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Hi and welcome to Year 5. We have got lots going on this year throughout the curriculum and have started fantastically! Below are our main focuses with regards to topics over the year which we intend to learn about and share with you (particularly in our World War Two class assembly, as well as Ancient Greeks class assembly!):

Autumn 1 - Children in World War 2 and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Autumn 2 - Children in World War 2 and Earth and Space;
Spring 1 - Ancient Greece and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Spring 2 - Settlements and Properties and changes of materials!
Summer 1 - Rivers and Changes of State!
Summer 2 - Current News/Children's Choice!

Please see below some of our learning focuses, but please come and see us if you have any questions about our learning and wish to find out more!
MATHS SUPPORT SESSION ON FRACTIONS - Parents invited on Wednesday 28th November 2018, 1:30pm - 2:45pm; letter below for details! 
Ancient Greece
Wilson's Poseidon role-play interview!

For his learning log, Wilson creatively acted in role as Poseidon with his Grandad. We thought it was excellent, what do you think?! 
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Year 5 Cooking WW2 Pasties!

On Monday 17th December 2018, Year 5 made and cooked vegetable Pasties as part of our World War 2 focus on rations and making use of food that was available at that time. We used the recipe and ingredients below, ensuring that we were hygienic and safe in preparing the food. In particular, Mrs Jude (our cooking expert!) wanted children to focus on the key skill of cutting with a knife safely and using ‘the arch’ correctly to cut with fluency and precision.
Ingredients (Makes 2):
3oz plain flour
1oz margarine
1/2 carrot, finely chopped
2 small potatoes, cut into 1/8ths
2” piece of leek, finely chopped
2 pinches of vegetable stock powder
3” x 2”  mature cheddar cheese, cubed
1 teaspoon oil

Preheat oven to 220c or gas mark 6
To make the pastry:
Rub the margarine into the flour
Use just enough water to bring together in to a ball
Set aside
To make the filling:
Place the leeks in a microwaveable bowl with the oil, cover with cling film and cook on high for 1min 30 seconds,

Leave the leeks to cool, be careful when taking off the cling-film as steam is released, add potatoes, carrot, cheese and stock powder and mix well.

To make the pasty:
Split the pastry in to two and roll each piece out about 1/4” thick,
Put half the mix in to the middle of each piece of pastry,
Fold up to enclose the filling,
Place on a baking tray,
Cook for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown and piping hot,
Leave to cool a little before serving.

We would like to thank Mrs Jude for helping us through this process and teaching us vital skills in cooking hygiene, measuring accurately and following a set of instructions. We don’t know what we would do without her fantastic expertise!

See the pictures of us cooking and eating our pasties on our Year 5 area of the website!

Year 5 Den Building

Year 5 had a fantastic time building their dens as part of our Wildlife Week. We worked hard in groups to construct a secure frame with sticks, zip ties and bendable plastic tubing, which was then covered with sheets and fixed with pegs. We had to collaborate and work effectively as a team, delegate suitable jobs to our Reception Buddies and co-operate with each other in order to complete the task, as well as contending with strong winds! The finished results were amazing, as you can see from the photographs.

Toby: ‘It was exciting to build the dens, but when people didn’t listen it was hard. Our team worked well together. The best bit was when we put the sheets on.’

Henry M: I found it fascinating how tricky it was to build a small tent to fit 6 people in!

Oliver: ‘I’m very proud of my den. I’m going to try and do something similar to what I’ve done here today. I wish we could do it again! We had a few problems but we tried and tried again.’

Beth: ‘I really enjoyed working with the Reception children because they were super helpful. The flag was the hardest part as it kept falling over.’

Charlotte: ‘I think our group worked very well. We found it a bit challenging at the start as we had to put the sticks in the ground and to make the model, but we really enjoyed it!’

Anderson shelters

As part of our World War Two topic focus, we have designed, made and evaluated our own Anderson shelters. Take a look at some of our fabulous creations, ranging from cakes, lego, astroturf, grass, soil, corrugated materials and many more! We worked hard together to focus on one of our Primrose Lane Learner areas, which is 'Creativity', hence the variety of different ways the children have presented their Anderson shelters. What do you think?

Year 5’s ‘Home Front WWII’ visit to Murton Park

On Monday 15th October 2018, Year 5 went on their ‘Home Front’ trip as part of their World War Two focus. We learnt lots, ranging from experiences of evacuees, women’s jobs and rationing, to general way of life during the war times, as well as various facts about the war itself. Throughout the day, the whole class represented the school impeccably, showing excellent behaviour, but also willingly showing to the leaders how much they already knew about World War Two. The leaders were very impressed at the knowledge the children were giving and the eagerness they had with answering and asking questions. Both Mrs B and the ARP Warden were very impressed with the class, and Mrs B ‘I cannot believe the knowledge of this class, it’s of the best I’ve ever heard on the Homefront Trip!’.

Children got right into character for the day, coming into school dressed as evacuees, with their identity cards, ration books and labels attached to them, showing who they were and where they came from. Throughout the day, children were straight in role conducting usual jobs expected from children and adults during the 1939-1945 era. The jobs ranged from creating rag rugs, cleaning and drying clothes, making flapjacks, putting out fire-bombs as fire-guards and putting up the blast tape to ensure the glass was secure if we were bombed! Having said this, we did have a real life air-raid, where we ‘pulled together’ and shared Anderson shelters to keep us safe.



It really was a pleasure to see such great learning first hand, with handling such artefacts as ‘gas masks’, different weapons used, helmets etc; as well as viewing what was a week’s ration for an adult would be…..we all agreed it was absolutely nothing- what do you think…?

Here is what some of us thought of the day:

Imogen: ‘I really enjoyed the day and found it very interesting to learn about a different era’

Toby: ‘I really enjoyed putting out the bomb!’

Edie: ‘I really enjoyed doing the kitchen jobs e.g. washing of clothes and putting them out to dry – like they did in that era!’

Bobby: ‘I enjoyed putting the bomb out.’

Safina: ‘It was really fun; although my favourite bit was making the wartime crunch in baking’

Edward: ‘I really enjoyed using the dolly in the washing up!’

The Little Suitcase - Year 5’s Visit from Judith Rhodes

We were fortunate to have a visit from Judith Rhodes in Year 5 last Friday. Judith shared her mother’s experiences as a refugee in World War 2. Her mother, Ursula, left her family behind in Nazi Germany at the age of 16 and came to London as part of the Kindertransport programme prior the outbreak of the war. The rest of her family were unable to leave and later perished in concentration camps during the Holocaust. We really appreciated Judith sharing her powerful and moving story which really helped the children to understand the impact of these events on individual families. In the photo you can see the suitcase that Ursula took with her and one of the very few items of clothing she was able to fit into it.


We wrote letters to Judith to express our appreciation and tell her what we had learnt. She replied to us saying how they would be a lovely reminder of her morning in class with us and how impressed she was with our mature and thoughtful attitude.

Here are some of our thoughts:

‘It was extremely kind of Judith to come in and talk about her and her mother’s experiences in World War 2 and evacuation.’ Henry M.

‘I really enjoyed listening to her family’s experiences’. Bobby

‘It was amazing to learn that Judith’s Mum was in WW2 and she got evacuated for her safety’. Zara

‘I really enjoyed listening about her grandad because it’s as if his effort for Germany in the First World War was forgotten’. Sam D.

‘I loved learning about the Holocaust and all of the Concentration Camps. Judith’s mother’s life story is incredible! I loved it all’. Casper
Reception and Year 5 Buddies!


This week, Reception welcomed their ‘Year 5 Buddies’ to their classroom for the first time. Now Reception children have settled into Primrose Lane school life, our wonderful Year 5 children offer a generous, helping hand to settle them in further. This is one of the responsibilities expected by a Year 5 child at the beginning of the year, which they always look forward to! In WORKING TOGETHER, they become better people. Year 5 become role models, leaders and supportive of their new younger friends. The Reception learn lots of skills and behaviours from their role models, but teach Year 5 about empathy, tolerance and patience, just by being their lovely selves!

The role of the Year 5 child is important to make their Reception Buddy feel comfortable, learn how to make new friends, play, feel safe and become more independent. They have got to know each other this week, eaten together and played together outside. As you can see, the Year 5 children model how to behave in the dining area when eating at school, as well as support their Buddies with cutting food and their manners. Reception children and staff would like to thank Year 5 for being such fantastic buddies, the effort and care are really appreciated! We are sure these relationships will continue to blossom over the coming year.



Esme – ‘I’ve liked it when we’ve played together’
Daniel – ‘Me and Harry have enjoyed playing a running game’
Celia – ‘My buddy is really nice to me and she helped me up when I fell down’
Jacob – ‘I enjoy having our buddies, as we help younger children feel confident outside. Also, it gives us more responsibility’
Ben – ‘Buddies are a good way to improve the younger children’s skills with out help’
Sam D – ‘Buddies are great training for when you grow up and look after children yourself’.
Evacuee Interview

As part of his Learning Log, Wilson asked his Grandad if he could interview his Great Aunt Betty, who was evacuated from Sunderland to Richmond during WW2. Please have a listen and enjoy learning about Wilson's Great Aunt Betty, just like we've enjoyed learning through the expertise of Wilson's Grandad (being a radio presenter!):

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