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Autumn 2 week 4


Within our Thursday learning, we have been very busy within our maths learning, working on calculating perimeter. In English, we have continued our unit of poetry and have looked at a variety of poems to identify some of the various features. In our Mind-Up activity, we looked at using mindful looking to help us to look really carefully at details. For this, we looked at a small part of our shoe, to pay attention to creases, tears and stitching. in our PSHE learning, we listened to a story of 'The Red People' and how many other people came to their land. We considered how everyone was welcomed because of the various qualities they could offer and we then had to think about the differences within our own society. The children completed a jigsaw piece to look at we can all live harmoniously, thinking about kindness, compassion, tolerance and many other important values. It was an exciting afternoon, where the children enjoyed using their violins in their music lesson. They did such a great job and did so well to remember so much from what they were taught in Year 4!

Autumn 2 Week 3

In our Thursday learning, we have started a new unit on poetry that will link to WW2. We watched a short, emotive animation in which the children were able to try and imagine the feelings of the soldiers and they did really well with this. In maths, we have looked at measuring the perimeter and have had to apply some accurate measuring skills to assist us. In our PSHE learning, we have looked at injustice and considered the issues Rosa Parks faced. The children were provided with various scenarios to consider whether they were fair and just and there was lots of discussion around this. In music, the children continued to rehearse the Basketball Rap and also came up with their own clap rhythm at the end of the session: writing and drawing out their musical pattern on to a board and then performing them to others in the class. 
This week we have really enjoyed our Maths learning. We have been looking at square and cube numbers as well as multiplying numbers by 10 and 100. We have been able to apply our skills to some challenging problems and we have written some super explanations in our reasoning. Our Guided Reading text is all about the Titanic, which we have loved reading and we have enjoyed finding out what it was like in the different classes. On Friday, we imagined we were the main character Grace and we wrote a letter home to describe our experiences, we lots of children found really fun. We began our new History topic this week, by looking at some secondary sources and seeing what they could tell us. We are looking forward to learning more about World War 2 next week. In Science, we have been looking at the life cycle of a sea turtle. We then used this knowledge in our computing. We created PowerPoint presentations to show the life cycle using photos and animations. 

This week I enjoyed Computing because I liked adding the different effects and I liked learning about the life cycle of a turtle - Toby


I enjoyed writing a letter to Auntie Nora in Guided Reading - Ellen


I enjoyed the Maths and Science. I also enjoyed reading A Long Walk to Water in English - Scarlet


I enjoyed doing listening posters with Miss Dobie in PSHE - Momina


I enjoyed the Maths - Theo









Autumn 2 Week 2


We have had another week that has been very busy in school, but it has also been a lot of fun. In Maths we have moved onto multiplication and we have enjoyed learning about multiples, factors and prime numbers and we have shown some great problem solving skills. We are really enjoying the text we are reading in English and this week we have been thinking about the characters and how they would be feeling at the different points in the story. On Friday was made some storyboards to show what we thought might happen next in the story. On Tuesday we used a range of different materials including oil pastels and matchsticks to make some African tribal masks with Miss Dobie, we loved making them. In PSHE we have continued to think about the qualities of a good friend and how we can show them to each other. In Computing, we had lots of fun creating some PowerPoint presentations all about ourselves to recap some of the skills we learnt in Year 4 so we are ready to move onto some new ones. Wednesday was Remembrance Day and as well as observing a 2 minutes silence at 11am, we took some time to reflect in the hall surrounded by the silhouettes of soldiers, it was very powerful and made us think about the sacrifices they made.  We have completed work on our research in geography and our information texts about the Masia Mara National Park, in Kenya and have added some of these to a class display. Within some of our maths learning, we have been interpreting two-way tables and we learnt 'The Basketball Rap' within our music learning.  It was fun using clap rhythms throughout the session and we did really well to follow the various stages and rest phases. Friday was Children in Need day and we had two competitions; the best dressed and the best dance, It was wonderful to watch all the entries to the dance competition and see how much effort the children had put into them. 


I enjoyed doing prime numbers and factors - James.


The best thing was cricket and Children in Need - Jacob


This week I have really enjoyed doing the African tribal masks with Miss Dobie - Megan


I enjoyed making PowerPoints in Computing and gymnastics- Maddie

Autumn 2

Week 1

It's been a very busy week back after half-term and we have continued our theme of native Narratives. With Mrs Clitheroe, we have researched the different landscape and animals of the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya using the ipads and we have used some of our research in writing an information text in English. Within our maths learning, we have been reading an interpreting tables and we enjoyed a great music lesson with our lovely teacher from the Blackburn with Darwen music service. We have tackled some really tricky problems in our Maths lessons, where we have applied our addition and subtraction knowledge and we have also started looking at using our inverses. In English we have started a new text called A Long Walk to Water, this week we have been getting to know the characters and what their lives are like. We are really enjoying it and we are looking forward to seeing what happens next. We are very lucky to be working with a cricket coach and Miss Crewe for gymnastics in our P.E. Lessons this half term. We had a recap of some of our previous gymnastics skills this week so we are ready to learn some new things next week. In our cricket session we were learning how to bowl and played some games where we had to aim for the wickets. In Computing, we have started to look at multimedia presentations and we spent some time exploring some of the different types of media we can use such as sound and videos. On Friday we went up to the war memorial to lay some of our remembrance rocks before Sunday. While we were there  we took time to reflect and show our thanks to the soldiers who lost their lives for us. 


I enjoyed doing the cricket and inverse operations in Maths - James.


I enjoyed doing wanted posters for Salva in English and going to the memorial - Lily. 


This week, I enjoyed making things to put around the village to cheer people up - Luca. 


I liked it when we did music with Miss Dobie - Max.

Week 8


We started the week off in an exciting way, with a visit from the Life Education Centre, although we couldn't go in the van like we usually do, we still saw Harold the Giraffe and enjoyed the session. During the session we looked at how our bodies work, how medicines, tobacco and alcohol can affect our bodies and how to say no in an assertive way. In Geography, we have continued to research Kenya and the Masai Mara, we loved learning all about The Great Migration that happens each year. In PE we completed our rock and roll dance topic by choreographing our own routines and then performing them. Look at the video resource centre to see some videos of their performances. In R.E. we were thinking about people who inspire us and the different ways that they inspire us. It was lovely to hear about a wide range of people who are inspiring the children such as Marcus Rashford, David Attenborough and J.K.Rowling. Then on Friday afternoon, we were very excited for our behaviour treat, a Zoom call and performance from Britain's Got Talent finalist Jasper Cherry. First he answered some of our questions and then he did a performance of some of his magic tricks with some of us helping to choose the cards. 


I enjoyed helping Jasper Cherry with his magic - Jack


This half term, I really enjoyed writing an information text about the African Rainforest, because I learnt so much. I didn't even know the African rainforest existed before this - Luca


My favourite thing out of the whole half term is doing ing sentence starters in English. I am proud of my writing - George


This half term, I really enjoyed writing about Journey to the River Sea and researching about Kenya. - Jessica


Through the half term I have really enjoyed doing the Science about dissolving and the rock and roll dancing - Poppy


I enjoyed the Life Education Van coming this week - Lucas

Week 7


It's been a busy week and on Thursday, with Mrs Clitheroe, we have started to write our information text on Kenya, including the Masai Mara National Park, using a beautiful book called the Wonder Garden as our inspiration and text model. We have used our geography session to use the ipads and research the questions we wanted to find out about Kenya and we have really enjoyed this. Within some of our maths learning, we have been reading line graphs with increasing accuracy. We have also enjoyed our music lesson, where we have been learning about body percussion. We have doing some PSHE about friendship and how we need to build friendships like a wall, not knock them down. We had lots of wonderful ideas of ways we can be a good friend and make our walls stronger. On Wednesday in P.E. we started to introduce some lift work with our partners as part of our rock and roll dancing. Once again I was really impressed with how mature the children were and how well they looked after their partners. For R.E. this week, we have been thinking about the challenges that we can face as Christians. We have looked at the work William Tyndall did and the challenges he faced when translating the Bible to English. On Friday afternoon we were very excited to try out the new trim trail and learn how to use it safely. 

I enjoyed learning about William Tyndale and how he sacrificed his own life for God - James


I loved the PSHE because I liked learning about the friendship wall - Katie


I enjoyed the Kenya research with Mrs Clitheroe, I learnt some amazing facts - Jessica


I enjoyed doing the dance and lifting my partner - Kayleigh

Week 6

This week we have been celebrating Black History Month in our worships and some of our English lessons. The children really enjoyed learning about some influential people who havemade a difference to the lives of others such as Rosa Parks and Marcus Rashford. It was lovely to see their enthusiasm for the subject area and how some of them did some extra research in their own time on Seesaw. We focused on Marcus Rashford, looking at the issues he faced when he was a child and how he has recently campaigned to ensure free school meals continued throughout the School holidays. We loved creating a Top Trumps card all about him. We also spent some time looking at our digital footprint and ways to keep safe when using the Internet, we thought about different scenarios that could happen and what would be the best things to do. I was blown away with both their maturity and skills this week in PE. As part of our Rock and Roll dancing, we had to do some boy/girl partner work and although some were a bit embarrassed to begin with, they soon started to enjoy it and choreographed some super dances together. On Thursday we did some Geography with Mrs Clitheroe, who added some artistic flair by getting the children to write their research questions about Kenya in different fancy fonts, which the children really enjoyed doing. In English we have started to look at some information texts about the African rainforests and we used the iPads to find out the meaning of some tricky vocabulary and then we played a memory matching game with them. 

I liked doing the Geography, because I enjoyed writing out the questions in fancy fonts around Kenya so we can answer them in later lessons. I’m so excited - Megan


I enjoyed making a Top Trumps card for Marcus Rashford - Jack

I enjoyed dancing and working with a partner and performing it - Annabelle 


I enjoyed learning about Black History Month about Rosa Parks and Marcus Rashford - Evie

Week 5


This week, we have really enjoyed our guided reading. Our text has been all about King Richard III, how his remains were discovered in a car park in Leicester and also about what he allegedly did in order to become the King (which horrified us!). We have loved hearing about the Tower of London and I think lots of the children are hoping they can go and visit it in the near future. In Maths, we finished off our unit on place value by looking at negative numbers and Roman Numerals, which everyone enjoyed working on. We carried out our Science investigation into whether or not all white powders are soluble, some of the results were not what we were expecting. We have started to use the tag rugby belts in PE and we had lots of fun trying to catch each other and grab the tags. In computing, we moved away from using the spreadsheet on Purple Mash and began to use Microsoft Excel. We had to write all of our own formulas, to calculate the cost of the stationary order, without the formula wizard and we did a fantastic job. This week, we also did some PSHE about our physical, mental and emotional health and things we can do it keep it in good health. The children came up with some great ideas for this and really impressed me with their awareness of their mental, emotional and physical health.

Week 4


We have had another busy week in school with lots of wonderful learning taking place. We have been looking at and analysing some poems about the rainforest in our English lessons this week and on Friday we performed them for each other with actions, sound effects and expression. Earlier in the week, we were using the iPads and laptops to help us find the meaning of some of the vocabulary in the poems. In Maths, we were very excited to learn about numbers up to millions, I think we have some aspiring millionaires in the class! We have been rounding and comparing them and then we started to think about adding and subtracting powers of ten. We have continued to build up our rock and roll dance skills and this week we became choreographers as we created and performed our own routines using elements from the electric slide and hand jive. I was really impressed with how well the children were able to write their own formulas in spreadsheets to calculate the area of a rectangle . Previously we had been using a ‘formula wizard’ to write the formulas, but they were able to write their own quite quickly and accurately.  In Science we were thinking about dissolving and soluble and insolvable white powders, we have planned an investigation that we will do next week. We have also begun to think of some designs for our own musical sculptures inspired the ones we have been looking at, the children came up with some imaginative ideas that I am looking forward to developing further with them. 

I have enjoyed Science this week and I am looking forward to investigating if they’re soluble or insoluble - Maddie


I enjoyed performing the rainforest poems - Annabelle


I liked the 10 fascinating facts about Africa on the iPads - James


My favourite lesson this week was Art. I really liked designing our sculptures - Alex T

Week 3


We have had another busy week in school. In Maths, we have been focusing on numbers with hundred thousands, including comparing and ordering them. We have tackled some challenging problem solving activities and we have seen lots of brave bananas in our lessons. In English, we have continued with our novel Journey to the River Sea and we have met more of the characters. We really enjoyed using strips of paper to create timelines of the events in the story so far and how they made the character feel. We have increased our understanding of spreadsheets this week and created our own spreadsheets to convert a recipe from g into Kg using the formula wizard. In PE, we have continued to look at passing and catching the rugby ball and we had lots of fun doing hand jives on Wednesday’s dance session. We explored some of the different names for the Bible and came up with some of our own to reflect that the Bible is flawless, that it stands for ever and is a lamp unto our feet. On Friday, we were lucky enough to be part of a children’s literature festival where we were able to join in a virtual workshop, run by the illustrator Ursula Hurst, using Microsoft Teams. Ursula talked to us about the process of illustrating a book and then we created our own character to illustrate in a mini book, we really enjoyed it. 

‘I have really enjoyed Maths. I especially liked the problem where we had to work out what numbers the letters were. I loved trying to work it all out and figure out the numbers.’ Layla


I really enjoyed doing the illustrating on Microsoft teams because it was fun and helpful.’ Ellen


This week I really enjoyed computing because I liked converting g to Kg. I also really like the Maths when we figured out letters room numbers 1-5. This week has been amazing. Toby


‘I really enjoyed learning about Rosh Hashanah in worship because it’s learning about another religion.’ Lucas

Week 2


We have made it through our first full week back in school, we were all very tired by Friday and we are ready for a rest over the weekend. This week we have been working hard in lots of curriculum areas. In Maths we have been looking at numbers up to 10,000 and we have also been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have started our novel Journey to the River Sea in English and we have learnt lots of things about the main character Maia. We started to learn about formulas and spreadsheets in computing and we created our own spreadsheets that would convert Cm to M. We have also started our PE units of tag rugby and dance. We had lots of fun starting to learn some rock and rock dance moves (as you can see in the pictures below). We have done some Geography with Mrs Walsh, where we were looking at some maps and identifying human and physical geographical features. In French we have recapped greetings and ways to introduce ourselves. We loved exploring some special books in RE, thank you to everyone who has brought their own special book into school to share with us. 

Week 1

It has been wonderful to welcome the children back into school this week and to see them in person rather than virtually. They have adapted brilliantly to the new routines and systems we have put in place to keep us safe. 

We began the week by thinking about our different experiences during the school closure and how being back in school would be different to learning at home. We also spent some time reflecting on how we had changed since the start of Year 4. Then we thought about what things we would like to achieve in Year 5 and set ourself some goals and targets to work towards.  From there we started to think about our aspirations for the future such as what kind of career we would like to have and what kind of place we would like to live in. 

On Friday, we eased ourself back into some Maths and English by recapping some of the skills we learnt in Year 4. Then we started our new Science topic about materials by thinking about the vocabulary associated with the properties of materials and what it means.


We have had a wonderful start to the year. Well done Year 5!