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Year 5



P.E. - Our P.E. lessons are every Monday.  If they are in school, children need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kit with suitable footwear on this day.

Reading Records - signatures will be counted each Thursday.  Children can read to themselves but the record must be signed by an adult. 

Homework - will be set Friday via Seesaw and needs to be submitted by 9am the following Thursday.

Term 6

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon - Torben Kuhlmann

This term our focus text is Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann (please see below for a synopsis of the story).

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon Synopsis

Torben Kuhlmann's Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon transports readers to the Moon and beyond - where dreams are determined only by the size of one's imagination and the biggest innovators are the smallest of all.  

Class News

Friday 11th June 2021

We have had a good start to our final term in Year 5.  On Monday we spent time exploring our new focus text.  We spent time exploring the cover and writing what we could see, what we wondered and what we could infer from the image and title.  We then read the book and discovered it is about a mouse that pursues his dream of being able to travel to the Moon.  In Maths we have been working on translating and reflecting shapes and reading and writing coordinates (look out for this in our homework this week).  In Topic we explored how the universe was created and focused on two theories -  The Big Bang and God's Creation.  We looked at what both sides believe and have written a balanced discussion linked to this in English.  In Art we explored the artist Peter Thorpe who creates space themed art.  We learnt about abstract art and had a go at creating our own artwork using Peter's as a starting point.  Our backgrounds had to be abstract and then we could layer our work with rockets and planets.  We spent time design our own and next week will create our final piece of work.  Check out some pictures of our work below.

Term 5

Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo

This term our focus text is Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (please see below for synopsis of the story). 

Kensuke's Kingdom Synopsis 

Michael's parents buy a yacht and take him off to sail around the world.  Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island - and soon discovers he's not alone.  Kensuke, a former Japanese soldier, survived the war and the bombing of Hiroshima, but his family perished.  As an extraordinary bond forms between the two, Kensuke faces a heart-breaking choice: can he give up the secluded life he's built for himself to help reunite Michael with his parents?  Knowing the pain of losing his own family, Kensuke knows which way he has to decide. 

Class News


Friday 21st May 2021

Last week, in English, we re-wrote Kensuke's Kingdom from Kensuke's perspective.  We worked really hard on this all week, writing a new section each day.  We then created book covers to go with our stories.  This week in our English lessons, we have been exploring biographies.  We started the week by exploring the biography of Martin Luther King, which we had a very interesting discussion about linked to a previous PSHE lesson about Rosa Parks.  We were then given lots of information about Kensuke that we had to organise under subheadings.  We then spent two days writing the biographies and presenting them in our Topic books.  In Maths we have begun learning about angles.  We have learnt how to use a protractor to measure and draw angles and have learnt how to calculate angles on a straight line and around a point (look out for this in our homework this week).  In History we have started to learn about the Titanic.  We started by exploring the chronology of events as they unfolded after the Titanic hit the iceberg.  We have also been looking at sources of information, finding out what it would have been like for the different classes on-board.  Next week we are going to be looking at a range of primary and secondary sources and trying to establish who was to blame for the sinking of the Titanic.  In Geography we have finished our work on exploring coasts. Over the past few weeks we have learnt how bays and headlands, beaches and dunes and caves, arches, stacks and stumps are formed.  

Friday 7th May 2021

This week we have finished reading our text Kensuke's Kingdom.  We really enjoyed the story and wrote book reviews detailing our thoughts.  Now we have finished the book, in English we are going to be re-writing the story from Kensuke's perspective (the story is told from Michael's point of view).  In Maths we have continued our work on fractions, decimals and percentages and are showing a fantastic understanding of what we have learnt.  In Geography we have began learning about coasts.  Our first lesson was a practical lesson outside about weathering and erosion.  We created acid rain and discussed what the effect would be on the coasts.  We also explored the effect of wind and water on sand.  Below are some pictures and videos of us in the lesson.  

Now we have finished reading Kensuke's Kingdom we are continuing reading The Land of Roar by Jenny Maclachan which we started before the Easter holidays.  We are really enjoying this book and revealing the clues at certain points within the story.  This week we even received a special video message from the author.  

Friday 23rd April 2021

We've had a fantastic first week back after the Easter break.  Our new topic is based around the book Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.  On Monday we spent time looking at the front cover and discussing what we thought the book was going to be about.  We then spent time exploring part of the first chapter.  In Geography we have begun learning about the water cycle.  We learnt about each of the stages and created a water cycle wheel to visually represent the cycle.  In English we have begun learning about Explanation Texts.  We have explored a several different examples and then found the features of this text type within them.  On Thursday, working with our partners, we were tasked with researching a topic of our choosing (e.g. Why do volcanoes erupt or How are tsunamis created) to present and explain to the rest of the class.  It was up to us to choose how to present our work.  We will present these to the rest of the class next week.  Also in English next week we will be using our work in Geography to help us write an explanation about the water cycle.  In Maths we have been working really hard on decimals and fractions - look out for this in our homework this week.  In P.E. on Monday we started an Athletics unit with Mr Spurrier. 

Term 4

Rose Blanche - Ian McEwan

This term our focus text is Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan (please see below for synopsis of the story).  The book is set during World War II which is our theme for this term.

As Rose Blanche is a picture book, I will be reading After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer for our story time each day.  All videos will be uploaded to my YouTube channel each day. 

Rose Blanche Synopsis

Rose Blanche is a young girl living in Nazi Germany who is confused by the sudden change in her town during World War II.  Her streets become filled with trucks full of soldiers and tanks.  One day, she sees a little boy trying to escape from the back of the truck, but his is caught.  Rose follows the truck to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind a barbed wire fence.  She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother.  Until the tide of the war turns and soldiers in uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappeared forever... 

Class News

Friday 26th March 2021

In History lessons we have been learning about The Battle of Britain.  We explored several factors and decided if they were an advantage for Britain or Germany in the battle.  We then moved on to learn about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  We considered why Japan chose that particular time (8:00am on Sunday 7th December 1941) and what they hoped to gain from it. We then jumped forward in time (as time is rapidly running out) to exploring the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  We learnt about America's reasoning for dropping both bombs and considered whether or not we thought they were justified in doing so.  This work in History links directly to our current English text type - discussion texts.  This week we have spent time exploring and identifying the features of discussion text and have sorted arguments for and against specific topics.  Next week we will be writing a discussion text based around the question 'Was America justified in dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?'  As this is a discussion text we will explore both sides of the argument.  Also in English, working in pairs, we imagined that we were reporting on August 10th 1945 - the day after the second atomic bomb was dropped.  We created new reports detailing the catastrophic event.  In Maths we have revisited our work on fractions (which we started and had a good go at during Lockdown).  This week we have learnt how to add and subtraction fractions with different denominators and have learnt how to multiply fractions by whole numbers.  We have a few more fraction lessons coming up before we set them aside for a while to focus on other areas of learning.  In Computing, as part of our Basic Skills work, we typed up our poems that we previously wrote in English lessons.  We then printed these and decorated them and they will become our Topic book covers for this term. 

Excitingly, we have also started a new book.  We have read three books linked to our topic of WWII so decided we would vote as a class for our next book.  Miss Jordan chose six books from First Chapter Friday and put in a seventh 'Mystery Book'.  We didn't know what this book was and weren't given any clues about it.  We completed a secret vote and (unsurprisingly) we couldn't resist the temptation of the 'Mystery Book'.  The book was revealed to be The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan.  Some chapters have clues, hidden in envelopes, that reveal more about particular parts of the story or give us something to think about and discuss.  We are 11 chapters in so far and are loving it!

Friday 12th March 2021

It has been so wonderful to all be reunited in school this week!  We have had a great time catching up with friends.

In English we have started a unit of work on poetry.  We watched an animated video of a battlefield during World War II and thought about what we would see/hear/etc if we were actually there.  We then learnt about figurative language techniques.  On Thursday we worked with our partner to come up with a line for a whole class poem.  Next week we will be writing our own poems, trying to include some of the figurative language techniques we learnt about.  In Maths we have recapped our previous learning on long multiplication - it has been tough but most of us have now really understood the method.  This week is Science Week so on Tuesday we were lucky to watch a Kinetic Theater production (online) all about light. We then made our own kaleidoscopes using cardboard toilet tubes, straws and reflective card (check our some pictures of us making them below).  Last week, on World Book Day, some of us had a go at creating book characters from wooden spoons or toilet roll tubes - pictures of our creations can be found below.  

Friday 26th February 2021

This week we have begun exploring our new class text Rose Blanche.  We haven't actually read the story yet, instead we have spent time exploring the pictures and discussing what we think is going on using the pictures.  We will read the story next week and find out if any of our predictions were correct.  In History we have explored the beginnings of World War II and have looked at the Treaty of Versailles which was put together after World War I.  We looked at the terms of the Treaty and thought about how it may have contributed to World War II.  We have also spent a bit of time researching Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi party.  We have also enjoyed another Spanish lesson this week in which we learnt the numbers to 12 and how to say how old we are. 

Term 3

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

This term our focus text is Wonder by R.J. Palacio (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  We have a whole school focus on mental health and wellbeing this term.

Check out me reading the story on my YouTube channel: 

Wonder Synopsis

"I won't describe what I look like.  Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse."

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a severe facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.

Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid - but his new classmates can't get past his extraordinary face.  Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include the perspective of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend and others.  These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and - ultimately - kindness.  Auggies is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. 

Class News

Friday 5th February 2021

We are still enjoying our class text Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  You can listen to all the chapters read so far here on Miss Jordan's YouTube channel:  We will finish the book today.

In English we have finished our narrative unit and have written two different diary entries: August's first day at school and the Halloween incident. We have now started our final unit of this term - discussion texts.  Year 5 is the first time discussion texts are encountered so will be something new for us all.  In Maths we have continue our fractions work.  Whilst some lessons have been quite tricky, we are all trying our best whether we are at home or at school.  In our last Computing lesson we made a second level of the maze games we had previously made.  We will continue to make these games even harder in our subsequent lessons.   

We have really enjoyed participating in all of the Children's Mental Health Week activities this week and have loved listening to different staff members reading stories each day.  We have made bookmarks, had a go at juggling (Miss Jordan was particularly awful at this!), learnt the cup song and have even made cupcakes!

We were incredibly lucky this week to be virtually visited by the author Stewart Foster.  He talked to us about his books and his inspiration for them.  We also got to ask him lots of questions.  We hope that he might be able to visit us in person at some point this year!

Friday 22nd January 2021

We are really enjoying our new class text Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  You can listen to all the chapters read so far here on Miss Jordan's YouTube channel: 

In English this week we have started our narrative unit.  Instead of writing a story in its traditional form, we are going to write a series of diary entries detailing key points during August's first year at school.  We have started by writing a diary at the end of his first day at school.  Over the last two weeks in Maths we have been working incredibly hard on our long multiplication and short division.  We have persevered through even when finding it tricky.  This is something that we will definitely continue to work on when we are all back together in class.  In Music we have enjoyed using body percussion and cups to create music.  In Science we have been learning about foetal development and used a selection of fruit and vegetables to show the size of the foetus at four week intervals during pregnancy (check out the pictures below).  We then had to match images and development statements to four week intervals.  In Art, during the first week, we had a go at creating our own version of the front cover of the book Wonder.  We drew our faces and then chose a word that we thought described us well to go over the eye.  Below are some photographs of our finished work.   

Term 2 

Street Child - Berlie Doherty

This term our focus text is Street Child by Berlie Doherty (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  The book is set during the Victorian period and as such a lot of our topic work will be based on learning about life in the Victorian era.  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

Street Child Synopsis

When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls. Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends...only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever manage to be free?

Class News

Friday 18th December 2020

We have been very lucky to have had a loans box from the Museum in the Park.  We have spent some time in class exploring the different artefacts discussing what we thought they were, what they actually were and how they differ from what we use today.  On Tuesday we were then virtually visited by Steven and Alexia from the Museum in the Park who answered a number of our questions about the Victorian era.  We are very lucky to have such experts so close to our school. 

Last week in D.T. we spent some time learning about different types of bridges (beam, suspension, arch and cantilever) and discussing how to make sturdy structures.  Then on Monday of this week we spent all day working on a D.T. project.  Working in pairs, we were set the challenge to build a bridge which needed to meet certain height, length and width requirements.  Below are some photographs of us working hard and our final bridges. 

We also finished our class text Street Child this week.  Most of us really enjoyed the story and a few are now reading Far From Home which is the story of Jim's sisters Lizzie and Emily.  Once we finished the story, we completed a book review giving our opinion of the story.  

We have also been busy working on a number of christmas crafts.  We made paper chains and decorated baubles to decorate the classroom.  We also made tree decorations out of lollipop sticks and some others from salt dough.  We also made 3D Christmas cards and calendars.  There are pictures below of our finished work. 

I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Stay safe.

Miss Jordan

Friday 4th December 2020

We have been working very hard on our story continuations in English these last few weeks and they are finally finished!  We are now able to read on in the story to see if any of our endings are actually what happen.  Our next English unit is focused on past tense reports and we are going to be writing a newspaper report once we have finished reading Street Child.  

In Maths we've been working on calculating the area and perimeter of compound shapes.  You will have seen this in our homework last week and again this week.

In History we have been exploring paintings from the Victorian times and using them to make deductions about the past.  We spent time examining the pictures before sharing what we could learn about life in Victorian times for different groups of people.  

In Computing we have been continuing our basic skills work.  We are creating PowerPoints about the Victorians.  Whilst making these we've had to think carefully about our intended audience and purpose when making decision such as background colours and font style and size.  These will be finished next week and we will learn how to add hyperlinks to our menu page and subsequent pages.

Next week we also have a Zoom call with someone from the Museum in the Park.  They are going to be talking to us about the Victorian times with a particular focus on life in Stroud at that time.  We will also have a loans box from the Museum with artefacts for us to explore in class.  

Note: as per the note sent out this week, please continue to collect recyclable materials that we can use in our upcoming D.T. lessons where we are going to be learning about structures and the development of the railway during Victorian times.  We will be using these materials to design and build our own railway bridges. 

On Tuesday we came in to find that we had a visitor - Jingle the Elf.  Every morning so far we've found him in a new location.  Here are some photographs of where he's been so far.

Friday 20th November 2020

This week we have started our latest narrative unit in English based upon our class text Street Child.  We started off by writing a synopsis of the story so far.  Below is an example of Olivia's work.

Street Child Synopsis - By Olivia

Street Child is a story about a boy named Jim, who lived with his mother and sisters in a very small room. They couldn't afford the rent so Mr Spink (the horrid landlord) threw them out.  They roamed around the streets to find Mrs Jarvis's old friend Rosie.  Rosie worked at the Big House and let the girls stay to help out.  Then, Jim and his mother walked the streets for a long time before stopping to rest.  Two policemen woke Jim up and sent him and his mother to the Workhouse.  He was disappointed when he was separated from his mother.  He never got to see her again as she passed away.  Jim was in the Workhouse for a year before he managed to escape.  When he escaped, he went to find the Big House where his sisters were.  Sadly, they had moved on. 


We have now reached a pivotal point in the story and are beginning to think about what might happen next in the story.  Next week we are going to write a continuation of the story based on our predictions.  

In Science we have been learning about electricity.  We learnt about some of the inventions that came about during the Victorian era one of these being the electric light bulb in 1879.  In class, we had a go at creating our own simple circuits (most of which worked!) and have explored drawing circuits using the correct symbols.  Next week we will be carrying out electrical investigations. 

In Maths we have been working really hard on our ability to be able multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 (look out for this in our homework this week). 

This week is Anti-Bullying Week which is focused on the theme 'United Against Bullying'.  We talked about what bullying is and what forms it can take.  We spent a bit of time looking at different scenarios and discussed what we would do if we were in a similar situation.  We then thought carefully about what part we would play to stand up against bullying.  We designed our own puzzle piece representing our pledges.  Miss Jordan then put them altogether to create one big puzzle (see the picture below) which is now on display outside our classroom to serve as a reminder.

Friday 6th November 2020

Year 5 have had a very busy week being immersed in their new text 'Street Child' which is set in the Victorian period.  On Monday we explored the prologue and the first chapter entitled 'The Shilling Pie'.  In this chapter Jim, who comes from a very poor family, spends their last shilling on a delicious meat pie.  As a part of our D.T. work, we then made our own versions of the meat pie.  Working together in small groups, we took turns to peel and chop a variety of vegetables (potatoes, carrots, swede, parsnips and leeks).  Miss Jordan cooked the beef and Quorn in (different) slow cookers in the classroom.  The following day, once the pastry had been prepared, in small groups we added the fillings and rolled out pastry to decorate the tops of our pies.  Once cooked and cooled, we then sampled our finished products.  Everyone sampled at least a bit of the pie and most of us thought they were actually quite tasty!  You will be able to see some photographs of us preparing the vegetables and our finished pies below this entry.

Following on from our D.T. work, in English we wrote instructions on how to make our meat pies.  We spent some time thinking carefully about imperative verbs, adverbs and safety advice to include.  In History/Geography lessons we have been learning about The British Empire.  Using an atlas, we had to locate countries that were a part of the British Empire.  Then we had to examine our finish map and decide what was meant by the quote "The sun never sets on The British Empire."  We have also used the internet to carry out some research on Queen Victoria.  

Term 1

The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

This term our focus text is The Explorer by Katherine Rundell (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  The book is set in the Amazon Rainforest and as such a lot of our topic work will be based on learning about rainforests.  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

The Explorer Synopsis

From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.

As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.

Except, it seems, someone has been there before them …