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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!
Year 5 Fishcakes!


As part of our ‘River’ topic, Year 5 decided that they wanted to make fish cakes and learn the different ways we can make them. We discussed on our River Wharfe walk about ‘salmon runs’ and what they are used for; therefore came up with the idea of making and cooking salmon fishcakes! We discussed ingredients, amounts and in particular, healthy eating with regards to what to eat fishcakes with. 

Before we started, we learnt how to make them in a variety of different ways, as well as ensuring we discussed hygiene (and the importance of this), as well as safety precautions we must be aware of in the kitchen in general. As you can see, the children were brilliant in groups and helped each other with mixing, measuring, cutting and getting equipment where necessary. A huge thank you to Mrs Jude, who led the teaching of skills, learning about safety and supported the children throughout.

Here’s what some of them had to say about it:
Beth – ‘I enjoyed when we got to get messy whenever we dipped our mixture into the eggs, flour and breadcrumbs.’
Edie – ‘I enjoyed whisking the eggs!’
Imogen – ‘I really enjoyed when we made the lemon mayonnaise to go with the salmon fishcakes.’
Henry – ‘Even though I dislike eggs, I found it oddly satisfying dipping the batter into the flour, egg yolk and breadcrumbs.’
Edward – ‘I really enjoyed dipping the balls of salmon into the eggs, breadcrumbs and flour.’
Year 5 Monet artwork

This half term, Year 5 have been studying Claude Monet as an artist (to link in with our Rivers topic) and we have focused in particular on his painting of ‘Soleil Levant’ painted in 1872. We have created our own stories based around that painting, but looked at others he painted to inspire our own paintings in his style, mixing paint and using different mediums than just piant. Here are some of our finished pieces which show our independence, as well as focus on colour and creativity (our Primrose Lane Learner focuses for this half term!) We hope you like them!
Year 5 NSPCC Workshop

Year 5 were lucky enough to receive a workshop session from the NSPCC to reinforce an assembly we had about various different rights that safety for children. The leaders, along with their mascot ‘Buddy’, discussed about various different aspects of safety that children must be aware of, including their right to be safe and how to report a problem if they feel threatened, upset or abused by anybody. The workshop reinforced learning done in PSHE related to this, as well as gave the children an understanding of the people who could help or simply talk to about any concerns they have. The session was interactive, with case studies and discussions in groups, and the children felt more confident in their awareness of safety precautions and who to go to for support if they needed it.
Year 5 River Workshop

On Monday, Yorkshire Dales River Trust came to Primrose to deliver a workshop on Rivers (the current geography topic). The Trust brought a long a mobile classroom, filled with models of rivers, maps, pictures and even little insect and creatures that live in fresh water rivers (as opposed to the sea!).


The children loved the experience of looking through microscopes at the tiny creatures to see why they were known as invertebrates and how they adapted to survive in the environments in which they live. Children reinforced learning from the classroom with key terminology in relation to Rivers, including the banks, bed, meander, tributary, erosion, flooding, mouth, source, current, confluence and many more (the leaders were very impressed with their knowledge). The children found it interesting about how the Trust help with conservation of the river, by planting more trees along the banks to help with river flow, as well as to strengthen the banks (as the roots help to stiffen the banks, preventing further erosion!). Similarly, to check how healthy a river is, anybody can check quite easily by observing whether there are any mayflies present; and if there are, it shows that it is a healthy river with little pollution or sewage.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Yorkshire Dales River Trust for offering this workshop and delivering it for the enjoyment of the children, but also thank Mrs Stone and Mrs Bird for their help on the day with the groups.

Here’s what some of the children had to say:

Emilie – ‘My favourite part of the River workshop was that we got to identify the tiny creatures using a ‘yes/no’ game.’

Toby – ‘The River workshop was really fun because we got to look at invertebrates through a microscope!’

Imogen – ‘I really enjoyed the workshop. I especially enjoyed looking at the invertebrates through the microscope.’
Year 5 and Reception Buddies Read Together!

As part of our ‘Book Week’, Reception and Year 5 decided to take up the opportunity to read with their ‘Buddies’ with a book of their choice.


It is always a pleasure to see the Year 5’s supporting their buddies and working well together. Equally, it is great to see the Reception children interacting, focusing on their listening skills and learning how to cooperate.
Year 5 River Walk


On Tuesday 16th April 2019, as part of our topic ‘Rivers’, we began the half term with a lovely walk along the River Wharfe. We are lucky enough to be so close to a beautiful setting and were therefore able to learn all about rivers, whether that be the course of the river, erosion, the flow of the river and many of its features (such as the weir, floodplains, deposits, pollution, sediments, meandering, tributaries and oxbows).


We were able to discuss at various points along the river, as well as sketch images (in the style of the artist we are studying, Claude Monet) and think of adjectives to inspire us in our writing. We are now well equipped to take this learning back to class.

The children were well behaved throughout, courteous to pedestrians and responded well to questioning. We’d also like to thank Mrs Stone and Mr Alker who accompanied us on our walk and taught us even more about the River Wharfe itself.

Here’s what some of the children had to say:

Casper – ‘I learnt some really interesting facts along the way. Here is one: a meander is a curve/turn in a river (the River Wharfe has loads of them!).’
Emilie – ‘My favourite part of the river walk was doing our sketches because I love to draw and enjoy art.’
Henry M – ‘As we walked beside the calm, sapphire River Wharfe, it was beautiful to smell the fresh fragrance of the clear morning breaze. I really enjoyed catching up with my mates and going on an interesting walk on the first day back at school!’
Sam D – ‘I really enjoyed the river walk and I learnt lots! The best thing was when we saw a heron in the water and when a gun was fired and it scared us all!’
Ben – ‘I really enjoyed learning that swans and herons roam on the river. Also, I learnt further upstream that it’s calmer and downstream the current gets calmer. It was very fun!’
Year 5’s Ancient Greece Carousel

On Thursday 14th March 2019, Year 5 enjoyed a range of activities on offer in their Ancient Greece Carousel afternoon. Some of the Parents and Carers of Year 5 came to join and got stuck in to the activities…..some even more so than the children! The activities included:
  • Mask making (from the theatres)
  • Purple Mash Computing activities
  • Painting their own Greek Vases/Pots
  • Learning and writing the Greek alphabet
  • Reading and learning Greek Myths and Battles
  • Eating Greek Food
  • Looking at Greek Powerpoints/their own Greek Myths
  • Greek Role Play
  • Greek Olympic Sports (including javelin, discus and long jump)
  • Playing Greek Music (with instruments and learning from Music lessons)
  • …..and much more, including an opportunity Maths problems and an opportunity to look at the childrens books and let them share their learning.

The afternoon ran smoothly, with all children behaving well, engaging well and demonstrating their independence and eagerness within this topic. Here are some quotes from the children:

Emilie – ‘I most enjoyed the music area and painting my Greek Vase, because my mum and I made my vase quite effective – well that’s what I think! I also quite enjoyed the Greek food!’

Beth – ‘My favourite part of the afternoon was painting my Greek pot, because it turned out well.’

Freddie – ‘I enjoyed sharing my Greek myth, because I’m proud of it.’

Casper – ‘I loved playing on Purple Mash and making my mask. Also, I loved playing outside with the javelin and my dad ‘

Safina – ‘I really liked the Greek writing, because I wrote my name on paper and then tied string on it. It looks very cool, I can’t believe it worked!’

On Wednesday 13th of February Year 5 went on a trip to a Mosque in Bradford. The Arabic word for Mosque is Masjid - it is a special and sacred building for Muslims.

We were all excited to go inside the mosque and to find out many more interesting facts about Islam and Muslims. The first thing we did was to cover our heads with hats and scarves to show respect and to take off our shoes to keep everything clean. We put them in special shoe racks.


We saw where Muslims wash their hands, face and feet before they pray. The washing is called ‘wudu’.

We learnt that the word Islam means ‘peace’ and how Muslims pray five times a day in the Mosque or where ever they are. This helps them to feel calm and at peace with God and with others. We also learnt that the building is for the whole community so people might have a wedding or a funeral there as well as using it as a place of worship.
Fatima, who was our guide for the morning, told us all about her faith and beliefs and how it helps her live her life which was very interesting.

Here are some quotes from the Year 5 class;

Edie - “I learnt that Muslims don’t eat pork. Also that Allah has 99 names!”

Wilson – “I enjoyed the part when we went into the prayer room and saw the carpet was completely made from prayer mats.”

Zara - “I enjoyed going to the Mosque, because we learnt that Muslims believe that Allah does not come down to earth.”

As most of the quotes state, we all were surprised to find out that Allah has 99 names such as: the creator, most merciful, the forgiver and that Allah meant GOD in Arabic.

We found out that most Muslims try to go for a once in a lifetime trip to Mecca in Saudi Arabia (the trip/pilgramage is called Hajj). If they go there, they walk around the Ka’ Bah 7 times. The Ka’Bah is the biggest Mosque in the world.

We also found out that the Muslim holy book is called the Qu’ran and also we found out that every time Muslim says the name of a Prophet they say ‘Peace be upon him’.
We are looking forward to making information leaflets about the Mosque in RE.


By Beth and Cian.
Year 5 Greek Vase Day 2019

On Friday 15th February 2019, Year 5 enjoyed a Greek Vase Day, where they began by learning all about the importance of Greek Vases, as well as what they tell us about the past (all the way back to the 3000’s BC). They designed their own Greek pots, with labels, captions and instructions, as well as shared ideas for what type of vase/pot they wanted to produce, and the purpose it would have had in the Greek era. Once their designs were finished, they made use of their carving knives, clay and water to create their designs- look below, what do you think?


The Year 5’s then reflected on their own and other’s vases and evaluated, thinking what went well, what could have been improved and what they would recommend to people if they were to teach them in the future.


Even though it required a lot of perseverance, planning and control, children loved their experience and have produced some top quality vases (that I’m sure you’d be proud to display at home!).

Year 5’s Greek Day!

Last week, Year 5 enjoyed a wonderful curriculum ‘Greek Day’. We were able to branch out in our learning and experience what it may have been like to transcribe and write in the Greek alphabet; eat Greek food and compete in Gem groups to win our very own Greek Olympics!

Here, you can see groups competing with the javelin throw, as well as the discus, where we measured the distances and were able to identify the winners from each Gem group.


Additionally, we competed in the ‘Legendary long jump, again resulting in overall winners for the event. We added in our own creative game, whereby we had to bounce the ball into the basket, which required estimation, precision and control, all of which the Greek Olympians required.

Overall, the points were counted and the overall winners were Ruby, so congratulations to those members! Having said this, the children showed good gamesmanship, team work (‘working together’) and ‘ambition’ - all of which we’ve worked on with our Primrose Lane Learner Values.

To complete what was a fabulous day, all children enjoyed eating Greek food after a hard day’s work in the Olympics! It included the delicious houmous, olives, feta cheese and pitta bread.

Here’s what some of us thought of the day:

Henry E – ‘My favourite part of this morning was the Greek Olympics, because when my gem group (Emerald) did the ‘target ball’, my group got 15, and I got the majority of them, even though ours wasn’t the highest’
Edie – ‘My favourite part of this morning, was when we saw each other’s outfits’
Edward – ‘I enjoyed the discus activity, because most of the discs were heading for Mr Jackson’
Sam A – ‘My favourite part of today was definitely the Greek Olympics, because we (Amethyst) did well overall and worked well as a team. The activities were really fun’
Imogen – ‘My favourite part of the morning was when sapphire threw the discus, because they had never done it before and it was very fun’
Oliver – ‘My favourite thing was the discus because I was really good at it and I wanted to know how far I could throw’
Beth – ‘My favourite part of this morning was when we had to convert the Greek writing into English and when we write our own Greek sentences’
Birds of Prey

The whole of Year 5 enjoyed their 'Birds of Prey' session, where they all got to hold one of the birds and ask enquiring questions to the leaders. One of our focuses as Primrose Lane Learners has been 'Enquiry', and some of the questions were brilliant, ranging from 'Which of these birds has the largest wing span?', to 'What is the life expectancy of the birds in the wild and thos in captivity?'. Here are some of the pictures of the children holding the barn owl.

Year 5 Fire Safety Session

On Wednesday 23rd January 2019, Year 5 had a visit from two Fire Fighters from Wetherby Fire Service. They came to discuss safety and precautions we must take with regards to fire and accidents. We began answering questions about what causes a fire and learnt about the triangulation of ‘Heat, Fuel and Oxygen’ that causes fires; as well as what we need to do and be aware of in an emergency. The whole of Year 5 were surprised to hear that there was only one fire engine in Wetherby and that they had over 500 -  600 emergency call outs per year! The Fire Fighters went on to discuss how serious a phone-call was and the unfortunate times where ‘hoax’ or ‘prank’ phone-calls have been made and resulted in serious consequences. The videos we watched were realistic and helped our understanding of how serious it is to prevent emergencies. The car crashing at 30mph was a shock – we definitely got the message about wearing a seatbelt! Additionally, we were told that fire alarms should be tested weekly……let’s hope the children take this responsibility for this in their households from now on! 
Here’s what some of us thought:
Edward – ‘I learnt that when there is a fire, you have to duck so that you reduce the smoke going into your lungs.’
Beth – ‘I learnt that before you go into a room whilst there is a fire in, you test the door with the back of your hand, not the palm of your hand….so you don’t end up grabbing the door or burning yourself.’
Emilie – ‘I learnt that when you’re in a room with fire and smoke, you should put a cushion at the bottom to stop smoke coming through so that you can breathe.’
Sam D – ‘I learnt that the Wetherby Fire Station also cover Boston Spa.’
Ben – ‘I learnt that one match and a couple of pieces of paper set on fire can destroy a room in less than three minutes.’
Bobby – ‘I learnt that it can take three breaths of smoke to make you unconscious.’
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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