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Year 5

Welcome to the Darwin and Nightingale Class page!



2020 - 2021

Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21

During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to research one of the spacecraft that has gone into space, and build a 3-D model of it. They used materials such as cardboard boxes, paper, paint, plastic bottles and masking tape to create these. Have a look at some of the wonderful models created by our artistic year 5 pupils!

English - w/b 29.03.21


Writing about a famous scientist

This week, Year 5 has been writing an obituary for the scientist Copernicus. We started by reading an example of an obituary, and talked about the way language is used, and how information is organised. Then we had to carry out research into the life of Copernicus and make notes, as preparation for our writing. Once we had gathered enough relevant information, we began to write our own obituary for the influential astronomer. Our writing was also a good way to finish this term’s science topic, Earth and Space.


Computing - w/b 22.03.21

In Year 5, we have been cryptographers by learning about different types of communication in the form of codes. Forms of communication have changed over time due to the many technological advancements. Today, many of us use technology to communicate particularly through social media platforms.


We began by looking at Semaphore, which is a form of communication using flags as a visual aid. Using a key, which contained each letter of the alphabet, we studied the flag positions and how some letters look similar to each other. We also managed to spell our names out using Semaphore.



We also looked at Morse code, which is a type of code used to send messages via sound or visual signals. It uses the alphabet, with each letter represented by a different sequence of long and short sound or visual signals called dots and dashes. We used a key to decode secret messages and discussed the importance of Morse code during World War 2 to send coded messages and to spy on the enemy.

Now Press Play! w/b 22.03.21

On Wednesday, Year 5 travelled back in time to relive World War 2 using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They became a character who travelled back to when children were first evacuated from cities such as London. When these evacuees returned to London, they had to practice using an air raid shelter. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had of World War 2, as they read 'Goodnight Mister Tom' last term. 

Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!

Science: Earth and Space - w/b 15.03.21

Our topic in Year 5 is ‘Earth and Space’. We have started learning about the solar system, and how planets rotate in their axis whilst orbiting the Sun. We are also thinking about how shadows are formed and how they change during the day. To help us, we have made sundials to use in an investigation. 


Sundials are the oldest known instruments for telling time. The surface of a sundial has markings for each hour of daylight. As the Sun moves across the sky, another part of the sundial casts a shadow on these markings. The position of the shadow shows what time it is.


The ancient Egyptians made the earliest known sundial in about 350BC. This sundial was simply a stick or a pillar that cast a shadow on the ground. The ancient Greeks made a sundial with a bowl-shaped opening cut into a block of stone or wood. A pointer in the centre cast shadows inside the bowl. Muslims later invented the modern sundial. Clocks began to replace sundials in the 1300s.


Back to School! w/b 08.03.21


We are very excited to be back at school, and made a great start! This morning, the year 5 pupils became artists, when they used intricate patterns to design posters containing their initials. They worked carefully and shared ideas. They also enjoyed catching up with one another during playtime. 

Keep watching this space for more exciting learning!

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: