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Hi and welcome to our Year 5 page. We have got lots going on this year throughout the curriculum and have started fantastically well in these strange times! Below are our main focuses with regards to topics that we intend to cover this year, which we intend to learn about and share with you. 

Autumn 1 - Children in World War 2 (comparing it to our lives now) and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Autumn 2 - Children in World War 2 and Earth and Space;
Spring 1 - Anglo Saxons and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Spring 2 - Slavery and the Highwayman Poetry;
Summer 1 - Rivers;
Summer 2 – Rivers, Current News, Speaking Competition and Forces!

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. Also, check out some useful links for various support with learning, whether that is with recommended books, Maths practise or SPaG practise.

Class Time Table (Subject to changes*)

Attached is the current class time table for your reference. This is subject to changes that happen across the year and will be updated if and when appropriate.

Times Tables Test Practise Sheets

Feel free to print these sheets off or adapt them for your children to practise for their fluency in recalling their times tables to 12 x 12:

Websites to help with learning

Click on the link to check out some of the websites that will help with children's independent practise at home and websites that are useful for Parents/Carers to support children in their learning. Additionally, there are websites which will help with preparations for Year 6 also, but are more formal, rather than fun games and activities (such as http://satspapers.org/).

Purple Mash WWII Learning

Please click the link to see a selection of activities completed by some of the children and how creative they have been with their learning. This has ranged from Newspaper Reports, Diaries (including Anne Frank!), artwork, posters and many more!

Virtual After School Sport Club Opportunity!
Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Youth Sport Trust

As you will have seen from the email sent out, the Youth Sport Trust will deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday on YouTube Live and be led by a different member of the YST’s Athlete Mentor network. Starting on Thursday 12th November with world number one female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing. Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club - Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday. Follow us using #YSTAfterSchool and click below for more information.


Year 5 ‘Hope’ Assembly by Rev Steve and Donald

Year 5 enjoyed listening to Rev Steve’s and Rev Donald’s assembly, making notes on what they had said about the ‘Festivals of Light’ and partaking in the activities. As you can see, they dove into the role-play section of pretending to be a seed and coming into the light, thinking about being ‘mindful’. The children enjoyed the humour and facts shared in the assembly, with some of them linking it to what they do in their faiths. The children finished by starting to colour their advent wreaths, ready to continue and reflect on each week up until we finish for Christmas. We would like to thanks Rev Steve and Rev Donald for their engaging assembly, and look forward to next week’s.











Here is what some of the children had to say:

Thomas: ‘I like how this was a fun way of learning about the ‘Festivals of Light’, ensuring that we aren’t breaking Coronavirus measures having assemblies together.’

Erin: ‘I really enjoyed the song at the end.’

Charlotte: ‘I really enjoyed it as there was humour in it, but it was still factual.’

Maddie: ‘I liked how it was a ‘child-friendly’ way of teaching us to enjoy a lesson.’

Riley: ‘I really liked it because we weren’t lots of facts about different religions and how they celebrate the ‘Festivals of Light’.’

Cameron: ‘I thought it was interest how we learnt that candles meant different things.’

Vincent Van Gogh - Starry Night Artwork

As you can see from the picture, we created our own versions of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painting. We had a choice between using paint or oil pastel to create the post-impressionist style that Vincent Van Gogh liked to create. The mark making and focus on colour/mixing was a large focus, ensuring the perspective was evident and a mood was created with our vision. What do you think?

Commando Fitness in PE!

Year 5 were treated to a 'Commando Fitness' session with Mr Simpson in PE, focusing on discipline, stamina, coordination and team work. As you can see from the photos, the activities ranged from relays (including star jumps, commando crawl, burpees, press ups, sit ups, squats and many more!), working as a team to carry a stretcher and tug of war! The children loved their experience and have asked to do it again this half term, which we will definitely take advantage of!

Solar System Investigation!

As part of our Earth and Space topic, year 5 investigated the sizes of planets and distances between planets after watching and making notes on a video clip (). The children then worked in groups to create their own Solar Systems that were 'relative' to the distances described in the video (noticing that the distances were astronomical!). The children had to work together (one of our Primrose Lane Learner Values) to convert their measures into 'relative' distances to create their own Solar System with a selection of different spherical objects. You can see some of these below, along with the children working together. They really enjoyed creating these and understanding more about the planets in Space.


A great effort by the Year 5 class with their Halloween costumes!

World War II Artwork

As you can see from our displays, the children have produced some excellent artwork, showing their own interpretation and representation of 'The Blitz', as well as their own 'Propaganda Posters'. In the Blitz artwork, we focused on 'perspective', shading, mixing of chalk colours with different techniques and our cutting skills inparticular with our silhouettes (as we realised the fine motor skills required for the smaller cuts were tricky! We hope you like our creativity.

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. It has been an excellent effort all-round. What do you think?

Anderson shelters
'The Little Suitcase' (Visit by 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 15 and came to London as part of the Kinder transport programme - prior to 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 made notes throughout her presentation of key questions, as well as key points to help us with our follow up reports about her visit and what we learnt. There were some excellent enquiry questions from the children. Questions asked included: Thomas T – ‘How do you think your mother felt as an evacuee?’ Louis – ‘Is that little suitcase the same as your mother’s?’ Maddie – ‘Did your mother have to put ‘blackouts’ up?’ Ella – ‘What did your mother miss the most when she was sent away?’ April R – ‘How did your mother feel at the train station?’ Erin – ‘Who write the letters?’ Hettie – ‘How was your mum treated in this country?’ Heidi – ‘When you found out about your mother’s life, were you shocked?’ Here are some of our thoughts: Charlie – ‘I liked the video that Judith shared, because it shared where she (and her mother) was born and information about her family during WWII.’ Riley – ‘I found Judith very interesting, because she told us information about life in WWII.’ Erin – ‘I liked it when Judith translated one of the letters in German.’ Charlotte – ‘I enjoyed it, because I learnt things that I didn’t expect to, like experiences that her mother went through.’ Bella – ‘I felt sorry for Judith when she got emotional about her father and the anniversary of his death approaching.’ Ella – ‘I liked when she spoke about the cardigan.’

Democracy - School Council

As art of our learning on our British Value 'Democracy', we discussed democracy and created our own voting system to vote for our class representatives for School Council. People had to put themselves forward, explain why they wanted to become a School Councilor and then we all had a vote to decide who would represent our class. The results from our tally chart suggested that Chloe and Charlotte had the most votes, and their majority resulted in them becoming our representatives. Well done Chloe and Charlotte.

The French Alphabet
We have been learning to prounce the French alphabet as accurately as possible. Here are 3 songs to help; if you have time, perhaps you could practise at home? Click here or here (or here for a more 'rustic' version) to sing along.
Bonne chance pour apprendre l'alphabet!

In music lessons, we have been learning more about body percussion and pattern. We learned a pattern and then came up with one together. These are the 'instructions' we used and links to the songs:

Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin 
Think by Aretha Franklin

Enjoy trying these at home. Choose a song and make up your own rythmn pattern. I would LOVE to see them!
The Anne Frank Trust Visit

On 10th December, Chris, from the Anne Frank Trust, came to speak to Year 5 and 6. The session’s 2 main themes were: Discrimination and Prejudice. Switch Off Prejudice examines the dangers of prejudice both from a historical perspective, and in the modern world, encouraging young people to question and challenge discrimination in all its forms.
The aims of this programme are to:
• Increase knowledge of the harmful effects of prejudice and discrimination
• Develop non-judgemental attitudes, respect and empathy for others
• Improve critical thinking
• Increase knowledge, confidence and skills to speak up against prejudice, discrimination, hate and intolerance
• Improve confidence, giving young people knowledge and narrative to stand up for themselves and others.
The discussions started with exploring stereotyping and moved on to all sorts of discrimination e.g. Islamophobia, homophobia and racism. Y5 thought about the experiences of Anne Frank, and her family, the children empathised and thought about how it must have felt to be discriminated against due to your religion alone. This was linked to the discrimination that still goes on today.
The children participated wonderfully and Chris was most impressed, not only by their knowledge of WW2 and Anne Frank, but by their vocabulary, understanding and how well they could articulate their feelings and ideas. It really was an informative and thought-provoking session.
Thomas T: It was really interesting to learn more about the bad things that are going on in the world against the good. We need to make a change.
Maddison: We have learned about the prejudice and discrimination in the world and it’s up to us to make a change!
Toby and Cameron: We need to stand up to discrimination and make a change.