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Term 1

Term 1 


How has the demographic and population of Bristol changed?

Who were the Windrush Generation?


Welcome back everyone!

We hope that you have had a fantastic summer holiday. We are really keen to get started with this term's learning... it's been great to see the children back in school!

Each Friday we will update our class page with photos and information to let you know what the children have been learning about.



Every week, your child will choose a book from the class library as well as a levelled book from Oxford Reading Buddy (if applicable). 

Please encourage your child to read regularly at home. Sign and date your child’s reading record.

Every Friday reading records will be collected in and children will be rewarded for the number of times they have read at home.


Don’t forget to log onto Oxford Reading Buddy:  If you have forgotten your username and password, please speak to a Year 5 adult.





During PE days, the children can come into school wearing PE kits and will stay in their kits for the whole day.  Please can children bring in their school jumpers so that they can wear them after their PE lessons. 



Daps or trainers

Black shorts or black jogging bottoms

White T-Shirt

A hair band for children with longer hair



PPA cover will be taken by Mrs Fletcher and Bristol Sport on Tuesday afternoons. Mrs Fletcher will take children for ERIC time (Everyone Reading In Class) and RE. Bristol Sport will be covering the skills of tag rugby.


Thank you so much for your continued support



Miss Fraser, Miss Bendon and the Year 5 Team

Week Beginning 6.9.21

Well, what an exciting start to Year 5! We've hit the ground running and had a blast this week, getting to know a bit more about our new classmates and enjoying our new classroom.


Team Building

This week we have taken part in activities that have helped to develop our team building skills. Our challenge was to create a holder that would carry a 2 litre bottle of water across the playground. But of course there is always a catch! Each team only had £2 budget in order to buy all of their resources so money was tight...





In the end we had only 3 teams who managed to pass the test but we had great fun and developed some important skills of resilience and communication (and bartering!) that will help us in Y5.


English - The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

We started English this week by making predictions about our new book - The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander.



This book was written by Kwame Alexander for those people in history who will always be "The unforgettable, the unafraid, the undefeated" and focuses on black people in history who have helped to shape the world we live in today.

In class, we have reflected on people who we also think are unforgettable, unafraid, and undefeated and explained why so that others can learn about them too.






Week Beginning 13.9.21


Poems of Power


Exploring further into our book this term, we created our own poems based on the message behind the text. These poems are based on strength and facing adversity. We focused on using words with the prefix 'un-' in order to replicate the same repetitive patterns that are included in Kwame Alexander's 'The Undefeated'.






Living Things and their Life Cycles


Our new topic in Science is all about living things and their life cycles. We started off with flowering plants this week and what better way to identify their reproductive parts then to do some dissecting?! We explored the school grounds and choose some flowering plants. Once back in the classroom, we identified the stamen, the stigma, and the ovule and discussed the different ways that pollen from the anther is transferred to the stigma.


Week Beginning 20.9.21


Significant Black Figures of our Past

We have now come to the end of our English unit which has explored 'The Undefeated' by Kwame Alexander. To finish off, we created our own character descriptions of the people featured within the book. Back people who have overcome adversity and inspired others to do the same. Our skill focused on using subordinate clauses and powerful vocabulary. 


Do these people inspire you too?