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Bridgetown Primary School

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Year 5

Spring 2 


It is lovely to see all the children back in school after the half term holiday.  Our topic is Volcanoes, and the children have already had a go at 'erupting' lemons with bicarb and food colouring, which was great fun.  Later in the term, they will have go at erupting volcanoes made of modroc! We will post the photos here on the website for you all to see. 


As always, we have many exciting things planned.  The first date to remember is World Book Day, March 7th. We will celebrate reading, books and bed time stories by coming to school in pyjamas. Please remember sensible footwear (no slippers) as we still make time for the Daily Mile and playtime outside.  


We are currently finalising a day of activities with the RSC during Shakespeare Week (19 March) and will update you as soon as we know more about this. 


Please remember that this half term, the Herons have swimming on Mondays (please wear PE kit) and the Swans have their PE lessons on Thursdays. 


Best wishes, 

The Year 5 Team 







Spring Term 

The Year 5s are thoroughly enjoying their new topic the Anglo-Saxon, it is hard to believe we are nearly half way through!  They are working hard on the class assembly and we are looking forward to invite you on Thursday 8th February, to see the assembly at 9.15am. Thank you for taking the time to organise the costumes and props that are coming in already.  Can we ask to have the costumes in school by Monday 5th February at the very latest so that we can have a dress rehearsal in costumes before the day. 


This half term is the turn for the Swans to go swimming and the Herons have PE lessons on Thursdays, this will swap again after February half term.  


Many thanks for your support with the reading and weekly homework. Please remind the children that the homework needs to be in on Thursdays, in order for us to be able to send out the new homework on Friday. 


If you have any questions, we are always happy to talk to you so please catch us at the end of the day at the playground or email the office to make an appointment.


Best wishes, 

Mrs Pearson and Miss Thijssen 

Making and decorating Christmas Cookies  


During the last week of school, both Herons and Swans classes had a special treat and made Christmas cookies. This involved measuring, kneading, rolling, cutting and lots of teamwork!  The next day they could decorate the delicious cookies, before taking them home.  The children worked hard and the cookies looked gorgeous!  We bet they tasted nice too  smiley

Space Trip

On Tuesday 5th December, the Year 5's had a fantastic day, visiting the Space Centre in Leicester.  There was so much to explore, see, investigate, touch, spin and read, time seemed to go by to fast! To top it all, the children were treated to an amazing production in the Planetarium, to feel what it would be really like to be an astronaut.  As always, the children represented our school beautifully, and did Bridgetown proud with their impeccable behaviour.  

Space Assembly


The year 5's were very lucky to have a visit from Anu who works as a director for the UK Space Agency .  It was very interesting and all children and adults were mesmerised! Harrison said, "It was fantastic, we saw a real pressurised space suit and even held rocks from both the Moon and Mars!"  We can't wait for his Anu's second visit in December.




Autumn 2


Year 5 has started this half term with an exciting topic day, where we looked at what skills and characteristics astronauts need to succeed in Space.  We soon realised that communication, determination, team work and positive attitude are a few of the main skills and we filled it with team games, puzzles etc.  We finished this by designing and creating a rocket to see which one could fly the furthest. 


This exciting term has continued with a visit of the director of Space UK, who held a fabulous assembly. He showed us a full presurrised space suit, rocks from the moon and Mars. He explained how all the research and work at the International Space Centre is hugely important to help us look after our own planet, as well as  finding out more Space. We are delighted that he has promised to come to visit for a second assembly, the week before Christmas. 


It is a very busy term, and we are looking forward to our school trip to the Space Centre on Tuesday, 5th December.  Please note the slightly earlier start time, we would like the children to come in to school for 8.30am.  The week after this, we are very lucky to have the chance to go to the theatre in Birmingham to watch The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!  Again, this is an early start on Wednesday 13th December, as the children need to be in school for 8.15am.  


We also have the Christmas Carol service to look forward to, on Thursday 14th of December.  A very busy and exciting half term! 


Thanks again for all your support, 

The Year 5 Team


School Trip - Local Tourists


The Year 5's thoroughly enjoyed being tourists for the day, on Tuesday, 3rd October.  They certainly packed a lot in, from visits to the Tourist Information, admiring that many statues and buildings around town, watching real life performances outside the theatre, visiting Shakespeare's grave to eating a well deserved ice-cream and a lovely play at the playground.  They all had a blast, and not one person complained about the 15,000 steps we did that day!  What made it extra fantastic was that so many people commented on the wonderful behaviour of the children around town. They showed great respect in the church, super manners  in Hoorays, and were a fantastic audience to the impromptu performance outside the theatre. A big thank you to the parent volunteers too! 


Well done Year 5, you made us very proud! 

Miss Thijssen and Mrs Pearson






A very warm welcome to Year 5, 2023-2024!  We are very excited to start our topic with a local emphasis, Stratford upon Avon, What is it like to live in a tourist town? We will be researching and discussing both advantages and disadvantages of living in a tourist town.  We will also look at what sustainable tourism is, and why this is so important.  To really understand this topic, we will actually become tourists for the day, and visit the Tourist Information as well as walk around our local area to identify all those famous and impressive buildings and statues around our town. You can't be a tourist without suitable treats, so we are very excited that we will be visiting our local ice-cream parlour Hoorays for a well earned ice-cream. 



PE / Swimming 

In Year 5, the children will receive swimming lessons.  This half term, the Swans' class will start.  This means that the Swans' class need to wear PE kit to school on a Monday, and bring their swimming kit with them.  Please ensure your child has a coat as well, as we will walk to the leisure centre, whatever the weather! 


The Herons' class will start with PE lessons in school this half term, which means they need to wear their PE kit to school on Thursdays.  We will swap these sessions after half term.  

Kirfs - Factors

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