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Year 5 had a great day at Arnold Hill for their 'Bright Day.' They were challenged to design and create a playground out of various materials. They all worked brilliantly as a team, showing great respect and determination!

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Hello Year 5 parents!

We hope you had a lovely Easter holidays. A quick update from the Year 5 team. This term we will be finishing our work on Ancient Greece with a dressing up day on Wednesday 2nd May. A letter has been sent out on ParentPay, please let us know if you need another copy. By this time the children will have learnt all about the legacy of Ancient Greece and written their own version of the myth ‘Pandora’s Box’.

We will then move onto lots of science work including forces and materials. We have booked a trip to ‘Think Tank’ in Birmingham. This is a wonderful interactive science museum with a brilliant science garden, so we’re hoping that on Thursday 7th June we might still be enjoying some good weather. More details about this trip to follow.

We really appreciate your support with the spellings and times tables, when the children have spent time learning them it makes a difference to their learning in class. You may have seen articles recently in the press about the power of reading and how it increases a child’s vocabulary, we are really proud of the attitude towards reading our children have and thank you for your continued support in this. You will find this half term’s homework on the website with additional voluntary tasks for those of you that enjoy doing them!

PE days remain the same this half term, alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays for games with Mr Lindley and PE on Fridays..

Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school and when necessary a hat or sun cream.

After May half term things tend to get very busy with well-being week, growing up week, sports day, reports, moving up day, summer fair and a trip to Arnold Hill to share their July bright day so please keep checking the website and newsletters to keep up to date.

Remember you can contact us through the website, we do need to be in class by 8.55 in the morning and we know how rushed the end of the day can be.

Thank you for your continued support!

The Year 5 team

Miss Woodroffe, Mrs Baker, Mrs Fearn, Mrs Pennant, Mrs Wood and Mrs Burnham

Welcome to 2018!


We're really excited to be back. This half term our main theme is Space and we're going to be looking closely at our solar system. 

English will also link with this topic as we are exploring music from the Holst to inspire our writing. 

Thank you for all your support this term, the children have worked really hard and made us very proud of their achievements.  Thank you to those of you who sent in Christmas gifts for us, they really are very much appreciated.  Have a lovely holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs Fearn and Miss Woodroffe

More Christmas party pics

Christmas 2017

Our freeze frames based on different scenes in The Piano

It's December!  That has come around very quickly!

We are still in full flow with our English work, using a visual text called The Piano.  We will be doing some drama and creative writing using this wonderful film as a stimulus.  We have been doing some work on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and are about to move onto perimeter and area.  We have started a Design and Technology project to design, make and evaluate a Christmas gift box, the children have really enjoyed exploring cardboard boxes!

We have been singing, getting ready for the Christmas Concert, hopefully the children have bought home the note about what to wear for the concert, for Year 5 this is a red top with green tinsel.  Red Christmas jumpers are also acceptable!  Please do not worry if you don't have the right colour top - school uniform is perfectly acceptable!

5W had lots of fun completing the sponsored workout to raise money for the NSPCC!

Children in Need 2017 - thank you for all the spots and lovely cakes!

We had an absolutely wonderful trip to the Holocaust Centre.  The children's behaviour was wonderful but more importantly we all learnt so much about the Holocaust and Kinder Transport.  We hope the children came home and told you all about their time there and that the important lessons they learnt will stay with them forever.   We have taken some photos, which will be on display in the classroom shortly.

We are now working on our recount of the day and have just started planning and drafting.  We believe editing a piece of writing is very important, so the next step will be to go through their draft to correct errors and make improvements.  We hope to have some published work by Friday!

We have completed our work on tables in maths, and have now moved onto multiplication and division.  We have been learning about multiples and factors and will move onto special numbers such as prime and square numbers.  Practising multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 would help your child in this unit of work.

We are coming to the end of our WW2 topic (sadly!) and will be looking this week at the events that bought the war to an end.  This includes the D-Day landings and Hiroshima.

The children are doing really well learning their times tables and spellings, thank you for all your support!

This week we have continued our look at Judaism, the children have learnt all about synagogues and Hanukkah, and we are all looking forward to our trip to the Holocaust Centre on Thursday.  On our return we will be asking the children to write about their time there, and so we have been learning what makes a good recount.

In maths we are continuing with our work on statistics and have been looking at tables.  We will be moving on to learn about timetables, so whilst you are out and about this weekend have a look at bus timetables, train timetables, or even school timetables that belong to older brothers and sisters!

The children wrote some amazing stories linked to the story The Matchbox Diary, thank you for sending in such special items.

Next week we will begin looking at the spellings we sent home to learn, we will be building words from roots so make sure you spend some time looking at the words on the list.

Thank you for bringing in your match boxes filled with your special items. The stories you told were fantastic. 


This week we are focusing on a book called the Matchbox diary and how stories are told in different ways. 

We are also going to look at Judaism this week and how this links to the work we have been doing on WWII. 

In maths we have begun the topic of Statistics and have begun looking at line graphs. We will continue this work for a few weeks to come. 


A few highlights of our Ancient Greek day!

5F Felt Making - see the big smiles, we had good fun making felt!