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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 compulsory.  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.

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.