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  • Sketching, Saxons and Spherical Earth

    Published 29/09/22

    In art, we have been learning about sketching straight and curved lines. We have looked at the difference between outlines and edges as well as how to shade effectively to make a shape look 3D. This week we have completed our first piece of writing which has resulted in some fantastic character descriptions of the Lost Thing from our core text. In history, we have been learning about where the Anglo-Saxons invaded and which places in the UK still have Anglo-Saxon place names. Our science lessons have looked at the ways in which Aristotle discovered that the Earth is spherical. 

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  • Astronauts in training!

    Published 13/09/22

    Last week the children launched into our Earth and space science topic with some astronaut training!

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  • Have a great summer!

    Published 20/07/22

    And so we come to the end of a great year of learning and fun. What a fantastic bunch of children to teach. You are all set up now for a fantastic Year 6. Have a brilliant summer. See you next year!

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  • Watercolour

    Published 15/07/22

    This week, Year 5 have been refining our watercolour skills. We have built on our colour mixing work from a previous lesson by using various shades of green to show the effect that light has on trees. We did this by using lighter shades of green which we then changed subtly to darker shades to emphasise the position of the Sun. Additionally, we practised a variety of techniques when painting our trees such as “wet on wet” and scribbling with the objective of making our trees lifelike. We will use these methods when painting our final piece which will be a landscape of our school field. 

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  • Public speaking

    Published 08/07/22

    After a very busy morning enjoying ourselves at KS2 Sports Day, Year 5 spent Thursday afternoon improving their public speaking skills.  We built on the skills we developed when we were younger – “Show and Tell” in Key Stage 1 and “Soapbox” in Lower Key Stage 2.  We are expected to talk to our class for approximately two minutes on a subject of our choice without using a powerpoint presentation.  Some of us already have the confidence to talk in front of others but we all know it is very useful to be able to improve the confidence and clarity with which we communicate to others.  It is also great to find out about the wide range of interests that the children have in Year 5 – so far we have heard speeches about Rubik’s Cubes, crows, horses, drumming and allergies.

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  • Art in Year 5

    Published 01/07/22

    We all hope you enjoyed our assembly on Wednesday morning.  It was great to share our happy memories of our trip to the Isle of Wight with all of the parents and we are already excited about going to Marchants Hill in Year 6. During our English lessons this week, we have been learning about poems called kennings which contain words on each line that describe something or somebody – essentially an extended metaphor - for example:

    Coffee drinker

    Finger pointer

    Homework giver

    One of our favourite activities this week was to develop our watercolour skills - we learnt how to mix paints to give us a range of different colours.

    Oh…the answer to the kenning poem is a teacher.

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  • What are words worth?...

    Published 24/06/22

    Year 5 have spent a lot of time this week reflecting on their happy time on the Isle of Wight – what a great trip!  The children are looking forward to sharing their memories with you all next Wednesday during our assembly.  As we come towards the end of the academic year, the children have also been showing how much they have learnt by completing a series of assessments, not always easy when the sun is shining but good practice for the future.  We have also been familiarising ourselves with our new text “The Lost Words” – a book that was written to highlight the danger of losing words from everyday language that describe the natural world.  How can you love and save what you cannot name?  We were all lucky enough to see so much of the natural world last week on the Isle of Wight and it has helped us to appreciate the beauty that can be found all around us.  

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  • Let there bee love!

    Published 10/06/22

    Year 5 were buzzing this week when the London Beekeepers Association paid us a visit to educate the children about the vital role bees play in our lives. We learned about the different types of bees and their roles within the hive, these being the drones, worker bees and the queen. We also were able to taste some real honey that the bees had created! 

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  • Young Voices Concert 2022 - the joy returns!

    Published 26/05/22

    Year 5 and their parents had a fantastic time at the O2 on Monday evening when after two long years we returned for the Young Voices concert. It was brilliant to see so many children jumping up and down, having great fun and singing their hearts out in such a joyful celebration. After the events of the past two years, it felt even more special for us all to be together again as a year group and to share the experience with so many other schools. A massive thank you to Mrs Boa for all her hard work in organising the event which will live long in the memory.

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  • Sharing our learning

    Published 20/05/22

    It was great to show off some of our learning in Year 5 on Friday.  The parents from across the school were able to watch our PE skills in lacrosse lessons, listen to our djembe drumming in music and see us developing our computing skills.  During the week, we have also begun our work looking at stop-motion animation, which will help us to show how much we have learnt about coastal erosion and spent a lot of time rehearsing our songs for next week’s Young Voices concert at the O2.  We also had the chance to ask our teachers lots of questions to help us to prepare for our Isle of Wight trip.  Not long to go now!    

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  • Coastal erosion!

    Published 11/05/22

    Another busy week of learning in Year 5. In geography, we have been finding out about the process of coastal erosion and we cannot wait to see its effects from high up on Tennyson Down as we observe The Needles during our trip to the Isle of Wight in a few weeks’ time. We have also been researching the history of South Africa so that we will be able to produce a non-chronological piece of writing (it’s a bit like an encyclopaedia entry) linked to our core text, Journey to Jo’Burg. Finally, in RE we have been busy learning about the Five Pillars of Islam and how we can relate its principles to our own life. 

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  • Ordnance Survey specialists!

    Published 29/04/22

    During the week, Year 5 have been working together to develop their map reading skills.  We learnt about the history and usefulness of Ordnance Survey maps, how maps of different scales can help us depending on what information we want to find out and how to use a six-figure grid reference.  Although mobile telephones and satellite navigation are used by so many people to get around, you never know when technology might fail so what we were learning about might prove to be really useful!  We have also really enjoyed our first lacrosse lessons, designing basic pulley systems in DT and watching seed dispersal in action in science.

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