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5W’s week

12/10/2019 at 08:34


In literacy this week, 5W have been writing some fantastic setting descriptions of ‘Odyssey style’ islands that they designed themselves. I’ve been really impressed with the imagination, creativity and enthusiasm the pupils have shown. Next week, we will be planning our own Greek myth, which I am already looking forward to reading!

This week in maths, we have been continuing with our addition and subtraction topic. Pupils have been adding and subtracting 5-digit numbers and checking their answers using estimation, approximation and inverse calculations. Today we tackled some tricky word problems, which really got our brains working!

Have a look at the formal column addition and subtraction methods we have been using this week:

In our Ancient Greece topic lesson this week, we looked at ways in which the Ancient Greeks have influenced our lives today. We discovered lots of interesting things that were influenced by the Ancient Greeks, such as the Olympics, fashion, architecture, theatre and drama, democracy and language. As part of their Learning Log this week, I have challenged pupils to either find out more information about one of these areas, or find something else that was also influenced by the Ancient Greeks. I hope they can teach me something!

Maths homework is due in on Wednesday 16th October and Learning Logs are due in on Wednesday 23rd October. Please remind pupils to bring their signed Extreme Learning books back every day. If you have any questions about homework, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Year 5 staff as soon as possible.

Have a restful weekend and I look forward to an exciting week next week.

Miss Wetherill

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Questions from 5L around climate change

09/10/2019 at 15:00


5L had a workshop with Kevin from Rethink Food around the issue of climate change. These are some of the questions that the children had for ‘Ask the Expert’.

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A new day in 5L…

08/10/2019 at 10:45


What a fantastic week we have had in 5L – a week full of interesting things!


In maths this week, we finished off our work on Roman Numerals and negative numbers (which the children did fantastically well with) and started looking at addition. After a short refresher on how to use column methods of addition, the children had a go at some calculations of their own, even dealing with decimals in some instances. They were also able to explain some of the mistakes made by other children and find missing digits from calculations. I wonder if you can figure this one out?


In literacy this week, we have been continuing our work on the Odyssey. Last week, we were writing diary entries as the cyclops Polyphemus but this week we have been focusing on Circe’ pig men and Odysseus’ return to Ithaca. The children were asked to plan and write a newspaper article on one of these two topics, which proved to be no easy feat. By the end of our lesson on Thursday however, we had some truly excellent newspaper articles that included both direct and reported speech, pictures with captions and all were written in chronological order.


It has been a very good week for science in Year 5. In our lessons, we were exploring the concept of water resistance and testing which shapes would move through the water more easily. After some rigorous testing, we discovered that the cone shape moved much more easily than the cube, due to it having a smaller surface area and being more streamlined.

We also had the fantastic opportunity to work with Ruth Fain to set up some air quality monitoring. Miss Fain brought in some specialised equipment that we have set up in three very specific locations around the school. These tubes will help us monitor the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide around school. In a month, we will gather up the equipment and send it off to a lab, where they will analyse our data and send it back to us.

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This..is…Sparta! Oh and Athens too, I guess.

04/10/2019 at 16:19


We had such an amazing time exploring the differences between Athens and Sparta last week! Can I just start by saying how brilliant everyone’s costumes were? It’s not often you can be surrounded by buff Poseidons and terrifying Medusas after all!

Throughout the day, the children spent some time learning about each city state, the differences in their treatment of men, women and children and their cultures. I am led to believe that the girls in 5W were very disappointed to learn that they couldn’t vote on where they should sit! Sorry girls, but that’s just not how things were done in Ancient Athens.

They were also given the opportunity to take part in some activities that were common in their city states, with the Spartans having a go at throwing javelins (videos to come) and the Athenians attempting to sew some Greek letters. Some of the Spartans had such good aim, they even managed to hit me!

At the end of the day, the children were asked to decide which city they would have preferred to live in based on the evidence they had collected throughout the day. I can’t speak for 5W, but I know the response in 5L was overwhelmingly positive for Sparta. Finally, we rounded things off by trying some Greek food: black and green olives, rice stuffed vine leaves and feta cheese. I’ll be honest, some of it went down a lot better than others!

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5W: Welcome to Year 5!

13/09/2019 at 16:39


What a great week and half it has been! I have absolutely loved getting to know the class and I am incredibly impressed with their attitude to learning. Although we have only been back at school for a short time, we have already covered a lot!


This week we have been focussing on place value. We have looked at representing numbers in lots of different ways, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and Roman numerals. I have been really impressed with the effort the class has put in and the brilliant questions they have been asking.


In literacy this week, we started our Greek Myths topic. We learnt about how Greek stories were told and had a go at understanding and summarising the 12 Labours of Heracles and the story of Perseus and Medusa. I am astounded by how much the class already know about Greek myths and I am confident that they will produce some fantastic pieces of work within our literacy lessons. Next week, we will be introducing the dramatic story of Homer’s Odyssey.


Homework was sent out today. Maths homework is due in on Wednesday 18th September and Learning Logs are due in on Wednesday 25th September. Please let a member of Year 5 staff know if you are having any difficulties so we can help.

I bet the children are all exhausted after a jam-packed first week back, so have a restful and enjoyable weekend!

Miss Wetherill

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5L: A New Beginning

13/09/2019 at 15:58


What a wonderful start to Year 5!

The children have been working spectacularly well over the last week and a half and seem to have come back to school with a desire to learn. Let’s have a look at some of the things 5L have been getting up to this week…


In maths we have been getting to grips with place value, working with numbers up to a million. We have been reading and writing a wide array of numbers in both digits and words, as well as solving a range of different problems. More recently, we have also looked at how we can use our knowledge of place value to compare and order given numbers.


In our literacy lessons, we have started looking at Greek myths – particularly the 12 Labours of Heracles and Perseus’ battle with the monstrous (or perhaps misunderstood?) Medusa. We also discussed how the Greeks told their stories orally and played a few rounds of Chinese whispers in an attempt to figure out why this means we don’t know what these stories were like when they were first told. Next week, we will be delving into the story of Homer’s Odyssey.


Homework has been sent out today. The maths will be due in on Wednesday 18th, while the learning log is not due until the 25th. If any of the children are struggling, they should come speak to me or another member of the Year 5 staff on either Monday or Tuesday.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and come back on Monday ready and raring to go!

Miss Levett

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