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Year 5

Hello and Welcome to Year 5!

Mrs Jordan is the class teacher and Mrs Murrill is the teaching assistant. This year, we go back in time to the Viking era and also take part in a field study as part of our ‘Rivers’ topic.  We also explore printing in art, make bread in cooking and construct our own moving toys – so it is an exciting year. PE is every Monday afternoon and Friday morning except during the spring term when the Friday slot is replaced by a swimming lesson on Wednesday mornings.

In English, we learn how to be persuasive (sorry parents – it could lead to more pocket money!) and extend our writing skills by exploring legends.  In maths, we work towards securing standard methods of calculating as well as tackling more complex problems.

We encourage homework to be completed weekly.  There are regular activities of reading, times tables, spellings, maths and sometimes an extra piece linked to the curriculum.  Regular reading is vital as it helps us learn new vocabulary and notice how many different ways there are to construct a sentence.  So keep reading together at home as well as independently.

In Year 5 we take pride in putting in 100 percent effort.  We celebrate the ‘have a go’ attitude. Someone once said, “If you haven’t failed, you haven’t tried.”   We value the efforts all parents give to the development of their children.

19 June 2018

L.O To identify the features of a river

During a trip to Affinity Water, Year 5 explored a 3D model of a river bed to find out how a river is formed.  We also took a tour of the water treatment plant and discovered how water gets from the source to our taps.

6 June 2018

L.O To plan, conduct and evaluate an investigation

Along with other classes in the school, we investigated whether children with the longest index finger could flick the furthest.  Most of the class predicted that this would be true, however Year 5, after extensive testing and analysis of results using a scatter graph, found no causal link.  There were indications that some results were infuenced by other variables eg a poor technique or inaccurate measuring.  It was suggested that next time closer attention should be paid to these dependant variables so that the testing process is more reliable and that the sample size is increased by using data from other classes.


25 May 2018

L.O To write musical notation

As well as playing the violin, we have been writing music too.  After learning how to write rhythms using informal symbols, the children progressed to using the recognised notation.  They wrote ‘Miss Mary Mack’  in the bass and treble clef.


15 May 2018

L.O To make a toy with a moving mechanism

During a workshop run by SETPoint,  Year 5 investigated different cam mechanisms.  They  used the skills of measuring and cutting to make a moving toy, using a centric cam.  The children thoroughly enjoyed learning the technical knowledge and having a hands-on experience of construction.


11 May 2018

L.O To find the volume of cuboids

In maths, progressing from finding perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes, the children used cubes to build cuboids.  They, then explored how to measure their volume.

1 May 2018

L.O To explain sexual reproduction in flowering plants

After investigating the function of male and female parts of flowers, the children wrote a report explaining the process of sexual reproduction, for an audience of Year 4 children.


26 April 2018

L.O To give opinions

In French, Year 5 have been writing about something they like, using the infinitive form of the verb.

19 April 2018

L.O To think about forgiveness

As part of our values education, the children discussed the important action of forgiveness and what it achieves, even if it is sometines hard to do.


23 March 2018

L.O To use colour, line and texture

For our Celebration of the Arts’ Day, Year 5 children studied the landscapes of David Hockney. They experimented with different techniques before producing their own unique compositions.


14 March 2018

L.O To use characterisation

In English, the children have been studying how an author conveys information about a character’s thoughts and feelings through what they do, what they say and how they say it.  To help them to apply this to their writing, they acted out a scene and commented on what they did to communicate their character’s feelings.

26 February 2018

L.O To create a superpotato hero

As usual, the children tackled their task with great enthusiasm and demonstrated their amazing creativity.


9 February 2018

L.O To understand the relative distances of planets in our solar system

Year 5 used astronomical units and scaling to calculate the relative distance of the planets from the sun.  They used beads and string to create a model.

2 February 2018

L.O To use short division

The children have been using place value counters to hep them understand the maths that underpins the process of short division.


26 January 2018

L.O To identify the phases of the moon

In science, Year 5 has been howling at the moon questions such as ‘Why does its shape change?’ and ‘What is it made of’. Using film and models they discovered that it is different amounts of light reflected from the Sun that we can see as the moon orbits around Earth.

19 January 2018

L.O To write a rap

Year 5 have been learning the craft of writing a rap.  The context was anti-bullying.  Their raps had to have a message, a rhythm and suitable rhyming couplets. There may be  a globally famous rapper in the making among us. If so, we can say it all started here – perhaps!

12 January 2018

L.O To play notes using fingering

This week in violin, the children have been using fingering on the A and D strings.  They were introduced to a piece of music by Richard Strauss, which most people recognise from the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey, and had fun trying to play the opening.

13 December 2017

L.O To evaluate my work

After making designs for printing using polystyrene tiles, card and string, the children evaluated the success of their final art work.  Their comments reflected what they felt they had achieved and what they would do next time to improve.  Parents, prepare a space on the wall for a unique calendar.

8 December 2017

L.O To estimate

In order to estimate, we need to be able to round.  We learned a rap to help consolidate the rules about rounding.  Then, we applied the rule to some addition sums.

30 November 2017

L.O To write a letter

This week in English, the children learnt about parentheses, using commas and dashes, to add extra detail.  Parenthesis using commas allows the text to flow whereas the function of dashes is to add emphasis.


23rd November 2017

L.O To write a letter

In English, Year 5 has been studying a number of legends.  The children chose a character from one of the stories to write to.

16th November 2017

L.O To solve a problem

In maths this week, Year 5 had a very tricky problem to solve involving their knowledge of fractions.  Many of them showed great determination and resilience as it took several attempts before the problem was fully understood and solved.

8th November 2017

L.O To produce a print

Our future Andy Warhol’s have been extending their skills of printing.  Previously, they have carved into a polystyrene tile and the desired image has remained white.  This time, they need to print the image in colour by  keeping it raised.  There have been some excellent results.


3rd November 2017

L.O To make a bread product using an added ingredient

We feared that Prue and Paul might make an appearance this week as it was Bread Week in Year 5.  After sampling bread products, the children learnt the techniques of kneading and proving.  They decided on which flour they wanted to use and added an extra ingredient to one of their bread rolls.


18th October 2017

L.O To separate materials

The children explored some different techniques of separating a mixture including sieving and filtration.

13th October 2017

L.O. To modify a tune using a sound square

In violin and cello, Year 5 used an open D string and using the first finger and second finger respectively, played the notes e  and f #.  Using these new skills, they played a short tune.  Then, they altered the composition and performed to each other.  These are the beginnings of their own composition notation.

3rd October 2017

L.O To carry out a fair test

Today we have been investigating dissolving.  The children identified the variables that could be changed and identified one to test.  They then formulated a question and made a prediction.