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It’s nearly the end of our first term in year 5!

08/12/2017 at 08:31


Hasn’t it gone quick?

In maths this week we have done some more tests to measure our understanding in basic arithmetic but also in reasoning and problem solving.  We have also being doing some learning around statistics, looking at bar charts and line graphs and also time tables. After the half term we will be focusing on fractions. I have attached a medium term plan which outlines the different objectives we will be covering for our fractions units.  A lot of children and parents work hard at home to support learning and this is a great way to direct that learning so it parallels what we are doing in school.

Fractions – medium term plan

In literacy we have continued with our poetry.  I believe some pupils have taken home poems for family. What did you think of them? We were very impressed and we are all feeling very festive!  Next half term our topic will be the Anglo-Saxons. We will be writing Anglo-Saxon style stories and to support our writing we will also learn more about adverbs of time/place and number, apostrophes for possession/contraction, using a thesaurus and dictionary, expanded noun phrases, relative clauses and inverted commas for speech.

The Christmas parties next week will take place on Tuesday 12th for 5B and on Thursday 14th for 5L.

We have Christmas performances in school on Tuesday  12th at 9:30am and on Wednesday 13th at 2pm. We hope to see lots of parents there!



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This week in year 5!

01/12/2017 at 13:52


In maths we have been finishing off our topic of multiplication and division and we have begun our end of topic tests. Some pupils have been disappointed with their scores but have taken their test home to challenge themselves to do better. I would recommend that the children always read each question carefully and check answers thoroughly! Could parents perhaps go through the paper with some of these children and help them spot errors?

In literacy we are finishing our extended writing (our science fiction story) and moving on to poetry! I am sure that by next week we will have a selection of wonderful and festive poems to get us in the holiday mood!  Miss Bradley and Miss Levett are working their way through the finished stories and have been thrilled with what they have seen so far!

In science we have been learning about how we get seasons.  This has been a tricky concept to understand but with some determination, most of us are able to explain why we have seasons. We watched some sections from a very fun and informative video about how astronauts manage day to day life in zero gravity. We were especially interested in how they use the toilet!

In music, pupils have been counting beats in a bar and have even created their own music with a clear rhythm.  The different coloured spots represented different percussion (claps and pats etc – no instruments needed). The black dash represented a pause. We will continue to progress with our music knowledge and next week we will move onto using real musical notes.

The first of December is here and many of us are feeling festive already.  If you want to join in the festive celebrations then remember to wear a Christmas jumper next Tuesday!



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Another week in year 5!

24/11/2017 at 12:54


In maths we are continuing with our topic of multiplication, learning about square and cube numbers.  Soon we will finish this topic and move onto statistics!

In literacy we have begun planning and writing sections to our science fiction stories.  Both year 5 teachers are really excited to read the finished work!

In science we learnt about days and years.  We learnt that day and night happens due to the Earth spinning on its axis, and we learnt that it takes 365 days for the Earth to orbit the sun – this is a year!

In geography we have been improving our knowledge of the continents.  Children have really enjoyed exploring our world using google earth!

In PE we have been working hard on all our skills.  Below are some photos from the gymnastics lessons!

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Science in Year 5

17/11/2017 at 15:07


This week in Year 5 we have been getting to grips with the sheer size of the Solar System. How? With toilet rolls of course!

One of the biggest problems we have encountered is that all the diagrams of the Solar System we could find seem to suggest that the planets are all quite close together.This is just not the case however, as we discovered in our lessons.

The children were each given a roll of toilet roll and told that every individual square would represent around 20,000,000 km. We then systematically went through each of the main planets and plotted them in their approximate locations based on this scale. We also did our best to accurately represent the size of each planet, with the Sun being about 9cm. The end results were fantastic and really helped to demonstrate just how massive the expanse of space is.

If you would like to see for yourself just how big space is but you don’t have the time (or the toilet roll), a similar project was conducted where the universe was scaled using pixels – with the moon being 1 pixel in size. The link can be found below:


We were also lucky enough to have a workshop last week where we tested different materials to see which would be best to make a spaceship out of. The different experiments that we conducted were really interesting and we had some fantastic results. We found that the best metal for a space craft would be aluminium (more specifically an aluminium alloy).

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5B Music!

17/11/2017 at 14:11


In music we have been learning about graphic notation – a form of music composition in which instead of musical notes, symbols or words are used instead.  A symbol placed higher on the staff is a higher pitched (or higher frequency) note.  A symbol placed lower is a lower pitch/ frequency.  In this instance, we used onomatopoeias for a fun alternative to musical notes!

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Space is AWESOME! and other things in year 5….

17/11/2017 at 09:40


We are starting with Science this week, because our new topic is just so much fun.  We are learning all about space and this week we created a scaled model of the solar system.  It is impossible for normal information books to create a scaled diagram/illustration, because the planets are actually so far away from each other that even when shrunken down, they would still need pages that stretched many metres in length!  We used roles of paper and scaled the solar system down so that the sun had a diameter of just 9cm.  In the picture below, you can see that our solar system still stretched all the way down the corridor!!!!  Also below, is an awesome video showing you a comparison of sizes between planets and stars.








In Literacy we have been learning to write descriptively, using relative clauses and expanded noun phrases.  We have tried writing with the aim of creating different atmospheres. Soon, we will begin writing our own science-fiction stories!

In Maths we have been continuing with multiplication and division.  Most of us are now confident in using formal method to multiply and divide big numbers, so next week we will move onto some problem solving and reasoning type questions.

In History we are finishing off our topic of Ancient Greece and 5B had some time to create their own Greek Mosaics.  I think you’ll agree they are a very artistic class.

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