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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,  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, however we also make decisions about when it is more efficient to make informal jottings.  Applying mathematical knowledge in problem solving contexts is a regulary feature in maths lessons.

We encourage home learning to be completed weekly.  Times table and, spelling practice as well as reading are coL.mpulsory.  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.

12th July

L.O To understand why Bastille Day is celebrated in France

We all decked ourselves out in blue, white and red to mark the weekend’s celebrations of Bastille Day.  We made posters to demonstrate what we had learned about this historic event.


5th July

L.O To separate materials

Following a lesson on dissolving, Year 5 were presented with a mysterious mixture.  Their task was to separate the different components in the most efficient way.  They used previously learned knowledge from Year 4, to discover whether the water was pure or a solution.


28th June

L.O To learn about the features of a river

L.O To find out how we get a clean water supply

During our visit to Affininty Water, Year 5 learned about how clean water gets into our homes.  We had a tour of the water treatment plant.  However, we can’t show you any photos for security reasons so you’ll have to ask us to describe what we saw.  There were a few ‘yuks’, however, at the sight of the untreated water.  With the help of a  scaled down model, we identified the different parts of a river’s course.

21st June

L.O To present results

L.O To write a conclusion

Surprisingly, we received a letter from the Cooler Shaker company, who are anticpating another hot summer, asking us to conduct a compartive test to find out which material is the best insulator.   After testing several materials, we have started to write our responses, starting with an explanation of our results.



14th June

L.O To measure and draw angles

We have had a very successful week using a protractor to estimate the size of angles,  measure them and draw an angle when given its measurement of turn.  We progressed to deducing the size using known facts.


7th June

L.O To use 3D imaging

In computing, Year 5 have been experimenting with software to produce 3D models, creating their own vehicles.



22nd May

L.O To understand how cam mechanisms work

The engineers of the future learned about how useful cam mechanisms are in our daily lives.  Using an eccentric cam, they made their own moving toy.  Precision skills were required in the process.  The following day, the pupils wrote a non-chronological report to explain how cams work.

15th May

L.O To find nets of cuboids

We took advantage of a change in the weather to explore maths outside.  The children were challenged to draw as many different nets of a cuboid as they could find.  They then checked with another group that they worked.

10th May

L.O To write a letter    L.O To write a description

Year 5 had the enviable experience of seeing the incredible show ‘The Lion King’ in the West End, as a result of Mr Driver’s connections with theatre land.  Although many children had been looking forward to it, some children, who had not had the chance to see a top-class performance, were more reticent.  However, they were blown away by the amazing spectacle of puppetry, song and dance.  Back in the classroom, they wrote letters to the theatre managment to show their appreciation.  They also wrote desctiptions about the characters.


3rd May

L.O To compare eras in history

Building on what the children learnt about the Anglo Saxons in Year 4, we are investigating similarites and differences between the Vikings and them.  The children have examined pictures and researched their origins, discovering that many things were the same.

26th April

L.O To understand what friendship is

We discussed the questions ‘How does a good friend make you feel?  What is it that they do that has this effect on you?’ and recorded our thoughts in groups. We also thought about the emotions that a real buddy would not want you to feel.

22nd March

L.O To build a flying a machine

Year 5 pupils completed an engineering challenge set by GSK to design and build a flying machine.  Childen were assessed on the incorpororation of features, creativity and the clarity of their explanation.  Many children found it a tough brief to fulfill but nonetheless persevered.  As they worked, they modified their original ideas and the end results were truly impressive.  Choosing a winner was difficult, however, it was Jake and Blake’s craft that scooped first prize.  Well ddone also to the second placed engineers, William and Susannah, and in third place, Joscelyn and her partner.  The winning model has been entered into the national competition.  We await the result!

15th March

L.O To investigate forces

Last week, Year 5 measured the force of gravity in newtons and the mass of a mysery object in grams.  This week, they plotted the data on a scatter graph and concluded that 1 N = 100g.  As  luck would have it, it was a windy day which provided an ideal opportunity to investigate air resistance (and have fun doing it).

8th March

L.O To describe a character

For Wordl Book Day, Year 5 and Year 1 teamed up to discuss their characters.  They shared a book or talked about who they had come dressed as. It was lovely to see discussions between those who had come as the same character. Later in the day, Year 5 pupils wrote character descriptions.

1st March

L.O To understand that we can make some changes for the benefit of our wellbeing

As part of Health and Wellbeing Week, after discussing how jumping can strengthen our bones and heart, we made up some games.  We explored the Channel 4 Change for Life website and were shocked to discover the added sugar that can be found in many of our favourite treats.  We made posters to publicise changes that can be made to ensure we don’t exceed the sugar limits recommended for our age group.

8th February

L.O To understand what consent means in the digital world

As part of E-safety Week 2019, the children have learnt about how you should only grant permission when you know what you are giving your consent to.  We explored different on-line situations when you are asked for your agreement to allow your details to be used.  The children are aware that they should ask their pparents before giving consent.  In addition, they discussed why it might be difficult to say no to a friend who wants to post an image and practised how to make it clear that permission wasn’t being granted but in a firm but polite way.

24th January 2019

L.O To understand the effect of forces

Year 5 had a blast at the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space.  The children were wowed to see the Mars rover robots in their testing site.  We then went on to learn about forces and used this knowledge to construct a balloon powered buggy and a rocket, the latter being launched in the carpark.  It was an out of this world experience.

11th January 2019

L.O To understand the relative size and distance of planets from the Sun

To start the topic, the children recorded what they already knew using a mind map and we discussed what they wanted to know. Some children were interested in the size of of the planets, their order and distance from the Sun.

20th December 2018

L.O To use the technique of relief printing

Building on skills from KS1, the children carved out parts of a tile that they didn’t want to appear on a print, so that only the design appears.

13th December 2018

L.O To understand the significance of Advent to Christians

As we approach Christmas, Year 5 have been learning about how Christians prepare for this celebration during Advent.  The children wrote acrostic poems to demonstrate their learning.



5th December 2018

L.O To use baking techniques to make bread

The smell of freshly baked bread has been wafting around the school this week, making everyone’s mouth water.  Year 5 chose a new ingredient to add to their dough.  It was the first time for tasting olives and pumpkin seeds for some and opinion was somewhat divided on their tastiness!  The resulting bread rolls were excellent and had already been sampled before the children had even left the classroom to go home.

Please click the link below for a copy of the recipe:

Bread recipe

30th November 2018

L.O To respond and challenge each other’s ideas

The children are using speaking frames to help them to think more deeply during discussions.  Today, we were discussing whether they thought that all mammals have the same gestation period and had to provide reasons for their thinking.  FM and EH showed progress today in their ability to have an engaging dialogue.  FM started with ‘Yes, because they are not all born at the same time – some are born in August and some in September.’  EH sought clarification by asking what he meant by ‘some born in August and some in September.’  He then elaborated by stating that some animals might have a different gestation period eg a gazelle might have an 8 month gestation while a different mammal might have a 10 month gestation.  In another discussion about whether there is a relationship between any other gestation length and and any other variable, LG suggested that animals in cold climates might have a longer gestation period.  This was challenged by IP who reasoned that human beings have gestation periods that span winter and summer but is is still generally 9 months. LG aagreed that this was a good point.  CW suggested that there could be some relationship with size.  This was backed up by FH who said that when researching the life cycle of a dolpin, she found out that the gestation period is 10-17 months.

23rd November 2018

L.O To set a personal challenge

The children completed a series of physical challenges and recorded their achievement on each one.  Later in the year, they will revisit the activities with the aim of beating their scores.  Mrs Jordan, who partnered one of the pupils, was surprised to find that throwing a ball quickly back and forth could raise your heart rate.

16th November 2018

L.O To write a conclusion

As a class, we transferred our data from the previous week to a scatter graph.  We could see that the dots suggested a pattern – the longer the arm, the longer the leg.  We wrote conclusions using data from the graph.

9th November 2018

L.O To gather primary data

In order to answer the questions ‘do arm and leg bones grow at the same rate?’, we gathered primary data by measuring a sample of chilren across the school.  We agreed which part of the limb we would measure before undertaking the data collection,  armed with our own choic of measuring equipment.


27th September 2018

LO: To discover what life was like in a different decade

Year 5 had a fantastic experience discovering life in different decades.  Having dressed in a decade of their choice, they investigated what life was like in teh swining sixties.  Some children expressed horror at the lack of technology.   Within  a very short space of time, they learnt a new dance routine to the backing of a track from ‘Hairspray’.


21st September 2018

LO:To write an explanation

We have been learning to use expanded noun phrases and causal conjunctions, adverbs and adverbials in order to write a survival guide for an explorer


13th September 2018

LO:To count forwards and backwards in powers of 10

We started by using plac value counters to demonstrate why we have to regroup.  We then represented this pictorially ourselves before moving on to problem solving.



6th September 2018

LO: To identify the parts of a flower needed for sexual reproduction

We dissected two different flowers and identified parts such as pollen, stamen and stigma.