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  • Year 5 STEM DAY

    Published 14/03/23

    On Thursday Year 5 took part in an online STEM day run by Smallpeice in partnership with the Royal Airforce Youth Stem. Their task was to design, make and test three  gliders to find out which shape wing and tail (empennage) helped the glider to fly the furthest and quickest. We were impressed with the teamwork and patience the children showed towards their peers, whilst completing the task. They also discussed what sustainability is and designed their own sustainable aircraft of the future. We are enjoying a very practical week and have begun to make our Macbeth inspired character puppets. Thank you to the parents who visited today to help with our sewing skills. 


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  • Djembe drumming - bass, slap, tone!

    Published 28/02/23

    It's been a busy couple of weeks since our return to school. We have been excited to start learning our Djembe rhythms (bass, slap, tone). We have also investigated absorbency of kitchen roll and have been interested to find which countries our food comes from, while learning about global trade. Next time you have your breakfast, think about how far the food on your plate has travelled! In English, we are busy writing newspaper articles linked to Macbeth after finishing our superb soliloquies. 

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  • What can you make a rainbow with?

    Published 07/02/23

    As we reach the end of this half-term, we have enjoyed thinking about our well-being. On Monday, we headed towards the Reception classes and shared information about Antarctica with them. It was lovely to see our Y5 children engaging with their younger peers and siblings! In contrast to the tragedy of Macbeth, our moods were lightened by a visiting storyteller who shared the comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. We concluded our learning about the weather in French with a presentation about what the weather is like in different parts of France. We have enjoyed joining in with the daily Taskmaster activities set on the Place 2 Be Website. Take a look at our rainbows from Monday's task! We have been very proud of the children this half-term in all that they have achieved, including their Young Voices concert, two pieces of extended writing linked to Macbeth, concluding our Vikings topic and learning all about States of Matter. 

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  • Our trip to the O2!

    Published 26/01/23

    Year 5 had an absolutely amazing time at the Young Voices Concert on Tuesday. We arrived at the O2 at 12:30pm and once we found our block, we ate our lunch. After this, we found our seats which were brilliant - Mrs Boa very much approved! We then spent the next few hours rehearsing and enjoying the experience of being at the O2. Finally, the moment of truth came when the thousands of parents entered and the show started. Our children were amazing! They sang their hearts out and loved very single second of it. We would like to thank those who were able to come and watch - we hope you enjoyed the performance as much as we did!

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  • Macbeth, Vikings and collages

    Published 12/01/23
    It has been a very busy couple of weeks in Year 5! We have started reading our core text 'Macbeth' in English and have used a range of literary devices such as similes, metaphors and prepositions to describe the battlefield and the weird
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  • Bread, tsunamis and singing

    Published 15/12/22

    It has been a very busy end to our Year 5 Autumn Term. The children have made bread, which was delicious! We have rounded off our geography learning about natural disasters by learning about tsunamis and where in the world they occur. We have also finished our writing using Shackleton's Journey as our inspiration and look forward to using Macbeth as a stimulus for some of our writing after Christmas. Additionally, we have been singing our hearts out, preparing for our carol concert and are exciting at the prospect of singing at the O2 in January. Happy Christmas from everybody in Year 5!

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  • Science and STEM Day

    Published 01/12/22

    Year 5 have been super scientists this term. We have completed investigations to test the viscosity of liquids, the effects of water resistance on different shapes and even made parachutes to examine the effects of air resistance. Today we have really enjoyed our STEM day and have used excellent teamwork to produce some fantastically innovative marble runs. We also enjoyed our time in the library this week and have really benefitted from an organised and inviting library space.


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  • Parachutes, Persuasion and Products

    Published 17/11/22

    Over the last couple of weeks in Year 5, we have been writing a persuasive letter from Ernest Shackleton to a prospective crew member. We have been looking at the writing skills needed to successfully persuade as well as learning how to use relative clauses to create complex sentences. In our science topic 'forces', we have looked at gravity, friction and air resistance. This week we investigated whether the surface area of a parachute had an impact on the air resistance and how quickly the parachute would fall. In maths, we have been multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and continued to consolidate our understanding of the vocabulary linked to multiplication. 

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  • Volcanoes, Venn Diagrams and Very Courageous Explorers!

    Published 03/11/22

    This week we have immersed ourselves in our new geography focus about natural disasters. The children have learnt about how and why volcanoes are formed. We have started to read our new core text, Shackleton's Journey, and have used our powers of persuasion to write an advert as if we were Ernest Shackleton recruiting his crew. To put the story into context, we have compared and contrasted the Arctic and Antarctica and recorded this information in a Venn Diagram. We have made links in our learning by applying our understanding of Venn Diagrams in maths to organise multiples and common multiples.

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  • Anglo-Saxon Art and Approximating

    Published 13/10/22

    Last week, we enjoyed welcoming a visitor to our school for our Anglo-Saxon day. The day helped to reinforce our learning about what life was like in Anglo-Saxon times. The children took part in many creative activities including: an archaeological dig, illumination writing, making medicines with herbs, candle making, making ink and writing with a quill. Thank you so much to the parent helpers who joined us for this wonderful day.

    In maths, we have started our new topic, addition and subtraction. We have been learning how to estimate and approximate answers to calculations by using our understanding of rounding numbers.

    We have completed our narrative writing inspired by the Lost Thing and have been really impressed with the imaginative endings the children have written.

    In science, we have been learning about the phases of the moon - when you look up in the sky tonight, you should see a waning gibbous! 

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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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