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Year 5

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P.E. - Our P.E. lessons are every Wednesday.  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 Kuhlman

Our focus text this term is Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlamn (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

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

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon - where dreams are determined only by the size of your imagination and the biggest innovators are the smallest of all.  


Class News

Friday 8th July 2022

In English we wrote diary entries in role as Armstrong (the mouse from our class text) recounting the day he accidentally burnt down his attic whilst trying to build her rocket ship.  In Maths we have been working on converting units of measure.  We were able to draw on our previous learning of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 to help us with this.   In Science we learnt about the phases of the Moon and why it looks like the Moon changes shape.  We used some delicious biscuits to help us to represent this.  In Art today, we created armatures.  We learnt that armature is a framework on which is sculpture is molded.  We were tasked with creating our our planets.  The first step was to ball up newspaper until we got it to the size we wanted and then use a bit of masking tape to hold it in place.  We then used Modroc for the final layer.  These are currently drying out and we will be painting them next week.  We were very lucky this week to visit Archway on Thursday.  We got to participate in several lessons whilst there.

Friday 24th June 2022

In our English lessons we have been busy writing.  Last week we wrote additional chapters to our class text Armstrong where we focused on using descriptive language.  This week we have written diary entries in role as if we were Armstrong after he accidentally set his attic on fire.  In Maths we have been working on coordinates, translating and reflecting shapes.  We have all done very well at this.  In Science lessons we learnt about early theories about the Earth.  We learnt that initially people believed in the Geocentric theory where the Earth was at the centre of everything.  Then we learnt about the Heliocentric ideas which was supported by scientific evidence proving that the Sun was at the centre.  This week in our reading lessons we have been focused on Refugee week.  We have explored three different texts and had really good discussions about refugees and their plight.   

Friday 10th June 2022

What a super first week back we've had!  On Monday we began by exploring our new book and wrote a synopsis of what happened in the story.  Next week we are going to write our own endings to the story.  In Art we have been exploring the artist Peter Thorpe.  We learnt that his artwork features abstract backgrounds.  We spent time discussing the common themes of his artwork and what we liked about it.  We then had a go at experimenting with creating abstract backgrounds in our topic book using acrylic paint.  Then, on Wednesday, we created our own artwork in the style of Peter Thorpe.  Our finished work looks fantastic!  We will be using these as our Topic book covers for this term.  In Science we have begun our Earth and Space unit.  We started by thinking about the shape of our Earth.  We learnt that in the beginning people believed that the Earth was flat.  This was largely based on what they could see around them.  We then looked at scientific evidence which proves that the Earth is spherical.  In our Whole Class Reading sessions this week our focus has been Pride Month.  We had some excellent discussions about this in class and enjoyed reading a range of different texts related to this topic.     

Term 5

Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo

This term our focus text is Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

Kensuke's Kingdom Synopsis

Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own.  With no food and no water, he curls up to die.  When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water.  He is not alone....

Class News

Friday 13th May 2022

In our English lessons this week we have written a newspaper report about Michael's disappearance from his family's boat the Peggy Sue.  Next week we are going to be starting our narrative unit where we will rewrite part of the story but from Kensuke's point of view.  In Maths we have continued our work on adding and subtracting decimals and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 (look out for this in our homework this week!)  Next week we begin our unit on measure with a specific focus on angles.  In Science we have been learning about gravity and using our scientific knowledge to explain why things happen.  We also had a go at using forcemetres to measure the mass and weight of objects.  In History we spent time exploring sources, focusing on making comparisions between the first and third class onboard.  Next week we are going to explore the question 'Who was to blame for the sinking of the Titanic?'.  In Art we have created our Topic book covers (pictures to follow in due course).  We created a sunrise scene using oil pastels and then used black paper to create the opening of a cave and the silhouette of Michael and Stella looking out to sea.  

Friday 29th April 2022

What a fantastic first week back we've had!  On Monday, our first lesson was spent exploring the front cover and part of the chapter of our new book.  We made predictions about what we thought the story was going to be about based on what we could see and heard.  In Geography we have recapped previous work on the water cycle.  We learnt about the four stages - evaporation, condensation, precipitation and accumulation.  We then created a water cycle wheel where we drew pictorial representations of each stage.  In English we have been focusing on a new text type, explanations.  Linking our English to our Geography work, we wrote an explanation text explaining each stage in the water cycle.  In History we have begun to learn about the Titanic.  Our first lesson we all to do with chronology.  We had to order the events from the initially spotting of the iceberg to when the Carpathia travelled away from the remaining wreckage.  Next week we will spend time learning about life aboard the Titanic for the different classes before finally moving onto exploring the question 'Who was to blame for the sinking of the Titanic?'

Term 4

Rose Blance - Ian McEwan

This term our focus text is Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  This term our focus will be on World War II.   Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

Rose Blanche Synopsis

Rose is a young girl growing up in Germany.  She observes the changes going on all around her which others choose to ignore.  She watches as the streets of her small German town fills with soldiers.  One day she see a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it.  Rose follows the truck to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence.  She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother.  Until the tide of war turns and soldiers in different uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappear forever...

Class News

Friday 1st April 2022

Last week in English we spent a few days exploring poetry.  We watched a video as a visual stimulus and then had a go at writing a poem as if we were a soldier on the battlefield during World War II.  Everyone wrote fantastic poems which were packed full of descriptive language.  Once we'd finished writing them, we typed them up on the laptops and then printed and decorated them.  They looked so good that we have decided to use them as our Topic book covers for this term!  Once we'd finished exploring poetry we began working on a new text type - discussion texts.  Year 5 is the first time we encounter this text type so we spent a while looking at examples of different discussion texts and identifying the features.  We have then this week written a balanced discussion about the question 'Should children have been evacuated during World War II?'  We had to ensure that we were giving fair consideration to both points of view and then in the conclusion were able to include our own opinion.  In History we have learnt about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.  We discussed why Japan decided to attack and thought about why they chose the particular date and time they did and also explored what they hoped to gain from it.  We have now fast-forwarded in time and have arrived in 1945 at the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  We have today had fantastic discussions about whether or not we think America was justified in this decision.  We listened respectfully to each other as some people shared their opinions.  Next week, to show what we have learnt in both English and History, we are going to be writing a discussion about the question 'Were America justified in dropping the atomic bombs?'  Through our reading lessons this week, we have started to learn about Anne Frank.  We will continue this learning next week as the focus of our linked texts. 

Friday 18th March 2022

In English this week we have learnt about the rules of speech.  Working in pairs, we wrote a conversation between two of the characters in the story Rose Blanche where we had to make sure that we were following the rules we'd learnt.  In Maths we have been learning all about decimals including rounding, comparing and ordering them - look out for this in our homework this week!  In Art we are studying the artist Henry Moore who created lots of artwork during World War II.  In our sketch books we are creating a double-page spread all about Henry and his work.  Next week we will have a go at using viewfinders to focus in on a specific part of his artwork and then try to recreate it.  In History we have learnt about the Battle of Britain.  We looked at six different factors and had to work out if they were an advantage for Britain or for Germany and then explain how it was an advantage.  Next week we are going to continue our work on this, looking at different sources of information.  

Friday 4th March 2022

What a fantastic first week back we've had with our new World War II topic.  On Tuesday we spent a bit of time making predictions about what we thought the story Rose Blanche was going to be about based on clues that we could see on the cover.  We were then given all of the pictures from the story and had a go at putting them in order and then explained what we thought was going to happen in the story.  Miss Jordan then read us the story and we found that a lot of our predictions were correct.  In History, we have learnt about the Treaty of Versailles that was created at the end of World War I.  We looked at some of the terms of this and explored how this would have made Germany feel and how it may have contributed to the beginning of World War II.  We have also spent time carrying out some research about Hitler, the leader of the Nazi Party.  We then completed a timeline activity where we had to find and order some of the early events during the war. Thursday was World Book Day so we spent time in class making origami bookmarks (check out the photographs below) and we did a World Book Day quiz that Miss Jordan had created.  

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).  This term we will have a focus on mental health and wellbeing.  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

Wonder Synopsis

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 perspectives 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.  Auggie 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 11th February 2022

In our English lessons we have been learning about present tense reports and have written one about how humans develop to old age, linking it to our work in Science.  We have also written newspaper reports about a key event within the story Wonder.  In Maths we have continued our fractions work and have now learnt how to multiply fractions - look out for this in our homework this week.  Excitingly in Computing we have begun our programming unit of work.  We are using Scratch to create our very own maze games.  We spent the first lesson, exploring to see what we could do on it and are now beginning to learn how to create algorithms to create our games.  When we are finished, we will have made a maze game which has several levels which increase in difficulty.  As this week is children's mental health week, in PSHE we talked about people who help us to grow.  We then created a piece of artwork based on this.   Also this week, we have finished our class text  Wonder and so next week, at some point, we will watch the film and compare the similarities and differences between then.  

Friday 28th January 2022

We have been very busy in our English lessons over the last fortnight working hard on our narrative unit.  We have been writing a series of diary entries, in role as August, during several key moments during the story.  Next week we will move onto present tense reports linking our writing to our work in Science.  In Science we have carried out an investigation exploring the question 'Do children with bigger feet jump further?'  Everyone took a turn to jump three times and then their average distance was calculated.  We have now plotted these on a scatter graph and have drawn conclusions from looking at our results.  In Maths we have begun work on our fraction unit.  This can be tricky but we have all been doing such fantastic job!  We have learnt how to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa, to compare and order fractions and to add and subtract them.  Our work on fractions will continue for another couple of weeks.  We are all making fantastic progress in our swimming lessons and are all trying really hard.

Friday 14th January 2022

What a fantastic week and a half start to our new topic, Wonder.  We started off by exploring the cover of the book and thinking about why the illustrators decided to design it in the way they did.  We learnt that they wanted people to make up their own minds about Auggie through reading the book, rather than jumping to conclusions based a picture of him.  We then had a go at creating our own faces in the style of the cover (check out the pictures below).  In English we have been busy writing.  We first wrote a letter to Mr Tushman (the principal of Beecher Prep) as if we were Auggie's parents, asking him August could join the school.  We have now moved on to our narrative writing which this term will take the form of diary entries.  We are currently writing a diary, in role as August, after his first day at school.  In Maths we have been working very hard on long multiplication and short division.  This has been tricky but we have persevered and are really starting to get the hang of it.  Excitingly in Music, we have started learning how to play the ukulele!  We have learnt what each part of the instrument is called and had a go at a couple of songs yesterday, just getting used to strumming all the strings.  Our Science unit this term is 'Animals, including humans'.  This week we learnt about foetal development.  In future lessons we will move on to exploring how humans develop into old age. 

Swimming reminder: this term we are going swimming on Mondays so children need to ensure they have their swimwear (preferably on underneath their uniform) and a towel with them.   

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 Victorian times and as such a lot of our topic work will be based on learning about Victorian Britain.  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

Street Child Synopsis

Jim Jarvis is a runaway.  When his mother dies, Jim is all alone in the workhouse and desperate to escape.  But London in the 1860s is a dangerous place for a small boy and life is a constant battle for survival.  Just when Jim finds some friends he is snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe.  Will Jim ever be free?

Class News

Friday 17th December 2021

Well what a busy last two weeks of term we have had!  On Thursday of last week, we had a Zoom call with two experts from the Museum in the Park.  We were able to ask them lots of questions about what life was like in Stroud during the Victorian times.  In our History lesson we looked at lots of different photographs from Stroud during the Victoria era.  We discussed what we could see and how it differs to today.  We were able to recognise some places from the photographs.  Once we'd looked at all the pictures, we had to decide whether we'd rather live in Stroud today or Stroud during the Victorian times based on what we'd seen in the pictures and how we know life to be today.  Last week in D.T., we started learning about structures with a particular focus on bridges.  We explored different types of bridges and then had to design and make our own.  We were given specific measurement to adhere to and then had a vast range of recyclable materials to use.  We all worked incredibly hard and created some pretty impressive bridges - check out the photographs of our finished bridges below.  In English we wrote our own endings to Street Child and produced some fantastic pieces of writing.  Once we had written our own ending, we then actually found out how the actual story ended.  We then wrote a book review of the story.  In Maths we were learning how to calculate the area and perimeter of rectangles and compound shapes.  This week, we have been getting creative with some Christmas crafts and all made tree decorations from lollipop sticks (see photographs below).  Excitingly on Tuesday, we were visited by West End in Schools who carried out a dance workshop with each class.  We learnt how to tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through dance.  We all did really well and Miss Jordan filmed us so you could all see just how fantastic we were (the video is below). 

Friday 3rd December 2021

Last Wednesday, we were very lucky to go to Stroud High to attend the Festival of Learning which was a culmination of all the work we've been doing in school with them for the last six weeks.  Whilst there we participated in D.T., Music and Science lessons (check out the photographs below).  This week in English, we have started to think about how the story Street Child will end.  We recapped what has happened so far up to where we've read and then spent time discussing our ideas about how the story could end.  Next week we will write our own endings before finding out how the actual story ends.  In Maths we have been working really hard on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.  Whilst initially it was tricky, we have done really well and have a good understanding.  In History, we have been lucky enough to borrow some artifacts from the Museum in the Park .  They were laid out in the classroom and we had to go around and decide what we thought they were (see photographs below).  Once we'd looked at them all we learnt what they actually were and compare them with how they are different to what we use today.  The main difference we found it that most of what we use today relies upon electricity.  Next week, we have a online session arranged with two experts from the Museum who will tell us all about Stroud during the Victorian times.  In Science, we have continued learning about electricity.  We learnt the electrical symbols for different components within a circuit and then made and drew different circuits.  Today we will be carrying out an investigation to find out 'Does the length of the wire affect the brightness of the bulb?'.


On Tuesday next week (7th December) we will be carrying out our D.T. project, so please can you send in the recyclable materials you have been collecting at home.  Thank you. 

Friday 5th November 2021

What a fantastic first week we have had to a new half term.  We began by explore different books covers for the book Street Child.  We made predictions about what we thought the story was going to be about using clues from the covers and the title.  We then began reading the story.  The first chapter is all about the family spending their last shilling on a gravy-filled meat pie.  Consequently, in D.T., we then had a go at making our own version of a Victorian meat pie.  First, we all had a go at peeling and chopping vegetables to go in the pie, whilst the meat cooked in the slow cooker.  Then, once the vegetables and meat had been cooked, we added our filling to the pastry and cut out shapes from pastry to decorate our pies with.  The final thing to do was taste them!  We had a taste-testing afternoon where we also had to fill out an evaluation form based on our cooking experience and the final product.  We all tried the pies and, for the most part, they were a great success and were very tasty!  Check out the photographs of us all below.  Linked to our cooking, in English we have written instructions for how to make our Victorian pies.  Once these are complete, we will bring a copy home so you can make them again at home if you so choose.  In History, we have been developing our chronology skills and have been looking at when the Victorian period was within several other historical periods.  We then created our very own timeline depicting this.  In our Reading lessons this week, we have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali and how this marks the start of the Hindu New Year.  We learnt all about the traditions and celebrations they hold - we even had a go at making our own rangoli patterns.  

Friday 18th November 2021

In our English lessons this week we have been exploring Past Tense Reports.  We have spent time exploring the structure and organisation of them and looking at the features.  Next week we will write our own report about Britain during Victorian times.  Our reading work this week has been centered around Anti-Bullying week.  We read a few different texts and explored the thoughts and feelings of different characters and why they acted in the way that they did.  On Wednesday this week, we had a go at digital mapping in Geography.  We were given a list of 55 countries that we a part of the British Empire at one time or another and had to map them using a programme called Digimaps.  Despite several technical issues, we all did very well at this.  We had our last session with Stroud High this week before the Festival of Learning next week.  We learnt all about recycling and how long it takes certain items to decompose.  In P.E. with Mr Tanner we continued our gymnastics unit.  We explored a series of different rolls and jumps.  We all had a really good go at backwards rolls too.   In Art we have been learning about the Victorian artist William Morris.  We have had a go at creating sketchbook pages all about him.  Next week we are going to be designing our own patterns in his style. 

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 …

Class News

Friday 17th September 2021

Well what a fantastic first two weeks we have had exploring our new topic based around The Explorer.  We spent our first couple of days exploring the first few chapters of the book and predicting what we thought was going to happen to the four children who are stranded alone in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.  In English last week, we spent time thinking about what it would be like if we were in the middle of the Rainforest.  We thought about what each of our senses would experience and then wrote a setting description (please see pictures of some of our work below).  This week in English, we have been working hard learning about newspaper reports.  We have just written a newspaper report about the crash that happens at the beginning of the story.  In Maths we have been working hard on place value and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and have produced some super work.  In Science we are learning all about living things and their habitats and are beginning by learning about plants and the parts of a flowering plant.  We got to dissect lilies and labelled each of the parts.  In Art we have been using acrylic paint and exploring different washes and painting techniques.  We will be using acrylic paint when we come to create our Topic Book covers in a couple of weeks.  

Friday 1st October

Over the last two weeks in English we have been learning how to write persuasively.  To begin with, we spent some time exploring persuasive texts and identifying the features of them.  We then wrote persuasive letters to the Environment Minister in Brazil to persuade him to stop deforestation in the rainforest.  We came up with several arguments as to why this should happen.  In Maths we have been continuing our work on place value and next week will be moving on to addition and subtraction.  Last week in Science we learnt about sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.  We have taken cuttings from plants that reproduce asexually to see if we are able to make new plants.  Nothing has happened yet and we are eagerly awaiting some sort of result!  In Art we have been exploring the work of American artist Nick Gustafson.  We spent time looking at his artwork and discussing what we liked about them and what the common themes of his artwork were.  This week we have planned our our piece of artwork using Nick's work as inspiration.  Next week we will begin to create our final pieces which we will use acrylic paint for.   

Friday 15th October 2021

Last week we combined our English and Science lessons and we wrote present-tense reports about the life cycle of different animals.  This week, in English, we have started planning our own story openings in a similar style to that of our current class text The Explorer.  Next week we are going to writing our openings and will really try to hook the reader in to make them want to read on.  In Maths we have been working hard on addition and subtraction and have revisited work on using columns.  We have also learnt how to round to estimate and approximate and have learnt how to use the inverse operation to solve problems (look out for this in our homework this week).  As it is Black History Month, in our reading sessions this week we have been discussing and learning about the slave trade.  We have had some really good in depth discussions during these sessions.  In Geography we learnt about human and physical features of Brazil.