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Year 5

Spring 1

Happy New Year! What a busy start to 2024 we’ve had in Year Five!


We have auditioned for our Shakespeare production and scripts will be going home next week. Everyone is very excited that we will soon start rehearsals. Tickets have now gone on sale for our performances on March 5th and 6th.

Our science topic for this half term is Life Cycles and we have been investigating the ways that plants reproduce. Tulips were carefully dissected so that we could examine them under magnifying glasses and try to spot ovules in the ovaries.



This half term we will also be designing and baking our own flavoured breads. Today we conducted our market research to identify which type of bread is the most popular – based on appearance, texture, smell and taste. White bread was a clear winner in both classes. Although a lot of Class 12 children were partial to some fruited bread! 



In PE, we have been lucky enough to have 'Chance to Shine' sports company come and share their cricket expertise with us. The children have had great fun enhancing their batting and catching skills with Steph!





Autumn 2

We have had such a busy start to our second half term in Year Five! On 31st October we visited the Gilbert White Study Centre and spent a beautiful sunny session measuring the depth and width of the local river and then examining some of its inhabitants. We really enjoyed using all our newly acquired knowledge about rivers on this trip. 



Back at school, we have reached the end of our science topic on ‘Materials’. It has been so much fun conducting all the ‘hands on’ experiments. We have even made plastic (casein plastic from milk and vinegar) and carbon dioxide (using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda)!


Last week, we marked Remembrance Day by making some poppies for display and covering them in words that summed out how we feel about this very event in our national calendar.


The next few weeks will be full of Anglo Saxons, Vikings and rehearsing Christmas Carols for our Carol Service so watch this space for more pictures soon!

Autumn 1

Welcome to Year 5!

We've been doing so much already! We started the year by getting creative to put our own touch on our year 5 area. This also gave us a chance to use our learning powers and strengthen our learning relationships!


In Science, we've been learning about materials and their properties. We've had lots of fun doing hands-on experiments involving dissolving, separating and creating solutions. 


This half-term, we studied the beautiful illustrations and poetry in 'The Lost Words' by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. We tried to reproduce some of Morris' illustrations and were very pleased with the results. What do you think?



Summer 2

We have had an incredible Arts Week.

We were in mixed groups with children from all over the school doing a variety of different art activities.

In the afternoons, we did art activities as a year group and on one of the days we created aerial art.

We had to think about what shape or symbol we wanted to create and then how to make it obvious from the sky. It was tricky to think about how to position our bodies, but were thrilled with the results!


Summer 1

We have had a whirlwind of a term!

We started our new topic of World War II and have been thrown into the war, evacuation, propaganda and much more. Next half-term we shall be having a WWII themed day where we get to dress up and take part in wartime activities.

In Science, our topic has been forces and we have been lucky enough to go on a trip to Paultons Park where we learnt about forces and how they impact roller-coaster design. 

We even got to program some of our own roller coasters before adventuring into the park!


Spring 2

It has been a very busy and exciting half term.

We began by performing Romeo & Juliet at the Haymarket Theatre, which as you all know was fantastic.

We have also been creative within our computing. We linked our learning to previous science learning around the life cycle of a chicken. We explored stop-motion animation, which is where you have 3d clay models that are moved slightly and captured repeatedly until animation is created. We got into groups and created some of our own animations based on the life cycle of a chicken.

We also tested, designed and baked our own breads. We explored the most popular types of bread, then we designed 4 possible new recipes for bread. The chosen one was then made and baked and was soooooooo delicious!

We've taken part in a brand new topic this half term, focusing on European volcanoes and earthquakes. We had a volcano mapping visitor show us how he maps and evidences their movement and effect on the surrounding areas. For our projects we had to present a European volcano of our choice in any way. There were some truly fantastic projects that quite literally hit the roof!

Spring 1

We are well underway with our rehearsals of Romeo & Juliet.

We will be performing at the Haymarket this half term and are needing to think carefully about learning our lines, working the stage space and projecting our voices!

Autumn 2

Our topic this half term has been the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We created some wonderful Viking projects varying from Longships, board games and many other Viking related items.

Our Computing for this half term was to create and write our own news reports then film them against a green screen. We combined our topic learning and wrote news report scripts as if we were reporting on the first Viking raid at Lindisfarne in 793. We had to decide who would be the reporter, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

We had a lot of fun writing, rehearsing and then filming. We had to think carefully about how to stand and talk so that we were all seen and could be heard. We then had a premiere of all the news reports.

We finished our Rivers topic with a trip to a real river and did a variety of experiments.

We measured the rivers width, depth and speed of flow and then were shown, with green ink, how the water flows. It was amazing!

Autumn 1

Autumn 1

We launched into our Computing learning with coding.

We learnt how to code a racing game and then created our own using Scratch.

We had to think carefully about how to design our cars and track and then code the correct keys so that two players could race.

We then tried each others games and it was a lot of fun!



We also did some wonderful printing in art. We sketched some animals or plants from the book The Lost Words and then used them to create an ink print.