Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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What we do in Year 5

We should like to welcome you to Upper Key Stage 2!  This is where your child starts the next part of their exciting learning journey at Combe Down CEVC Primary School.

Key Stage 2 is divided into two "phases". The Lower Key Stage 2 phase, as you are probably already aware, is made up of both Year 3 and Year 4. These are important bridging years of learning where skills are imbedded and your child is encouraged to attempt new independent skills and responsibilities. During Year 5 and 6 the planned learning increases with appropriate challenge, building upon and strengthening the skills and knowledge they have already achieved. The children also have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities like library monitors. The Year 5 classes are based in the Log Cabin.

Partnership with Parents

Although your child is getting older and more independent, we still value greatly and encourage healthy dialogue between home and school. Please do feel free to come in to talk about any aspect of your child's education with their class teacher at the end of the day or arrange an appointment to see one of us.

Visit to the SS Great Britain

Visit to SS Great Britain

At Combe Down Primary School we aim to make links between the subjects and try to have one overriding theme for a term or a series of weeks. The topics are shown to you each term as part of our integrated Topic Webs. Typically the week is split between the core subjects English, Maths, Science and ICT. The other curriculum areas covered include History, Geography, RE, PE, Design and Technology, Music, French and SEAL (Social and emotional aspects of learning). Topics in Year 5 cover historical and geographical content as well as science and technology.


During the year there are a number of mini-assessments taking place - in fact there is continual teacher assessment going on. These help inform planning the next steps in each child’s learning, boosting confidence and ensuring that we are tracking the progress that each child is making. We also take into consideration how a child responds in class and use evidence from the work in their books to show they have understood a topic.

Trips and Visits

Cooking at Ralph Allen School

Cookery Workshop at Ralph Allen School

There are many opportunities for educational visits and trips in the Upper Key Stage 2 phase. Trips and visits are linked to the topics that are covered in class and aim to deepen and build upon those learning experiences. One visit gives the Year 5 children an opportunity to  find out about the lives of some of the passengers who travelled on the SS Great Britain by investigating various passenger artefacts. In the past few years we have also had a Year 5 Activity Week during Term 6, and visited Cadbury World in Birmingham as part of our Chocolate Box project!

Transition between Year 5 and Year 6

During the final summer term the Year 5 children will be getting to know his or her new teacher. The teacher will meet with the children in during some informal moments like at interclass/year-group sports matches. They will also spend the morning with their new teacher on our whole school transition day. We hope by doing this the process of transition from one year to another will be a smooth and happy one.