Welcome to - Yr5 2017/18


Year 5 is taught by Mrs Taylor, supported by Miss Rigby and Mrs O'Sullivan.


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Booths Award Winners


30.6.18 Homework - Spellings, Arithmetic and measures task.

Following a very exciting and tiring adventure at Great Tower, children are making the most of the glorious weather with outdoor maths (measures) and science (forces), which involved me getting very wet! A team of talented mathematicians also took part in the AKS maths challenge on Thursday, as well as several other teams, who have competed in sports tournaments this week for athletics and in the swimming gala. Thank you to parents who have supported us as spectators and with transport.  

Children are also in very excited to be involved with the forthcoming performance of Shrek. Costumes needed by 2nd July, ready for dress rehearsals. 


Great times at Great Tower.


22.6.16 Great Tower Residential - No homework 


Well done to everyone in Year 5 who went to Great Tower, it was wonderful to them all enjoying greater independence, developing friendships, team work and making great memories. We were also blessed with great weather for orienteering, the gauntlet, leap of faith, rock climbing, ab-sailing and canoeing, just a few of the exciting daytime challenges.



8.6.18 Homework - Topic, GSP, Arithmetic and Spellings

Well done to Ted Thompson who has been awarded the Booths trophy for May.

We have started the final half term as budding journalists, looking at the features of writing news stories, which the children are eager to get started with. In Maths we are revisiting aspects of the Year 5 curriculum, stretching and deepening our learning with reasoning tasks. Our topics this term will focus on forces in Science, local history (landmarks) and DT. Also this week, children have been given their final independent homework topic and we have discussed the many ways they could choose to present their research (due by Monday 16th July).

Finally, the slide show above is once again a celebration of great achievement during the first Summer Term. There are many examples of excellent, practical and written work, as well as super collaboration in science, art and DT. 


23rd May - Sports Day

Excellence, effort and team spirit - well done everyone! 

Have a great half term.


18.5.18 Homework - Spellings


This week we have practised converting fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths, as well as some general revision of negative numbers and using a protractor. In English children have completed our theme of 'writing to persuade,' with a grammar focus using compound and complex sentences. We have classified different materials according to their properties, extending our scientific vocabulary and presenting results within carroll diagrams. As we are coming to the end of term and with next week being Health and Fitness week, homework this week is Y5/Y6 spelling list.  We will be sending home a list specific to your child's progress in spelling at the end of next week. Please remember coloured T-shirts and school shorts, a cap and waterbottle Mon-Thur. On Friday children can choose sensible sports kit for the sponsored bubble-run. 


11.5.18  Homework: arithmetic; spellings Y5 & Y6 word list and My Maths

Congratulations to our stars of the week Anya Dewin and Mia Wood.

Well done to everyone in Year 5 who participated in the 'Bikeability' -  cycling safely program and today children received their badges and certificates. All the adults were really impressed with everyone's positive attitude, super listening and resilience. Thanks also to the instructors for their expertise and making this an enjoyable experience for the class. We have also been working hard in Maths on arithmetic and converting fractions to decimals. In English we have completed our writing to persuade theme and have produced some fantastic leaflets using Purple Mash. Spelling homework is revisiting the Y5 & Y6 word list which has been given to children last term.  

Booths Award Trophy for last month has been awarded to Martha Cairns - another super role model.

Reminder for Monday 30th - Bikeability Course begins 

Please bring bike, helmet, waterproof jacket and long PE pants.

If it's necessary to leave your child's bike,

parents will need to ensure it is locked securely against a railing, at the end of each day. 



27.4.18 Homework: MyMaths, arithmetic and

Spellings 5/6 word list



20.4.18    Homework: GSP, arithmetic and Spellings

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week: Alfie Haydock and Harley Plenderleith for a having a positive can do attitude when extending their learning, especially in Maths. 

This week Year 5 have extended their understanding of equivalent and improper fractions. In English our grammar focus is thinking about using a variety of different sentence types, with subordinating and

co-ordinating conjunctions.

We failed to launch rockets in last weeks science lesson and have considered how we could improve tests 3 and 4 this week, while ensuring we change only one variable.

Children are also working more confidently with the purple mash electronic leaflet programme, which will link to our writing focus (persuasion) this half term.  




13.4.18    Homework: My-Maths, arithmetic and Spellings

Well done Angus Chandler, who was awarded the Booths Trophy for March.

Upon our return to school, Year 5 have completed editing their piece of writing to entertain, which has been inspired by many of the Greek myths we have read and performed last term.  We have also shared some of our best examples by reading them to Y6 and Y4. We have started the new term reading time in maths with tricks on how to read the 24h clock, converting hours, minutes and seconds and applied these skills for reasoning questions involving travel timetables. Planning a fair test in science is well underway with teams thinking of their own testable questions, as well as exploring ways that they can measure (reliable) results scientifically.

A letter has been sent home with children about the forthcoming bikeability program. 


Welcome back - please see the photos below showing many examples of the wonderful achievement in Year 5,  as we ended the Spring Term. 




16.3.18 Homework: My-Maths, arithmetic and Spelling

Please can children bring a plastic bottle to school before Wednesday (500ml ideal)


Thanks to all who attended parents evening, which was a great opportunity to share feedback, as well as the wonderful achievements of the class so far this term. This week children have worked hard writing their very own wonderfully creative myths and the quality of their writing has really impressed. We have also spent time this week looking at reasoning questions in maths, some children independently, others in small groups.

How do we know about the Ancient Greeks? In answering this question children are immensely proud of their finished Greek artifacts (model buildings and pottery) and have really thought like mini historians to explain how artafacts, myths and evidence help us to understand how people lived in the past, what was important to them and how things from the past can influence today.  We will all be sad to move away from the gymnastics and hockey skills which we have developed this term. It has been wonderful to see children progress, while some have lead with exception talent - great effort everyone.


9.3.18 Homework: arithmetic, spelling and GSP


Soap carving Greek statues and architecture is now well underway, which we hope to share online next week. Children have also used lego and made playdough for creating either a battle scene from Troy or a life cycle, using start-stop-motion technology. Next week, we begin to write the first chapter of a Greek Myth while in maths we are extending our learning about improper fractions and finding lowest common denominators.



2.3.18  Homework: arithmetic, spellings and My Maths

Booths Award Trophy for last month has been awarded to Charlotte Copeland - a super role model.


An exciting week in school, which began Monday with SNOW! We also welcomed Jodie from the Olive Tree Brasserie who presented a Greek food tasting workshop, that everyone really enjoyed. The moussaka, pitta, Greek Salad and tzatziki were easily the most popular dishes.

As part of 'book week', along with the rest of school, Y5 shared Mary Hoffman's emotional story 'The Colour of Home' and Y5 responded to this text with exceptionally powerful poetry.

23.02.18 Homework: spellings, arithmetic and GSP

Well done to this week's stars of the week, Lucy Wane and Ted Thompson.

Year 5 are enthusiastically reading and preforming a variety of Greek Myths in English. We will link this to power openers (ing and ed) words and continue to vary sentences types, as we read and write to entertain this term. We have studied geometry this week in maths and are also practicing division calculations in arithmetic.Science and topic learning is well underway too. As we look forward to Greek food tasting with the Olive Tree Brasserie next week, please ensure that we have received signed permission slips to enable children to enjoy this experience. 




09.02.18 Homework is topic

Well done to this week's super stars, Daniel Chapman

and Magda Liberda  for excellence and a positive attitude. 

 The photos this week celebrate Year 5's positive attitude, progress and resilience this half term. Your amazing

children have been enthusiastic, hard working and supportive, which has resulted in great achievement in

Maths, English (particularly writing), as well as, art, PE and topic. Well done everyone - enjoy half term.  






02.02.18 Homework: MyMaths, spellings and arithmetic

Congratulations to our Y5 Booths Award trophy winner - Robert Kenworthy.


Should we always play team games? This is the question that has prompted talk for writing in class this week. As we come to the end of the 'Healthy Heads Programme,' children have really impressed through role play and discussion about confidence, communicating and being (playing) fair. Our focus now is varying punctuation - particularly using brackets and dashes. 

In maths we have looked at converting measures to practise x by 10,100 and 1000 and extended our multiplication skills with three digit x two digit calculations.

We are coming to the end of our observations unit in science, which has focused on the life cycle of plants and comparing the life cycles of different mammals. We have also started a class nature journal, which we will develop during the next few terms.  


26.01.17 - homework: GSP, spellings and arithmetic

Well done to our stars of the week Lauren Burnett and Megan Horrocks, super Y5 role models. 

We have concentrated this week on reading non-fiction, in particular looking at articles from the (Kids) National Geographic, which is inspiring us with extending sentences using relative pronouns and parenthesis. 

In maths we are looking at multiplication, (factors, multiples) as well as formal written method.

Everyone in Y5 are working particularly well for our South America topic, we have explored the physical geography and varying climates for this vast continent. 

19.01.18 - homework - MyMaths, spellings and arithmetic

Well done to Summer Storey Caswell and Eve Clarkson, our STARS of the week. Everyone has impressed with our English focus - writing to inform. In Maths we continue to focus on addition and subtraction for arithmetic, we have also looked at temperature and money for real life reasoning with negative numbers. Our topic work has focused on seed dispersal in science and the evolution of marine iguanas from the Galapagos Islands, inspired by Sir David Attenborough. We are creating our own symbol stamps in art, influenced by Joaquin Torres Garcia.  

12.01.18 - homework - GSP, spelling and arithmetic 

Happy New Year to you all. Year 5 have returned to school and quickly re-established old routines, alongside new challenges following the Christmas break. Well done to Louisa Hardy who today in assembly was awarded the Booths Award trophy for December. Our focus this week in maths has been mental arithmetic,place value to seven digits and Roman numerals in the context of films and monarchs. For English children have reviewed a fiction book and we have revised root words, prefixes, suffixes and compound words too in GSP. In science children are extending their learning of 'living things' with focus on plants (and animals) through pollination, fertilization and seed dispersal. We are looking at South America as part of our geography topic work too. 


We have worked hard throughout the week to finish our enterprise products 'Reindeer and Raffle Decorations', to sell at the Christmas Fair. All the children have worked hard at designing their products and have created persuasive posters to go with them. We are excited to see how much money we manage to raise for our class and have been busy planning what we would like to do with it.


This week we have continued with our theme of '1001 Arabian Nights' in English. We have created characters that will be in our stories and are working towards designing the settings that we will include. Next week we hope to finish the plans of our stories, ready to start writing them.


As it has been 'Anti-bullying week', we have taken lots of opportunities throughout the week to discuss and explore how we can identify bullying ourselves and the role we can play if we see any signs of bullying. On Friday we had 'The Power of One' assembly, which taught us about the power we have if bullying occurs and added to the many discussions we have had about bullying this week. Below are a couple of links to websites that have huge amounts of information and resources about bullying, how to spot it and how to stop it..





Our Science Fiction stories have finally been published. The class are very proud of all their hard word, producing some fantastic stories that they are excited to share. Our next writing topic will be based around '1001 Arabian Nights', which links into this terms topic of 'Baghdad AD900'. If you would like to read a few examples of our stories, click on the links below.

Tamaran by Eve

The Adventurous Story of Dave by Daniel

Steven's Weird Adventure by Robert

The Shot Eye by Shay



The last week of half term has been an extremely busy one, but also lots of fun at the same time. To celebrate multi-cultural week we have been engaged with activities from dancing the Hakka, creating African artwork and presenting on various countries and cultures. A big thank you to all the hard work that has gone into the topic homework this half term, we had lots of fun learning about various projects that had been made. Below is a link to see a powerpoint that was created about what would be needed for a mission to Mars.


Mission to Mars


We have had lots of fun developing our Samba drumming, and as a class we have been able to play as an ensemble. We have focused on line graphs in maths, exploring what information they show and how we can collect our own data to be presented. During our daily mile, we were lucky enough to see the 'Red Sun' and had fun researching how and why the Sun had suddenly turned red.


Once again, Year 5 have been working extremely hard. In maths we have continued to explore angles by measuring and drawing, as well as carrying out an investigation into regular polygons. In English we have created a range of descriptive sentences and paragraphs, which means that next week we are ready to start start planning and drafting our own science fiction stories.


This week has been a creative one for Year 5, with groups beginning to develop interactive augmented reality posters. This weeks task was to film the videos that we will be using for our posters and we had a go at using our new sound proof recording boxes. In maths we have begun to explore angles and how to use a protractor to measure angles, as well as being able to recognise acute, obtuse and reflex angles.


This week Year 5 have been working extremely hard on developing their ability to write descriptively. The class have explored a range of Science Fiction settings and next week are ready to begin creating their own. In maths we have had to practise our ability to be resilient, as we were challenged with a range of addition and subtraction calculations which had missing numbers.


Once again we have been extremely busy in Year 5. We have continued to explore the Sci-Fi genre and are now ready to start developing our own ideas, while exploring year 5 writing concepts. In maths we have developed our understandings of decimals, and how we can round numbers to a whole number as well as one and two decimal places.


This week Year 5 have been getting stuck into their space topic. On Wednesday, we had a wonderful experience with the Space Dome. Graham, a real life Astrophysicist, took us on a tour of the solar system and even  allowed us to explorin a rover on Mars. On Thursday we began to explore the phases of the Moon, and started creating our own models of the Moon.

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Welcome back! We have had a very busy week getting stuck into our new topics. In maths we have explored adding and subtracting powers of 10, while in English we began to explore the genre of Science Fiction, as well as using dictionaries to find the meaning of unfamiliar words.




The final week of our Playground Leaders training allowed Year 5 to teach and lead groups of Year 3 children in an activity that they had designed. Each group worked very hard, concentrating on how they spoke, gave instructions and explained the tasks, while also ensuring it was enjoyable and safe for everyone involved. All the groups that took part had a great time, with many of the year 3 children saying they would like to play the games again.

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This week's 'Outdoor Learning Week' has given us a huge range of opportunities to take our work outside. During maths we explored a range of mental calculations alongside outdoor activities such as throwing, netball shooting and shuttle runs. Today we enjoyed the sunshine and created a fire, giving us stimulus for writing poems as well as cooking some tasty treats.



This week we have further developed our healthy food products by tasting different combinations of fruits, to decide which  we would like to use in our final product. As well as this we have developed our packaging, thinking carefully about our audience and purpose. We continued our 'Playground Leaders' training by creating games in a group. We then taught this game to another group, concentrating on how we communicated to them and acted as effective leaders.


This week Year 5 took part in Bikeability, which is aimed at giving children the skills and knowledge to ride their bikes safely on the road. Everyone who took part successfully completed both level 1 and 2, while also enjoying the beautiful sunshine we have had this week.


Our topic of persuasion has continued this week, with the children creating adverts for a product in English, as well as continuing to design and develop their own radio advert for a breakfast show. Listen below for an example of how the introductions to our adverts are sounding.


The children have come back from half term ready to learn. We have had a busy week but have somehow found time to fit everything in. On Thursday we had cricket coaching where the children learnt and developed a range of skills, as well as having lots of fun. For our final Ancient Greeks lesson, we explored the Olympic games that Ancient Greeks took part in. We also created our own events that we felt the Ancient Greeks would have enjoyed,  and taught these to other groups in the class. In maths we looked at calculating the volume of cuboids. We used cubes to help us find the volume and then began to look at investigations involving volume.


This week we enjoyed tasting a range of traditional Greek foods, brought in by The Olive Tree Brasserie. We all enjoyed exploring new foods we hadn't tried before and ones that we had. We even learnt a few Greek words for what we were eating and what ingredients were used.



Our topic work involved a timed research task this week. In an hour we had to create an interactive book on the iPads, which had to include a range of images, text, audio and videos. Each group was given a famous Greek and had to research; who they were, what they did and how there work has affected our lived.

Famous Greeks


Carrying on from planning our experiments last week, this week we carried out our experiments while recording our results. We had lots of fun exploring and discussing each others investigations and making predictions about what we thought would happen. Everybody managed to carry out a fair test and went on to writing a conclusion based on their results.


This week we have continued to develop our animation skills, using stop motion apps on the iPads. After looking at creating movement last week in stop motion, our aim was to transform an object as smoothly as we could. After a few attempts, everyone managed to create a short animation, developing our skills that will help us create an animated narrative next week.



Book Week across the school

Click here to find out what fantastic activities your child has been participating in during Book Week.


Year 5 have been extremely busy this week finishing off their designs for an explorers belt. The children worked very hard on these over the last few weeks and their end products look fantastic. The children developed a range of skill including sewing, designing a product for a purpose and evaluating a product against a criteria. During science we explored which materials would dissolve, looking at a variety of materials and predicting the outcome.

Next week is Book Week, and we will be having a large focus on Mythical Creatures as well as bedtime stories. We will be taking part in a variety of activities throughout the week, ending with a dress up day on Friday.


This week we have covered a range of topics in our maths lessons. We started the week by calculating and converting measures of distance, thinking carefully about when we need to multiply or divide to convert between our units of measure. We have also explored capacity through estimating and measuring as well as converting between L and ml. Our DT topic is well underway and we have continued to develop our skills with materials and design.



This week we have had a focus on our mental strategies for multiplication. We have thought about our existing times table knowledge and how this can help us calculate much larger numbers. In DT we have been designing a belt for an explorer. One of the skill we have been working on is sewing and how different stitches and techniques can be used when designing and making.


This week we have worked hard to develop our mental addition and subtraction strategies, with a range of activities that have really challenged us. We have carried on with our printing topic by creating our own print blocks out of cardboard, straw and string, ready to be tested next week when we combine a number of blocks to  create a larger picture.



Year 5 have come back to school with motivation and enthusiasm, and are all ready to learn. In Maths we have developed our knowledge of negative numbers, using money and temperature as a context, while in English we have explored a range of Information Texts, thinking about their audience and purpose. This terms topic is South America and in art we have begun to explore block prints.


This week has been a mixture of festive fun and hard work. We managed to finish our AD900 stories and had the opportunity to read these to the class and peers, ready to publish them next week.


This week Year 5 have been learning about long multiplication and have shown a wonderful ability to help and teach each other within the class. We have also explored inventors from Baghdad AD900 and created models and presentations about them. After this we had a fantastic debate about which we felt was the most important invention of the age.




Year 5 have shown huge amounts of resilience this week while working with equivalent and comparing fractions. The work that was covered was very tricky to understand and apply, however everybody within the class worked their hardest to understand the work and didn't give up when it got tough. In topic we explored a range of sources and maps to find out information about Baghdad AD900, including the layout and location of the city.



This week we started our new English topic of 'Stories from another Culture' which has been based around stories from the '1001 Arabian Nights' collection. We have had lots of fun researching Baghdad and creating fact files about the country, ready to start our Baghdad AD900 topic next week. On Friday groups researched and created posters for Children in Need, thinking carefully about the needs of different children around the country.



This week we added the finishing touches to our Science Fiction stories by adding front covers and blurbs. The children have worked on these story for a long time and it was wonderful to give them the chance to read their own stories  to an audience. Year 5 had the chance to read their opening chapters to Year 4 and left them wanting more and to find out what happened next!


This week has been an extremely busy one. As well as having lots of activities to promote our creative arts week, we have also been finishing off our NASA videos (which can be seen by clicking the link below) and presenting our homework tasks (click on some of the files below to view an example).

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This week the class have continued their self directed task in which they aim to create an information video that will be sent to NASA. Each group has written their own script, designed their own props and researched their own facts. Using the iPad's we were able to record the visual information that will go alongside their scripted speech. We are all very excited to watch the final films, as you can see from the pictures below, they look very exciting!


This week was a very exciting week where we managed to make our way into space. We had a wonderful morning exploring our solar system, neighbouring planets, the International Space Station and how we could travel to Mars. To carry on the space theme we have also been designing our own science fiction settings, ready for when we start writing our own stories next week.


Each groups has started their own space presentation that they will start recording next week. This week each group planned how to display information as well as a script they will narrate over the videos.



We had the chance to gather and represent information about the different planets in our Solar System. Each table created a presentation about a given planet and used research skills to collect relevant information to represent to the class. All group did a wonderful job at presenting and managed to communicate their research to the rest of the class.



This week our moons started to take shape. We used the skill of shading, which we have been exploring in art, to create the two sides of the moon. We have also used a range of maths skills to solve a variety of problems and investigations. Everyone has worked extremely hard and challenged themselves with the tasks. We also started to explore the vocabulary we could use to describe a setting and which language would be more relevant than others.



The first of our class assemblies led by the children has taken place this week, with a news round style presentation. We have explored the solar system further, learning about the phases of the moon and the Lunar Cycle as well as beginning to make our own models of the moon. In maths we learnt about decimal fractions to three places and were able to round and order them. While in computing, we began to create our own e-safety posters, highlighting the risks that can occur with inappropriate 'content' online.


Welcome Back!

We have a had a lovely week in our new classroom, exploring our new topics of Space and Sci-Fi. We re-created our Universe in the playground and plotted the movement of Earth around the Sun. Homework will start next Friday with spellings and SPAG to add to the weekly reading.



Let's catch up with what's being happening in year 5 over the last few weeks. 


First there was venture week. Follow the link above to view some of the pictures from our week at Cloverly Hall.   When arriving back at school we had Bikeability week. During the week we all learned how to ride our bikes safely on the road. I'm sure we will be putting those skills to good use over the summer holidays. 

Then we were thrown into play rehearsals and prop making all whilst learning about South America and the rainforest. Together we transformed the classroom into the Amazon. In teams we researched the wildlife and vegetation that grows in the different areas of the rainforest including the shrubs, under canopy, canopy and emergent layers. The play turned out to be a wonderful experience and the children can't wait to take center stage next year.


We also had a visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We drew electrical circuits for the dodgems as well as observing and recording the forces used on roller coasters. There is no doubt that the highlight of the visit was riding the roller coasters. Many of us conquered our fears and braved rides we had never been on before. 


Overall everyone has worked very hard this year, and should be proud of all their achievements. 

I hope you all have a lovely summer. 

Miss Martin 

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We have had a fantastic science week. We focused on asking questions to investigate.  We also solved a murder, discovered how NASA created instant snow and launched rocket canisters. Check out our work below.


Today we celebrated Queen Elizabeth's birthday. Click here to see some of the things we have learned.

Over the last few weeks we have investigated  and compared the different life-cycles of mammals, insects, amphibians and flowering plants. Inspired by the work of David Attenborough we created our own 'Wonderful World' movies.  


What a busy half term. Year 5 have not stopped. Take a look at some of the things we learned this half term.

Our topic has changed to 'That's Life'  we will be focusing on a variety of different life cycles and the work of David Attenborough.  We started to apply our estimating skills to  estimate the height of trees as well as their circumference. We used the data to  estimate the age of the tree.

Lucky for us, Mrs Welch has an owls nest at home. We recapped what we knew about digestion and used owl pellets to determine 'What owls eat'. We found a variety of different bones and skulls as well as live maggots. We then held a debate as to how the maggot ended up in the pellet and whether owls eat maggots or not.

Investigating the nets of cubes.


On Monday we had a 'Play in Day' visit us at school. We all had a great experience utilising out fantastic drama  and art skills. More importantly we learned about how to stay safe online and shared this with the Key Stage 1 children at the end of the day. Key Stage 2 worked  hard together to produce the play. Later this week  year 5 will be writing stories aimed at the Key Stage 1 children to promote safe use of the internet.


A sporty week in year 5.

This week we had a surprise visit . Ryan for Fylde Rugby Club came to teach us how to play tag rugby. He taught us a range of drills to improve our speed and stamina. It was great fun and we can't wait to improve our skills over the coming weeks.

Also Mark and Julie (basketball coaches) came into school today. We have improved our dribbling and shooting skills by learning about the correct stance. 

We have been lucky enough to have a microscope kit  loaned to school this half term and this week it was year 5's turn! We were amazed at the detail we could find and draw. We were able to watch sugar and salt dissolve under the microscope and were surprised to discover how different the salt and sugar look up close.


Since our last update year 5 have been working hard.

We  have investigated stories from the Arabian Nights Series and have started to plan our own Arabian Nights inspired story. Check back next week to read some of our work!  In art we have used different mediums to draw our geometric patterns including: crayons with water paints; textured designs using sand and lentils; as well as 3 dimensional patterns using string and ropes. Over the next few weeks will be perfecting out designs and transferring them on to material using a 'Batik' technique. We will then stich the material into bag.

This Friday was our last session with Ben a sports nutritionist. In his sessions we have learned all about how to keep our bodies healthy, the importance of a balanced diet and the effects exercise has on our health and wellbeing.



Welcome Back!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.

This week we have started our new topic 'The Islamic Golden Age  AD900' . So far we have located Baghdad and surrounding lands and explored the location of 'Arabia' and 'Persia'. We  have also started to create Islamic inspired geometric patterns and researched The House of Wisdom -the worlds first ever library.

We also had the opportunity to experience 'Speed Stacking' this week. We discovered Speed Stacking is great for improving our concentration and alertness as it works both sides of our brain. We had to stay calm and be gentle using just our finger tips to improve our speed. 



Well done to all the children in year 5 who performed in assembly this morning.

We are extremely proud of the children and were blown away by their musical talents. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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Year 5 hope you all enjoyed the tasty reindeer cupcakes we baked last week. The children were a credit to our school and  really impressed the teachers at LSA with their ability to follow instructions and work independently. We hope to visit the 'food tech' lab later on in the year.




Over the last two weeks, year 5 have been super busy!

We have had an action packed two weeks investigating a variety of different forces. We designed an investigation to find the 'best parachute'. Each team needed to decided whether they would test: the length of string, size of the parachute, shape of the parachute or the material of the parachute. We later tested them using eggs! 


In gymnastics we have explored a range of equipment and how we can get on and off it in different ways. We have also tried a range of different balances using a variety of points of contact.

Finally we would like to thank the PTFA, for funding Moe's new cage. He loves the extra space and has settled in to his new home. 


Year 5 continued their work on the artist Peter Thorpe. We concluded by investigating different paint strokes, designing and creating our final art work. 

Take a look.


'To be, or not to be: that is the question:' 

This week year 5 have explored Shakespeare's Hamlet in more detail. We considered whether Hamlet is hero. Throughout the week our opinions changed, especially when we searched the text for evidence to support our opinion.  We also enjoyed a visit to Kirkham Grammar school. The students at Kirkham Grammar performed the play of Hamlet. It is was a great experience hearing the play in Shakespearean language and seeing the characters we have been reading about bought to life. Finally we learned that a 'soliloquy' is when a character speaks their inner thoughts so that the audience can understand what the character is thinking and feeling. We explored different actors performing Hamlet soliloquy by jotting down pauses and changes to the tone of their voice. It was interesting to see how different actors interpreted it.

Have a look at our performances. 



As a school we have had a maths week. The week has being both exciting and challenging for us in year 5. We started by watching Mr Hoiles host 'Play Your Cards Right'.The problem was, he played them wrong; the game was a disaster! Mr Hoiles then challenged us to create our own games that would improve math skills. We succeeded! From playing a variety of different games and considering the pro's and con's, we then designed and created our own games as team. 


We also had the opportunity to experience maths in a variety of different lessons. This included: art,science, history and sport. 

Each afternoon we faced different challenges. 

Who knew maths was everywhere!


This week in year 5 we have investigated angles in maths. Some of us  used our knowledge of angles and compass points to draw and follow a map in the playground. 

Everyone in year 5 planned their own investigation this week. We had to focus on the changes that we can observe throughout the day.  On Friday we selected our own equipment and set up our investigation. We found it tricky ensuring that our observations were accurate and drawn to scale.

In literacy we have read Hamlet in preparation for our visit to Kirkham Grammar, where we will watch the play.  We started by watching and storyboarding the Lion King. Upon reading Hamlet we discovered the similarities between the two stories. 

What a week!

Science:  This week we started our learning logs.  We explored the movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon out on the playground and created some moving models.  Take a Look!

Learning Review

In maths we have been rounding decimals. We have also looked at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

In English we our planning our own science fiction stories. We are looking at story openers. Here are some examples:

‘Have you ever thought your life is about to change?’

‘One thousand Moons ago, the planet Ivy burst with nature. Flowers bloomed, weird and wonderful creatures wandered free, and the air was fresh and clean. But one day , all of that changed.’

 Written by Sofia and Lucy


Also this week we took part in a golf taster session. It was really fun and inspired us all.


See you all next week.

Hello everyone,

We have had a great first week in year 5 catching up with our friends, starting a new topic and getting to know our new teacher and classroom.

Even though we were a little rusty, we  made a good start in maths with place value, ordering decimals and rounding.

In literacy we have started to read a class novel called 'The City of Ember' the opening paragraph had us hooked! We can't wait to find out the answers to our questions.

After a busy week we are all ready for the weekend ,so that we ready raring to go on Monday.