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What We Have Been Doing

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March 2020


We have made a fantastic start to our work on the legacy left behind by the Ancient Greeks. The children are really inspired by this theme and are very excited to learn more. We are currently learning about the Olympics. The pictures below show the stadium designs we created as part of our outdoor learning. Following on from the Olympics, we will then move on to other elements of the legacy, including architecture and theatre. 


Our English work this half term will link to Ancient Greeks as we will be writing our own myths.


In maths, we have continued learning about fractions, focusing on improper fractions and mixed numbers, and multiplying fractions by a whole number. Copies of the tasks done in class can be found in the homework section of our year group page.


We’ve also been looking at ‘celebrating differences’, which has included looking at culture, if money brings happiness and the different types of bullying. 


Both classes deserve a special mention for their efforts at lunchtimes. We've had a whole school challenge to be the class with the highest score for our behaviour at lunchtime. Though 5O have won for the last 2 weeks, there has only been 1 point between them and 5H, with both classes standing out for showing our school values. 

Olympic Stadium Designs

February 2020 


We were right, the children have loved learning about space! We have been blown away by their curiosity; they certainly love asking questions! We know they are going to really enjoy the art work we have got planned for them. We are going to be inspired by an abstract artist called Peter Thorpe, and use his ideas on abstract painting to create our own masterpieces. Watch this space ...!


They have shown off their vocabulary and amazing imaginations as we listened to pieces of music by Holst. One represented Mars (god of war) and the other Venus (bringer of peace). The children enjoyed thinking about what they music could represent and putting a narrative to what they heard.


Last week we were so proud of both classes, as we did lots of work linked to Children's Mental Health Week: 'Find your Brave.' They showed great respect and empathy towards one another when we were discussing what brave feels like to us, and most importantly, how we can encourage one another what we might not be feeling so brave. Look out for their 'brave superhero' at the upcoming parents evening.


We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday or Thursday,

The Year 5 Team

January 2020


Welcome back to normality after the Christmas break!


Year 5 had a really busy half term just before the holidays. Following a fascinating trip to the Holocaust Centre (where the children represented themselves fantastically), we created beautiful pieces of art to reflect our learning about Nottingham during World War 2. The children demonstrated brilliant team work skills to create textile pieces that included their own hand-made pieces of felt.


The children made us burst with pride during the concert at St Marks where they performed amazingly.


This half term brings even more exciting things to learn about. We will complete our Nottingham Then and Now theme by reflecting on what we have learned and considering if we would rather live in Nottingham now or in the past. We will then start our new theme on Space, which we know the children will love learning about. 


We look forward to seeing you at the parental consultation meetings on February 12th and 13th.



Felt making and Talking Textiles: December 2019

November 2019


Welcome back. We hope you all had a good half term break.


Both classes have settled back into school well. We have started working on a fantastic poem called 'The Magic Box'. The children are working towards writing their own versions of the poem-we're really looking forward to reading these.


In our theme work, we have begun looking at the history of where we live, with a focus on Nottingham during World War Two. The children are really interested in this topic and it has been lovely to see them showing so much enthusiasm and interest in what we are learning about. 

September 2019


Welcome to year 5! It has been lovely to see you all again after the summer break. The children have settled in fantastically-they've had lots of smiles and lots of fun and we've all enjoyed getting to know each other.


We have been very busy so far. We had a brilliant afternoon working as teams to design paper bridges, and we have enjoyed learning about forces. Look at the photos below of the levers and pulleys we made. Our new PE teacher Ms Lund started working with us on some Bollywood dances, which was great fun! Maths has got off to a good start, including Mr Baker's group. In English, we have started reading a funny story called Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine.


We are looking forward to seeing some of you after school on Tuesday for the curriculum meeting. Keep checking the website for updates on what we have been up to in class. 

Paper Bridges

Bollywood dance

Levers and pulleys