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24th September 2021

Lots of exciting learning has taken place this week in Year 5.

In English, we have continued with the gruesome story of ‘Viking Boy’. We were introduced to more villains in the story. We focused on the different characters and thought about their perspective in the story, writing diary entries to show this.

In maths, we began a new topic on addition and subtraction. We have focused on adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers using the formal method, column addition and subtraction. We have focused on using this method to support us in problem solving.

In Science, we used the iPads to research the planets in our solar system. We learnt a mnemonic to help us remember the order and then presented our new knowledge using google docs and drawing.

In topic, we focused on how the Vikings continued to invade Anglo – Saxon Britain. We learnt about Danelaw and the peace treaty that happened at that time to stop the vicious Vikings fighting. We created our own comic strips to show the timeline of events.

On Fridays, we are really lucky to have Mr Kitchen come in to teach us trumpets. We all had great fun and made lots of sounds with the trumpets which could be heard across the school.

On Friday, we were also lucky enough to take part in an Olympic dance workshop. Our country was Jamaica. We took part in a dance called Soca. It’s a fast dance where you keep bouncing. We learnt a routine before taking it in turns to be the leader of the Soca dance! It was great fun!


17th September 2021 

In English, this week we continued with our novel 'Viking Boy'. We took on the role of the main character Gunnar and wrote a diary entry. We focused on describing feelings and using paragraphs. 

In maths, we have continued our work on place value. We have looked at numbers to a million and compared and ordered them. We have explored negative numbers and Roman Numerals. 

In topic, we learnt about the first Viking invasion in Lindisfarne. We took on the role of a news reporter from both sides, an Anglo - Saxon and a Viking. 

We were lucky to get the chance to have an extra PE session focusing on tennis skills. We learnt about the different types of serves and focused on being accurate. 

In Science, we began our Earth and Space topic. We began by discussing what shape the Earth is. We looked evidence from the past and found out what shape the Vikings thought Earth was. This week, for homework we have been asked to look at the moon and keep a moon diary, in readiness  for learning about the different phases of the moon.


10th September 2021

It has been a busy first week and we have been busy getting used to new routines. 

In English, we began our work on Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. Already, we have learnt a lot about just how gruesome the Vikings are! We have focused on using relative clauses in our writing and even learnt a special song to help us. 

In Maths, we have been focusing on working with numbers up to a million. We have compared, ordered and rounded them. 

In Science, we carried out an investigation to find out what temperature of water was the best for a bubble bath. We made sure we carried it out fairly and presented our results using tables and graphs. 

In topic, we began learning about The Vikings. We were time travellers and went all the way back to Anglo- Saxon times. We found out what life was like before the Vikings invaded. Next week, we will be learning about the Viking invasion. Also, in Art we looked at different styles of Viking art work and chose our favourite style.