have learned this half term as well as participate in our World Culture Day.




This half-term, we are fortunate enough to have the Notts County Football Education Team in to teach us more about exercise and nutrition. Additionally, the children will also be learning the skills required for gymnastics and dance in their regular PE lessons. These Wednesday afternoon 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. Notts County will be with us on Monday afternoons this half term.


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

Still image for this video