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 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 Level 2 Bikeability 2017
Last week, Year 5 did their Level 2 Bikeability course. The groups completed activities throughout the week to ensure proficiency in riding a bike, checking the safety, as well as riding safely and competently along the road. Here’s what some of them had to say about their experience:
‘I really enjoyed Bikeability. My favourite achievement was breaking the school record for weaving in and out of cones’ – Ethan
‘I really enjoyed the Bikeability, because we did lots of fun activities (such as beating the record for the cross roads’ - Abbi
‘I really enjoyed all of the learning activities in Bikeability. My favourite achievement was managing to do a U-turn without breaking on my first try!’ - James
‘I really enjoyed Bikeability. Mostly it was fun, but some of the activities were really challenging’ - Anya
‘It was a really good experience of learning how to ride a bike safely on the road’ - Zak
All children successfully achieved their certificates and badges, loving the experience in the process! The class would like to thank the instructors very much for their help and enthusiasm (Angela and Jeff).
Tag Rugby Final- May 2017
On Thursday 18th May 2017, the Year 5 Primrose Lane Team competed in the Tag Rugby City Finals at the John Charles Centre for Sport in South Leeds. It was an exciting day – 20 teams from across the Leeds area competing to win. Every team had to play four games in the morning session and, although the competition was tough and we lost the first three games, everyone played really well.
Our best was left to last - a really exciting game leaving our opponents breathless at times! With a score of 7-7, the team narrowly missed a well-deserved win. Brilliant tackles from Thomas and four amazing tries from Ethan, supported by the rest of the team, made it a game to be proud of. Team captain Joe Butterfield commented, “I thought the team played incredibly well. Although we didn’t make it to the finals, we played our best. Good luck to year 4 when they play in the tournament in year 5!”
We were also lucky enough to meet ex Leeds Rhinos rugby player and scout Chev Walker, who signed our certificates and congratulated the team on getting so far.
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.
Here’s what some of them had to say about their experience:
Abbi- ‘I’ve never made fishcakes before. I was really excited. I helped mix all the ingredients together and were very happy with the end results!’
Maisy- ‘I really enjoyed making fishcakes, because it’s my first time. I think our tables fishcakes turned out really well.’
Rosie- ‘My favourite part of making the fishcakes, was when we were mashing up the potatoes and shaping them into circles.’
Bryn- ‘I really enjoyed making the fishcakes, especially mashing potatoes and seeing the results.’
Year 5 River Walk
On Monday 24th April 2017, as part of our topic ‘Rivers’, we walked along the River Wharfe. We are lucky enough to be so close to a lovely 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 it’s 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 Parish and Mrs Thornton who accompanied us on our walk.
Here’s what some of the children had to say:
Harrison- ‘It was great fun learning about nature and about the history and geography of the River Wharfe’
Abbi- ‘My favourite part of the river walk, was getting to quickly sketch drawings of the features of a river (in the style of Claude Monet)’
Maisy- ‘I loved seeing the different parts of the River Wharfe, with the wildlife around it’
Ashlynne- ‘I really enjoyed the river walk, because of the wildlife by the river and I liked the smell of the garlic!’.
English Poetry- The Highwayman
Year 5 have been studying the Highwayman in great detail. We’ve commented on the features, imagery, symbolism, history and effects that it has on the reader. We’ve acted parts of the story out ourselves, as well as recited the whole poem as a class, ‘working together’ (like our Primrose Lane Learner!) in groups. See the video below of us giving this a go!
Additionally, we created our own Highwayman stories, focusing on our stylistic devices, relative and subordinate clauses (for adding extra information), extended vocabulary (with use of a thesaurus) and impressive use of both paragraphs and varied punctuation. If you come and see our display in the shared area (image below), you’ll enjoy reading some of these. Similarly, these stories are in books in class if you wish to read in- they were breath-taking!
Here’s a link to the poem, as well as two of the youtube clips we used to inspire our writing, in changing it from a poem to an actual story. Come and see some of our art work, were we captured parts of the poem as freeze frames, you’ll be equally as impressed as the stories themselves!
On 17th March 2017, the whole of Year 5 competed in a Tag Rugby Competition organised by Leeds Rhinos. There were lots of Leeds schools involved, three of which were Primrose Lane A Team, Primrose Lane B Team and Primrose Lane C Team. Other local schools involved included the following which you may be aware of:
And Crossley Street.
All children thoroughly enjoyed a rather cold competitive afternoon, led by Leeds Rhinos coaches. The children in Year 5 all represented the school brilliantly and behaved very well, even when decisions didn’t go their way. Everybody showed excellent gamesmanship by shaking hands and wishing each other the best for the next game.
Primrose Lane’s A and B team did amazingly well, winning their groups as well as their quarter-final games…..then being drawn against each other! It was a very competitive game, with Primrose Lane B team coming out on top and winning to get into the finals! Unfortunately, the B team didn’t win the final, but are through to the Leeds Finals which will be played at the South Leeds Stadium in Summer, so we wish them well. The rest of the class have unanimously agreed to go and support the B team in the Leeds Finals, so watch this space! Unfortunately B and C teams didn’t make it through, but competed very well and scored a number of great tries.
Here’s what some of them had to say about the competition:
Joe- ‘I thought the B team had excellent teamwork. We also had an AMAZING defence and great forwards (prop forwards!)’
Abbi- ‘I was in the B team in the competition and when we got through to the city final, I was amazed!’
Anya- ‘The tag rugby was really tiring; on the other hand, I enjoyed it!’
Rosie- ‘I really enjoyed doing the tag rugby competition, even though we didn’t win’
Bryn- ‘I think it was a great competition. It was unlucky that Primrose B Team lost the final, but I look forward to cheering them on in the city finals. A great day!’
Maisy- ‘It was an amazing experience- I loved it!’
Ashlynne- ‘I really enjoyed the tag rugby, because we all worked together as a team, even though C team didn’t win. It was a life-time opportunity!’
Thomas- ‘I was so glad that we got to play lots of different teams. Also, the B team did really well to beat the A team- getting through to the city finals!
Year 5 Greek Vase Day 2017
On Friday 10th February, 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 the designed 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 others 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’ sure you’d be proud to display at home!
Here’s what some of them had to say about the day:
Anya- ‘Making the Greek vases was tricky, especially getting the detail in with the knives’
Abbi- ‘I though Greek Vase Day was fun and very arty, because we got to mould our own vases out of clay, which we don’t get to do every day!’
Harrison- ‘I found Greek Vase day frustrating at the start, but then I had a little help from Mrs Allanach and designed a bird pout with a beak that could pour out water. In the end, I found it really amazing!’
Rosie- ‘I really enjoyed making the Greek vases, even though mine broke! It turned out fine in the end’
Maisy- ‘I loved the way that we had a lot of fun with the clay. However, at the same time, my hands got very messy!’
Evie- ‘I loved the vase day, because you could be so creative and because there wasn’t a certain design of vase. Overall, it was a great experience, as I hadn’t done it before’.
Year 5’s Greek Day!
Last week, Year 5 enjoyed a wonderful curriculum day on Friday 3rd February 2017. 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 and ambition- all of which we’ve worked on with our Primrose Lane Learner Values.
To complete what was a fabulous day, all children helped prepare Greek food to eat and enjoy from a hard day’s work in the Olympics! It included the delicious houmous, feta cheese and pitta bread. We will be eating olives next week too! Mrs Shacklock (our class Governor) also kindly brought us some Greek yoghurt to taste, as well as helped out all day- Thanks Mrs Shacklock!
Here’s what some of us thought of the day:
James- ‘Today was really exciting and fun, because everybody was wearing their Greek outfits and I learned lots more. My favourite part of the day was our ‘Greek Olympics’, because I learned lots of new tactics and techniques for sports (especially discus throw!)’.
Ashlynne- ‘I really enjoyed the Greek day, because we did fun tongue twisters. I enjoyed running after the balls in our Olympics’.
Evie- ‘I have really liked the whole day. It has been a great experience and I’ve enjoyed it a lot.’.
Lucas- ‘Today has been really fun. My favourite part was the Greek Olympics, because I think I did well’.
Abbi- ‘I really enjoyed today and my favourite part was the Olympic Games, because we all got to work together as a team (and luckily the boys didn’t have to compete naked!)’.
Year 5 Fire Safety Session
On Wednesday 25th January 2017, 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’; 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 400 emergency call outs per year! The Fire Fighter 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. Here’s what some of us thought:
Evie- ‘I found the videos useful, because it shows how serious ‘hoax’ calls are.’
Thomas- ‘Seeing all of the equipment in the fire engine and learning key facts was useful (such as that a fire engine carries 1,000L of water and it has 200m of pipe).’
Ethan- ‘The Fire Service were super polite abd I enjoyed seeing the tools that they use (that not many people know about!).’
Zak- ‘It was an amazing experience seeing what’s in a fire engine, with all the equipment they use.’
Imogen- ‘It was very interesting to learn what they did in the fire service and I learnt lots.’
Sound of Science Workshop
On Thursday 22nd June 2017, Year 4 and 5 were lucky enough to learn about sound through Sam Paechter. The focus of the workshop was on learning, observing and experiencing how sound travels from different sources; experiencing the correlations between pitch, volume and sound; learning about sound waves and vibrations; and much more! All children interacted with the equipment, ranging from different materials at varying sizes, to instruments and interactive technology showing sound waves and frequencies. Sam discussed sound ‘particles’, how fast they travel (742mph) in comparison to light and how hard, soft, long and short objects vary in their pitch and sound. The children were showing their ‘Primrose Lane Learner’ qualities in their ‘enquiring’ by asking some inquisitive questions, such as ‘What would happen if the space was more open, would it affect the pitch of the sound compared to a closed space?’ and ‘If the sound is blocked, would this affect the pitch of the sound and would it stop the travel, or bounce back?’.
Here are some quotes from the children about the workshop:
Harrison- ‘I really liked learning all about the sounds and different types of sounds. My favourite experiment was the thick and thin wood and learning which one was highest and which was lowest. We found out that the thick one was high pitch and the thin one was low’.
Rosie- ‘I really enjoyed the Sound of Science workshop. My favourite part was when we saw which xylophone made the highest and lowest sounds’.
Abbi- ‘I really enjoyed the experience of this workshop. My favourite experiment was when we found out if you can make noises in water’.
Evie- ‘I learnt lots about sound that I didn’t know and it was good that everybody got a go at investigations. Overall it was a great experience’.
Year 5 Bikeability Ride December 2016
On Monday 12th December 2016, most of Year 5 did a Bikeability ride, which involved children riding on the roads, signalling and following safely. Before they departed, they had to do their vital ‘M-check’ on their own bikes, as well as ensure they could demonstrate riding safely. They started from school, up Westwood Way to the high street, over the bridge to Thorpe Arch onto Dowkell Lane towards Wealsun Prison, onto Route 66 Cycle Path, crossing over Walton Road and passed Wetherby Racecourse and riding alongside A1M on the bridleway . Back down towards the River Wharfe and then along passed the Rugby Club and towards Wattlesykes roundabout rejoining the Cycle Route and up to the Boston Spa School back to Primrose Lane. 8.72miles in total.
Here is what some of them had to say:
Evie: ‘At first, I wasn’t that tired, but as the cycle progressed, it was much colder and when we had to go up the hills, it was really tiring’.
Bryn: ‘When we started, I was feeling slightly nervous, because we didn’t know the route, but as it progressed, it was really enjoyable’.
Ashlynne: ‘Before we started, I was really nervous about going on the cycle. However, I finished it well and was proud of myself’.
Jonathan: ‘On Monday 12th December, the whole of year 5 enjoyed Bikeability. I was really nervous at the start, because I didn’t know the route where we were going’.
We would all like to say thank you to Angela Gaunt and her team for the experience.
Year 5 World War Two Visitors
On Monday 7th November 2016, Year 5 were lucky enough to have two visitors who lived during World War Two. Rose and Rose, were very young during the 1939-1945 era, and were able to recollect experiences they had; people they met; objects they cherished and many more! The children were fascinated with their experiences that they shared and engaged with some super questions to gain more information, as well as have more of an insight of what life was like during those times, for both adults and children.
First, Rose explained how she joined the WLA (Women’s Land Army) when she was sixteen and a half years old. She worked in a factory beforehand and wanted to be outdoors and helping with the war effort, so signed up early to the WLA. She moved out of her parents and joined about 40 other inspirational women, focusing on keeping agricultural work going in Kirk Deighton! Rose worked on tractors and ploughed fields from morning rise until sunset. She said they were very long hours, but she loved it and would do more! The children were fascinated to hear that she was one of twelve children!
The other visitor (also Rose), lived in London during the Blitz! She was fifteen years old, which meant that she was too old to be evacuated. However, her siblings were younger than her and were evacuated for six years (the whole time of World War 2!). She explained that when seeing them after the war, it was like meeting strangers, as it had been so long and they’d changed so much. Things were never the same, although she still keeps in touch with them until this day! Her brother sadly died during the Blitz, and her house was bombed also, which meant that they had to live for a while in a community centre.
Here is what some of the children thought:
Zak- ‘It was great that we got to talk to people who were alive during World War Two because the next generation will not be able to do that’
Lucas- ‘It was amazing that we met Rose and Rose and all the questions that they answered from us were in full detail’
Evie- ‘It was fantastic talking to people from World War Two, it’s an experience I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It was better finding out from a person than a book or the internet’
Luke A- ‘It was strange, but interesting looking at and listening to somebody alive during World War Two’.
Designing, Making and Evaluating our own Anderson Shelters
Year 5 have designed and made their own Anderson Shelters as part of our Art and DT learning. See some of our photos below of our efforts- we will celebrate these in our Class Assembly too, so please come and see them!
Year 5’s ‘One Mile a Day’ for Keeping Healthy Week!
In ‘Keeping Healthy Week’, Year 5 decided to run a mile a day, not just to improve our health, but also our fitness. We were trying really hard each day to run at least a mile and if we did, we tried to beat our time from the previous day. It was pleasing to see all children giving this a go and trying their best to beat their own personal targets, as opposed to competing against other people.
Once we had completed our runs, we filled in our ‘Mile a Day Diaries’ to reflect on our experience and how we felt, as we are focusing on REFLECTION as being ‘Primrose Lane Learners’. We were finding in general, that we were getting better each day, but when we weren’t, it was often because of being tired from the previous day, or having a slight injury. A lot of us quoted the same on entry back to the class ‘The run was worth it for these lovely watermelons to rehydrate us! We voted as a class that we wanted watermelons for ‘Keeping Healthy Week’ for this reason- to hydrate us after running!
All in all, we found it a positive experience and would recommend it for people to do every day if they can! We’d love to introduce this properly to the rest of school and think about doing at least a mile a week (improving on this each week!)…..so watch this space!
Here’s what some of us had to say about the experience:
Bryn- ‘I really enjoyed the mile. I think it’s really helped the whole class in keeping fit and healthy’
Abbi- ‘After the running, I was gasping for breath. I achieved seven laps of the playground (which is a mile) in 7 minutes and 24 seconds. I am very proud of my achievements’
Maisy- ‘It was quite tiring, but once you did it, you felt as though you’d achieved something’
Lucas- ‘I think the mile a day was very enjoyable, because even though you were running a mile, it was still very fun’
Ashlynne- ‘I thought the mile a day was good, because we were all active and we all enjoyed it and did really well’.
Year 5's Anderson Shelters!
Year 5 have designed, made and evaluated their own Anderson Shelters as part of our Art and DT learning. See some of our photos below of our efforts - we will celebrate these in our Class Assembly too, so please come and see them! They have varied from cakes, to corrugated iron and many more materials. We are very proud of all the efforts and creativity demonstrated!
Year 5's 'Home Front WWII' visit to Murton Park
On Friday 30th September 2016, 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. Mrs G quoted at the end 'It was great to extend these children with further knowledge and activities than what we usually do, because they were so knowledgeable and efficient with activities!'.
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 blacks to ensure the Germans didn't bomb us! 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 weeks ration for a child and adult would be…..we all agreed it was absolutely nothing- what do you think…?
Here is what some of us thought of the day:
'I liked putting out the fire bombs with the ARP Warden, because I liked squirting out the water from the pumps. We were doing it to show what the Fire Wardens did during the war' – Abbi
'I enjoyed making the Morrison Shelter, because it was like a race against time!' – Zak
'I really enjoyed going to Murton Park, because we got to do lots of fun activities. My favourite part was at the end, when we did a quiz about all the artefacts' – Rosie
'My favourite learning experience was creating rag rugs, because I like creating things and they looked really good. I also enjoyed being a fire-guard and putting the fire out with the fire pumps' – Joe
'I really liked making flapjacks and washing the clothes, because it was fun learning about how people who lived during World War Two actually lived' – Maisy
'I really enjoyed making the Morrison shelter, because at the start, we didn't get it and we put the top on first, then I fell over the sacks, which Mr Jackson found hilarious!' - Harrison
Year 5 Cooking WW2 Pasties!
On Monday 12th December, Year 5 made and cooked Cornish 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.
Ingredients (Makes 2):
3oz plain flour
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
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 secs
Leave the leeks to cool, be careful when taking off the clingfilm as steam is released, add potatoes, carrot, cheese and stock powder and mix well
To make the pastie:
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
Here’s what some of us had to say about the experience:
-Abbi- ‘It was fun learning how to cook pasties’
-James- ‘Even though the cooking was quite difficult, it was really enjoyable to find out how people cooked pasties in World War Two’
-Ashlynne- ‘I enjoyed observing them cook and seeing the process of how pasties are made’.
We would like to thank Mrs Jude for helping us through this process and teaching us vital skills in cooking.
We have learnt lots about space, where we have conducted investigations into the distances of planets (which can be seen in the photos below). We discussed the order of the planets using a pneumonic (My, very easy method just speeds up naming planets). We discussed Pluto being classed as a dwarf planet, but that it is still considered and even being researched to this day! We have also learnt various facts about the moon, including the phases, as well as it's purpose. We've loved it.....come and ask us some questions, we'd love to tell you more!
We have been learning various new strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divide, ensuring we can apply these to problems. Additionally, we continue to learn about time (along with reading and interpreting timetables), shape, area, perimeter, fractions, decimals, percentages and many more!
In PE, we have been focusing our gymnastics learning on 'Bridges'. We have developed our own routines and presented these infront of an audience in order to get feedback. As you will see, we've shown that we can make bridges with our bodies in different ways, as well as move and travel using various gymnastics skills, such as:
(Shapes)- tuck, straddle, dish, star, arc;
(Travel)- teddy bear roll, forward roll, bunny hop, cartwheel, back flips, bridge walk, crab, caterpillar, backwards roll, log roll, hopping, side skip, jump.
We used these skills to at least develop a routine that followed:
'Start, bridge, travel, bridge, finish'. What do you think?