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Church of England Primary School

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Year 5 - Beech Class

Welcome to Year 5 - Beech Class!


Who are the staff in Beech Tree Class?


Mr Spiers – Teacher

Mrs Chapman – Teaching Assistant

Ms Baptiste – Teaching Assistant


What does our day look like?


The timetable is quite flexible, afternoon lessons such as our history and geography topics, science, art and R.E. can move round depending on the activity, but English, maths and guided reading will be taught daily.  Click below for current timetable/

PESE Information for Parents

What does our curriculum look like?

Year five curriculum map

This year we’ll be doing the topics; ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence, Alchemy Island, Stargazers, Scream Machine and Allotments’.

Please look at each term's curriculum overview to see how the curriculum is organised.



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What are we learning about in Term 6?


Our final topic is 'Early Islamic Civilisation', looking at Baghdad at the same period of history as our first topic of 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence.' The last term is always busy, please see the attached newsletter below for dates of upcoming events. 

What did we learn 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. Harvest your crops and make seasonal foods that taste delicious!



What did we learn in term 4?

Scream Machine


Learn about the science behind roller coasters, going behind the scenes to see the forces at work. We’ll build our own egg-citing rides close to Easter, testing how safe they are with a fragile passenger – cracking stuff!


Ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster!

What did we learn in term 3?




Journey through space, the final frontier … Navigate beyond the sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!


Investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth


Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or is there other lifeforms out there?

What did we learn in term 2?


Our second topic, Alchemy Island, is a science-based topic with a focus on materials and their properties, reversible and irreversible changes and states of matter. The Christmas term is always very busy, as the children will also be creating a 3D piece for the St Nicholas parade, visiting the pantomime and preparing for our carol concert. Please see the newsletter or school calendar to keep up to date with all the exciting events.

What did we learn in term 1?


Our first topic is ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’, looking at life in the middle ages in our country. For more information, have a look at our;

What does our learning look like?

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How do we reward children in Beech Class?

In Beech Tree 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.

Suggested webpages– a fantastic collection of games to help improve estimation skills– some 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!– further logic games. ‘Trap the mouse’ is particularly recommended.