Coppice Primary

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Welcome to Year 5 Class Page! 

Wood Peckers.


Meet the team

Along with your children, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Fowkes make up the Year 5 team.  Just like woodpeckers, we have lots of energy and work hard, persevering and showing resilience until we reach our goals.                                               




Topic.  Our main topic for this half term is entitled ‘reduce, re-use and recycle’.  We will be learning all about the fragile state of our planet and what we can do to help save it. Our half term’s homework will be based on this too.  The children will be given 1, 2 or 5 points each week, depending on the homework task they choose. (Please see your child’s homework book for further information). In the final two weeks we will be looking at renewable energy and the children will be designing and making a renewable energy mechanism.


Literacy.  Our literacy work links very closely to our recycling theme.  We will be exploring two beautiful books: starting with The Paperbag Prince by Colin Thompson and then One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul.  We will be exploring the themes of both stories and basing our daily spelling and grammar work around them where possible. The children will be building up their descriptive writing techniques and writing persuasive letters, arguments, recounts and non-chronological reports.  Spelling tests will take place every Friday.  We will also be celebrating Roald Dahl week with lots of work based around 'Fantastic Mr Fox' and having our non-uniform dress up day on Friday 13th September.


Maths.   This half term, the children will be extending their understanding of place value and this entails: reading, writing, ordering, rounding and comparing numbers up to 1 million.  They will also be counting on and back from any given number within a million in steps of 10, 100 or 1000. They will be exploring fractions and decimals of up to 3 decimal places and dividing and multiplying them.   Other areas will be interpreting line graphs, time tables and converting between units of time.  Times tables will be tested on Fridays.


Science. This half term we will be exploring our exciting solar system, looking at night and day and the changing seasons and what causes this.  We will also investigate time zones, sundials and the moon.  We will also be creating a scale model of our Solar System on the playground using fruit!  In addition to this, we will be conducting our own experiments and looking at the findings of other scientists like Galileo and Copernicus.


 Health and Well-being week.

 We are really excited about our Health and well-being week which commences on the 16th September.  During this week we will be taking part in activities designed to benefit the health and well-being of staff and children alike.  The children will be able to undertake a wide range of activities inside and outside the classroom, develop new skills that boost our self-esteem and enable us to become healthier and more mindful. We are also anticipating lots of visitors in school – it should be an amazing week!





Important dates.

  •  13/9/19 - Roald Dahl dress up day.
  •  W/b 16/9/19 – Health and well-being week.
  •  25/9/19 – British Values day. ‘Best of British’ lunchtime menu.
  •  27/9/19 - Macmillan Coffee morning in the hall.
  •  02/10/19 – 3.30pm. Parents meeting: ‘School Vision’.
  •  10/10/19 – ‘Hello Yellow Day’. World Mental Health Day.
  •  W/b 14/10/19 – Book fair in school all week.
  •  15/10/19 & 16/10/19 – Parents Evening.
  •  24/10/19 – KS2 Harvest festival. 10am.
  • 25/10/19 – Break up for half term.
  • 4/11/19 – INSET DAY
  • 5/11/19 – Children return to school.

General Class reminders:

Every day

Reading books in school.


Ukulele lessons.


PE.  PE kits in school. Must be labelled with your child’s name!


Tables and spelling tests.

Maths/Literacy homework handed out.

Maths/Literacy homework handed in.



Woodpecker class have PE twice each week on Tuesday and Thursdays.  They will need their PE kit in school all week and it is vital that it is labelled clearly with your child’s name.  They will need indoor and warmer outdoor kit to ensure they are able to take part in PE comfortably as the weather gets cooler. 

Please ensure all jewellery is removed in anticipation of these PE sessions.


Each half term our creative homework will be based around our topic, hence this half term the theme is ‘Reduce, re-use and recycle’. The children will have a grid jam packed with activities they can choose to complete.

The children are expected to:

  • Choose a piece of work from the grid each week.
  • Complete one piece of work each week. (Neat, tidy, accurate spelling – take pride).
  • Bring it into school every Wednesday. Then start a new piece for the next week.
  • Date each square on the grid when you have completed the task.
  • Hand your homework in on time.

The number of points for each piece of work are outlined at the top of each column on the grid above. I will keep a record of how many points you score each week.  At the end of each half term, the person with the highest score will receive a prize.

Your child will also be set a piece of maths or literacy work each week.

They are expected to read to an adult three times each week and record this in their diary.

We will have times table tests each Friday.


Ambassador Awards. 

This year we will be continuing with our Ambassador Awards which we launched last year. It was very successful and we had 34 children who earned the ultimate ‘gold’ award in July! During the year the children work towards the different awards by earning credits in their Steps to Success passport. The passport has different sections which recognise children’s achievements in school and the wider community.

The ’Ambassador Award’ comes under four headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. In a letter to follow shortly, there will be a list of what we will be looking for each half term.  Please note that these change from Year group to Year group.

We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. In school we will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

In the evaluation section, I will then initial that I agree that this criteria has been met on a termly basis. Children will then be awarded either a bronze, silver or gold certificate dependent upon the number of criteria achieved (again this will change from year group to year group) 

If you have any further queries about the ‘Steps to Success’ award or any other aspects of this new booklet, please do come and talk to me. 

We are hoping that the children embrace being an ambassador and prove to be great role models for others to follow.  We feel it makes clear to children what we expect at Coppice Primary School.

We feel that this award provides opportunities for every child. It is important to note that the ‘Learner’ aspect of being an Ambassador is not about being the brightest or most gifted – it is about children who ‘opt-in’, participate and remain focused and engaged, always trying their best. It would be absolutely fantastic if you could talk through the booklet with your child and support her/him in completing it as the year progresses.   I have also asked teachers to discuss this booklet with you at the first parents evening in October.

Upon receiving their ambassador award the children will have the option of purchasing an ambassador badge which matches the colour of the award.  Please note that this will not be given out as previously - many badges unfortunately have not been returned, therefore making it hard for the school to sustain the cost of this.  Therefore badges will only be given to those children whose parents have purchased them.   The benefit of this is the badge is yours to keep upon obtaining the given standard.


Please watch this space for other information and insights into the time your children will be spending in Woodpecker Class!

Should you have any queries or questions, don't hesitate to contact us!


 Weekly spellings.

All children in KS2 receive a list of ten words to learn for their spellings each week.  The lists of words include statutory spellings for the year group and spelling rules identified in the National Curriculum. We follow the 'no-nonsense spelling programme which determines the order the spellings are taught. In addition to this, two challenge words will be given to children working at greater depth.  Children with SEND will be given personalised spellings to match their needs.

Children who achieve full marks in their spelling test each week for half a term receive a certificate of recognition at the end of each half term.


Click here to download the spelling lists for Year Five