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Year 5 Transition

Welcome Year 4 soon to be Year 5,


We are excited to introduce you to the new Year 5 'Team Awesome’ ready for September. In Aspen Class will be Mrs Sanderson & Mrs Andrews. In Maple Class will be Mrs Liddell and Miss Nield will be in Olive Class. Year 5 are lucky enough to have fantastic LSA staff, the amazing  Mrs Wilkins and lovely Mrs Ayres. Please click on the star links below to find out more about each adult. Then read on to find out about some of the things we will be doing in Year 5 next year. There is also an owl at the bottom of the page, if you click on it hopefully it will answer any questions you may have. Oh and before we forget there are 10 clues in the video message, can you spot them all to work out our topics? See you in September.


Mrs Sanderson

Year 5 Lead

Life in Year 5


Year 5 will be a year full of adventure and learning with lots of laughter for everyone. You will be going into ‘Upper School’ and are used to setting an example to the rest of the school, just like you did in Year 4. Through our Learning Values, perseverance, mutual respect and collaboration we will explore lots of new and exciting topics. Did you find all the ten clues in the video clip? The school ‘Code of Conduct’: mutual respect, honesty, safety, achievement will help us establish and maintain relationships, with each other, both within the classroom and the year group.

For history we will be learning all about the intriguing Ancient Egyptians and the Terrible Tudors. In geography we look at the Himalayan Mountains as well as North and South America. For science we will explore Space and Forces to name just two but will start with dissolving. Computing is very exciting as on Wednesdays we will explore coding, animation and multimedia amongst other interesting subjects throughout the year. We have a whole new curriculum for Health & Wellbeing, Art & Design Technology, RE, French and PE to look forward to. We also are preparing to make full use of the fire pit in the school grounds to do some cooking.


Trips & Visitors


Early in September Open Box will come in to kick start our Year 5 history topic of ‘Ancient Egypt’. Ken and Iain will take us back in time to learn all about the ‘Black & Red Lands’ and all they provide, for the ancient Egyptian people living as farmers and slaves all those years ago. We will also learn about religion and mummification amongst other interesting facts. We have also been lucky enough to secure ‘Bike Fix’ and ‘Bike Ability’ in the Spring Term. As trips to places of interest are not possible at the moment, we are hoping to visit the Houses of Parliament in the Summer Term.




The Balksbury Federation have updated our uniform dress code which is in our uniform policy on the web site. Follow the shortcut by clicking on the title, Uniform. link below. Please remember to ask your adults to name EVERYTHING!




We have PE twice a week, both of which will be outside. Our PE kit is a red or white T-shirt and black shorts. Bring your PE kit in on a Monday and take it home to get it washed on a Friday. You can wear a warm tracksuit for the winter as we will still go out for PE lessons. Trainers or plimsolls are essential for outdoor PE lessons. If you wear tights, don’t forget to pack a pair of socks to wear with your trainers. If your hair is long you will need a bobble to tie it back and you will need to remove your earrings. We have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor on a Thursday.


Art & Design Technology


We do lots of exciting and creative ‘Art and Design Technology’ so you will need to bring an old shirt or t-shirt to school to cover up your uniform for art lessons. This will be kept in your locker.




Each of you will have an individual locker each, like you did in Year 4, only they are a little bigger and are red and green.




Everyone in Year 5 is encouraged to read every night at home and can choose books from our lovely library in school. We all have a love of books and are happy to help you explore different genres and authors so you can be transported into different worlds. We have a great selection of books, from Collins Big Cat, which develops reading over 18 levels from pink to pearl.




At the end of Year 4 you should know all your times tables but you must remember to practice them regularly so you don’t forget them. As well as reading every day, there is also weekly homework which is set on a Wednesday and is due into school on the following Monday. This homework will be maths based on place value or arithmetic. Each week you will be asked to practice your English spelling rule for a test the following week. Then once a term a longer more practical project will be set to consolidate your knowledge.


Healthy Snacks


We are a healthy school so if you like a snack at playtime, it must be a piece of fruit or a plain biscuit only.


Water Bottles


You should bring a water bottle containing water only to school every day. This is to keep yourself hydrated during the school day. This aids with mental agility and prevents dehydration.