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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Life Cycles


Our topic began with either a woodland walk to Barker’s Park or a walk around the school grounds where we observed, studied and listened in our local environment. From that experience, we created amazing woodland poetry including Haikus, Kennings and free verse poems and presented these to the Class. 

We also used our observational skills to watch the development of our five caterpillars that, over the course of four weeks, emerged as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. It was fascinating to see metamorphosis happen before our very eyes! Watching them flutter away as we released them into the wild was a wonderful experience.
The class story was The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. We used drama activities to investigate the characters of Bertie and Millie. We also wrote our own endings to the story, using clues from the text.

In maths we focused on 2D and 3D shapes. We then used our knowledge of this to look at nets of shapes too. We also looked at converting measures and answering questions related to this.


In science we compared the life cycles of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and closely looked at the life cycle of human, discussing changes in detail. We had a talk delivered by our class teacher to help us to understand the changes that happen to our bodies during puberty.

Our summer term 1 topic of Vicious Vikings began with a day filled with activities relating to the 8th century people. The children started the day by becoming archaeologists and examining artefacts from the Viking period to find out more about how they lived and the types of things they used and created. This led into our literacy work where we completed descriptive writing about the Viking artefacts.

We then used our map skills to identify where the Vikings came from and where they settled in England and other countries around the world. This was complemented by our literacy work, which was an animated voyage called a Journey to England. This inspired our own narrative writing about a treacherous journey across the North Sea.


In art the children have been learning how to use pen and ink to create tone and texture. They then used these newly acquired skills to create wonderful pen and ink drawings of Viking longhouses. The children also used their design skills to create small clay candle holders like the Vikings would have done over 1200 years ago.

In history we have been using various source materials to find out about different aspects of Viking life. We also used our research skills to find out about how the Anglo Saxons reacted to the Viking raids and their eventual settlement in England.   From all of the research information the children wrote non-chronological reports about the life in Viking times.


In science this half term we have continued to focus on properties of material and forces. We focused on examining irreversible changes and the formation of new materials. The children set up an experiment to see the impact water has on metal and why some metals rust in certain conditions. They observed the changes to the metal over the half term to reach their conclusions. We also examined and tested the impact that water resistance and up thrust have on boats and ships.     

In maths, our main focus was to consolidate division, the children have worked on dividing numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and also interpreted remainders. We have also looked at statistics and the children have presented and interpreted information in a line graph and in tables.

In history this half term we have had the opportunity to use our independent research skills. We have been able to use a number of sources to conduct our research including books, video clips, artefacts and internet searches. We used these to gather facts and information about famous women in history in celebration of Women’s History Month. We have also undertaken independent research into the influence the Ancient Greeks have had on our everyday lives in the 21st century. Furthermore, we have undertaken work on timelines and ordered important dates to the Ancient Greeks on a timeline.
In geography this half term we have been able to study volcanoes and produce an information poster about them. We learned about the different types of volcanoes, how they are formed, what is inside of them, what causes them to erupt and the impact these have on the environment. We have also been able to study the physical geography of Greece and focus on the climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts and the mountains. We have then been able to use this to understand how and why the Ancient Greek civilisation developed in the ways that it did.    

Our Science this half term has been focused around materials and their properties. We have tested materials to see if they were a good conductor or an insulator, or whether a material was soluble or insoluble. We have investigated different ways in which we can separate materials that are mixed together using sieves, filtration and evaporation. In addition to this we have tested the amount of friction produced by various materials. 


In maths this half term we have continued with our work on understanding decimal place value, the children have located numbers with one decimal place on a number line and read and write fractions as decimal numbers. We have worked on rounding decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place. We then looked at percentages and wrote percentages as a fraction and as a decimal fraction and completed problem solving questions.

In literacy, we looked at the features of newspaper reports. The children then wrote a report about Harry Potter’s dramatic first Quidditch match. We then explored formal language and the children wrote invitations to invite family members to our Harry Potter finale. 

Please click on the link below to watch the video Class 11 shared during the Harry Potter Finale.

We then began our work on Greek Myths. After reading Pandora’s Box, the children wrote a balanced argument for whether Pandora should open the box or not ensuring they used formal words and phrases. We then read Theseus and the Minotaur and the children then wrote their own ‘quest’ myth of their own.

The theme of our third topic this year has been a novel study of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. The topic got off to an amazing start when the children of year 5 had the opportunity to visit The Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. They all had an amazing time and were able to see many of the props, sets and costumes used in the films. This visit and the children’s love of Harry Potter has grasped their imagination and enabled them to produce some fantastic work. In our topic work we have looked at the skill of using a vanishing point to achieve the look of perspective. We applied this skill to draw fantastic pencil sketches of Diagon Alley.
In science the children have begun to explore the many different properties of materials and how they help us in everyday life. The children also had the opportunity to sing in one of the largest choirs at the beginning of this term. They all worked really hard learning lots of songs and sang beautifully at the Young Voices concert. Furthermore, the children have also began to the learn the ukulele in our weekly music sessions.
Our literacy learning this half term has been inspired by the Harry Potter novel and has enabled the children to write lots of wonderful pieces. This began with some fantastic character sketches of people from the book. The children were able to develop their skimming, scanning, summarising and inference skills to collect the information they needed from the book in order to complete this. As they moved further into the novel the children wrote diary entries as characters from the book. They were able to immerse themselves into the characters and produce some fantastic pieces of writing. In addition, the children have also been spending time working on their descriptive writing and honing their skill at using precise detail in order to create a picture in the readers mind. This descriptive writing led to some wonderful writing about a wander down Diagon Alley, a journey to Hogwarts aboard the Hogwarts Express and a story about travelling through a portal to Hogwarts Castle.
Our maths focus this half term has been fractions. The children have worked really hard focusing on many aspects of the topic. They have been learning how to find equivalent fractions using fraction walls and their multiplication and division skills. The focus then moved on to adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators and those that have denominators that are multiples of the same number. There has also been a focus on identifying improper fractions and mixed numbers and working on converting one to the other. Furthermore, they have focused on ordering and comparing fractions that have the same denominator and those that have denominators that are multiples of the same number. The children have also been multiplying fractions by whole numbers using diagrams and also their multiplication and division knowledge.

As a Finale to our previous topic, we took part in the Into Film Festival. We visited cineworld to watch A Beautiful Planet (IMAX). The 3D documentary explored life on the International Space Station and examined Earth from Space, featuring truly spectacular visuals. Afterwards, the children had the opportunity to ask Sue Horne, Space Exploration Programme Manager, any questions. The children were very well behaved and it was a first experience for many to watch a 3D movie.

This half term our topic has been Centenary 1918 – 2018. In literacy, we started with a story box of fantastic WW2 artefacts which led on to us reading the narrative War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. The children studied how authors create characters and settings through the use of drama and debated the question, ‘Should Ted have sold Joey to the army?’ We then looked at writing auto-biographies by viewing an animation called ‘The Piano’ as inspiration. The children then wrote the memoires of an elderly man. Finally, we looked at non-chronological report writing based on Walter Tull who was an English professional footballer and a serving British Army officer of Afro-Caribbean descent through the First World War. 

In numeracy our focus has been multiplication. We have identified multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of 2 numbers. We have also used formal methods to multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one and two-digit number, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers. 


Linking to Remembrance Day, we developed our oil pastel techniques through the creation of poppy art. We then continued to improve our knowledge of influential artists whilst studying Andy Warhol. Using a digital photograph of themselves, the children have made a fantastic digital montage in the style of Andy Warhol’s, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ prints.

For Enterprise Fair, we developed our sewing techniques through the creation of Christmas tree decorations. We welcomed Miss Ansley who supported us with her fabulous sewing skills. The decorations were a sell out and the money will all go towards school projects.  
Christmas is always an eventful time of year and the children have been busy rehearsing for their Christmas performance and the Young Voices concert which is in January.
The theme of our first topic this year has been Journey into Space. This topic has really grasped the children’s imagination and through this they have engaged with the learning and produced some fantastic work. We have looked at the skills of pencil control and how to achieve tone and texture within our art work. We also looked at using and mixing paints correctly to achieve the perfect palette of colours for our work. This skill was then applied to create some fantastic abstract art work of images of rockets and space, which was inspired by the art of Peter Thorpe. 
The Journey into Space topic, has also led to some fascinating scientific exploration and discoveries for the children. They have been exploring our solar system and finding out lots of amazing facts about the planets and moons within it. We have explored many different scientific concepts through investigations such as why we have gravity and who discovered it, how scientists eventually came to the conclusion that all the planets are spherical bodies, why it is we have day and night and also the different phases of the moon. In addition to this, the children have also used the geographical skills to explore what our planet looks like from space. They have used images taken by astronauts alongside atlases to identify were certain physical features are on our planet, such as continents, mountain ranges, rivers countries and cities.
Our literacy work this half term began with the discovery of a meteorite landing on the school field. 
The children collected evidence and interviewed eye-witnesses to create a newspaper article about the incident. 
Year 5 then wrote space themed poetry, exploring the patterns and language of free verse poetry and raps. Continuing with space as our inspiration the children wrote some fantastic sci-fi stories, exploring the language and discovering plots of stories set in imaginary worlds, following on to plan and write their own narrative of a sci-fi voyage. 
We have also looked at diary writing from the point of view of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Using primary historical evidence, the children planned and wrote, in chronological order, a diary entry for the 20th July 1969.  
To further develop our research skills, in small groups, the children used iPads to research the work of the Scientist, Galileo.  The children were then asked how they could present their research effectively resulting in some fabulous informative posters. The final task was to create and present a presentation about Galileo to the rest of their peers. The presentations and use of ICT to support them were very informative and interesting to watch. 

Finally, we have entered a Nestle competition as the company were recruiting mini Space bakers to design a new range of flapjack with a space theme. The children designed their own flapjack, wrote a persuasive letter to Nestle about their design, followed a recipe to create the flapjack, designed and produced the packaging and most enjoyably of all ate and evaluated one another’s designs.   


In numeracy we have concentrated on number and place value to partition, order and compare numbers with up to 6 digits. We have also been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
We have focused on the addition and subtraction of numbers to 4 digits using column addition, rounding to check answers to calculations and solving multi-step problems. 
Every week we are continuing to work on multiplication facts (and linked divisions) up to 12 x 12. Using the TTRockstars login will help your child further develop rapid recall of their timestables. 

Mrs Denwood, Mrs Cobley and Mr Carling are really excited to join their new classes as they head into Year 5. Mrs Denwood and Mrs Cobley are the Teachers in Class 11 and Mrs Eastwood is the Teaching Assistant. In Class 12, Mr Carling is the Teacher and Mrs Walton is the Teaching Assistant. The children have settled well into the changes of the routines in Year 5 and have already produced some excellent work based on their Learning Journey into Space.