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Grey Squirrels – Y5

Welcome to Year 5 Grey Squirrels! 


We have got 29 Red Squirrels this year and our teachers are Miss Devlin and Mrs Allsopp. Keep an eye on this page to see all of the exciting things we will get up to. We have got a busy year planned for you all!



We are really enjoying working with you all this year. Although grown ups can't come in to the building, please do still give us a wave and a smile so we can get to know who you are. If you do need to talk to us about anything, we are happy to give you a ring so please let us know.


Your child should bring a water bottle with them every day. These will be sent home each night so that they can be cleaned ready for the next day.

The children will receive PE sessions from Mini Kixx on a Friday afternoon. Please send their kit in on a Monday and we will send it home on a Friday.

Sports Day


Sports Day was a little different this year because we couldn't have adults on the school site but we made sure we had lots of fun. We cheered each other on and the encouragement towards others and team spirit was lovely to see - well done Year Five! 

Some snapshots from Sports Day!



From Monday 7th September, year 5 will be attending weekly swimming lessons.

Please ensure that the children come to school with an appropriate swimming kit (boys need tight fitting trunks,

no ‘surfer style’ swimming trunks and girls need one-piece swimming costumes) If your child needs goggles, you will need to complete a permission form. Jewellery, including earrings, is not allowed. Swimming hats should be worn if earrings cannot be taken out. Bear in mind that we will be walking to and from the leisure centre so children would benefit from a warm coat, particularly in the colder months when they will be walking with wet hair as well. Long hair should be tied back. If you are not sure whether your child's hair will cover their eyes when in the water, send them with a hair bobble incase.



Update: November 2020

What a fantastic time we all had in our swimming sessions! We were lucky enough to fit the majority of our swimming sessions in before the second national lockdown. What a pleasure it has been to watch all of you Dragonflies develop your confidence in the water. Hopefully, you will be able to take your grown ups swimming soon and show them how good you are!



How to help your child in year 5:

Encourage your child to use their planner- you can also write messages in these

Promote Fab 4 Reading

Support spelling development and introduce new vocabulary (year 5/6 spelling list is attached below)

Practice their key skills; handwriting (we follow Nelson Handwriting) and times tables in particular


*More information regarding Fab4 and planners will follow. 


You will also find attached a "Spelling Menu" with a variety of activities the children can complete to help them with their spellings. Have a look at some of the activities!

Check back every week to find out who our Take Care Champion is by clicking on the rainbow below.



Our first topic this year will be all about Ancient Egypt! We will be following the Cornerstones topic, Pharaohs. We will travel back 5000 years, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. We will learn about life on the Nile, discover Egypt and its fascinating culture and unravel secrets of ancient tombs using historical sources and ancient artefacts. 


Below, you can also find our long term plan for this year. We may end up making some changes as we go but this will give you a rough idea of what is to come in year 5.



October half term update:


What a first half term it has been! It has been a pleasure getting to know all of you so far. I have really enjoyed working with you all and I hope you have all had a fab first half term in year 5. I can't wait for the rest of the year. A lot has happened this half term and it has been busy.


We are nearly at the end of our swimming sessions now but I am so proud of everybody! I wish that all of our grown ups could see how far you have all come. It has been amazing seeing you all have a go, becoming more confident in water, lifting your feet up for the first time or even perfecting your strokes!


Some of us have even completed some Bikeability sessions where we ventured out in Balderton and learnt about riding safely. We have also created our own canopic jars out of clay. Some of them look just like our designs and some of us had to adapt slightly! They are not finished yet so keep your eyes peeled after the holidays for some updated pictures...

We also spent some time looking at the Triangular Slave Trade as part of our work for Black History Month. I was really impressed with how sensitively our children handled the discussion. Some of their work is on display in the key stage 2 hall!


Have a fantastic holiday Grey Squirrels! You all deserve a rest after working so hard and I know you will make the most of your time off (but don't forget to practice your spellings and times tables!!). Take care of yourselves and stay safe, particularly over Halloween.. I know some of you mentioned having a party and I bet some of you have been or are going pumpkin picking! I can't wait to see you and hear all about what you have been up to when we go back, ready for another half term and the countdown to Christmas!!


Love Miss Devlin

                      Have a look at our canopic jars!                 

Wow! Have a look at our finished canopic jars! We think they are fab. We have taken our time to create these and think they look very realistic. Our teachers are very proud of our hard work.