Year 5

International Week

Wow, what a fantastic week. Year 5 have had a lot of fun celebrating the history, culture and music of their International Week countries, Jamaica and Spain. Peake and Mandela class have been particularly impressive with their dancing skills, with both classes being selected to perform their national dances at the very end of an enjoyable dancing performance. The other year groups were completely blown away.

Peake class really enjoyed sampling the different foods of Jamaica, including; fritters, patties, plantain chips and spiced buns. They also had fun making the Jamaican flag and produced some wonderful Caribbean inspired artwork. Mandela class enjoyed making some Spanish castanets, matadors, and had plenty of fun painting their Picasso inspired artwork.

We would like to thank parents for coming in to see the wonderful work the children produced and for helping to supply food and equipment for the activities this week.

Welcome to Year 5 2018/2019

Hello parents. It has been a busy past few weeks as Year 5 have been settling into their new classes, Mandela and Peake. We are very proud of their projects that they created over the summer. We enjoyed sharing them with the class and today some children received prizes for their efforts.


We have been leaning about non-chronological reports in Literacy and children have created their own sea creatures and then written a report about it- where they live, what they eat, how they survive. Next week we start a new novel called Floodlands by Marcus Sedwick. This book is an exciting adventure about a girl who is left on an island…


Don’t forget- we have our trip on Monday 1st October. Please remember packed lunch in a plastic bag and sensible shoes. Bring a coat too depending on the weather.





Stories From Other Cultures

This week, Year 5 have started a new writing genre- stories from other cultures. In the unit we will be thinking about stories which have been told from a variety of different backgrounds and how they link into what people believe in today. In class this week, we have read several stories including the Emu and the Jabiru- an aboriginal myth. The children performed freeze frames from the story and did brilliantly at staying in role to show the emotion of each character.

Thinking about the Rainforests

Year 5 have started their new theme of Rainforests. During our unit, we will be focussing upon what the rainforest consists of as well as the dangers and risks surrounding it. We have been so impressed at the children’s prior knowledge of this subject and this has been largely due to the fantastic projects they produced over the Easter break. We look forward to learning more about rainforests on our upcoming trip to London Zoo!

Aztec Art

Continuing our Aztec theme, we moved forward this week into creating Aztec artwork. We have studied patterns and the meanings behind them from the Aztec period, as well as what they used to create them. We have been using batik paste to being our artwork, which will give us the satisfying job of peeling it all off once our work is complete! These are the early stages of our work, we will post more photos after we have completed 2 more sessions of artwork and allowed it to dry!

Aztec Alphabet

This week saw Year 5 try to create their name from a version of the Aztec Alphabet. After learning lots about how the Aztec’s used written communication and various symbols, the children created their own names. This proved tricky at times due to some symbols being very complicated! However, it was enjoyed by all as was decoding  sentences written in the traditional Aztec style.

World Book Day!

We had a great day celebrating World Book Day in Year 5 this week. So many children braved the snow in their amazing costumes on Thursday morning ready to celebrate reading, books and to also share their knowledge of their favourite books! We completed a variety of activities including the importance of sharing good books with others, creating our own book marks, describing our favourite characters and even retelling our own version of a David Walliams story. As you can see below- some amazing efforts with costumes as always! Thank you so much to our wonderful Year 5 children and parents for making the day so special!

Up Up and Away!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have kept a close eye on developments regarding the recent SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy into space. Although our space theme was covered at the beginning of the year, we always keep our eyes peeled for any interesting space news. We found watching the launch of the Falcon Heavy inspirational during our class assembly this week and were keen to hear the facts surrounding the mission. We loved the fact that its engines were able to safely land back on earth and it’s great to know that Starman is up there floating around space in his sports car- amazing!

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Art Week- Banksy

This week, Year 5 have been busy studying Banksy for Art Week in school. We found out all about how Banksy goes about his work and love the mystery surrounding him and his identity. We were able to understand the main messages behind his works of art and what his inspiration may have been. The children will certainly be on the lookout for any more of his art pieces popping up! During the week, we worked in stages to create our own piece of Banksy art. We created a background, stencil and used spray pain to create our effect like the great artist himself- using stencils is hard than it looks! Here are some pictures of the children working on their art throughout the week.

Is Goldilocks Guilty?

This week our Year 5 children have been studying discussion texts through their literacy work. We have worked on understanding how to write a balanced argument, how to understand both points of view and which techniques are suitable for writing a good discursive text. The children used Goldilocks as an example this week and presented ways in which they could argue that she should or should not be put into jail for her actions! We used hot seating to develop each argument and the children did a great job both in pairs and as a whole class.

26/01 Momentum Smartie Challenge: just a gentle reminder that we only have one more week to help raise money for this wonderful charity. Year 2 have been hard at work making posters to put up in the classrooms to remind the children to bring those tubes (filled with spare change) into school by Friday 2nd Feb!!

Wimbledon Synagogue

Amber Class visited Wimbledon Synagogue this week as part of their continued RE theme of Judaism. The children had a brilliant time learning about all aspects of the synagogue from our excellent hosts. As our photos show, the session was very interactive for the children as they were able to be very hands-on with all items within the prayer room such as the Torah Scrolls, Menorah and Ark. The children were able to wear a Kippah (skull cap) within the prayer room. All children were so positive about their experience at the synagogue and felt lucky to have been involved. We are so thankful to everyone at the synagogue who put so much time and effort in for us to visit their beautiful place of worship- we are very grateful!

Invasion of the Vikings!

Last week Year 5 began their next theme topic of ‘The Vikings are Coming!’. They studied the locations involved within the initial viking invasion as well as the routes the took from Scandinavia. During the coming weeks, Year 5 will have the chance to study viking settlements in more detail, understand how viking longboats were constructed and they will also be fortunate to take part in a viking-themed day which includes a special guest for the day. Watch this space for more details of how they get on!

Frogs on the Loose?

A Happy New Year to all! This week has seen some strange goings on in Year 5! On Friday, the children came into their classrooms to find a number of lily pads on the walls, floors and ceilings. The children were asked to do some detective work to find out what had gone on! We took it in turns to be reporters, frogs and detectives to solve what had happened. No one quite knows for sure but a report might  be issued in a newspaper written by members of Year 5 in the near future!

Buggy Makers!

Year 5 have started making buggies as part of their DT sessions this week. The children are busy squeezing in Christmas rehearsals along with their DT sessions, but we hope to have them completed by the end of term!! The children have investigated, created a product specification and completed a final design in order to begin the making progress this week. We will continue to post photos of the making process as the children near the end in completing their own motorised buggy!

Basketball Allstars!

The children continued to build upon the skills they have been learning during our basketball sessions this week. They have gradually put sequences of skills together including chest passes, pivots, dribbling and, of course, shooting! Despite the cold, the children have shown real effort and desire to learn and work as a team during what is a face-paced game. It has been great to see the support the children have given each other and this is sure to continue until the end of term!

Theseus and the Minotaur

In a week where we have been focusing on myths, legends and fables, Year 5 found themselves in the shoes of Theseus and the Minotaur in our literacy sessions. We compared a range of myths in our new writing genre focus and felt there was no better myth than this one to get our drama skills flowing as well as linking it to our current theme of ‘Ancient Heroes’. The children did a brilliant job of empathising with the characters and loved the opportunity to perform in front of their classmates!


Year 5 pulley it out the bag!

The children in Year 5 have been investigating pulleys in science this week. We have been able to measure the weight of an item in newtons before then testing how the use of pulleys can change the force created on the newton meter. The children tested the weight of an item using a 1, 2 and 3 pulley system and found that the more pulleys used, the easier to lift the heavy item. The children did a great job in explaining how the weight of the object was shared between the pulleys, making it easier to lift.

Numeracy Testers!

This week has seen a ‘step up’ in our numeracy work as we have started to multiply 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. We found this skill tricky to begin with but have persevered really well over the week and we are now understanding the reasons behind our workings. Our zero place value holder is crucial when using the long multiplication method for multiplying 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. Year 5- get explaining to those parents of yours what it’s all about and how to complete long multiplication!

Rocket Science!

As part of our Science Week in school, Year 5 took part in an investigation to make miniature rockets! The experiment involved using a film canister, water, wire and half a soluble tablet. A chemical reaction between the tablet and water causes the rocket to be propelled forwards. Our task was to design the most aerodynamic rocket in an attempt to finish the furthest along the wire line. The children went through the design and make stage before finally testing their rockets out! We had a great time making them. We were also fortunate enough to take part in a workshop by ‘Fizz Pop Science’ in our school hall where we used a range of materials in order to create sherbet to eat! We had a really enjoyable Science Week!

Planetarium, Greenwich

This week Year 5 made the long trip to Greenwich to visit the Royal Observatory and Planetarium. We had a great day finding out about people first recorded time and the mechanisms they used. We also viewed a show called ‘Universe On Your Doorstep’ inside the planetarium which was a fascinating insight into our place within our solar system, galaxy and the entire universe. It was a mind-boggling experience which has left us all with some interesting facts to tell our families and friends. We were also able to stand with one foot either side of the meridian line which separates east from west! The Year 5 staff would love to thank the parent helpers which attended our trip- we very much appreciate your help and time!

Literacy Freeze Frames!

In our Literacy sessions this week, we have bee looking at the text ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick. We have discussed the story line and have looked in-depth at the characters involved- specifically their thoughts and feelings based on the events that happen. We tried to put ourselves in the shoes of these characters through freeze framing to show their emotions. Here are a selection of the Year 5’s brilliant role play sequences!

The Solar System!

In Year 5 this week, we have continued our theme of ‘Space Invaders’. We have delved deep into our planet, sun and moon and have also focused on our solar system as a whole. An activity we completed involved looking at the sheer scale of the distances between the planets in our solar system. We used toilet rolls to convert these distances on to our playground- a lot of us were left speechless at the distances involved. We are enjoying our theme and continued to be amazed by the facts we are finding out!

 Year 5 2017/18

Year 5 this year will consist of Mrs Lee and Mr Brickwood in Amber Class and Mr Stuart in Bronze Class. Miss Dallen will be our shared TA. We can’t wait for an amazing year together and we are really looking forward to learning so many new things throughout all of our subjects!


46 Responses

  1. OH no! year 5 is nearly over (one more week left)i dont want to leave year5! 😦 best memories!

  2. can’t believe that yr5 is nearly over!!!! Best year ever (Vikings are the BEST)

  3. i love year five and the solar eclipse was the BEST!love maths!!

  4. I love this website. I love year 5!

  5. lovely job in year 5 cerys you guys are hard working people great job children your mummys love you.

  6. Lol i love year six goodfully year 5 is over whooooohoo

  7. Oh my this blog is getting better and better well i like year5 with my best friend hollie

  8. I love year five cant wait for y6!!!!:)


  10. I LOVE YEAR 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. This blog i amazing i love it my daughter rhea looks gorgeous in her Rapunzel outfit
    love you all

  12. Wow this is very good!

  13. really great i love this miss it 2 much 🙂

  14. i miss year 5 so much have fun in Australia miss Anderson it feels so weird being in year 6!!!

  15. I will really miss year 5 I really didn’t want school to end but it had to any way I’ve got my birthday to look forward to. Thanks for a wonderful year Miss Anderson and have a great time in Australia

  16. i will miss every bit from my time in year 5 especially miss Anderson for teaching me 2 years ago . have fun in Australia miss Anderson . wow I feel like crying !

  17. I enjoyed taking the bus and tube to the national gallery

  18. Hi

  19. i will mis y5

  20. I really liked going to the zoo and I can’t wait for tomorrow because we’re going to the nation gallary In London

  21. I dont wanna leave year 5 n thats because I probably wont get Miss A but maybe i need a new teacher i suppose i have only ever had Miss A since i starteD Abbey

  22. the blog is looking awesomer than the awesomest awesome in the awesome world of awesome awesomeness!!! <- a bit of a toungue twister! lol! 🙂

  23. Oh i thought me and rudrakshi photo will be on it too1

    But still the blog looks awesome! 🙂

  24. I love bronze class and when I go to year 6 i m going to miss every one including miss Anderson !!!” .

  25. teaching yr2, yr4,yr6 discus toss was extremely exhausting because I had to shout over the noise and I was a bit embarassed when miss bedforth sed my name in the speaker while every1 was staring at me! 🙂

  26. viking day was the best theme but i am till looking forward to london zoo

  27. i like when we were doing the bread

  28. i like this photos.

    from sathursika

  29. I simply am loving the blog I hope there are more posts soon! x

  30. Sophie and millie viking day was brilliant and we really enjoyed it:-)

  31. making viking boats was fun but a little tricky

  32. I did the pledge!!!:) The blog has fab pictures!!!!

  33. Nice costumes on book day

  34. This blog is great I love the photos

  35. our school blog is amazing and the pictures are fantacica xx well done miss anderson you did good xx

  36. i did the pledge

  37. We played games on waste week with Buster and pong!
    I also did the waste pledge

    Baasma Meer

  38. I was so hot in my skeleton mask b.t.w I was skulduggery pleasant!!!
    I loved Millie’s costume she deserved to win the best dressed out of Bronze!!!!

  39. Baking the bread was funner than the funnest fun in the fun world of funness!!!!! I hope we do some baking more often!!!!

  40. Nice one gintare!the planetarium was fantastic i liked the cinema but it was on the cielen

  41. nice one gintare!!!! The planetarium was epicer than the epicness of epicworld!!!!The Universe is so incredible and fasinating!

  42. Wow them Dresses and shirts look good

  43. In my role as PG I have been hearing great things about the blog so I thought that i would check it out. Bit disappointed that there is nothing on the blog for year 5 yet but I believe that great things will be appearing soon!

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