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Year 5 blog

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are all refreshed ready for the new term.  Here is an overview of the term ahead.


Fractions and decimals will form a large part of this term’s maths.  This will include the following areas: calculating fractions of amounts and using these to solve problems; finding equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions; comparing and ordering fractions and decimals; and adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions (including those with different denominators).

The geometry aspects will focus on regular 2D shapes and quadrilaterals; translating and reflecting shapes using co-ordinates; and recognising, measuring and calculating angles.  For measurement, the focus will be on converting units of measurement; reading scales; and calculating the area and perimeter of shapes.  For statistics, we will revise how to read and interpret bar graphs and learn how to find the range and the mode.

We encourage the children to practise their multiplication tables regularly (at home and at school) to increase the speed and accuracy of their calculations.  We will continue with our Beat the Clock challenge to monitor progress.  We also ask that children complete a minimum of 3 Mathletics activities each week.


To link with our topic of ‘Great Britain’, much of our Literacy will be based around British myths and legends, such as Robin Hood and King Arthur.  This will include the following writing activities: reports; diaries; news reports; descriptions; and planning and writing their own legend.

The grammar and punctuation focuses will be: direct and reported speech; showing degrees of possibility by using adverbs or modal verbs; apostrophes for contraction and possession; and using punctuation for effect.

Weekly spellings (based on a particular rule or pattern) will continue to be sent home on a Wednesday and we ask that the children practise these regularly.  For homework, the children are to use the words in interesting sentences, paying particular attention to sentence openers and the correct use of punctuation.  The children will be tested on these words every Monday in the spelling/dictation test.  Please also encourage your child to continue to learn the Y3/4 key spellings (and in some cases the Y5/6 spellings).  The children can use Spellodrome to practise their spellings in a fun and interactive way.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Emilie Todd for being our last mystery writer of 2016.  This was for her narrative writing based on the short film ‘Alma’.  She showed excellent characterisation and built up the suspense throughout.  Her writing included many of the features that we had been focusing on in class: relative clauses; subordinate clauses and varied sentence openers.  Well done, Emilie.


Congratulations to our next mystery writer – Katie Bebb.

Katie was chosen for her writing which described a character from a short video clip.  Not only did she include well-chosen adjectives and adverbs, she also used onomatopoeia and personification.  Her sentences were accurately structured with a wide range of fronted adverbials and correct punctuation.

Well done to Holly Streets and Seth Garratt, who were chosen as our mystery writers last week.

The task was to describe a scene from a music stimulus, suggesting what they thought was happening, the atmosphere that it created and how it made them feel.  Not only did they both describe it in detail, they also used the areas of grammar and punctuation that we had been working on in class: adverbials of time; subordinate and relative clauses; and accurate use of commas.

After  completing a piece of writing, one child’s writing will be chosen as an excellent model for this particular style of writing.  Their work will be shared anonymously with the class for them to discuss what they like about it and to pick out excellent techniques used.  The class then get to find out who wrote it.

Well done to our first mystery writer – Curtis Kasza.

He was chosen for his story based on the ‘Night of the Museum’.  Description, action and dialogue were interwoven throughout, and characterisation was shown clearly.  He has a lovely style of writing and used varied vocabulary and phrases for effect.

In Literacy, we have been studying the narrative poem, ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.  The children have created wonderful pieces of written work and art work based on the poem, some of which can be seen on display in our classroom.  Thank you to Mrs Addy and Mrs Richardson for the terrific backdrop.

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One of our first tasks was to describe the highwayman.

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We then used the text to find out, and infer, information about Tim, the Ostler.

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When Bess was captured by King George’s men, we discussed the many thoughts that would be running through her mind.

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Next, we chose a character and wrote from their point of view.  Our aim was to ‘show’ how a character felt rather than to ‘say’ how they felt.  We also tried to include a range of figurative language into our writing and use fronted adverbials to vary how our sentences began.

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For homework, we researched famous highwaymen from the past and created a fact file about them.  These were put into a book for the class to read.

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The children created some wonderful pictures in the style of  Charles Keeping, the illustrator of the book.

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We ended the half term by filming the children performing the poem in groups, using their voice, sound effects and actions.

A fantastic first half term in year 5.


Today, we visited the Discovery Centre in Leeds.  We were very excited to be taken into the large store room where we saw many different wonderful things from the past.  We learnt about the importance of keeping the room cool and dark to protect the items and also about keeping some behind glass. 







We were given the opportunity to use a microscope to look close up at some of the insects which could cause damage to the items.



We were also given a task of cleaning minerals; for this, we needed to wear gloves.



Andrew, our education officer, answered our many questions about the items and his job.  It was a very enjoyable and informative visit.


As part of our learning in R.E., we found out all about the festival called ‘The Day of the Dead’.  Although the decorated skulls might remind you of Halloween, the ‘Day of the Dead’ is not a scary time; it is a celebration to honour deceased relatives.  We produced some fantastic writing and art work linked to this celebration.



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 Here is a space where we as a class, can share and celebrate our exciting work and displays.

This Blog will be frequently updated with news and any information important to the class.

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Welcome to the Year 5 Class Blog!

Van Gogh Display

We began Year 5 by studying the famous painting ‘A Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh.  We wrote descriptions of the picture, researched information about Van Gogh to write a biography and also created our own wonderful version of this picture, which can be seen outside our classroom.



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During the autumn term we are focusing our work around the film ‘A Night at the Museum’.  This topic has a historical focus, which will include learning about significant people and events in history.  The first half term, we will be: identifying jobs within museums; looking at how artefacts are preserved; learning about balanced arguments in regard to the Elgin Marbles; and studying famous Britons in history.


In Literacy, we are studying the narrative poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.  Within this, we will: develop understanding of the plot, characters and setting; identify and use a range of figurative language; write from a character’s viewpoint; explore drama; and research famous highwaymen.

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We began our maths work with a large focus on place value: reading and writing numbers with up to 7-digits; comparing and ordering numbers; and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000, 100 000 and 1 000 000.  We have also revised Roman numerals and used these in calculations.  We are now focusing on the four rules of calculation, using these within multi-step word problems and missing number problems.  Quick recall of multiplication tables and their related division facts is extremely important and we encourage children to practise their multiplication tables regularly at home.   The children take part in ‘Beat the Clock’ each week which encourages children to beat their score and move up levels of difficulty.



Year 5 children have the fantastic opportunity, every Tuesday morning, to learn to play a brass instrument with the talented Mr Dodd, who plays for one of the top three brass bands in the world.  They have a made a terrific start and I’m sure that you will enjoy listening them perform at the Christmas musical extravaganza.


P.E days are Monday and Wednesday – the children will need to ensure that their p.e. kits are in school on these days.