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Friday, 27th January 2023

Some of our class went to the O2 Arena in London on Monday to take part in the Young Voices concert.  This was an amazing opportunity and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Those children who had decided not to go stayed in school and did some interesting activities with Ms Hayden, including some fantastic drawing.  It was a great start to our week.

In English this week we have continued to read Kensuke's Kingdom.  We have learned more about the island and the different food and animals that live in it.  We have also learned more about Kensuke - the old man on the story who is helping Michael.  We have worked on building the character knowledge we have about him.  Next week we will begin to think about creating our own chapter!

In maths this week we have completed our main unit on multiplication and division, although we will continue to recap these throughout the year.  We have looked at the formal written methods that we know and have worked on problem solving.

We ended our week this week with a fantastic music and art day!  We have used the music 'Earth' by Hans Zimmer as our stimulus for this.  Look out in the photo gallery for the photographs of our fantastic art work produced from this day!


Friday, 20th January 2023

In our English work this week we have continued to work on Kensuke's Kingdom.  We have been focussing on Chapter 4 in the book, where Michael has arrived and explored the island.  We have talked and written about his feelings during this part of the story and have produced some great diary entries describing his feelings of dread and jubilation. 

In maths we have been focussing on division this week.  We have used different representations to help us to understand how to divide a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number.  We have practised using partitioning and exchanging (where necessary) which will help us when using the formal 'bus-stop' method.

In RE this term we are asking, 'Are Sikh stories important today?'  This week we read the story of The Milk and the Jasmine Flower, which taught us that there is always room for goodness in the world.  We made bowls out of clay to help remind us of this which will be sent home - why not ask the children about the story when they bring this home!



Friday, 13th January 2023

We have had a very good return to school after the Christmas holidays.  It is great seeing the children settled back in to school life and working so well.

In English this term we have started a unit of work based on a new text - Kensuke's Kingdom.  This is an adventure story written by the author Michael Morpurgo.  We have really enjoyed reading it so far, and have started to produce some great writing from it - including some fantastic Ocean poems.

In Maths we have been focussing on multiplication and have been learning formal written methods of multiplication.  We have been building these up in complexity and have attached some videos from Math Antics on Google Classroom to help anyone who is finding this tricky.

In science we had a great lesson looking at water resistance.  This involved some practical work to see which shapes allowed Plasticine to move through water the fastest, then we used this knowledge to design and build some model boats that we will be testing to find which one has the least water resistance acting upon it.



Friday, 16th December 2022

Wow, what a week!

The big highlight of our week was our class Viking Day that finished off our Viking topic which has been our focus this term.  During this day we completed some great craft activities.

We started the day by making clay tablets that we then wrote in using Viking runes.  We had to carve our names and a short message into the tablets.  We discussed why the runes have straight lines, and we recognised some of our current letters in the runes.

We made some Viking braids by first making a Trollen Wheel.  The instructions for this are below.  These braids came out surprisingly well, although many members of the class were frustrated at how long it took for the braid to start appearing.

We made some Viking shield designs.  We did this by painting on foil. This created the shiny metal that may have been on some of the shields when they were made and polished.

Finally, we all made Viking Soda Bread with Mrs Cole.  The recipe for this is also found below.  The children were given the ingredients and the recipe and had to weigh and follow the instructions themselves.  This was easier for some than others!  All of the bread looked great at the end, and everyone learned something about making dough!


To see all of the photos from the day please see the class Photo Gallery.

We also enjoyed our Pantomime trip to The Waterside Theatre today to see Aladdin!  What an enjoyable week!

Friday, 9th December 2022

This week has seen the start of our festive celebrations with our Christingle service taking place on Thursday morning.  It was a really enjoyable service and a really big well done needs to be given to the many members of Signing Choir that are in our class - a great performance!

This week in our English lessons we have been using a Christmas advert as the stimulus for our lessons.  We have watched the Sainsbury's advert 'The Big Night' to write a newspaper article to review the performance that has taken place in a school.  We have looked at all the features of a newspaper article and tried hard to include these to make our article interesting.

In Maths lessons we have been finishing off our fractions topic.  We have been looking at subtracting fractions from a mixed number and subtracting two mixed numbers.  We have had to find equivalent fractions to help us do this and in some instances have had to break a whole into fractions to solve the subtraction.

We had fun in DT this week making our Viking Longhouses - most of which I am sure now occupy a special place in your homes!  This went extremely well - please see the Year 5 Photo Gallery for all of the photos from this.



Friday, 2nd December 2022

We have had a busy week of testing this week.  If your child has not completed any of these due to absence, we will be catching them up next week.

In English, we have started a Poetry unit.  We have looked at some of the poems written by Joseph Coelho and discussed what we like about them.  We have then found out some things about the author.  We will be starting to write our own poems in the same style of his next week.

Maths lessons have continued to be working on Fractions.  This week we have been subtracting fractions and having to find equivalent fractions to ensure the denominators are the same.

In our Topic lessons we have been focussing on geography.  This week we have looked at the human geography of countries in Scandinavia.  We now have a better understanding about the difference between human and physical geography.

Friday, 25th November 2022

This week in English we have been planning and writing our own Viking Sagas.  We have used some of the Viking gods that we know about and included them as our principal characters.  The normal story structure of beginning, build-up, problem, resolution and ending has been followed, along with the thought of which character is the main cause of our problem!  We have really enjoyed writing these!

In maths this week we have continued working with fractions.  We have been adding a mixed number and a fraction by partitioning the mixed number first then adding the parts together.  This has needed some practice, especially when we have needed to find an equivalent fraction first to make the denominators match!

In RE this week we have started our focus question for the term which is, 'Is the Christmas Story True?'  We have begun by looking at eyewitness reports and how everyone has a different version of what they believe is true - even when we have all seen the same thing! 

Friday, 18th November 2022

What a busy week we have had!  This week started off with Odd Socks day to begin our Anti-Bullying focus week in school.  We also had Bikeability Level 2 training taking place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, we had 8 children taking part in a tag-rugby skills session tournament on Wednesday afternoon, the annual Children in Need Pudsey Fair on Friday afternoon, and our first school football team match took place after school on Friday!  Despite all of this, we still managed to get some learning done!

In English we watched some more Viking Sagas.  We looked at the hidden message within these sagas and used this in our retelling of them.  We watched 'Freya and the Goblins' and 'Thor and the Giants'.

In Maths we did some work consolidating what we already know about fractions.  We looked at practical ways to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions, then we looked at how we could add together fractions of the same denominator.  We have now started to look at having to convert to equivalent fractions to allow us to then add fractions together.

Our visit to the Pudsey Fair was very enjoyable, and we are looking forward to having to organise it next year!


Friday, 11th November 2022

This week we have started learning about Viking Myths and Legends.  We watched an animated retelling of the story of how Odin Created the World this week and then used this to write our own retelling of the story.  We tried to include all of the narrative features we earned last term.

We have continued our work of fractions this week.  This has gotten harder, and we will continue to practise these skills as long as we need to.  We were comparing and ordering fractions this week.  We are confident to do this when the numerator or the denominator is the same, but have found it hard when we have to convert them to equivalent fractions first.

In PE we are completing a unit all about increasing our fitness.  Our activities this week were all about raising out heart rate.  We had to complete 1 minute of each activity - which doesn't sound very long until you have to do the activity!



Friday, 4th November 2022

This week has been our Black History focus week and we have used this as an opportunity to find out about Rosa Parks in our English lessons.  The children have watched and read lots of information about Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, all of which is available on Google Classroom.  They have had a choice of writing styles to choose from, which they have really enjoyed and have written some very moving pieces.

In Maths this week we have started our learning about Fractions.  This is a really big topic and is one that lots of children (and adults) find tricky.  We have been looking at equivalent fractions this week.  Please do not worry if your child has found this difficult this week - it will continue to get easier as we progress through the unit and practise using these skills.

We have (on the day of the worst weather!) had our Outdoor Learning Day this week.  This took place on Thursday and we were able to do our topic lesson outside.  Luckily we avoided the rain and managed to be outside in a spell of sunshine!  We searched for Viking Runes outside and managed to decode some written messages from the Vikings!



Friday, 21st October 2022

This week we have finished our work on Viking Boy by writing a newspaper report about the final battle between Gunnar and Skuli.  These have been, once again, written really imaginatively and have been a joy to read!

In maths we have earned about square numbers and cube numbers.  We enjoyed using counters to make squares for square numbers and using cubes to build cubes for cubed numbers!  We have also earned about the process of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 by using place value mats.


We had a really interesting discussion on Thursday as part of our 'Give Racism the Red Card' day.  This revolved around racism in football and other sports and what needs to happen to supporters who make racist comments to players.  The children all had very clear and strong views, and it was certainly a lively discussion!

Enjoy your half term, and remember that there is no homework set during the holidays.

Friday, 14th October 2022

We have nearly completed reading Viking Boy!  After finishing our chapters on Monday, we read what has really happened in the next chapter of the story and we were not disappointed!  The story is getting even more exciting and we are looking forward to the climax.  We have begun to think about the features of a newspaper story and will be using this in our writing next week.

In Maths we have been focussing on multiples and factors this week.  If you need a little refresher yourself, check out  The children have all done extremely well and have found common factors and common multiples too.

On Thursday we had some training in the afternoon to become Playground Leaders.  We learnt about the importance of including everyone in games and how to make them fun.  We will soon be developing using these with some of the younger year groups at lunchtime.


Check out the photo section for more photographs!

Friday 7th October 2022

Our Viking Boy work has continued this week, with us planning and writing our own chapters.  We have done this slowly, section by section, to allow us to demonstrate all the skills we have been learning so far in Year 5.  We have included expanded noun phrases, direct speech and relative clauses in our work!

In Maths, we have been continuing to work on addition and subtraction.  We have built up our knowledge of inverse operations and multi-step problems and can now begin to apply these skills!  We have used place value mats and counters to help with these when we need to.

We had a great Harvest Festival celebration on Thursday this week.  As a whole class we sang and signed a harvest song and managed to sing in a three-part round.  This was great fun and helped us learn some new signs too.

We have continued to enjoy learning the cornet.  Here are some photos of us hard at work!


Friday 30th September 2022

We have continued our work on Viking Boy and improving our sentences this week.  We have looked at relative clauses and the punctuation associated with these (commas surrounding them).  We have discussed how these relative clauses turn a simple sentence into a complex sentence.  We have used the words 'who, whose, where, when, which' to start our relative clause.

In Maths, we have begun addition and subtraction.  We have been refining our written methods for addition and subtraction.  We have worked hard to keep all of our numbers in their own squares which has really helped to improve our presentation.  We have remembered to carry over and exchange when needed.

In science this week we have been researching planets.  This has been really interesting and we have learnt a great deal.  We have meade posters using the information we have found and these will be on display in school from next week.  Don't forget to come and see them when you see the books for Parents' Evening!


Friday 23rd September 2022

This week we have been working hard to use direct speech in our writing.  We have earned the four rules of speech punctuation and have been turning speech bubbles into direct speech, punctuating it correctly.  We have started writing a section of the story 'Viking Boy' which has a conversation between two of the characters.

In Maths, we have been working on rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000.  We have found this quite tricky this week and will continue to revise this in the coming weeks.

We have been busy in our music lessons, which have been split into two halves.  One group is spending the lesson learning the songs for the Young Voices singing concert, while the other half of the class have continued learning how to play the cornet with Mr Kitchen.  We have been able to do both activities over the course of our lesson.

Finally, we would like to say congratulations to our new school councillors - Neve and Connor! 

Friday 16th September 2022

This week we have read more of Viking Boy.  It is really exciting already and has had us on the edge of our seats!  We have used this text to find and help us write expanded noun phrases this week.  These have been successful so far, and I am really excited to see these being used in the children's writing.

In Maths, we have continued to look at the place value of numbers.  We have been partitioning numbers into their different values *hundred-thousands, ten-thousands, thousands, etc) and looking at different representations of these.  We have looked at multiplying and dividing by different powers of 10, and have combined all of these skills into using number lines.

We started our science topic of Earth and Space this week.  This is a fascinating topic and we have already got so many questions that we would like to find out the answers to!  This week we looked at evidence that suggests the Earth is a spherical shape, and compared this to why people used to believe the Earth was flat in the distant past.

We have spent some of our Guided Reading time talking about the Queen, her life and the State Funeral that will be happening on Monday.  We will continue to discuss this with the children while they continue to have interesting and relevant questions about it.

Friday 9th September 2022

This has been the first week of Year 5, and what a great week it has been!  It is lovely to have all the children back in school, and we have even enjoyed welcoming in two new and 1 returning member of the class.  It is great to see the children settling straight back in to school life and showing such a responsible attitude towards their learning.

We have started our English lessons with the book 'Viking Boy' by Tony Bradman.  We have enjoyed reading the start of the story and thinking about what we think the characters are going to do in the story.  We have looked in detail at the front cover of the book (we have judged this book by its cover!) and used this to predict what we think the story is going to be about.  We are all looking forward to seeing how the story develops!

In Maths, we have started the topic of place value.  We started the week looking at Roman Numerals and learnt some new letter values - D=500 and M=1,000.  We have then moved on to numerals (numbers) and the place value of digits up to 1,000,000.  We have used place value counters to help us and have looked at when to move into the next place value column.

We have started out topic of Vikings by looking at the people who were in Britain before the Vikings.  We found out some information about the way the Anglo-Saxon people lived and we will use this to compare life with the Vikings.

We are having our indoor PE session on a Wednesday and are working on our gymnastic skills.  We are working on counter-balancing and counter-tension this term.  On a Thursday we will be having a sports coach teaching netball.  This will be outside unless it is raining (as it was this week!).  Please can the children have shorts for gymnastics and jogging bottoms for netball, along with their coloured PE t-shirt.