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

Year 5

On behalf of the Y5 team, can I wish you a fantastic half term holiday.


Our new Mind Map for Summer 2 has been uploaded for you all to look at.


The children should have taken home with them some homework to do to help prepare them for their return after their break.


On our return, we will be embarking on a new whole school project centered around a book called 'The Lost Words'. The staff are very excited about delivering the various creative lessons planned for it. We hope the children will enjoy their time exploring the book too.


Can I remind you all that during Summer 2, all of year 5 will be going to Chilwell School for a taster day on Monday 1st July and those children that returned their slips for a taster day at Alderman White School will visit there on Wednesday 26th June.


Have a super half term break.


Mr P



The summer term is here!


You have all been given your Time Tables Rock Stars login.

Make sure that you log on using lowercase letters!


Good luck Rock Stars!

February half-term homework!


Hello children! As promised, here is some simple holiday homework for you to think about. Next half term, our studies will be based around the theme of journeys, with special focus on flight in particular, which we will be looking at in Science as well as English work.


So, we would like you to think about any journeys you have made yourself, especially if you have flown somewhere. What was it like? Where did you go? Why did you go? How did you travel and what thoughts and feelings did the journey give you? Was it all one great big adventure, maybe?


You don't have to write anything down for this, but of course if you want to, please do.


Thank you all for a really superb first half of the year, we the teachers have really enjoyed it very much- and we are amazed at how quickly 'the time has flown'. Have a wonderful holiday, relax and have lots of fun with your families and friends, and we'll see you back in school on Monday 25th February!


Mr G.

Assembly time and reading challenges


It's the Owls Class assembly next Wednesday, which will give us a chance to showcase some of our work about the Anglo-Saxons (so far!)


We aim to start at 9.15 and it will be about 15-20 minutes long, so please come along and support your child if possible.


The children have also been set a reading challenge which you will find attached to this message, all about reading in fun and unusual places and ways. Please support them in this challenge too!


We look forward to seeing you next week.


Mr G.

Dear Parents and Carers, 


On behalf of the Year 5 team, we would like to say thank you for your support with our children this first term of the year. The children have produced some great efforts at times and we have seen some superb work. As the holiday approaches, we would like to wish you and all your families a peaceful and restful time- and we hope the children come back refreshed and ready to go on Tuesday January 8th!


As you will see from the Mind Map below, our new topic will be the Anglo Saxons! While the Christmas break will undoubtedly be a busy time, should you find yourselves with a few spare minutes, it would be great if the children could do some preliminary research into the Anglo Saxon people and their times. Who were they?  Where did they live? Where did they come from? 


Any ideas or research the children can come up with will give them a great head start!


We hope you have a wonderful holiday and wish you a very Merry Christmas!


Mr G and Mr P.

Christmas parties and events: Key dates. 



Tuesday 18th December: KS2 Christmas Music Show. The children perform for each other and will show off their compositions and songs learned during the term with Mrs Howes. 


Thursday 20th December, am. Talent Show for KS2. Some children have decided to take part in this event- the others will get to watch JC's finest dancing, singing and performing talent. 


Thursday 20th December, pm. Year 5/6 party. The children will be having their party in the afternoon. Children have volunteered to bring in a small contribution towards the party food, so check inside their communication diaries please to see what your own child has chosen to bring. This may be sandwiches, crisps, healthy salad and fruit snacks etc.


Friday 21st December. 3.25pm. End of term!



Autumn 2: 


We're off to Outer Space this half term in Year 5, so pack your bags, get your spacesuit on and strap yourself in for lots of fun, learning and adventures! 


We'll be learning about our solar system, the planets and the moon and how the whole universe works...all in 7 weeks! 


All families received the mind-map with full details of our study, but you can also find it attached below for reference.




As the colder days are here now, please make sure that your child is adequately prepared for school, with a warm coat, hat and gloves if they require them. 



Reading mornings will continue on a Wednesday with the exception of class assembly days where assemblies start at 9.15. Otherwise, please come along and support your child's reading if at all possible!



Mr Gooch, Mr Palmer, Mrs Barnard and the Y5 team.



Welcome to Year 5 2018-2019


Welcome back to school and welcome to the new Year 5! This year, the children are being taught by Mr Gooch (Owls Class) and Mr Palmer (Red Kites). Our teaching assistants are Miss Adcock and Ms Pearson. 


The children have made a super start to the new school year and in the next few days, we will be adding information, documents and pictures to this page so you feel you know everything you need to know in order to make Year 5 a successful year for your child.


There is a 'Meet the Teacher' meeting scheduled for Mr Gooch's class on Wednesday September 12th, in the Owls classroom from 3.45 onwards, where you will get the chance to meet Mr G and ask him any questions you may have. The exact date of Mr Palmer's meeting will be confirmed shortly but it will be a different time.


Please keep checking back across the next few days for more information- or better still, come along to the Meet the Teacher meetings or simply come and find us on the playground before or after school each day.



Here are just  a few reminders about what your children will need at school.



PE will be every Wednesday in Year 5. The children will also be taking part in daily exercise both inside and outside. Please can you ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school all week. PE kit includes a plain white or white JC t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers. Please send socks if your child is wearing tights. Children will need to have earrings removed for PE lessons.



Water Bottles

Water is available to the children throughout the day in the classroom. Please provide them with a named water bottle. These will be sent home daily.


Communication Diaries

Your child has been issued with a Communication Dairy. We ask that all children read at least three times a week at home and have their diary signed by an adult at home. If you have any questions or queries, please use the diary and ask your child to let us know that there is a message for us.


Parent Reading Morning

Parents' reading mornings in Year 5 will now be held on Wednesday mornings.

All parents will be welcomed!



Just a reminder that toys should not be brought into school.



The Year 5 classrooms are fully equipped with the stationery that the children will need. We encourage children not to bring anything to school that is valuable to them, as we cannot account for things going missing.



We look forward to working with you to help your child be as happy and successful as possible in Year 5!


updated Mr G. 26/9/18

Meet the teacher information