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Year 5

Welcome to the Darwin and Nightingale Class page!



2020 - 2021

PHSCE - w/b 07.12.2020

In PHSCE, we have been focusing on keeping ourselves safe in many different ways. We have discussed Internet Safety and the actions that we should take in order to stay safe. For example, we should always tell an adult when we are going online and we should ensure that we do not speak to anyone that we do not know. More importantly, we should never give out our personal information to anyone. We also discussed personal safety and what consent means to us. We know that our bodies belong to us and we must look after ourselves in order to be healthy and strong – both mentally and physically! We spoke about the adults that we can talk to in case we feel anxious or unsure about something. 

RE - w/b 30.11.2020


In Year 5, our RE topic is about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. To begin with, we looked at the accounts of Jesus’ birth, as recorded in the New Testament by Matthew and Luke. 


We read the accounts and talked about what was unique to each. Then we discussed the similarities between them. Finally, we recorded what we had found out in a Venn diagram. 


At the end of the lesson, we considered why there were differences between Matthew’s and Luke’s account.

English - w/b 23.11.2020

In English we have been reading a book called ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ which was set during World War 2. First we conducted some background research about the war to better understand its impact upon the lives of people then. We then began to read the story and we explored the reality of a troubled little boy called William Beech who was evacuated to a kind old man, Tom Oakley. We discussed the consequences of right and wrong behaviour towards William’s character and we re-enacted scenes from the first chapter. We then began writing a narrative about two evacuee children and how they experienced the war in the countryside.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 16.11.2020

Art/DT - w/b 16.11.2020


In Art we have been looking at the artist Anthony Caro and his amazing sculptures. We investigated his early work and discovered that he used to work alongside another famous artist Henry Moore! Anthony Caro created abstract sculptures which would appear to change as the spectator would walk around them. We discussed how his use of colour and the titles of his sculptures added to our understanding of his work and what the sculptures may actually depict. We first investigated how to create a ‘freestanding’ sculpture by working in groups to create a newspaper tower that could stand on its own. We then evaluated our ideas and discovered that a tripod base was the best starting point to equally distribute the weight. Once we had finalised our designs, we began working on our sculptures using cardboard boxes, card, lots of tape and some messy Murdoc.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 09.11.2020

Mathematics - w/b 09.11.2020


In Year 5, we have been learning to round decimal numbers to the nearest whole number, or integer.


To help our learning, we played a game together. We rolled a dice twice to create a 2-digit number. Then we had to look at our number card. If we had a decimal number that rounded to the 2-digit number, then we covered it with a counter. The first person to cover all their decimal numbers was the winner.


Playing the game was a  lot of fun, and it really helped us apply what we had learnt about rounding decimal numbers.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 02.11.2020

Guided Reading - w/b 02.11.2020


In guided reading this term, we are exploring Anglo-Saxons and how they have had a huge impact upon our lives. We have been delving into this informative text, and we have been understanding and evaluating the historical role the Anglo-Saxons have played in shaping our language and our lands. We have been discussing historical accuracies and how information can be skewed depending upon the sources we choose. Through our reading about two British monks, Gildas and Bede who had written about life in Anglo-Saxon Britain, we understood that for a long time much of history was dependent upon people retelling a version of events. This also led to ‘Legends’ about mythical creatures and beings, such as Merlin the Wizard!

Computing - w/b 19.10.2020


Our computing topic in Year 5 is ‘We are interface designers’. This week, we reminded ourselves about the importance of being safe when online, and the ways in which we can make sure we stay safe. Then, with our partner, we planned a website all about e-safety, using what we have previously learnt. 


After that came the really fun part - we started using Google Sites to build our websites. It was interesting to experience some of what professional web designers go through when they build a website.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 12.10.2020

PHSCE - w/b 12.10.2020


In our PHSCE lessons in Year 5, we have been focusing on our dreams and our long-term goals. As a class we discussed what our own dreams and goals are, these include our career goals and how they might be influenced by salaries. We also compared the salaries within different professions and discussed if this was fair based on how hard the job was and the level of education required. We also discussed the dreams and goals of children in different countries and within different cultures. We discussed how fair trade produce / products may support these children and help them to attain their goals.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 05.10.2020

Science - w/b 05.10.2020


In our science lessons, we are exploring forces. This week we have conducted an experiment to find out how the length of the blades on a paper spinner affects its rate of descent. We used paper spinners which we had made, a metre stick and a timer to see whether the spinner with shorter blades fell more quickly or slowly than a spinner with longer blades. After recording our results, we talked about our conclusion, making sure we used the words force, gravity, air resistance and surface area.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 28.09.2020

English 'Varmints' - w/b 28.09.2020

In our English lessons in Year 5, we have been reading a book called ‘Varmints’. It focuses upon the environment and how urbanisation could have a physical and personal impact. We focussed on debating this week; we considered the different emotions Varmints may have experienced due to urbanisation. We challenged ourselves by choosing an opposing argument and pushing ourselves to really consider the other perspective.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 21.09.2020

Mathematics - w/b 21.09.2020


In our mathematics lessons in Year 5, we have been learning about finding 1000 more or 1000 less than a given number. We looked at how digits in the thousands place change, while the hundreds, tens and ones stay the same. After we practised, we used challenge cards with our partner, who had to give the number 1000 more or 1000 less than the number on the card. 

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 14.09.2020

Geography - w/b 14.09.2020


This week in Year Five, we have been learning about our local high street. This has promoted our moral development because we discussed how the local high street affects our surroundings. We also focused on social development when we discussed how communities thrive through local businesses.

We used Google Earth to identify what a high street is and how our local amenities cater to the community’s needs.



Later in the week we researched the advantages and disadvantages of having a high street and how this can impact our everyday lives. We drafted a letter to the Mayor of Newham to persuade her to change our high street. We favoured an environmentally friendly approach, where traffic should be minimised.

First Day Back at School - 4th September 2020


Year 5 returned to school today, after being taught via Zoom yesterday. The pupils were very excited to meet their new teacher and lessons started straight away focusing on how to keep themselves and others safe, becoming familiar with their new classroom environment, mental health and much more. They are ready for the year ahead!



Visit to the Bank of England Museum - 9th March 


Year 5 went on a visit to the Bank of England Museum and learnt about London’s history in the area. The children sketched and discovered information about the local financial district, including the London Stock Exchange, memorials for WWI and WWII as well as the statue of James Henry Greathead, an engineer known for his work for the underground system in
London. When they entered the Bank of England Museum, they discovered information regarding inflation and how the Bank of England regulates this through either raising or lowering interest rates and the results of this. Whilst inside, the children were able to find out how money is made and the security features behind the notes we use in our daily lives. Many found just how heavy a bar of gold is when they tried to lift it up!

Art in Year 5 - 28th February 


This term, we are learning about the artist Peter Doig. Our end goal will be to create an image in the style of his painting named 'Milky way'. This week, we started off by: 

  • Describing the style of Peter Doig's work.

  • Mixing water with paint to create a dark wash.

  • Mixing primary colours to create secondary colours.

  • Mixing colours with white to create different shades of a colour


We have used vocabulary such as: 

Hues, tint, shades, stroke, dark, background, primary, secondary.


Watch this space, as we will report again on our paintings at the end of this topic block. 

Reading Cafe - 13th February 

This week, KS2 parents/carers were invited to Sir John Heron's first ever 'Reading Cafe', where they had the chance to participate in reading related activities in class, whilst enjoying fruit, cheese and crackers. To start off, parents/carers met staff in the hall, who gave them information on and a taste of what the skill of 'inference' looks like in a typical reading lesson. They then had a go at discussing the characteristics of Hannah in the book 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. After this, parents/carers joined their children in class, and put some of these skills into practice. 


Robotics Workshop - 3rd February


On Monday, Year 5 had a session led by professional coders for a Robotics workshop. The workshop began with the children defining the meaning of a robot as well as robots that they may have seen or where they may be used in day to day life. A robot is a programmable machine which represents a human form. 


The children were then instructed how to code the robots using a simple program, similar to scratch and then they tried to ensure the robot followed their intentions. After using a lot of resilience and trial and error they were able to move a robot around a particular pathway with corners and straight lines.  Each robot was named after either a great robot or a pioneer in engineering and computing and the children were enthusiastic about finding out the achievements of each of the names of their robots.

Visit to the V&A Museum - 27th January


Year 5 visited the V&A Museum to enrich our understanding of our current DT topic: 'Fashion and Textiles'. We looked at how fashion has changed over time. During the visit, we demonstrated our artistic skills by sketching intricate garments. We also went on a tour around the Islamic Art exhibition. Our guide informed us of how patterns were used in Islamic Art hundreds of year ago. We are keen to replicate some ideas when making our drawstring bags this term.     ‚Äč

Theraputty in Year 5 - 23rd January


We are starting something exciting in Year 5 - using Theraputty to strengthen the muscles in our hands, which will improve our fine motor skills and handwriting. Today, our teachers introduced it to us during class assembly, as part of National Handwriting Day. We each have our own pot and will use it during 'Soft start' in the mornings. 

Topic Parent/carer Workshop - 22nd January


On Wednesday parents/carers joined us in a session where we combined our P.S.H.C.E. and D and T skills and knowledge. Our focus was on being mentally healthy and coping with feelings of worry or anxiety. We started our session off with a short meditation- we know that this helps to relieve our minds off negative thoughts and give a moment to be mindful.


After having meditated, we listened to an extract from Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘The Worry Website’ and discussed whether we had anything in common with the character’s who we met and the benefit of sharing worries with someone you trust. Then it was time to put our creativity into action by designing and making our very own worry monsters! Have a look at the pictures below to see how they have started off:

Fire Safety Talk - 13th January


Year 5 were visited by the London Fire Brigade and discussed the importance of fire safety. The children learnt about common fire hazards, especially those in the homes and how they can spread quickly and devour a room in minutes. They were educated in a fun and interactive manner, where they spoke about their knowledge of smoke and how it can be as dangerous as fire and how to minimise their risk of smoke inhalation. Smoke alarms and how to test them was recapped, although many children already knew many of these points from previous sessions, particularly after having a session with LFB at Tate and Lyle Sugar factory in October. Possibly the most important point the children revised, was their own fire escape plans at homes and what to do if there is an emergency, particularly one involving fire. Those in Year 5 are now equipped with the knowledge to minimise fire risks around their homes and are prepared in an event of an emergency.

PSHCE - 10th January 2020


In PSHCE, we started off the term with an anti-bullying lesson. Children reminded each other that bullying is an incident that takes place lots of times and on purpose, and that our school has a zero tolerance approach. We looked at the role of the upstander, and where we should go for help. Next, we investigated discrimination, and the impact it can have on people’s lives. We know that discrimination is wrong, and how to look out for it in our school and local community.

Joyeux Noël  - 18 décembre


In Year 5, we used our French knowledge of number, vocabulary and sentence construction to create French Christmas cards. First, we started off by learning new vocabulary such as père Noël, renne, Sapin de Noël, cadeau, to name but a few. We wish everyone a very merry Christmas!


STEM Challenge

This week the children in Year 5 started their designs for the STEM competition. The children thought of ideas such as heated hats, new wearable technology for football and technology that will help to improve the lives of children who are PMLD.


Over the next couple of weeks, the children will finish off drafting their designs and write a 200-word brief explaining how their design will help to improve people’s lives.


Here are some photos of children in Year 5 designing their wearable technology.

Modern Slavery Awareness Workshop - 11th December


In UKS2 we learnt about slavery, which is unfortunately still an issue within modern day Britain, despite it being illegal. We found out that William Wilberforce was the driving force behind abolishing slavery in the UK many years ago. The presenter used drama to help us understand how people are tricked into slavery today and the kind of jobs slaves may be made to do. We identified some characters in fictional stories who are slaves. 


Some unfortunate facts that we learnt are that there are an estimated 40 - 45 million slaves world, with slavery a part of some industries. An estimated £150 billion is made through slavery each year, more than most multinational companies around the globe! The most shocking fact is that 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children. 


Through the session we were taught how to identify potential signs of modern day slavery and what we could if we had any worries and concerns about individuals who may be a part of this illegal activity. 


Amira commented, “After this workshop, I know one person can make a change, I can look out for others who may be involved in slavery and I know what I can do to make this world a better and safer place for others.”

Year 5 and 6 STEM competition


Year 5 and 6 are taking part in the Ultimate STEM Challenge! They will be competing against other primary schools in England. 


For this competition the children have to design their own wearable technology for the future. They will be thinking about:

  • How will their ideas and design help improve someone's life?
  • What will make their design's different from other competing schools? 

Three winning schools will win £750 and a surprise trip!

Visit to the Science Museum - 5th December


On Thursday, Year 5 travelled to the Science Museum in South Kensington. First, they explored galleries in the museum such as Flight, Information Age, Atmosphere, Exploring Space, Energy Hall and Making the Modern World. After lunch they explore the Wonderlab, taking part in a range of scientific enquiries; investigating friction, movement, sound, energy, to name but a few. It was a very enjoyable, informative day! 

Making Tibetan Prayer Flags - 29.11.19


As part of our PHSCE Themed Term, children and parents/carers used their artistic skills this week to create flags inspired by the Tibetan prayer flag. During the session, they thought carefully about the different feelings we experience, what these are caused by and how we can cope with them. Whilst creating these flags, children used in particular one of our school's Learning Values: Responsibility; thinking about making the correct choices and being responsible for the way in which we behave.

City Safe Haven Guest Speaker - 18th November


On Monday, Upper Key Stage Two was visited by Alistair, who spoke to us about an initiative called 'City Safe Haven'. Pupils learnt that this scheme was set up in 2008, after 16-year-old Jimmy Mizen was murdered outside a bakery close to his home in south-east London. The scheme was rolled out to Newham, with a focus on Stratford after students from schools such as Sarah Bonnell, St Bonaventure's, New Vic College and School 21 came together raising the issue of young people feeling unsafe in certain public areas. There are currently more than 20 shops and businesses in Stratford which are City Safe Havens, including O2, ZapSpace, Argos, Footlocker, to name but a few. Staff at these shops and businesses has been trained to deal with emergency situations which may arise, and can help to young people who are in immediate danger. Pupils know what to do and where to go if they ever find themselves in an unsafe situation. 

Junior Citizens at Tate & Lyle Sugar Factory - 13th November


On Wednesday, Darwin and Nightingale Classes attended a Junior Citizens event at the Tate & Lyle Sugar Factory in Silvertown. The workshop was organised by the Metropolitan Police, aiming to teach pupils how to be responsible citizens in society and how to stay safe. Services such as the RNLI, London Fire Brigade, Newham Council Recycling, Wildlife Crime Unit and The British Transport Police worked with small groups, providing information and giving different scenarios to discuss as a group. Pupils learned valuable lessons which will help them throughout life!

Mathematics Parent/Carer Workshops - 7th November 


On Thursday, year 5 parents/carers visited our school to watch and participate in mathematics lessons. The focus was on using different strategies when subtracting with larger numbers. Teachers and children demonstrated how they use the CPA approach in lessons (Concrete Pictorial Abstract). They used stem sentences to verbalise their reasoning throughout. Parents/carers can now use these strategies at home. 

Worry Wizard workshop: PHSCE  31st October 


On Thursday, Year 5 attended a workshop about mental health and wellbeing. They were able to understand the importance of wellbeing as a child and the necessity of telling someone how they feel. They took part in various activities including partnered work where they had to act out opposite emotions and group activities where they acted out a set emotion as a freeze frame. The groups had to come up with different tools that can help to calm them such as drawing, meditation, listening to music, etc and display these using a freeze frame. The session was concluded by a demonstration of a scale showing how wellbeing can be affected when we worry about something. 

Nutrition Workshop - 9th October


On Wednesday 9th October, parents/carers and children from Darwin and Nightingale classes took part in a Topic afternoon based on ‘Nutrition’. Throughout the workshop they explored what it means to be healthy and how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. They were able to understand the importance of reducing sugar intake and what the maximum sugar intake per day for a child is. They carried out a range of activities that included making an estimation of the amount of sugar in different food and drink items and using actual sugar to show this. When they were told about the actual amount of sugar found in each food/drink item, it took them by surprise! At the end of the session, they enjoyed making their own watermelon pizzas where they used different fruits as toppings. 

Science - Friction - 4th October


During today’s lesson the children learnt about the effects of friction and as a result, generated an experiment to test their theories. They used a shoe,