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Class AJ

Miss Jeffree is a year 5 teacher and has been working at Writtle Junior School for 4 years now. She has recently finished a year of travelling and she cannot wait to share all of her adventures with the children and enrich their learning of the world around us.

Miss Jeffree's favourite subject is art and she loves to be creative. Everybody has creativity within them and we can find it in all subjects. She especially loves teaching the cross-curricular topics and exploring the links between subjects. 

Outside of teaching, Miss Jeffree likes: to explore new places (in the UK and abroad); being by the sea; painting; having coffee and cake; and cuddling her cheeky cat Kiwi.

Our Class

Class AJ are lucky to have lots of adults working in the class this year.

Mrs Mullen will be the class LSA helping us out with our learning.

Mrs Holloway, Mrs Prentice, Mrs Jordan and Mrs Briggs will be working 1:1 with specific children in the class.

Things to remember

PE is on Monday and Tuesday (not Wednesday) so please make sure you come to school wearing your P.E. kit. Long hair will need to be tied back and any jewellery removed, particularly earrings.

Homework will be set on Thursday and will be due on Monday.

Spellings should be learned ready for testing on Thursday.

Please make sure you have your Homework Diary in your bag at all times. We will use it to communicate with home and to keep your times tables record, passwords and homework instructions safe.

Autumn First Half

Space Camp 2023

This term, we will be exploring the history - and future - of space travel. We'll ask questions about why countries and individuals long to explore the 'final frontier' and we'll think about what it takes to become an astronaut as we complete activities and gain stamps in our Space Passports.

Our class English text is the brilliantly funny 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We'll use drama, sketching and journal-keeping to improve our critical thinking and comprehension skills, as we follow Liam and Florida's ridiculous journey to the other side of the world... and then the universe!

In Science, we will learn about the movement of planets and other bodies around the Solar System and investigate constellations and what makes night and day. We'll be asking you to tell us what you want to know about space, and we'll investigate together.

In PE, the theme is 'Outdoor Adventures' and in RE, we'll explore Humanism and the Big Bang Theory. In French, we'll practise our conversational skills; we'll learn coding skills in Computing, and in Art, we'll learn to sketch 3D shapes using shading and explore and copy the techniques of Vincent Van Gogh in his 'Starry Night' painting.

We have a busy term ahead, full of fun activities, so buckle up ready for blast off!

Autumn Second Half

Lights! Camera! Action!

During this topic we will be using different techniques to create our very own animations, exploring the effects of camera angles, music, sound, special effects and lighting.

We'll explore the history of film, illustration and animation, and have a go at creating our own 'moving pictures' using old and new techniques.

In English, we'll use short films and picture books to explore storytelling and descriptive language, and we'll run our Morpurgo fortnight bookclub, to help us to analyse the makings of a good story.

Spring First Half

Ancient Egyptians

This half term we are travelling back in time discover the world of Ancient Egypt. Here we will learn about the importance of the River Nile and investigate the mysteries of Tutankhamun's tomb. We will learn all about the Pharaohs and write our own messages using Hieroglyphics.

We will also learn about Egyptologists, such as Howard Carter, and write some diary entries in role.

Get ready to test your flexibility and skill in PE during our gym lessons; learn about Buddism in RE; brush up on your French speaking skills; become an coding expert in Computing and become a scientist investigating solubility, separating mixtures and reversible and irreversible changes.

Spring Second Half

Dear World

This half term, Year 5 will be studying our world and the living things that inhabit it along with the causes and effects of climate change through our topic, 'Dear World'.

We will be understanding different biomes, ecosystems and how different species have adapted to live in different environments. We are also investigating the impact of climate change on communities, wildlife, landscapes and habitats across the globe, and create our own solutions to solve problems.

We will also be creating a Rousseau-inspired collaborative rainforest collage, biome shoeboxes and learning how to draw animals. In English, we will explore non-chronological reports in depth, and to understand the features of documentaries and advertisements.

In Maths, we'll be using our times tables to reason and problem solve with fractions and decimals. In French we will be learning about how to speak about different animals. In RE we will be learning about Christianity and the importance of Easter.

Summer First Half


This half term, we are learning all about the Vikings. We will be using our enquiry skills to find out, who the Vikings were? What was life like for the Anglo Saxons before the Vikings invaded? How did they live and how did their legacy affect Britain?

In Maths, we will be learning about decimals and percentages, and linking this topic to our knowledge of fractions.

During our Science lessons, we will be learning about how humans change and develop, including the changes in puberty.  In RE, we will be learning about Christianity in the community. PE will involve lots of fun outside activities, practising our tennis and cricket skills. During our French lessons, we will applying our language skills to speak about food and drink. In computing, we will be programming with Sphero and understanding computer networks. In PSHE, we will be discussing puberty and the changes that happen as we grow older, but also how to keep ourselves healthy as we go through these changes. Finally, we will be getting very creative during our art lessons, inspired by the Anglo-Saxons and myths from Viking times to create dragon eye sculptures.

We will also be visiting Layer Marney Tower where we will have a whole Viking experience day.

Summer Second Half

Top Gear

This half term we will research, design and make motorised vehicles, then organise our very own event to explore the future of transportation.

As well as this, we will be learning about the history of vehicles, sketching our designs from different perspectives and researching how to market our cars. Throughout the process, we will be creating e-books to document our cars’ journeys from design to creation.

In Maths, we will be continuing with our geometry topic, looking at the properties of shape and position and direction. Finally, we will be re-visiting measurement and learning to understand how to convert between different units of measure and volume.

In Science, we will be learning about forces. We will be learning about gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction, and investigating the perfect parachute. We will be using our computing skills to help us to advertise our cars, as well as creating e-books. In Geography, we will be learning all about trade and how countries import and export different commodities and utilise their trade links. PE will involve lots of fun outside in the sun (hopefully), whilst we develop our athletics skills and get ready for Sports Day.

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