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Rounding off the week in Year 5…

17/09/2021 at 16:28


We are really pleased with how well the children have been settling into Year 5. They have super attitudes to learning and have produced some great pieces of work this week.


In maths this week, our main focus has been rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand. The children have been using numberlines to help them and been focussing on which digits to look at to ensure they are rounding correctly.


We have been getting to grips with Greek myths this week in literacy. We started off by comparing myths, legends and fables, before looking closely at the features of a Greek myth. We then worked on our summarising skills by precising the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Before writing their precis, the children created some freeze frame and planned some drama to help them remember the most important parts. Next week we will be starting to look at the epic poem, The Odyssey.


Science this week was all about gravity and air resistance. To look at the effects of air resistance, children devised an experiment to find the most effective parachute. Children changed the size or material of three different parachutes and timed how long it took for an object to fall to the ground. We discovered that the more surface area a parachute has, the more space air resistance has to work against gravity and slow a falling object down.

It has been a busy week so hopefully you manage to have a restfull weekend before we start again on Monday!

Miss Wetherill & Mrs Kroon

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A fantastic first week back for Year 5!

10/09/2021 at 16:29


It was fantastic to welcome all the children back this week after the summer break. They have settled in well and already shown a mature and positive attitude to learning!

This week we have discussed rules and expectations and played some fun welcome back games to break the children in gently. They completed an unaided piece of writing to show off their writing skills and so we could check what they had remembered to include from previous years. In maths, we begun work on place value, working with numbers up to 100,000.

We enjoyed creating some art work about being kind based on The Boy, the Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Makesy and the children did a fantastic job. They really impressed me with their art skills and tidying up skills at the end!

We wanted to send you a newsletter on Friday but are just waiting for the school homework policy to be updated before we do. Also reading records have not been reissued yet so don’t panic about Extreme Learning this week.

So here is some key information:

PE is on a Monday and children should come to school in their PE kits on this day.

PPA day is on a Wednesday afternoon and so different adults will see the children out on this day.

We are studying Ancient Greece as our first topic and we will be having a Greek Day on Thursday 7th October when we will ask children to dress up as ancient Greeks.

We will be giving out homework on a Thursday and it should be completed by the following Wednesday.

If any of you have any questions don’t hesitate to email at the following addresses:

Mrs Kroon

[email protected]


Miss Wetherill

[email protected]

Enjoy your weekend,

The Year 5 team.

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5W Home Learning Update

14/07/2021 at 08:14


Good morning!

I am really pleased with how well the children have been getting on this week. It’s tricky for all children, whether they’re in school or at home, but they have all continued to put 100% effort in and do their best with their learning!

Please see below for an overview of the upcoming lessons for the rest of the week.

Maths – Kilograms and kilometres
Literacy – An encounter with Smaug (rewriting a section of The Hobbit)
Guided Reading – Vocabulary
PSHE – Managing money

Maths – Milimetres and mililitres
Literacy – Continue with ‘an encounter with Smaug’
Guided Reading – Authorial intent
Science – Reversible and irreversible changes

Maths – Metric units
Literacy – Continue with ‘an encounter with Smaug’ and editing
Story – Crater Lake
French – Weather

Google Meets

Wednesday and Thursday:
9am – Maths
11am – Literacy
1pm – Guided reading + afternoon task

9am – Maths
11am – Literacy
1pm – Story + afternoon task
2.40pm – Special Mention Assembly

More detail for each assignment will be available on Google Classroom. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Miss Wetherill

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5W Home Learning Update

12/07/2021 at 08:23


Good morning,

I hope you all had a good weekend (despite a disappointing end last night!).

Here are the upcoming lessons that will be posted via Google Classroom for those children who are self-isolating.

Monday 12th July

Maths – Reflecting shapes
Literacy – Creative writing (What would you do with a magic ring?)
Guided Reading – Reading and discussing the next chapter of The Hobbit
PE – PE challenges and researching inspirational sports men and women

Tuesday 13th July

Maths – Reflection with coordinates
Literacy – Planning a story
Guided Reading – Inference task
Topic (slight change to original timetable) – Energy Heroes: Investgiating the efficiency and cost of lighting

Google Meet Times (for Monday and Tuesday)

9am – Maths
10.10am – Assembly
11am – Literacy
1pm – Guided reading and explanation of afternoon task

More details for each assignment will be posted on Google Classroom. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Miss Wetherill

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Another week complete!

02/07/2021 at 16:34



This week in maths, we have been doing some more work on angles and have started investigating 2D and 3D shapes.

We began by using protractors to draw given angles – a task that proved quite difficult at first, though once we had figured out how to use the protractors properly it became much easier. From there, we started looking at how to calculate angles in different polygons including squares, triangles, rectangles and composite shapes made up of different combinations. Finally, we started looking at some different 3D shapes and the nets that they are comprised of.


In Literacy this week, we have been continuing our exploration of ‘The Hobbit’. Our main focus has been the poem (or song) that the dwarves sing about Bilbo in the first chapter.

We began by breaking down the poem to identify the key elements that Tolkien uses – the rhyme scheme, structure and language for example. From there, all we had to do was think about the things that our hobbits liked and disliked and come up with some rhyming words that would work with them. The actual writing part was tricky, but the children persevered and produced some great poems!

Residential Follow-up

Following on from residential, both classes produced some lovely oil pastel artwork based on the landscapes that we saw in the Dales. The children worked incredibly hard on this and each created some wonderful art!

Homework and Other Matters

This week, both maths and learning log homework has been sent out:

  • Maths – Due 7.7.21 – Investigating 3D shapes and their nets.
  • Learning Log – Due 14.7.21 – Set via BrainPOP (see below)

For this learning log homework, you will need to create a ‘film’ about climate change. You may need to do some additional research to help put this together. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!  In your video, you should talk about each of the following points:

  • What is climate change?
  • How does it affect us?
  • What causes climate change?
  • What can we do to prevent climate change?

Also, any children who would like the chance to become librarians in Year 6 should write a letter to Miss Ellis to explain why they would be a good choice. These should be handed to your class teacher on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill

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5L Residential: Day Two

24/06/2021 at 23:54


Today has been another fantastic day – the children have worked incredibly hard and seem to have really enjoyed the different activities. In Junior’s words: “Today was so great!”

Let’s let the children explain more about the day’s activities…

”Today was a great day and I loved it. First, we did cycling – it was hard but I tried! We cycled at Gisburn Forest. We rode up steep hills, bumpy hills and down hill. It was hard riding up the hills but all my group did really well!! Next we did caving. We walked up a hill that was kind of steep but once we got into the caves and it was really fun! I was scared at first but I got more confident as we kept going! I also went into a deep deep pool which was really fun.” – Komal

“Today I had an awesome day! We did caving and cycling. My favourite part was the caving because you got the option of doing the challenge or if you don’t then you just watch the other people. I did the challenge (but some people didn’t want to do it) and when we reached the end of the cave, we got to go in the water. It was so fun!” – Tilli

“Today was so amazing – cycling was the best even though I fell off twenty-eight times and yes, I actually counted the falls. I loved caving too. All of us got really wet and very cold. The water (for me) was up to waist height but for Jack it was up to his chest. We got lots of opportunities and challenges to do but you didn’t really need to do it if you didn’t want to. This was the best day ever!” – Sumayyah

With one more day to go, I wonder what new memories we will make tomorrow?

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