Year 5

Hello and welcome to the page for Year Five!

Important dates and reminders:

  • Monday- planners are checked.
  • Monday and Friday- P.E. kits are needed in school.
  • Wednesday- homework due in and homework sent home.
  • Thursday: Spellings test and new spellings sent home.

Topics we are learning about in the Summer term:

  • Geography: The Americas
  • Science: Animals and Life Cycles; Properties of materials and changing state; Forces
  • P.S.H.E.: E-Safety; Healthy Living: Keeping Safe; Growing and Changing; Living in the wider world
  • History: The Mayans
  • Geography: Human and Physical geography (biomes, volcanoes and earthquakes)
  • Art: Kandinsky; Printing
  • D.T.: Moving Toys CAM systems; Making bread

English topics we are learning this term:

  • Classic Fantasy Fiction
  • Instructions and Explanations
  • Persuasion

Our main class stories this term:

  • 'The Hobbit' by J. R. R. Tolkien

English: Creating 'Hobbit Holes' based on J. R. R. Tolkien's description in 'The Hobbit'- April

To help the children to understand the impact a powerful description has on a reader, Year 5 responded to the description of the Hobbit Hole mention in Chapter One of the The Hobbit by picking out key features and then creating the Hobbit Hole using craft materials and a cardboard shoe-box. This enabled them to imagine where the protagonist lives and where the story initially takes place; highlighting the impact of the author's chosen words.

The children then wrote their own descriptions of their own hobbit hole, thinking about what they consider 'comfort' (a key word in Tolkien's description) means to them.

Science: Parts of an Egg- March

The Children explored a real chicken's egg, set up the observation themselves and observed the cracked egg carefully searching for the parts outlined and recognising the jobs each of these parts do.

They produced diagrams in their science books and labelled the key parts and explained their purpose.

French: Describing clothing. February 2018

Art: Painting American landscapes in the style of Van Gogh. February 2018

Athlete Visit, Sponsored Fitness Circuit and Whole School Motivational Assembly: Daniel Lewis. 23/1/ 18

History: Walk into Bishop's Stortford to look at Tudor buildings. Monday 22nd January 2018-

Whole School R.E. Day (with focus on Buddhism): 18/1/18

Mindfulness Hip Hop and Dance- linked to 'Feeling Good'. December 2017

We explored feelings and emotions.

We explored our talents and what makes us special.

We explored different healthy ways of feeling happy- including meditation and exercise.

Maths: What does division mean? November 2017

We used a range of maths manipulatives to show what division means, using key maths terminology.

We made links to other areas of maths, such as fractions and decimals and explained these links.

English: 'The Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll: November 2017

We looked at the poem 'The Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. We discussed the language used and the descriptions given.

To help the children understand the poem, they drew what they thought the Jabberwocky would look like. Then, in groups, used materials in the classroom to create the 'land' where they imagine the Jabberwocky would live, the setting of the poem. The children took quotes from the poem to give them clues. The children used their land designs to write powerful descriptions.

Arcimboldo Art on Seasons: 28.11.17

Arcimboldo inspired portraits representing the seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

If you look closely, you will notice the vegetables have been organised to create a face.

The children worked in small groups to create their portrait using vegetables. The children then drew and used water-colour paints to capture their ideas on paper.

They did a design for each season, thinking about seasonal vegetables and colours.

Tudor Presentations: Autumn Term

The half-termly homework project to produce a presentation about the Tudors was very successful with great effort from all children.

The children in Year Five have now shared their presentation with the class and received excellent feedback from their peers.

Very well done everyone for all of the effort and time which went into the presentations and thank you for all of the adult support at home which helped the children feel so confident and proud to present their work in front of the class.

Geography - 'This is what we think the world looks like' activity. Oct '17

In small groups, children tried to create a world map and label as many countries, capitals and features of a map as they could.

We then compared how maps have developed and changed over time as our understanding of the world has improved.

Year 5 Science Day: Earth and Space- Phases of the Moon: Oreo Challenge. Oct '17

"This activity was not just yummy, it was a fun way to learn."

"We worked in pairs to scrape the white part of the oreo biscuits away, leaving the right amount to represent each phase of the moon. We labelled the paper plates to show which phase our biscuit represented."

"Best lesson"

The Battle of Bosworth Field

The children told the story in freeze frames of the main scenes within the Battle of Bosworth Field. Below is one group's scenes put together to show the story.

Richard III is the King of England and has a large army.

Henry Tudor is an exiled nobleman, and doesn't have a large army.

They fight!

Henry looks like he's winning!

Richard III sees Henry isolated and thinks he can end the Battle there and then by killing him.

Oh no! Some of Richard's men switch sides.

Richard's horse gets stuck in marshland.

He's killed.

Henry is crowned king!

'Night Line': developing resilience and team work.

At the beach, working together and enjoying the natural environment.

Messy hands after finding clay.

Maths: We used dienes to represent Roman Numerals up to 1,000. 12/9/17

We labelled our piles of dienes with Roman Numerals to prove our understanding.

We challenged ourselves further by representing more challenging numbers and wrote them in Roman Numerals accurately.

History: Freeze Frames of Tudor Punishments and Torture: 7/9/17