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Year 5 blog

I am pleased to announce that Archie Wootton-Allott and Jake Speight were both chosen as our mystery writers for their diary entry from a character’s point of view.  Not only did they include all the necessary features of a diary, they also included a range of fronted adverbials and used modal verbs and adverbs to show degrees of possibility. Their use of language was interesting and varied, and they put their own, humorous style into their writing.

Welcome to the Year 5 class blog for 2017.

The children have settled in well and enjoyed the initial superhero topic and the residential to Castleton – an amazing time was had by all.

We are now going to be starting our new topic: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.  This will include:

  • how different countries and cultures are represented in stories;
  • how journeys are significant to different regions;
  • how a journey around the world today would differ from Phileas Fogg’s journey;
  • planning their own journey around the world.

In maths, we will be focusing on the four rules of operation: addition, subtraction, multiplication (including learning the method of long multiplication) and division.  We will be applying these skills in a range of problem solving activities to develop their understanding.  We will also be focusing on time: reading digital times; converting between 12-hour and 24-hour; calculating time durations; and reading and interpreting timetables.  It is important that your child already knows how to tell the time using an analogue clock; we would be grateful if you could practise this with your child at home.

Regular practice of multiplication tables and related division facts is vital in order for your child to access the Year 5 maths curriculum. Mathletics will continue to be used to support the work covered at school.


Some of the children in the class have expressed an interest in continuing to learn to play an instrument next year and recently took a leaflet home. If you are keen for them to continue with their music lessons and are willing to pay a reasonable fee, please call into the classroom for a pink form to sign, or ask your child to bring one home.  It would be great if some of our class continued next year as they showed great potential.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the whole class will be performing at our Music Extravaganza on Tuesday 11th July in the morning.  Please come along and enjoy.

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to our class for a wonderful performance at the Elsecar Music Festival this morning.  Not only did they play beautifully, they also behaved impeccably too!  Well done to those talented children who were brave enough to play a solo in front of all those people. We’re proud of you all.

On Friday 23rd June, all our pupils in Year 5 (as well as children from other schools) will be performing at Elsecar Heritage Centre to showcase what they have learnt in their brass lessons this year with Mr Dodd.  It is always a really good event and we would like to invite you to come along to watch and support your children.  A letter will be going out shortly.  The performance starts at 10:30 and there is a £2.50 entry fee.  We look forward to seeing you there.


In Literacy, we have been studying the poem ‘Flannan Isle’ by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson; this is based on the true story of three lighthouse keepers who went missing in 1900.  We researched facts (and opinions) about their disappearance and used the information to write detailed news reports.  It was very pleasing to see the children using the key features of a news report, including using formal language and both direct and reported speech for quotes.  A selection of these will be on display in the classroom for you to read (as well as a few shown below.)

Well done to Jola Markey, who was chosen as our Mystery Writer for a fabulous news report.







Our ‘Islands’ topic is well under way, and we have produced some amazing work linked to this! We have had many comments from other children and staff about the high quality of our two displays of puffin art and non-chronological reports. Two of the children in class were even lucky enough to visit Bempton Cliffs in the holidays to see puffins in the wild!








One of the areas we have been learning about in science is famous naturalists and conservationists. We really enjoyed finding out about the careers of Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, and you can see what we learned about them in our display outside the classroom.



We have had some excellent debates around what makes a person ‘great’ and who should be included as a ‘Great Briton’. The class voted Alexander Fleming in first place, followed by Winston Churchill in second and Stephen Hawking in third. Thanks again to everyone who contributed suggestions for us!

After reading and studying many different British legends, the children have written their own legends.   They have worked extremely hard on these, editing and improving them continuously, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  These will be made into books for others to read – I’m sure that you’ll enjoy reading them too.

Well done to our final mystery writer of the term - Layla Armitage.  Her legend was written in the correct style and she managed to interweave action, description and dialogue throughout.  Her sentence types were varied, including relative clauses and subordinate clauses, and she worked extremely hard to include a wide variety of punctuation.  Preferring to print at the beginning of the year, Layla now produces beautiful, joined-up handwriting which is lovely to see.

As Easter rapidly approaches, we will be doing a short topic (for two weeks) based around chocolate.  We will be looking at where chocolate comes from, who discovered it and how it is made.  We will also be designing and advertising our own chocolate bars.  In the afternoon of Wednesday 5th April, we will be having a chocolate workshop.