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

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

A very warm welcome from all of the Year 5 team


Meet The Team

Mr Gooch (Class Teacher Owls)

Mr Palmer (Class Teacher Red Kites)

Mrs Bailey (TA)

Miss Adcock (TA)


Spring 2


Our topic this half term, Spring 2, is called 'Do you believe in angels?' During the course of this topic, we shall be taking a multi-disciplinary look at the concept of angels, studying the historical and religious significance of the angels to different cultures across the world. We will be comparing the Christian and Muslim ideas about angels, as well as looking at Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and other artwork to understand the concepts that angels bear. 


We will of course be studying an excellent text in class, Skellig by David Almond, a classic book well suited to Year 5,  which is both thought provoking and stimulating too. Artwork will feature angels and their representations and our science topic will link also, looking at gravity and flight. We shall also be learning how to write quality scientific investigations as part of this process.


Sport continues apace, as does outdoor learning, and so please ensure you send the children a suitable PE kit every week, as well as outdoor learning footwear for a Thursday afternoon.


As the term progresses, there will be further details about school events, including the Owl class Assembly currently scheduled for March 25th and Parents' Evenings due in the last week of term.


As always, any questions, please don't hesitate to come and find Mr Palmer or Mr Gooch on the playground each morning or evening!

Y5 Mindmap Spring 2 2020

Practical maths: area model multiplication 16/1/20

Bringing history to life. Anglo Saxon skills outdoors. 16/1/20

Maths in the Great Outdoors! Measuring area and perimeter 9/1/20

Spring 1 Mindmap

Picture 1

Spring Term 1, 2020


First of all, on behalf of the whole staff of John Clifford School and Year 5 in particular, we'd like to wish all children, parents and carers a very Happy New Year 2020!


During the course of the new term, we shall be updating this web page regularly with information. This half term, we are studying the Anglo-Saxon period of history and focusing on reading an excellent and ancient story, Beowulf. Much of our work will be cross curricular, thus we shall be studying elements of history, geography, art and religion as we try to understand the impact that the Anglo Saxons had on our culture and society.


Our timetable changes slightly this half term, because our swimming lessons are now finished. Our PPA time also changes with this, so the children will now have PE lessons on a Wednesday. We shall communicate any other changes in due course.


Just for the first week back, we shall not have a Parents' Reading Morning, sorry, as we look to settle the children back into a new term. These will recommence next week.


As ever, keep checking back for more information and updates throughout the half term and if you have any questions please feel free to see Mr Gooch or Mr Palmer before or after school each day.


We look forward to your continued support this term.


Mr G and Mr P. 6/1/20

Weekly update December 16th


The final week of term is here! Tuesday evening should be one particular highlight of this week, as the Christmas singing performance after school will bring a tear to everybody's eye with the children's beautiful singing- it really will be special. They have worked so hard this past fortnight to learn and adapt a repertoire of songs. Please, if your child is coming, they should arrive back at school at 5pm on Tuesday.


Tea and coffee will be available to parents from 5-5.30pm, and then the Y5 children will perform their songs at 5.30pm. Later, once the Y6 children have done theirs, both year groups will join together to finish the concert off. We expect to finish by 6.30pm.


Please support this event and your children if at all possible, it will be a highlight of the year!


Y5 team.

Weekly update December 9th


Song practice for next week's Christmas is well under way. Here is the video for our latest song we are learning, Panic at the Disco's Into the Unknown.

Weekly update, December 2nd 2019


Unbelievably, December is upon us and we are into the last three weeks of term already! While we are still continuing with all our regular studies, we are now also beginning to learn some special songs that we hope to perform for you in the last week of term.


The children are lip trilling, warming up and getting ready to sing Dean Martin's 'Let it Snow' and Boney M's 'Mary's Boy Child'.


They may well wish to practise at home, so here are quick and easy links for them to follow: (Let it snow) and (Mary's Boy Child)


Our swimming continues for three more weeks yet, so please keep sending your child's swimming kit in and do remember to send the children's regular PE kits on a Monday, as there have been times when some children have forgotten theirs!


Mr G and Mr P.

Week Commencing 25th November 2019 -  Reading update


Many thanks to all parents who have been supporting our bid to increase and improve the frequency of reading at home with our children. There has been a marked increase recently in the frequency with which parents, carers and families are reading with their children at home. This reinforces the range of reading that we are doing at school and gives your child a great opportunity to share their learning and the sheer enjoyment of a good quality book with you.


Please keep this going, as it is so important to your child's development. Many, many thanks for supporting with this.


Mr G and Mr P.

JC parkrun 23rd November 9am

JC parkrun 23rd November 9am 1

Looking for information about space, Year 5? Have a look at these two great websites, one from NASA and one from the European Space Agency. You don't get more knowledgeable than these people!


European Space Agency





 Welcome to Autumn 2


Our second half term of Year 5 is with us already, so get read to blast off into orbit as we start to investigate Outer Space! This half term we shall be studying the planets, forces in the universe, stars and constellations and we shall even be looking at designing our own space base!


For further details please see our mind map.


We shall be continuing swimming lessons throughout this half term on a Tuesday, so please remember to send your child's kit with them. PE remains on a Monday too, so they will need suitable kit for indoors and outdoors games. 


A final reminder: please do try and hear your children read as much as possible, three times a week as a minimum would be superb!


Many thanks in advance, 


Year 5 team.





Mind Map Autumn 2 2019-20