Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas Craft Workshop

We had a great afternoon making a gorgeous selection of Christmas Crafts. Thank you to all the parents who helped!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas hall display

We are very proud of the stunning Nativity scene we have created as a whole school. Everyone in the school contributed to it.

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Great Fire of London

As part of our topic on the Gunpowder plot and the Stuarts, we learned all about the Great Fire of London. To bring this topic alive we made clay tiles to illustrate what the houses in London looked like before the fire and then what they looked like during the fire, because they burned so easily. We looked at pictures of timber-framed houses and carefully drew them, then painted them, on to our tiles. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fantastic Forces

We have really enjoyed our Forces topic. We have investigated air resistance using paper spinners, water resistance using plasticine and have made gears, levers and pulleys. We have really got stuck in to these practical Science activities!

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Year 5 have been studying the techniques used by Van Gough in his paintings. We have created our own versions of his sunflowers paintings.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Oral Story Telling

Year 5 chose the story of Icarus for our oral story telling work. We enjoyed learning actions to go with the story and performing it to Year 2 and then the whole school. Click below to listen!

Thursday, 25 September 2014


Inspired by the story of Icarus, we have sketched feathers using different grades of pencils.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn Term Letter

Dear Parents/ Carers of Year 5 Pupils,

We hope that you have had a really enjoyable summer. It is lovely to be back in school and we are delighted with how quickly the children have settled in Year 5.  We hope that you find this letter useful.

Autumn Term Curriculum

Here is an outline of some of the areas of learning that we will be covering in class this term.

Place value (reading, writing, ordering, comparing, rounding)
Calculations (+ - x ÷). Written and mental methods.
Measurement (converting units of measure)
Area and perimeter.
Word problems.

Oral story telling
Biography and autobiography
Narrative Poetry
Stories told from a different point of view.
Wordplay Poetry
Reading- our class text is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

Forces and Magnetism
Earth and Space

How should believers live?
What do religions say?
Focus on Christianity and Islam.

Control and programming

Dance (Tuesdays)
Invasion game skills (Thursdays)

(History, Geog, Art, D.T.)
Gunpowder Plot

How you can help at home

Year 5 children will receive one English and one Maths homework weekly. Most homework will be completed in the orange Maths or English homework books.  It is really helpful if you can encourage your child to complete homework in a quiet place where they can fully focus. If your child has any trouble with homework, all they need do is come and ask us (where possible before the due date).  It is also appreciated if you could help encourage children to take responsibility for their own homework- if it is not going to be handed in on the due date then children should tell us themselves. Maths homework will be due in on a Tuesday and English homework will be due in on a Wednesday.
In addition, the children learn a spelling rule each week and will receive a list of spellings that follow this rule (every Monday) which they will need to learn for a weekly spelling test on a Friday.

As you know children hugely benefit from reading regularly, every night where possible. It is still important for children to be reading with an adult on a regular basis too. We have listened to all children read individually and in the front of the homework planner have made an individual suggestion of how often your child would benefit from reading to an adult. Of course this is a guide and if you wish to do more reading with your child than is indicated then that’s great.

Thank you for your support already in using the homework planners. We hope that you find them useful in helping your child organise themselves. The children are using their planners to record homework tasks but can also use it as a personal diary. Please could you check your child’s planner at the end of each week and sign the bottom of the page. Please feel free to make your own comments. Your child should take responsibility for asking you to check and sign- it. We will collect the homework planners each Monday.

There have been changes made to the spelling curriculum this year – more information will follow at Curriculum Evening. As already mentioned, spelling homework will continue to be set and tested weekly.

The children are very excited to be having some sports coaching sessions with John this term. These sessions will be on a Thursday afternoon and have already started. We will also have a P.E session on a Tuesday afternoon. Sometimes our timetable has to change so P.E kit should be in school each day please. As the weather is unpredictable it would be useful for the children to have both outdoor trainers and plimsolls (or clean trainers) as part of their kit so that we can use both the hall and outdoors. When it starts to get colder, joggers and jumpers may also be needed.

Art aprons
Children will need to have an old shirt or apron for art. Please ensure your child has one in school at all times.

Planners, reading books and homework books.
Please have all of these in school each day.  Thank you.

It would be lovely to see you at Curriculum Evening on Tuesday 14th October.

We look forward to working closely with you. Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Michelle Parkin and Mrs Marika Hortop