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Hi and welcome to our Year 5 class page. We have got lots going on this year throughout the curriculum and have started fantastically well! Below, you will find lots of information about what we have been doing, as well as learning that could be done at home for support and practise. At the top of the page, there are useful links and websites to support children at home, as well as help parents/carers to help their children. Also towards the top of the page, is the class timetable (that will be updated time-to-time), half termly newsletters, timestables/arithmetic support and general help. Further down the page, you will find lots of information keeping you up-to-date with what we have been upto in Year 5, with photos, videos and quotes from children. Thank you in advance for taking an interest!
Year 5 Class Timetable

Please see the link to the Year 5 class timetable. This may change slightly from time to time, but if it permanently changes, it will be uploaded in good time.

How to help your child at home!

Below are a selection of websites/links that might help you with supporting your child at home with books recommended for their level, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) knowledge, times tables pracitse, arithmetic practise and spelling word lists. Please contact Mr Jackson if you have any more suggestions, recommendations or requests for anything else. For further practise, please access Purple Mash activities, or Century for ‘Nuggets’ to practise (children have their own log in information to access these).

Time tables Test sheets (for practise at home)

Attached are the times tables sheets that the children use in school for their weekly tests. Feel free to use and practise from. Equally, the children have been taught a variety of strategies to practise times tables from rote counting, box strategy, games, watching Youtube clips and basic counting up and back. If these sheets help, that is great, but please encourage your child to use games on Purple Mash and make it fun to learn!

Greek Vase/Pot Making!

Children loved putting their designs into action by creating and making their own Greek Vase/Pot out of clay, focusing on their sculpture to produce 'something, for someone, for some purpose'. The sculptures had a range of purposes, with a range of designs; what do you think?

Brownlee Brothers Triathlon!

All of Year 5 enjoyed an exciting afternoon at John Smeaton for the Brownlee Brothers Triathlon event. The children arrived, equipped ready for an unforgettable experience, which began with a 50m swim, followed by an 800m cycle and a 300m run. Once the Brownlee brothers had wished the children good luck via video link, they were ready and equipped to go!

The children were anxious but bursting with excitement! Once briefed at the beginning, they were surprised to discover that they had to go straight from the pool, get changed into their sport gear and continue (without drying off!) with their cycle, followed by the run finish.

The whole of Year 5 thrived on the experience and went with it, all completing the stages and achieving a medal and goody bag.

Upon completion of the course the children congratulated each other on their successes and enjoyed refreshments from their goody bags whilst watching other schools reach the finish line also.

All children behaved excellently and were a credit to Primrose Lane. Here’s what some of the children had to say about their experience:

Greek Vase/Pot Design

Year 5 have loved their Greek Vase/Pot Day! This process involved us studying existing Greek vases/pots, understanding the history behind them, the purpose and the similarities and differences between them.

After this study and discussion, we looked to design our own, deciding on our preferences, who it is being made for and what the intended purpose was ('Something, for someone, for some purpose!'). We had many different designs from the Lekythos, Hydria, Krater, Siana and many more. We looked at pattern, colour, line, shape and texture of the existing vases/pots.

It was great to see the creative designs that the children had - we can't wait to see the finished products and evaluate how we got on!

Greek Artefacts

Year 5 would like to say a huge 'THANK YOU' to our PTA for funding the cost of using Leeds City Museum's real life Ancient Greek Artefacts. Obviously, we had to treat items delicately due to the 'ancient' nature and children couldn't believe these items had lasted the time they had! These items ranged from:
-a ceramic oil lamp (which was used to light houses)
-Imperial copper/bronze coins (which were used for trade)
-a figure/statue (which represented women and showed evidence of what they wore)
-papyrus (which was paper-like material made from a papyrus plant, used for recording/colouring on)
-a loom weight (which was used in the production of textiles)
-and a 'Skyphos' pot (which was a shallow, ceramic two handled wine drinking cup).

This helped consolidate some learning and knowledge of artefacts that we have discussed, trading, decoration, as well as the upcoming Greek vases/pots that we were due to do, explaining the purpose of these items.

Resilience workshop

Year 5 were fortunate enough to experience a resilience workshop led by Hannah and Jessica from the Mindmate Support Team. As it was 'Resilience week', the workshop served to delve into scenarios where children could demonstrate resilience and discuss the importance of persevering, trying their best, not giving up and demonstrating their desire to keep going. Children identified what filled their 'stress buckets' and then discussed strategies for filtering these stresses out of their stress buckets. We also discussed about 'Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs) and how we can try to control them and make them go away (such as deep breathing, talking to a friend, going for a walk, listening to music, playing games, dancing etc). It was a brilliant workshop where children were able to reflect on themselves and think about coping mechanisms for themselves.

Forest School

Year 5 have been enjoying their Forest School experience with various activities that prepare them for survival and working outdoors in a team. This week we learn how to make a fire in a variety of ways (safely) with sticks, a splint etc. Amanda discussed how historically this would have been useful in the past for a variety of reasons. The children loved attempting the different ways of making fires in groups, but I think they enjoyed the biscuits, marshmallows and sausages a little more!

Science dissolving!

Year 5 enjoyed their investigation of which materials were soluble and which were insoluble in water. We discussed the structure of our investigation with thinking of the question, making predictions of which materials would dissolve, listing the variables we would keep the same (to make sure the investigation was fair) and the variable that we would change to answer our question. We recorded our results in a table, then made conclusions based on our observations. We tested salt, sugar, sand, coffee, gravy granules and flour. What do you think we discovered?

Fire Service Visit

Year 5 had a visit from the West Yorkshire Fire Service to come and speak to us about safety considerations from fires and escaping. The fire-fighters discussed safety measures we should consider with cooking, candles, electrical equipment, smoking, smoke detectors, home safety, bed-time routines and escaping safely. All this was really valuable learning (even for an adult reminder, let alone children!), and the children engaged with some brilliant questions and discussions. Fire-fighters mentioned in particular about children discussing with parents/carers abut agreed fire-assembly points at home, checking smoke detectors (#TestItTuesday) and reducing risks of fires within the home. A great, insightful session!

Buddy catch up and sharing!

Year 5 and Reception buddies got together last week for Comic Relief to touch-base, catch up and Year 5 wanting to share their recent learning on the Highwayman, with their stories and artwork. The children loved catching up and maintaining their friendships and connections.

Accounting and Business session - STEM week!

Last week, Year 5 were very fortunate to have had a session with Mr Lankester on business ownership, accountancy and linking these skills to their existing Maths knowledge.
Mr Lankester came in to deliver a fun-filled session, whereby it gave the children an experience of running their own business as a class, being in different roles, what these roles mean and how ‘knowing your numbers’ really does matter!
Year 5 were introduced to terms such as ‘profit’, ‘loss’, ‘liability’, ‘assets’, ‘balance sheets’ and many more key terms. Once the children had an understanding of these terms, they were put into one of the following roles: banker, business owner, supplier, customer, government/tax collector or worker. This was all based around a paper aeroplane business. Children were taken through each step needed for consideration, and as accountants, they completed the running costs associated with the whole process, ultimately understanding the profit margins, costs related to the business owners and general fairness across the process.
It was a brilliant session for the children to relate their Maths to real life and show what the application of their skills can result in. Year 5 would like to thank Mr Lankester for his time and a brilliant session.

Science week!

Year 5 were treated to a great presentation from Mrs Luczyn, whose background is with DNA within Science. She explained what DNA was and how AI now benefits the study of DNA samples to help diagnose diseases, as well as how we can try to cure diseases. This linked in well with our learning on genetics, variation and characteristics of living things that we have been studying. Children were really engaged, asked some brilliant questions and learnt lots from the discussions. Thank you Mrs Luczyn.

Also last week, Mr Dalton came in to share his background within the Science industry as part of Science week - we would like to thank him for his time also, the children really enjoyed the session.

World Book Day

Year 5 had a wonderful day, where we spent time recommending and sharing books, as well as moved around school to listen to other teachers read. The children recommended such brilliant novels, biographies, autobiographies and many more - a lovely time to invest in and immerse ourselves with one of the most important things to enjoy, reading!

Dissecting a flower

Year 5 started their Science focus on 'Living things and their habitats' by focusing on plant and flower reproduction and pollination. In order to understanding pollination, it was important to recap on the parts of a flower that help with pollination (carpel, made up of: stigma, style and ovule; and the stamen, made up of: anther and filament). We dissected a flower to look and feel these parts of the flower, commenting on what they were and their purpose. Then we were able to discuss pollination and how plants are helped by insects to reproduce. A great start!

River Wharfe Walk

This week, as part of our Geography driver topic on ‘Where in the world are we’ (and focusing around oceans, seas and rivers), we took the opportunity to study our local Rivers Wharfe. We are lucky enough to be so close to a beautiful setting and were therefore able to learn all about relevant vocabulary to extend our knowledge of 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 about the features we saw, as well as link this to our knowledge of history of rivers (and why people used to choose to settle near rivers, compared to risks today). We also sketched our own maps of our walk as fieldwork, sketched images and discussed adjectives to inspire us in our writing back at school. 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 the adults on the walk who accompanied us (Ms England and Mrs Saxon) and ensured we were safe throughout the fieldwork
Here’s what some of the children had to say:

Mason – ‘I loved climbing the giant cliff from the river and looking down the valley. I liked being close to the river and sketching our art pieces.’
Alexander – ‘I loved the view, the facts we learnt and the knowledge we gained about the River Wharfe and its features.’
Daniel – ‘I enjoyed all of the river experience (apart from how tiring the walking was up and down hills!).
Louie – ‘I loved the view from the top of the cliff down to the river!’

Hate Crime Assembly

Again, Year 5 (and the rest of KS2) were lucky to have another assembly led by a PCSO, but this time on hate crime. Children learnt what hate crime was and its various forms, discussing how these crimes are dealt with and the severity of these crimes. There were many great questions, where children showed excellent engagement and enquiry skills.

Geography - Where in the World Are We?

Year 5 have had a brilliant half term learning abut 'Where in the World We?' in our Geography driver. We have been recapping previous learning on continents, oceans, counties of the UK, cities of the UK, rivers of the UK etc.

Following this, we have been learning about human and physical features related to rivers, studied the River Severn and looking forward to relating to this to our own doorstep with the River Wharfe on a fieldwork walk.

We also look forward to consolidating this next half term by linking this to mountains of the UK, as well as comparing and contrasting physical and human features of rivers/mountains.

Some great knowledge demonstrated and it has been a pleasure to see such eager, enthusiastic learners - well done Year 5!


Modest Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain
Here are some examples of our raps which were inspired by listening to Modest Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain. The story behind A Night on The Bare Mountain? A Night On The Bare Mountain describes a short story in which St John sees a witches' Sabbath on the Bald Mountain near Kiev in the old Russian Empire.It's a wild and terrifying party with lots of dancing but when the church bell chimes 6am and the sun comes up the witches vanish. Modest Mussorgsky wrote a number of different versions of this pieces of music. When he was finally satisfied with it, his music teacher told him it wasn't good enough so he put it aside for years.Eventually his friend and fellow composer Rimsky-Korsakov re-arranged the music for orchestra and this is the piece we know today.Listen out for: The unsettled strings with trombones, tuba and bassoons thundering out the theme. The very rhythmic oboes and clarinets are quite a contrast.
We have created pieces of art inspired by the piece, we have played the key theme on glockenspiels and we have also composed pieces of music inspired by the rythmns of the piece. This week, we created raps about the witches' wild party!
Modest Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain
Boston Spa Academy Experience Day!

Year 5 visited Boston Spa Academy as part of a a 'high school' experience day, where they enjoyed lessons in PE, Science and Mandarin. The children absolutely loved their experiences and represented school excellently. rnrnIn Science, they were detectives, investigating the amount of energy in different crisps and were solving a fictional crime related to this and applying to this to their knowledge of which crisps contained most fat!rnrnIn Mandarin, they were consolidating their knowledge of numbers and letters by solving the symbols of Mandarin letters and numbers, then having different tasks and games to complete.rnrnIn PE, they learned various basketball skills, played matches and got to experience rowing in the rowing studio, which the children loved the competitive element. rnrnAll in all, a brilliant day and one to remember for the Year 5 children! Here's what some of them had to say about their day:
Daniel - 'I found it really fun how we set the crisps on fire and how it tired me out when we did the rowing in PE.'
Lily - 'I enjoyed the Science lesson, mainly because we got to see which crisp had the most energy. Also, I liked the competition with the rowing.'
Mason - 'I enjoyed the Science lesson setting the crisps on fire and looking at the huge building. I enjoyed the slideshow at the end with the funny pictures!'
Rosie - 'I enjoyed the Science lesson, as when we discussed the results, I felt like a real detective.'
Harry D - 'I liked the basketball because we did the competition.'
Alice - 'I liked the Science, as we used equipment that we have never used before - like a Bunsen burner.'
Harrison - 'I like the rowing because i enjoyed the exercise - it tired me out!'
Jemima - 'I loved it all. I thought it was cool that we got to do a new science investigation.'
Ollie F - 'I really enjoyed PE - it was fun that we got to play basketball competitions.'
Esme - 'I liked it all. The Science was amazing and the Mandarin was great. I liked the PE; it was nice we mixed with St Marys. The rowing got competitive and the slide show at the end was hilarious!'
Darcie - 'I liked the Science, as we got to investigate how much energy crisps had and what the temperature was using a thermometer.'

Action and Consequences Assembly

Year 5 and Year 6 were fortunate enough to have an assembly led by a PCSO to discuss 'Actions and Consequences' of behaviour. Children were taught about the differences between anti-social behaviour and serious crime. Children were surprised to hear that swearing was a crime and a police officer could arrest somebody for swearing! We discussed ceretain actions and choices that people make and the consequences associated with this choice. Children asked some really insightful questions, enquiring into reasons behind these consequences for children. A great assembly!

William Morris Motif Printing

To end the half term Art Driver focusing on William Morris, we culminated on some brilliant printing of children's own designs inspired by William Morris. After studying William Morris and his focus on colour, line, pattern, shape, symmetry and motifs, children created their own motif to replicate on polystyrene to inprint, then input their own choice of colour palette to create their own Morris printed piece. Children worked completely independently and really enjoyed the learning process of drafting their motif, practising the skills and creating a piece that they were proud of. Well done Year 5!

Science Zoom with RAL Space!

Year 5 were fortunate enough to experience a live Zoom session with RAL Space from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, who delivered an engaging session discussing the eight planets in our Solar System and key features of them - which helped to consolidate our learning within this Science unit. They were able to do a Question and Answer session, as well as deliver a practical experience, providing children the opportunity to create their own planets, which Year 5 loved (as you can see!).

Science Moon Phases!

Year 5 studied the phases of the moon (including new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter and waning crescent) and to help us remember, we watched a video, as well as created our own Earth/Moon/Sun representations to demonstrate and commentate what was happening within the orbit of the Moon. Children enjoyed working in groups and being able to practically demonstrate their understanding. We will follow this up with another practical, where children can demonstrate their understanding with biscuits....which they are all excited to do!

William Morris - Motifs

As part of our continued study of William Morris and his work, Year 5 discussed how this pioneering and inspirational artist used colour (with a specific colour palette), line, shape, space and pattern within his work. The children engaged in very thoughtful discussion and recorded their thoughts on a double page spread and then began work on continuations of William Morris's work with challenging small examples of his work. The children displayed perseverance and determination to produce their own examples of leaves, flowers and animals that they can then use when producing their own motif.

We have progressed further and begun creating our own motif inspired by William Morris, where we have focused initially on the 'drawing' element, then progressed to colouring using his colour pallette. We aim to use this motif to follow up with printing in the style of William Morris - stay tuned for the final motifs and end result!

Diversity Role Models

Year 5 welcomed Lynsey from Diversity Role Models, talking to us about LGBTQ+. It was reassuring to see and hear that all the learning that we have done so far in PSHE was applied to the discussions and questions asked within the session. Lynsey was certainly impressed with the knowledge, attitude and questions asked. We discussed unfairness and unkindness in society and whether this was acceptable. We discussed about where to go for support and being confident in who we are as individuals. Here are some of the messages the children wanted to give from the session:

Olive - Be a voice, not an echo!

Eloise - Be different; you can be who you are and people shouldn't judge you. Make a difference, BE YOU!

Rosie - Be yourself, before you don't know how. Make a difference!

Jemima - Be confident, be different, be you!

Celia - It is great to be different; it would be boring if we were all the same.

Elliot - Difference is a good thing, so please embrace it and we can make the world a better place.

Mr Jackson - In teaching the children about British Values, one of the most important values is 'tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs'. I hope to create a society where difference isn't just tolerated, but embraced; where children feel confident in themselves and are who they want to be, and do not compare themselves to others (like many on social media do). I see that children are becoming more open to difference and open to people being different - I hope this continues to develop so that our society accepts it more openly and that people treat everyone with respect, eradicating bullying.

Heliocentric Models

As part of their Science focus on 'Earth and Space', Year 5 have learnt about the Heliocentric Model (Sun at the centre of the Solar System) and the previous model of the geocentric model (Earth at the centre of the Solar System). We understand how the Geocentric Model has been disproved and how we have evidence that the Heliocentric Model has been scientifically proven. We learnt about the time it took different planets to spin on their axis, as well as how long it takes to orbit the Sun. We have continued to use active learning to help us remember and also to exercise more and be out of our seats for longer. The children enkoyed working in groups and showing their understanding practically - well done Year 5!

Heliocentric Models

Here are the videos of Year 5 working in groups to present their heliocentric models. We discussed these back in class and ensured children could recognise any misconceptions they had and ensured they knew the purpose of doing this - to make it more memorable and easier to remember the heliocentric model, as well as the concept of how quickly/slowly planets orbit the Sun, but also spin on their axis.

Solar System Scaled Distances and Relative Size of Planets!

To help children learn about the distances between the planets and the relative sizes of the planets, we split into large groups so that each child could represent a planet with varied calls/spheres and we then went outside and used scaled measurements to show the relative distances between the planets. Although obviously still not even close to the actual distances of the planets, it was still beneficial to the children's learning to see how far away they were from both the Sun and each other. The children worked very well in groups to all contribute to the measurements, as well as work as a team cooperatively to decided the size of planets to show their representations. Well done Year 5!

Active learning in Year 5!

For our first lesson on non-chronological reports, we hid the features of this genre all around our classroom and then working in pairs, children had to find them and record them in their books, taking it in turns to search and then find the features, define them and match them.

The children really enjoyed being out of their seats and engaging with the information and will hopefully remember the features due to their active learning and writing down of them. The children then looked through an example and located the features in a real non-chronological report.

Also, in Science, we launched our Earth and Space topic by again, hiding planets around the classroom with key facts, where the children had to navigate around the class making notes and work out how to order the planets closest to the Sun in terms of their orbits. It was great to see the discussions had by the children and how they all concluded the order of the planets base don the information given.

Buddies sharing of learning

To end the half term, Year 5 and Reception Buddies came together for the Year 5 Buddies to share their learning from Autumn 1. Year 5 were really proud to show their buddy all of the learning that they have done, ranging from challenging Maths lessons, to Artwork (drawing Propaganda posters and Blitz silhouettes), poems, Anderson shelters in D&T, evacuation letters and many more writing opportunities! It was lovely to see them coming together and sharing again; we look forward to the next time coming together to share!

Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership Year 5 Football Competition

At the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership Year 5 Football Competition, Primrose Lane did us proud, behaved like true role models and showed excellent resilience throughout the competition.

We began the competition in group stages, where Primrose Lane drew their first game after an excellent strike from Jemima, but unfortunately narrowly lost some others by small margins. Despite this, the team moral was high, everybody stayed positive and this paid off with a fabulous win in our last game, with Alexander scoring twice to secure the win.

Despite us not winning, again to reiterate, it was a pleasure to see such excellent attitudes throughout, great gamesmanship, and all children represented school with pride. It was a delight to see Jemima pick up a recognition trophy for one of the players of the tournament. Well done team, keep staying positive!

Year 5 and 6 WWII Exhibition!

The children have been really excited to share their learning from this half term with their Parents and Carers. Children shared their recent artwork (including their Blitz Art and Propaganda Posters), evacuee letters, creative stories, war poems, Anderson shelters from D&T, Maths work and many more learning experiences to consolidate their knowledge and understanding, as well as demonstrate how proud they were.

Thank you to families who engaged with their children and enjoyed the experience of seeing what is happening in Year 5 - we hope you enjoyed it!

Blitz Artwork!

In Year 5, we have been learning about the Blitz and we have then transferred that knowledge into creating skylines of London during WW2.

The children observed London skylines and landmarks from the time period as well as images of London being bombed and the impact this would have on the skyline. We looked at images that included search lights, smoke and fire. Then the children used black card to create their silhouette of the skyline and chalk to create the background with a range of colours and ideas emerging.

The results were fantastic and the children demonstrated their knowledge of colour, contrast, line and the ability to blend chalk to create the wonderful skies.

Propaganda Posters

As part of their History driver topic, Year 5 studied WWII propaganda. We discussed that propaganda still exists nowadays in different forms (based on technological advances, influencers and the media). We looked at propaganda posters from WWII and analysed the message, slogans and lines, as well as the artistic features used to inspire our own. What do you think?

Democratic vote!

This week, we conducted our class democratic vote for who we thought would best represent our class this year for School Council. Children put forward their manifestos and explained why they put themselves forward, what they can bring to being a School Councillor and what difference they can make. It was very tight due to their great competition; but votes resulted in Alice and Elizabeth becoming our School Councillors this year. Congratulations girls!

Science: Mould investigation!

In Year 5, we have been studying classification of living things. Recently, we have conducted an investigation on mould (through looking at classification of fungi as one of our five kingdoms!).

Children worked in groups to design their own investigation to observe results of mould on bread. There was a range of investigative work, where children made a choice of which variable they would change. They kept one piece of bread as a 'control sample' (ie, it was put in a polythene bag and nothing had been changed with it), then with their variable sample, they ranged from: water change (e.g. 1oml of water added), a hand print with bacteria, soil added, an apple close by etc.

All groups were consistent in their observations, observing the changes at the same point each day and recording their results. As you can see, the mould on the bread was horrendous (including the smell!); but all groups found that their variable sample did infact mould first, compared to their controlled sample. We discovered that mould can thrive in warm environments, where it is moist, damp and the wetter, the better! We discussed mould in houses, particularly around this time of year and seeing condensation on windows, and that we need to ensure we get air into our houses and not breathe in the dangerous bacteria/spores. It was a great experiment, where the children's predictions were correct, but they saw it with their own eyes (and smelt it with their own noses too!).

Anderson Shelters

As part of their World War Two focus in our History driver topic, children have been learning about air-raids and different ways of keeping safe during air-raids. One way that people did this was to get into Anderson Shelters. For this reason, children in Year 5 had a project of designing their own Anderson Shelters and making them in their own way (after studying what good ones looked like, as well as studying potential designs and how other Anderson shelters have been created in Design and Technology).

As you can see, children had a choice of how they wanted to design their shelters, as well as make them, from making cakes, using corrugated card/metal, astroturf, Lego, playdough, designing on Mindcraft/Nintendo Switch/Roblox and many more creative and engaging ways! We hope you enjoy looking at them – come and see in Year 5, you’ll be blown away!

Homefront Murton Park Trip

On Friday 6th October 2023, Year 5 went on their ‘Home Front’ trip as part of their World War Two History driver this half term. We learnt lots, ranging from experiences of evacuees, women’s roles 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 really well, showing excellent behaviour, but also willingly showing to the leaders how much they already knew about World War Two, as well as experiences that children went through during this difficult time. The leaders were very impressed at the knowledge the children were giving and the eagerness they had with answering and asking questions – at one point, the leader had to say, ‘There’s no point in me being here, you already know it all!’
Children got right into character for the day, coming into school dressed as evacuees, with their 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 using the ‘dolly’, making flapjacks and butter, putting out fire-bombs as fire-guards and cleaning war equipment. Having said this, we did have a real life air-raid, where we ‘pulled together’ and shared Anderson shelters and bunkers to keep us safe.
It really was a pleasure to see such great learning first hand, with handling such artefacts as ‘gas masks’ and helmets etc; as well as viewing what was a weeks ration for a child and adult would be…..we all agreed it was absolutely nothing- what do you think…?
Thanks must go to the parents that helped support the children on the day to ensure we could work in groups on the trip – it is always very much appreciated!

Judith Rhodes visit!

We were fortunate enough 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 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 might be able to 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 throughout the presentation, which very much impressed Judith.

Science - Mouldy Bread Investigation!

We started our Science investigation on mouldy bread, where the children have worked really well in groups to choose how to investigate fungi and mould; whether they investigate the effect water has on mould, bacteria, temperature and much more. They had a controlled piece of bread (which has been put in a plastic bag having nothing done to it) and a piece of bread with a variable change. We will observe changes over the next few weeks and see how the mould develops - we look forward to seeing some interesting mould develop!


Year 5 continue to enjoy their learning about World War 2. We have continued to build connections with events that happened within the period 1939-45, being able to explain what chronology is, and answer our enquiry questions, which are: why did the second world war begin? and how did the Battle of Britain affect people's lives?

We have been doing lots of active learning in class, working in groups and supporting each other to build these connections and understand how the events influenced our lives today. Some of the questions the children have asked have been fantastic and the eagerness of them to find out information to share with their friends is admirable. Keep going Year 5!

Year 5 Evacuee Letters

As part of our History driver, Year 5 have been reading, analysing and identfying features of evacuee letters in preparation to write our own as if we were evacuees. The children thought about their audience (who they were writing to), thought about who they were in role of and what empathy they could show to the person they were pretending to be. Here are just a few of those letters, where we focused on effective editing, quality sentence construction and using impressive punctuation and writing skills to make the informal letters interesting to read! There are lots more on our display in the key stage area if you would like to read more; please do!

Science: Classification of living things

We have made a great start to our Science focus for this half term, which is 'Classifying living things'. We began by discussing our 'Goldilocks Words' (words that are just right for our age group) related to this topic and recapping on previous ones from previous years that they should already have good knowledge of (such as vertebrate, invertebrate, amphibian, reptile, mammal, bird etc). Our words include 'Micro-organisms, classification, bacteria, fermentation, genus, organisms'. We had a fun first lesson classifying items from our desks, as well as classifying different types of sweets (apologies, in the excitement, we forgot to take photos of the children classifying their sweets in their classification keys!). rnrnFollowing this, we discussed living species and organisms and went outside in groups to see what organisms we could find to create a classification key of our own. As you can see from the pictures, we created some great examples and worked really well in teams to demonstrate our that we could think of key questions to conclude the classifications. We even foudn some mushrooms on the field that we said were just like Mr Jackson (fungi.....okay, maybe the joke went down like a lead balloon, but great to see fungi and discuss it being a living thing!). Great start Year 5!

Year 5 and their Reception 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! Year 5 get the opportunity to be role models, leaders and supportive of their new younger friends. The Reception children 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!