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Year 5

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Art - w/b 09.05.22


In art this week we have been preparing our etching plates for our intaglio printing. To do this we came up with our own hurricane patterns based on zentangle and Shoo Raynor patterns. We then traced these onto our foil etching plate before etching them deep into the foil using nails. We had to make sure it would be deep enough for the ink to go into the grooves and transfer onto the paper.

Mathematics - w/b 02.05.22


Today in Mathematics, we learned how to use our logical reasoning skills to help us solve a problem. We first recapped our prior knowledge of square numbers, multiples and factors. This knowledge helped us with solving a problem that involved multiplying and dividing. We represented our solutions using manipulatives which helped us visualise our steps in solving the problem.

French - w/b 25.04.22


Our unit this term in French is: Je suis le musicien (I am the music man). In this lesson, we recapped our knowledge of nouns: all French nouns are either masculine or feminine. We practised pronouncing the names of six instruments and wrote the masculine ones in blue in one column (le piano, le saxophone, le violon) and the feminine (la guitare, la batterie, la clarinette) in red in another. We then split as a class into two groups: one for masculine nouns and one for feminine nouns. Each group had to repeat their nouns. We played an animation, pointing out that the masculine instruments are preceded by du (je joue du piano/du saxophone/du violon) whereas the feminine instruments are preceded by de la (je joue de la guitare/ de la batterie/de la clarinette)

Later in the lesson, we consolidated our knowledge by playing snakes and ladders. The rules were: 

  • Take turns to throw the dice and move your counter from Départ to Arrivée. 
  • If you land on a square with a question, your partner asks you the question and you must give the correct answer, or else move back two squares.
  • If you land on a square with a heart, say if you like the instrument or not. Move back two squares if you can’t say it. 
  • If you land on a ladder, move your counter up. 
  • If you land on a snake, slide your counter down. Example: A Tu joues du violon? B Oui, je joue du violon. / Non, je ne joue pas de violon. h? J’aime le piano. / Je n’aime pas le piano.

Mathematics - w/b 18.04.22


This week in year 5, we have been introduced to decimal numbers. To understand the place value of decimal numbers, we used a place value chart and counters to make numbers. We then learnt how to add fractions using the place value chart. We now understand that ten tenths make one and ten hundredths make one tenth. We must remember to exchange when we have ten or more in one column. 


Science - w/b 28.04.22


This week in year 5 we have been learning about the physical and internal changes that occur in old age. We learnt that not all changes can be seen. For example, an elderly person has a weaker immune system than those in the stage of adulthood. Their weaker immune system means that they are more vulnerable to diseases or illnesses. However, a baby’s immune system is also just as fragile as an elderly person. This is because they are still in the process of developing their immunity. To help us consolidate our knowledge, we created a table to sort the physical and internal changes of the elderly. Then some of us wrote a short, persuasive letter to convince an elderly person to make healthy lifestyle choices in their diet. 


English - w/b 21.03.22


This week in year 5 we have been writing our narrative piece based on the book we are reading: The Varmints. We have been building up to this over the last couple of weeks by writing setting descriptions which explore how the Varmint feels in his surroundings at the beginning and middle of the story. We have been learning lots of new vocabulary such as ‘serene’ and ‘bucolic’ in order to write interesting and descriptive narratives. 


Reading - w/b 14.03.22


This week in year 5, we have been doing a range of reading activities. We have visited our amazing school library, gave book recommendations during DEAR (drop everything and read) time and compared and contrasted different types of vertebrates. In guided reading, we are focussing on non-fiction texts that explore the wonders of animals and nature. We now know the difference between cold-blooded and warm-blooded vertebrates. For example; Amphibians are ectothermic creatures, who rely on sunlight to regulate their body temperature whereas mammals are endothermic and rely on their fur. 


RE - w/b 07.03.22


We have had some very exciting RE visitors in Year 5. In RE we have been learning all about Christianity and were lucky enough to have a priest visit us to explain how the teachings of Jesus have shaped his life. We then had a visit from a Humanist to show us an alternative viewpoint and we were able to discuss how there are some similarities and differences between Christianity and Humanism.

RE - w/b 28.02.22


This week, year 5 had a visit from Faith in Schools. We met a vicar from our local church in Manor Park: Father Lee and our Faith in School’s worker: Eguolo. In our session, we learned about the significance of Easter to Christians and how they show their devotion to their religion and God. Father Lee demonstrated the importance of following the acts of Jesus by washing the feet of Eguolo. We were told that Christians sometimes perform this act to remind ourselves that we are all equal in the eyes of the lord.

Geography - w/b 21.02.22


This week in geography we have been learning about climate change and its effect on extreme weather in the UK. We looked at the links between climate change, pollution and global warming and  took notes on everything we learnt. 


We used these notes to hold small group debates about a number of hot topics. We discussed: whether all plastic should be banned, if everyone should become a vegetarian and ways of cleaning up our oceans. 


To help us become good debate partners we followed the Oracy Guidelines and gave feedback to our peers about what we did well and how we could improve next time. We also assessed our own progress, the risks we took and which debating skills we could improve on to become better at debating in the future.


Design and Technology - w/b 07.02.22


This week in DT, year 5 have been baking sweet and savoury scones. Over the last couple of weeks we have learnt about nutrition, seasonal foods and the history of scones. We have also written up our recipe ready for the big day! We were lucky enough to have a Michelin star chef, Gavin Gorden, visit us to teach us how to bake delicious scones and together we followed the recipe and had a lot of fun baking! Our scones looked great and tasted even better, we have all had a wonderful time learning about scones in food tech.

Computing - w/b 31.01.22


This week in computing, we have been looking at the effects of online bullying. We discussed a scenario in which someone accidentally sent a mean text message to a group chat and considered how we would respond as each of the characters in the scenario. We also discussed the difference between a bystander and an upstander and how we could take action to be a supportive bystander. We shared our ideas in our table groups and recorded our responses on a sheet.

Mathematics - w/b 24.01.22


In mathematics, we have started our new topic: Multiplication and Division. So far, we have worked on multiplying two, three and four digit numbers by one digit number. We used counters and place value charts and the column method to help us understand how multiplication works. Through this, we are now able to make exchanges in more than one column when needed and can demonstrate this with the use counters.


History - w/b 17.01.22


This week in history we have been learning about the ancient Round City of Baghdad. We learned all about the architecture and design of ancient Sasanian cities and how this inspired Al-Mansur to design his own Round City, which would become the capital of the Islamic Empire. We planned our own ancient city of Baghdad by studying a birds-eye view drawing and city designs which helped us to draw our own design. Using biscuits and icing sugar we built our impressive reconstructions of the Round City of Baghdad.

English - w/b 10.01.22


We have been introduced to our new book, Skellig by David Almond. Through discussion we have empathised with the characters and can recall key events that have occurred in the story. To help us recall the events, we used freeze frames to capture each key part of the story so far.  


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! - w/b 13.12.21


Year five was visited by a soon-to-be Vicar: Mr McLeod Senior. He delivered a great discussion about the meaning of Christmas in Christianity. It was interesting to find out that no matter the denomination within Christianity, all Christians believe in one God and one spirit. We were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end and were very satisfied with Mr McLeod’s answers. 


In addition to learning about Christmas, we also learnt about Pentecostal and Ascension day. Pentecostal Day celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit and Ascension Day celebrates the Holy Spirit going back to heaven upon a cloud. 


Computing - w/b 06.12.21


In computing we have learned how a search engine works. We are now able to explain why Google is a popular search engine and understand how to effectively filter our searches online. In our lesson, we were learning how to identify which web page has the highest amount of links and explain why.

Science - w/b 29.11.21


This week in science we have been learning about the relationship between air resistance and gravity. We carried out an investigation to discover whether objects with different mass fall at the same rate by creating a parachute out of everyday materials and dropping a range of objects from the same height. We used a stopwatch to measure how long it took the objects to land. We discovered that Galileo’s theory that all objects fall at the same rate in the absence of air resistance was correct, by comparing the time it took for an object to fall without a parachute to the time it took with the parachute. 


We had a lot of fun creating our parachutes and timing the falling objects.


Year 5 and 6 Little Ilford Football Competition w/b- 29.11.21

It was great to have our year 5 and 6 boys and girls representing us at Little Ilford Football competition this week. Both played 3 matches against very strong teams and you could see them improving as a team every game. Our boys team finished with a total of 4 points overall to finish in second place. Our girls team finished in third place overall after some fantastic performances. Well done to everybody! 

RE - W/B 22.11.21



This term in RE, we have been learning about a Christian custom of making Christingles during Advent. Christingles originated from Germany in the 1700s and is now a tradition in Protestant churches within England. After learning about the historical context behind the Christingle, we then learned about symbolism behind the Christingle and what it means to a Christian. We then made a Christingle and labelled each part, explaining each part’s meaning.

  • The orange represents the world. 
  • The ribbon represents the blood and sacrifice of Jesus.
  • The candle represents Jesus as the light of the world. 
  • The four cocktail sticks represent the four seasons. 
  • The dry fruit or sweets symbolises God’s creations.

Mathematics - w/b 15.11.21


In Mathematics, we have been learning about squared numbers and cubed numbers. Using multi links, we realised a cube number can be made into a perfect cube. The notation for cube is ³. We now know that this symbol means we must triple the number or multiply it three times. For example: 3³ = 3 x 3 x 3.

Reading - w/b 08.11.21


Today in guided reading, we did an exciting activity using oil pastels to represent our inferences in the form of abstract-expressionist art. The objective of the activity was to make it look colourful with many designs. We also had to use the technique ‘shading’ to add extra effects to our work.


The colours were picked in a special way, we analysed the language of a poem and picked key words from a colour word bank to help us make inferences and explain the mood and tone throughout the poem.


The colours and words we used to make inferences and describe our poem were:

Red:                                                                          Purple:

Love                                                                              Wisdom

Passion                                                                         Mystery

Aggression                                                                   Problem-Solving

Fire                                                                                Creativity

Blue:                                                Yellow:

Reliable                                                                          Friendly

Soothing                                                                        Happiness

Stability                                                                          Joy

Trust                                                                                Inspiration

Orange:                                             Brown

Warmth                                                                           Green

Attention                                                                         Pink

Comfort                                                                           Black



English - w/b 01.11.21


In English, we have been introduced to our new book: Happy Here. Happy Here is a one of a kind anthology, as it is made up of ten books written by 10 black authors and illustrated by black illustrators. One of the stories that we are looking at is called ‘Wake’ by Jasmine Richards. In the story, our main character Eva discovers a golden mask that was kept in a compartment within her Grandma’s sacred box. The mask reminded her of the happier times of when Eva and her grandmother would go to the Carnival. As a class, we learned about the historical context behind carnival and what it represents. Then to enrich our learning and make the book come alive, we made our own carnival masks.

French - w/b 18.10.21


In French, we have been learning how to describe our journey to school. Over the term, we have been learning key vocabulary and phrases to help describe the directions and landmarks that we may pass when on our route to school. In our final week of this unit, we wrote a few sentences in French that map out our route to school in the morning. 


RE - w/b 11.10.21


In year 5, our unit is: ‘What do religions believe about God?’ This week we learned how Hindus show worship within their faith. We now have a basic understanding of the beliefs of Hinduism, particularly the art of drama and dance. Through dance, Hindu's can bring to life the mythology stories of their deities (Gods and Goddesses). Dance in Hinduism has been developed over the last 2000 years! After watching some performances of Hindu dance, we worked in groups and acted out the mythology story of Rama and Sita through dance and mime.  

Science - w/b 04.10.21


This term in science, we have been learning about our solar system. 

So far on our learning journey, we have: 

  • Identified and named the planets.
  • Created a solar system poster where we ordered and named the planets.
  • We have also learned the difference between geocentric and heliocentric movements and discussed the movement of planets in relation to the sun and moon (orbit affects seasons, day and night). 
  • Finally, we took part in a ‘Now Press Play’ session where we looked at the wonders of Mars and acted this out as a class. In this session we met Neil Armstrong; maintained a space shuttle; walked on Mars and had an encounter with a Martian dust storm!

Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21


In year five, we have begun our new topic of addition and subtraction in mathematics. To help us have a better understanding of this concept, we used our place value counters so we can work out addition problems in a practical way. The main concept that we were learning about today was exchange. Exchange happens when there are more than ten counters in a column. When there are more than ten counters in a column, we need to exchange the ten counters for another counter that is ten times greater. For example: ten ones would be exchanged for one ten; ten tens would be exchanged for one hundred and ten hundreds would be exchanged for one thousand. Once we had a better understanding of this process, we then applied our knowledge of addition with exchange in the form of the column method.

English - w/b 20.09.21


This week in English, we have been looking more closely at John Agard’s poetry. The poem we focussed on was: ‘The girl who married the iron stove’. 

It is based on a 17th century German fairy tale about a princess who is lost in the woods and comes across an enchanted stove who promises to help her get home in exchange for marriage. Out of desperation, the princess agrees. We explored the language of the poem and looked at the hidden meanings associated with the stove. We then used our poem as a stimulus to perform a conscience alley. Using ‘conscience alley’, we had one side arguing against the union and one side that was encouraging the princess to marry the enchanted stove. 


Reading - w/b 13.09.21

This week in Guided Reading, we have been looking at the poem: ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake. It focuses on the impact of the industrial revolution in the 18th century. We carefully considered and discussed the choice of language used by Blake and how certain words conveyed a strong sense of meaning. In the poem it mentions there is an ‘immortal’ being and this immortal being created the tiger mentioned throughout the poem. We decided to act this out by spreading rumours about this creator. Who is this creator? Where does this creator come from?

W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!


Pupils in year 5 had a very strong start to the school year. They already produced a redrafted piece of writing called 'Pigeon Impossible' and returned their homework projects to school. 


Year 4

2020 - 2021

Mathematics - w/b 12.07.21


This week in mathematics, we have been learning how to determine how many minutes there are past the hour; record time in digital format; convert analogue time to digital time and use key vocabulary to describe our learning.

PHSCE - w/b 05.07.21


In PHSCE this week, we explored our new topic of ‘Changing Me’. We completed our KWL grid based on aspects of what we know and what we wanted to learn. We then considered the changes and differences we have experienced so far in life. Once we discussed this, we explored ideas based on our future aspirations. Finally, we completed a polygon net which consisted of statements based on our achievements and accomplishments.


History - w/b 28.06.21


In history, we have been learning about WW2 and the impact it had on our local area of East London. We looked at the many reasons as to why East London was targeted, as well as the devastating consequences it had on the capital. Once we discussed this, we created a timeline of the key events which included the Blitz and the dreaded Black Saturday. 


Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21



This week we have been learning about the Olympics. We attended a workshop about this topic and learnt many facts about this popular event. Did you know that the first Olympic event started in Greece? This workshop was helpful in enabling us to deepen our knowledge as well as retrieving/consolidating information which we have learnt in guided reading.


Diversity Week - South Africa - w/b 14.06.21


This week, year four learned all about South Africa. We learned how to greet one another in Afrikaans as well as the meaning of the flag and what each colour represents. We also learned about a revolutionary- political leader, Nelson Mandela. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. We were so fascinated by Mandela’s achievements and what he had overcome, that we made non-chronological reports about him. Later in the week, we made a traditional dish called Chakalaka, which was very yummy indeed! We also painted black silhouettes of African animals in an African savanna. 


Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21

This week in mathematics we have been learning to recognise that hundredths arise from dividing one whole into one hundred equal parts. We now understand and can see that one tenth is also ten hundredths. We also are confident in counting in hundredths. We used diennes to help support our learning and understanding of this concept. Throughout the lesson we used key vocabulary including: place value, tenths, hundredths, equal parts, split and number line. 


English - w/b 24.05.21


In English, we have been creating letters in the role of the main character from ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’. In order to successfully complete this, we first considered the main features of a letter and used emotive language to persuade the reader. We used ambitious vocabulary such as urge, compel, injustice to help with justifying our reasons. Finally, it was important to structure our work carefully so that we could present our ideas in a thoughtful and clear manner.

Get Active! - w/b 17.05.21


Everyday, we take part in a ten minute Get Active session. We do this first thing in the morning to help stimulate our minds and get our bodies moving. As we know, lockdown has prevented many of us from being active so fitness and keeping healthy is at the very top of our agenda here at Sir John heron. Starting our day with Get Active has made our mornings much more fun and has made our learning much more productive. 


PHSCE - w/b 10.05.21


In PHSCE this week, we have been learning about the effects alcohol can have on our health. We furthered our understanding of how drinking excessively can affect our organs such as the liver and how alcohol can affect our brain and decision making. During this lesson, we also considered the reasons why some people may drink alcohol and how we can resist from others (peer pressure). To put our learning into context, we created poems based on this topic and performed these to our class.  


Art - w/b 04.05.21

In art this week, we focused on colour mixing. Specifically, we looked at creating a spectrum of tints using pure hues. Firstly, we created tints using a darker colour (prussian blue) and then moved onto other primary colours such as vermillion red or cobalt blue. In order to do this effectively, we gradually added white to each of the hues to lighten the hue until it became almost white.  Next, using a colour wheel we began to mix primary colours to match the colours used in Seurat’s Eiffel Tower painting. We created a variety of shades which complemented his pointillism art piece. 

Falconry Workshop - w/b 26.04.21


Reading - w/b 26.04.21

Over the last two weeks, we have been reading ‘The Lost World’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. We have read the first few chapters and completed a range of tasks that focus on making predictions and inferences. This week, we have focused on describing one of the main characters from the text, Mr Challenger. Mr Challenger is a peculiar character, as he is bold, unapologetic and fiery. We wrote character descriptions and used evidence from the text to justify our answers.

Mathematics - w/b 19.04.21


This week in mathematics, we have been learning about equivalent fractions. We have explored the meaning of what is meant by equivalence, as well as beginning to identify patterns. The lessons involved embedding key vocabulary linked to fractions, as well as looking at a range of representations including bar models and number lines. In this particular lesson recorded, we focused on looking to find missing fractions on a number line. We applied our knowledge of multiplication and division in order to correctly find the many equivalent fraction pairs. 


Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21

During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to design and make a model of a 3D pyramid, ancient Egyptian jewellery and a headdress. Pupils used cardboard boxes; foil, paper, crepe paper, paint, sequins, beads, pipe cleaners and even pasta to created these models. Have a look at some of the wonderful models created by our artistic year 4 pupils!

English - w/b 29.03.21


Today in English, we acted out a part of the novel we have been reading this term. We chose parts of the story that we favoured the most and performed in front of the class. After weeks of annotating, making inferences and describing events in the story, we thoroughly enjoyed playing the parts of the characters we have grown to love. 


Computing - w/b 22.03.21


This week in computing, we were learning about the technical aspects of how the internet makes the web possible. We now understand the hidden meanings of URLs and are able to distinguish what each part of a URL means. We learned many acronyms that are used to form web pages and can now recite and explain their meanings.


Now Press Play! w/b 22.03.21

On Thursday, Year 4 travelled back in time to relive Ancient Egypt 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 a time when pharaohs ruled over Egypt. During their visit, they discovered pyramids, hieroglyphics and mummies. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had of the ancient Egyptians, as they studied this in History back in the Autumn term.

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

Science: The Digestive System - w/b 15.03.21

This term, we are learning about the human digestive system. So far, we have discovered how it works and have learned about all the different organs that are a part of our digestive system. We are confident in identifying, labeling and describing the function of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.