Welcome to Class 5 – Jane Goodall Class


Who are the staff in Jane Goodall?

Mr Spiers – Teacher

Mrs Eley – Teaching Assistant


Are you a member of year 5 next year? Here’s some websites with great activities that you could use over the summer holidays to help get you ready for next year;


(you may need your mymaths log in details)




I can’t believe our time at Swattenden is nearly at an end! We’ve had another fun day packed full of activities. Leeds Castle and home tomorrow!



We’re on our residential trip to Swattenden this week! Below are some photos of the activities we’ve got up to – more to follow tomorrow evening!


 Stay tuned for further activities!

What are we learning in Term 5?


Let’s grow! A crispy carrot, a luscious lettuce or a tasty tomato. Dig deep and put your back into it, making your own tubs and planters and nurturing your greens. After all that hard work have your fingers gone green?

Have a look at our newsletter, curriculum map and suggestions for homework to find out!

Newsletter.pdf (41 downloads)

Curriculum-Map.pdf (41 downloads)

Homework.pdf (43 downloads)

If you weren’t able to attend the evening meeting on our residential trip, your child should be coming home with the paperwork. Please see Mr Spiers or Mrs Eley if you have any questions regarding our trip, homework, or anything else!


What did we do in term 4?

Here’s some photos of our K’nex Ferris wheels;



We have another science-based topic, based on forces. We’ll be working towards building our own fairground rides and parachutes by the end of the term. For more information, have a look in our;

Newsletter.pdf (26 downloads)

Curriculum-map.pdf (32 downloads)

Project-homework.pdf (43 downloads)

Here’s some fun games to help improve your reasoning and logical thinking – noughts and crosses, but over three boards, and draughts! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for other games.




 What did we do in term 3?

We’ve started a topic that lots of the children (and myself!) have been looking forward to, ‘Stargazers’ focusing on the orbit of Earth, its moon and the other planets in the solar system. Further details can be found in our newsletter, curriculum map and suggestions for homework.

Newsletter.pdf (33 downloads)

Curriculum-map.pdf (41 downloads)

Homework-suggestions.pdf (37 downloads)


Here we are trying ‘astronaut ice cream’;


We’ve already learnt a mnemonic for remembering the order of planets, and acted out their orbit!



What did we do in term 2?

Have a look at our newsletter, topic map and homework to find out!

Homework.pdf (47 downloads)

Newsletter.pdf (52 downloads)

Topic-map.pdf (51 downloads)

What did we do in term 1?

Our topic had a history focus on the middles ages, a time when our country was full of ‘Princes, Peasants and Pestilence’. To understand daily life at this time, we went to Dover Castle, the biggest castle in our country (thank you to Luka for finding that out!) 


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After visiting Dover Castle, we made our own versions!

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Many thanks to Canterbury Cycle Centre for supplying all the cardboard!

What does our curriculum look like?

We try to make our learning as cross-curricular as possible. As you’ll see on our topic map, we are reading a children’s version of The Canterbury Tales in English while studying medieval England in topic and discovering just how clean our school is (and whether we need to worry about the Black Death coming back!) in science.

Term-1-Newsletter.pdf (66 downloads)

Term-1-Topic-Map.pdf (70 downloads)

How can you help at home?

Have a look at our suggestions for project homework, although feel free to choose something different that you feel will support your child’s learning.

Term 1 Homework Homework-Term-1.pdf (61 downloads)

 What does a day in our class look like?

The timetable is quite flexible, afternoon lessons like topic, science, art and R.E. can move round depending on the activity, but English, maths and guided reading will be taught daily.


Timetable template Jane-Goodall-Timetable-Term-1-Template.pdf (76 downloads)


 What will we be learning about this year?

Long-Term-Overview.pdf (46 downloads)

What are the behaviour expectations in Jane Goodall Class?

In Jane Goodall class we follow the 5 B’s.

Be Respectful

Be Kind and gentle

Be careful

Be responsible

Be the best you can

In PSHE we have been thinking about feelings and emotions and how these impact on our behaviour. We have been using The Zones of Regulation to describe and discuss our emotions. Please follow the links for more information. 

  Reproducible-A.pdf (83 downloads) Reproducible-B.pdf (87 downloads) Reproducible-E.pdf (75 downloads)

Suggested webpages

http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/estimation-game.phpa fantastic collection of games to help improve estimation skills

http://www.mathsisfun.com/games/index.htmlsome of these games promote reasoning and strategy. Make sure you practice ‘4 in a row’ lots, Mr Spiers has never been beaten at this game!

http://www.mathplayground.com/logicgames.htmlfurther logic games. ‘Trap the mouse’ is particularly recommended.