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Year 5

Welcome to the Turquoise and Maroon Class page!



English - w/b 15.04.24


In English this week, the children have been exploring the front cover of ‘The London Eye Mystery’ and making interesting predictions about what they think the text might be about. The children have been asking a range of questions about the text along with making inferences about the main character.

Geography - w/b 25.03.24


This term in geography, we looked at ‘Extreme Earth’ where we focused on the many different extreme weather types across the world. We began by looking at how the equator affects the climate, the further you are from the equator the colder it becomes. We also looked at how climate change has caused changes in temperature around the world over the last 50 years. In the UK we live in a Temperate Climate Zone, this means that we have cold winters and mild summers. But in 2022 we had a heatwave and the temperature was 40.3C! This was the hottest temperature recorded in the UK. We then became weather forecasters for extreme weather and looked at how weather is recorded and reported.

Mathematics - w/b 18.03.24


As part of our learning in mathematics, we have been regularly engaging with fun activities on TimesTable Rockstars and competing with each other within Years 5 and 6 so that we can improve our understanding of multiplication and division facts. This has been an exciting way to demonstrate our learning.

Computing - w/b 11.03.24


In year 5, we have been looking at flat-file databases which focus on how information or data records are stored. We used a real-life database to answer questions and to create graphs and charts to help us understand and analyse information better. We used information about the passengers on the Titanic to answer questions such as “How many people boarded first class?”.

French - w/b 04.03.24


In French, the children in year 5 have been looking at the unit Bon appetit, bonne sante (items of food). In this unit, the children have learned different items of food which we consume on a regular basis. They are able to pronounce them and write them in French.

Reading - w/b 26.02.24


In year 5, we have been reading a wide range of texts to allow us to build upon our imagination. Reading has been a fantastic tool in our learning, particularly to inspire us with narrative writing such as our version of ‘Skellig’ where we had to conjure a creature description based off of Greek mythology. We have also had the opportunity this term to use the library and access a wide range of stories and texts that we have an interest in.

RE - w/b 19.02.24


During RE day, we learnt about the importance of the Qur’an and how all Muslims value this special holy book.  As a class, we discussed some of the importance messages within this holy book. In addition to this, we explored a range of artefacts within the lesson and discussed the significance of them

PHSCE - w/b 05.02.24


This term, we have been ‘Celebrating our Differences’. We began by talking about our cultural differences, including our practices and traditions through the way we dress and what we eat. We compared our cultures with one another and it was an interesting discussion which allowed us to understand our friends better. We then discussed the different types of bullying which can stem from our differences, however we know that our duty is to be an upstander when this happens and ensure that we always tell an adult when this does occur.


Finally, this week was ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’ and we have been discussing the wonderful things that we would like our friends to know about our lives outside of school. We have been journaling our thoughts in our daily diaries.


Mathematics - w/b 29.01.24


This week in mathematics we have been working collaboratively as a group to multiply three digit numbers by two digit numbers. We have used mathematical vocabulary to explain the various steps. In addition to this, we have solved a range of word problems involving multiplication.

History - w/b 22.01.24


In year 5, during our History lessons we have been learning about Baghdad. We began our learning by looking at the earliest civilisation in Mesopotamia (this area spans over many countries today such as Iraq and Iran). We learned how the civilisation relied heavily upon the natural resources in the surrounding area such as the fertile soils and the river Euphrates and Tigris. This allowed us to enquire about how later civilizations had successfully settled and built cities in the area. We know that Baghdad was a financially successful city which focused on teaching, learning and trade.

Reading - w/b 15.02.24


In order to become fluent readers, we like to read on a regular basis and use every opportunity we can during school to embed this. Some of the reading strategies we have used include: choral reading, echo reading, whole class reading and silent reading. Reading allows us to develop our vocabulary so that we can use this within our writing. We read across all areas of the curriculum. 

English - w/b 08.01.24


Our new text in English is called ‘Skellig’. This week, we began reading the book and read the first six chapters! So far, we have learned that the main character, Michael, and his family have moved into a dilapidated house that has a large garage, almost about to cave in. Michael soon discovers that there seems to be something living in the garage. We then had a debate as to whether or not Michael’s family made the right decision in moving from their old home to this new house that is falling apart.

Christmas - w/b 11.12.23


This week, we have been writing special Christmas messages. In addition to this, we have discussed the importance of Christmas and why families come together. We also appreciate our families as well as our friends and helpful adults. 

Science - w/b 04.12.23


This term in Year 5, we have been learning about the different types of forces and their effect on us and the things around us. We began our learning by looking at Sir Isaac Newton as he discovered gravity. He is famously known for having an apple fall down onto his head when he was sitting under an apple tree. This sparked his curiosity and led him to continue working on the theory of gravity. We enjoyed conducting experiments which focused on how the mass of an object affects its weight. 


Computing - w/b 27.11.23


This term we have been learning about how to use the internet safely and the importance of using various websites. We have also learnt how to refine our search so that we can look for specific information. During our lessons, we have had an opportunity to research information about our Geography topic and make cross-curricular links. 

Geography - w/b 20.11.23


This term we have been learning about North America and the countries within it. We know that North America is a large area which is a part of the Northern Hemisphere, just like our country! However, there are very few similarities between England and countries such as Mexico or even Guatemala. We have been particularly focused on different cities within the various countries in North America.

Oracy - w/b 13.11.23


As part of our Oracy Curriculum, we were able to provide our viewpoint about various topics e.g. ‘Manchester United is the best team in the world’. We were able to explain that this is an opinion; it is an individual's thought. As a class, we discussed different facts and opinions and articulated ourselves in full sentences. We listened attentively to our learning partners.

PHSCE - w/b 06.11.23


This term in PHSCE, our topic is ‘Keeping me safe’. We have been sharing our opinions about what safety means and how we can determine who our trusted adults are. We have also been discussing how our opinions are our own and we should not be influenced by others.

RE - w/b 30.10.23


In Year 5, we celebrated RE day by learning about different stories from two religions, Christianity and Islam. We learned about ‘The story of temptations’ in which Jesus’s faith was tested through trials such as breaking his fast by eating, bowing down to someone other than God and also testing God’s love for him by jumping from a tall cliff. We learned that Jesus remained steadfast in his faith and it taught us to be patient and understand that we should not be influenced so quickly by others. We also learned about the story of Bilal. Did you know that he was the first Muslim man to say the Adhan (the call to prayer)?

PHSCE - w/b 16.10.23


In PSHCE, we have been learning about an inspirational figure called Martin Luther King.  We discussed how he played a role in the lives of individuals by standing up what he believed was right.  In addition to this, we read parts of his speech and discussed the main messages from there.   

Art - w/b 09.10.23


In Art, we have had the opportunity to compare the work of three different artists with the names of Cy Gavin, Vincent Van Gogh and Francis Bacon.  We discussed the different techniques they have used within their art work.  In addition to this, we have created a one perspective picture in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.  

Science - w/b 02.10.23


In Science, we have been exploring space and the planets that create our solar system. We learned which planets there are in space and their order from the Sun - we use the acronym ‘My Very Enormous Monkey Just Stole Uncooked Nuggets’ to help us remember. Do you know the order using this acronym? We then looked at the theories that have developed over time as technology has advanced. We looked at the Geocentric and Heliocentric theories which focus on whether the Earth or the Sun is in the centre of the universe.

Reading - w/b 25.09.23


In Year 5, we have been reading a range of texts as part of our curriculum, so that we can become fluent readers.  Over the week, we have practised various reading strategies which include: choral reading, echo reading, reading with pace and taking account of punctuation.  In addition to this, we have identified the meaning of unknown vocabulary by reading around the sentences. 

Mathematics - w/b 18.09.23


In Year 5, we have been learning about numbers to 1,000,000! We have been particularly learning how to partition large numbers into smaller values and how to manipulate numbers to create different variations in the parts that we can create. In this lesson, we used manipulatives to create numbers and then we used them as a visual guide to help us break down numbers.

English - w/b 11.09.23


This week we have had the opportunity to explore various poems and identify some of the features which include: personification, similes and metaphors.  In particular, we focused on the poem called On the run from colours by John Agard.  We explored his theme and wrote our own example.  

Welcome Back! w/b 04.09.23


This week we have enjoyed getting to know the exciting things that our friends did over the summer holidays! We discussed our goals and dreams for Year 5 and we collaborated together to artistically recreate our school motto “Together we learn, Together we achieve”. We also enjoyed using our new reading corner and exploring who our focus authors are for the year!

Welcome to the Turquoise and Maroon Class page!



Sports Morning - w/b 10.07.23


We had a fabulous sports morning in Year 5! We started off the day by playing a series of handball matches and collected points for our teams. Following this, we participated in team relay races showing off our speed and tenacity. Our final activity of the morning was individual sprints. To wrap the morning up, we had a medal ceremony and celebrated our marvelous wins!

Art - w/b 03.07.23


This week in art, we explored patterns in the style of the author and illustrator, Shoo Rayner. As we will be delving deeper into our topic 'Tornadoes' in the coming week, we will use these patterns to create our final collages.

Art - w/b 26.06.23


During Art week, we learnt about Alma Thomas, the first African American woman to have a show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  We started the week off by finding out about her life and carefully planning a biography on her. During the course of the week, we redrafted this and published our biographies on this inspiring artist. Alongside this, we looked at examples of her work and planned our own pieces, making use of a range of media such as charcoal, oil pastels and paint. We also experimented with tools such as cotton buds, paint brushes and sponges. Following on from this, we produced our final piece, using paper plates and our chosen media and tools. Our final step was to create another piece, again inspired by Thomas, but this time using clay. We manipulated this into plates and used a range of clay tools to create our relief. After allowing it to dry, we painted our reliefs. 

During the week we were Reasoning Robots who looked carefully for connections between art, history and mathematics. It was a memorable week indeed!


Mathematics - w/b 19.06.23


In mathematics we are currently exploring converting between percentages, decimals and fractions. We know that 10 tenths are equal to 1 whole. We also know that 10 hundredths are equal to 1 tenth and so on. We start off every mathematics lesson with 'Flashback 4', where we recall a range of skills and knowledge across the mathematics curriculum. 

RE - w/b 12.06.23


We had a fabulous RE day last week! The theme we looked at was 'Thankfulness'. We first delved into what being thankful mean to us, before exploring what different religions say about this topic. The religions we focussed on were; Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism. We finally created posters dipicting our new knowledge. 

Reading - w/b 05.06.23


In Guided Reading, we are looking at Greek mythology this term. We read a text about Theseus and the minotaur and had the opportunity to summarise on the key events.

French - w/b 22.05.23


Our current topic in French is 'Je suis le musicien' (I am the music man).

In today's lesson, we recapped our knowledge of the French names for musical instruments, and whether they are feminine or masculine. We did this by playing a game based on 'Snakes and Ladders' with our peers. Following on from this, we participated in a role play activity; practising using French phrases with our peers. 

Oracy - w/b 15.05.23


We have been focussing on our Oracy skills in English this week by generating and answering questions in the role, as one of the main characters Ted, in our book ‘The London Eye Mystery’. During the Q&A session, we ensured we followed the ‘Drama Contract’ and kept an eye on the strands of the Oracy Framework. As a follow-up task, we wrote in character as Ted, building on our conversations in role.

Coronation Celebrations - w/b 08.05.23


We had a wonderful day commemorating the coronation of King Charles III! We started the day off by decorating placemats, and making party hats. We then put our artistic and collaborative skills together to create a collage of King Charles III. In the afternoon we enjoyed scrumptious sandwiches, cake and fruit. We also played musical statues and charades. It was a day we will remember forever!

Climate Week - w/b 01.05.23

During Climate week our focus was: 'Save our forests.' As the week progressed we learnt was deforestation is, why it happens and how it affects our planet and all living things. We used this knowledge to write a non-chronological report about deforestation. With our science hats on, we carried out an enquiry, finding out if we could mimic soil erosion. We were successful! 

Finally, we used waste from home, such as empty plastic bottles and boxed to create one piece of art per group, depicting the effects of climate change on our environment. We wrapped up the week by curating our very own art galleries, displaying these marvellous pieces. 

RE Day - w/b 24.04.23


Last week we had our termly RE day, focussing on the question: Should all creatures be treated equally? We asked questions about the meaning and purpose of life, and suggested a range of answers which might be given by ourselves, as well as members of different religious groups or individuals. We then considered a range of diverse views and opinions, and gave our own thoughts backed with rational reasons. Following on from this, we wrote poems, telling other people what we want to say to the world and how we should treat animals. For this, we carefully chose phrases in our poems that are vivid to bring our ideas to life.

English - w/b 17.04.23


In Year 5 we have started reading our new book; ‘The London Eye Mystery’. In today’s activity, we read the first two chapters to get to know the characters. We then created a family tree, explaining each character’s role in the hierarchy.

Art - w/b 27.03.23


This term, we studied the techniques used by artist Peter Doig. In particular, we looked at how he used tints, reflection and pointillism in one of his paintings called ‘Milky Way’. Our learning journey consisted of experimenting with colour mixing to create tints, using prussian blue. We then practised our skills in creating the night sky as seen in ‘Milky Way’ and produced replicas of this beautiful piece of art. Next, we looked at a photograph of Wanstead Flats and planned how we would recreate this in the style of Mr Doig. Finally, we used all of the techniques learnt to create our final piece. 

Mathematics - w/b 20.03.23


We are learning how to use the written method in multiplication. We started off by showing how we multiply with two digit numbers, by using diennes and place value charts. Since then, we have moved onto the abtract method (written) as we have consolidated our place value knowledge.