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Friday 1st July


In Maths this week, the children have been looking at position and direction and translating shapes. The children have plotted co-ordinates on a grid as well as looking at converting units of measure.



In English, we have come to the end of our class text, ‘The Paperbag Prince’. The children have thoroughly enjoyed reading the text and have been engaged throughout. They have come to their final activity today which is to plan a persuasive leaflet around landfill waste. This has generated great discussions within the class and the children have shown great maturity and reflection around this subject. They will create their leaflets next week.




On Tuesday, the children looked at the changes in males and females that occur during puberty. The children were very sensible and asked lots of mature, interesting questions to help them to feel more comfortable and confident around this subject.


Our history lesson this week involved a debate about Athens v Sparta. The children looked at secondary sources to identify reasons for one or the other. Then they had to decide whether they would have preferred to live in Athens or Sparta. Again, great discussions were had and the children learned a lot about the Ancient Greek way of life.


The children had a great afternoon on Thursday in computing. They spent the time exploring an alien database, answering quizzes using the databases and then they finally created their own quiz for others to complete. The children had a lot of fun and learned new ways to find and sort information.





We have also chosen a new class text for the end of day story, Alice in Wonderland, which the children seem to really be enjoying.

Friday 24th June


We started our assessments this week and will be continuing them next week. So far, the children have worked hard to apply themselves in the Maths assessments.


This week, in English, the children have been exploring the class text further and investigating the feelings and emotions of the main character. They have written two letters this week: one to the council as a villager complaining about the rubbish dump, and one to the council from the main character written 40 years ago. The children all used lots of grammar and vocabulary well within both pieces and used lots of emotive language.


We started to look at a new unit in Computing this week all about databases. The children were exploring the way that the information was presented in a variety of different ways and discussing which worked best and in which context.


History this week was looking at daily life in ancient Greece. The children used secondary sources to research different areas of life and started to record this in their books.


In RE, the children have looked at Muslim traditional clothing and worked together to device their own questions to further their understanding. This was a great opportunity for them to explore further and build on the diversity workshops from last half term. 

Friday 17th June


Maths this week as allowed the children to explore protractors with lots of practise on how to use them accurately. They have been measuring angles as well as drawing their own. All of the children were confidently discussing and calculating angles on a straight line and around a point by the end of the week.


For English this week, the children have explored pictures within our class text and used a thesaurus to help them write descriptive paragraphs that included modal verbs. They have completed a free write session that was a story based on a turtle’s point of view living in a sea full of plastic.

In Science this week, the children have been looking at the human life cycle. They watched a video and identified and discussed the different stages.


In Bee Active the children had great fun in rounders where they practised their batting skills. They developed this further in a game.


Delving deeper into the Ancient Greeks, the children explored Greek vases in Art. They looked at the different designs and how these changed over time as well as the meanings behind the designs. They compared the differences between pottery of the rich and poor and how they were used as trade for other items.

In History, the children looked at Alexander the Great and the effect that his ruling had over Ancient Greece. They researched the people of this time and wrote about them and their experiences.

of view living in a sea full of plastic.


In Science this week, the children have been looking at the human life cycle. They watched a video and identified and discussed the different stages.

In Bee Active the children had great fun in rounders where they practised their batting skills. They developed this further in a game.


Delving deeper into the Ancient Greeks, the children explored Greek vases in Art. They looked at the different designs and how these changed over time as well as the meanings behind the designs. They compared the differences between pottery of the rich and poor and how they were used as trade for other items.


In History, the children looked at Alexander the Great and the effect that his ruling had over Ancient Greece. They researched the people of this time and wrote about them and their experiences.

Friday 10th June

Year 5 have started this half term full of energy and intrigue.


In English this week, the children have been introduced to our new class text ‘The Paperbag Prince’. We spent time looking at various clips discussing plastic pollution and the damage it is doing to our planet. We then discussed how we use plastics and decided in small groups on the importance of plastic items. They then created posters to encourage others to use less plastic in their lives. These have been put up around school for everyone to see.


We also started a brand new maths topic focussing on the properties of shape and began this by recapping types of angles. They have also been looking at comparing and ordering angles and measuring angles in degrees. They have also been looking at volume and measure in our starter activities.


Tuesday marked our school jubilee celebrations and we had a packed day of arts and craft activities as well as Bee Active and our picnic lunch. A great day was had by all!


The children have continued with coding in Computing this week, and they have started to develop their own game based on another called ‘Alien Blast’.


We have started our history section of ‘Take a look into Greece’ topic which looks at Ancient Greece. The children have looked at Ancient Greece within the timeline of history, as well as the timeline of events within that time period itself.


On Thursday, the children enjoyed taking part in the Pentecost Party. They participated in drama, art or clay workshops where they produced some creative pieces that were all brought together and presented back to the school in a whole school worship at the end of the day. It was a great day and the children learned all about Pentecost.

Learning to count in Urdu Tuesday 24th May

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Thursday 26th May

In English this week, Year 5 have been editing their Chris Hadfield biographies and they have written them up neat for display. The children have worked really hard this term, and this is evident in the great work they have produced. We also had five children who received a pen licence this week, as they have shown great perseverance in improving their handwriting. Well done!

In Maths, the children have been looking at multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000. They have remembered the process well and been able to apply this to problem solving.


In Science this week, the children looked at an egg and labelled the parts and their purpose. They then looked at the life cycle of a bird and compared it to the life cycles they have already explored. 

On Tuesday, the children experienced a day of diversity workshops. The children explored a range of themes:

  • Refugees’ journeys – in which they explored what it takes to become a British citizen.
  • Learning about Muslims and looking at their clothing and way of life.
  • Learning Chinese calligraphy.
  • Learning to write and speak Urdu.

The children were extremely well behaved for our visitors from Entrust, and they asked many interesting questions which helped to broaden their understanding of diversity. (See slideshow photos and video below).


The children had a great PE lesson with Bee Active on Wednesday. They joined Year 6 and had an orienteering session. The children worked well in teams to collect as many items as they could and there was lots of fun had by all!

In Computing, the children continued with coding, and this week they learned how to add functions to their codes that can be used repeatedly throughout a game.


We finished our week with a good old sing song with Peter in the hall and the community choir to start our celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


We hope you all have a restful half term and enjoy the Jubilee celebrations!

Friday 20th May

This week Year 5 have been working hard exploring biographies in English. They have looked at biographies about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake in order to gain an understanding of the genre. They have then been researching about Chris Hadfield to find information that they want to include in their biography about him. This is the final written piece that links to his book ‘The Darkest Dark’.


This week in Science we looked at metamorphosis and the processes that take place. The children compared the lifecycles of amphibians and insects and then completed their own to show their understanding.


In Maths, the children have been adding and subtracting decimals with both the same and different number of decimal places. Through trial and error, they have created a checklist on how to make sure they succeed in this area. They have also been applying these skills to problem solving questions.


The children had their final Chance to Shine cricket session this week. They practised their bowling and catching skills before playing a final game together. They had so much fun and really got into it. We have many children who have shown some really great cricket skills. Well done to everyone as you have all made great improvements in such a short space of time.

We have continued to look at Greece in our Geography lesson this week and the children used online maps to compare features of the land between Loggerheads and Athens. They also watched a video about children living in Greece, and from this they created an itinerary for a day in Athens.

In PSHE, the children have been exploring different relationships that they have with people both within and out of their families and understanding why they are close to certain people. They identified similar traits within all the people that they care about. We also discussed the meaning of love and how this can have a different meaning for different people.

Music Lesson 13.05.22

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Friday 13th May

In Maths, the children have been looking at ordering and comparing decimals and fractions as well as looking at percentages. They have worked hard to link decimals and fractions to percentages and to understand how to find the equivalence for each one.


In English, we have looked more at the class text ‘The Darkest Dark’. The children have practised using parenthesis to add extra information and continued to write complex sentences using a variety of subordinate clauses. They have explored the character within the book and identified the ways in which he has changed and grown within the story. In our spelling sessions, the children are becoming more confident in how to change verbs and nouns into adjectives by adding the correct suffix.


During our science lesson, we looked at different types of mammals and compared the lifecycles of them.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed our computing lesson this week in which they created an algorithm and applied this to a simulation. They had to figure out the steps of a traffic light sequence and they all managed to get their lights to work correctly. Well done!


We have continued to look at gender stereotypes in PSHE and the children have explored where our ideas of these come from – including people around them and the media.


It has been amazing to see, in such a short amount of time, the children’s cricket skills progressing. This week the children were practising their bowling skills and everyone persevered in order to perfect their bowl. In the match at the end of the session, all of the children worked well as a team. They demonstrated their skills and had a great time. Well done Year 5.


For our geography lesson, the children have looked at the varying landscape of Greece and identified both human and physical features of the land. They were amazed by the variety of landscape within the country.


In RE the children have been exploring why people believed that Jesus was the Messiah.


They have also enjoyed their music lesson this week in which they have used the glockenspiels to play along to the track ‘Dancing in the Streets’. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all!


Friday 6th May



This week in English, Year 5 have continued to look at our class text ‘The Darkest Dark’. They have been working hard to punctuate a range of sentence types correctly and using a range of clauses in their writing. They have also been using adverbial phrases to vary their sentences. It has been great to see the children apply themselves this week and gain confidence from seeing how well they have achieved in this area.


In Maths, we have looked at fractions and decimals, and the children are becoming much more fluent in their understanding of how these relate. They have been eager to apply their skills in lessons and to share with the class their thoughts and ideas.


We started a new topic in Science this week called ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. The children looked at how plants reproduce and they were very excited to take part in the dissection of a tulip. After this they labelled a diagram and added more information about each part and their purpose.


During Bee Active, the children were recording their personal bests for different types of jumps.

Our second Chance to Shine session, the children were developing their batting skills. They were really well in groups to practise their batting and catching before playing a game at the end. The children were really enthusiastic and played really fairly. We certainly have some cricket super stars in Year 5!

In computing, the children have looked at how to change the code in a game to make it work. They also had a go at creating their own simple version of a catching game which they all really enjoyed.


The curriculum lesson this week focussed on locating areas on a European and Greek map. The children used a range of sources to help them to succeed including the Oddizzi online map, atlases and the map display in the classroom. Children were busy all afternoon discussing and sharing with each other.

Another great week in Year 5!

Friday 29th April 2022


This week the children have been introduced to our new class text in English called ‘The Darkest Dark’ by Chris Hadfield. Everyone has been thoroughly engaged in lessons whilst sharing their predictions about the text. They have also been working hard on improving their sentence structures by creating complex sentences and adding relative clauses.



In maths, the children have been looking at decimals to 2 decimal places as well as recapping their accuracy of addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions.


Our new computing topic is all about coding, and the children were really excited to use Purple Mash to explore the efficiency of coding in games. They are really looking forward to our next lesson and have shown great maturity and efficiency when using the chrome books.


We have a new curriculum topic for the summer term which is ‘Take a peek into Greece’. This half term we will be looking at Greece as geographers. This week, the children have been exploring European countries, their location within Europe and the differences and similarities between them.



It was Year 5’s first Chance to Shine session on Thursday and they all had a great time. They worked on developing their catching skills through a variety of games and worked well together. 


A big well done to all of the children who completed their Easter homework which involved making and labelling a model river. There have been some super creations which have been produced in a variety of interesting ways. 



A great start to the Summer term Year 5! Well done and keep up the great work!


Friday 8th April 2022


We have reached the end of the spring term with another productive week in Year 5.


We rounded off our science topic of Earth and Space by learning more about time zones and the children were also tasked with evaluating a range of evidence about the moon landings and debating whether this did or didn't take place. Many of them felt very strongly about their viewpoint and it made for some fantastic discussion. In maths, the children have been really busy this week revising a range of objectives. They have been comparing and ordering decimals, practising their column multiplication, using addition and subtraction to solve multi step word problems, as well as consolidating their understanding of square and cube numbers. They have recapped rounding up to 100,000 as well as recognising factors and multiples. The children have also been looking at various grammar and punctuation objectives in English where they have used commas in lists, turned nouns and adjectives into verbs and identified clauses. To complete our Rivers topic, the children have been looking at the impact of flooding and ways to try to prevent it. As well as this, they have looked at fact-files about rivers around the world and created their own. In PSHE we have completed 'Me and My Safety' by thinking about people who help keep us safe and healthy and how they do this. They have finished off this term by making Easter cards with Mrs El in RE.



We hope you have a lovely Easter break and we will see you all ready for a super summer term!


P.S - here are some photos from our trip last week as promised and some photos of the children learning in the classroom...




Friday 1st April 2022


Across Monday and Tuesday, the children worked really hard to complete their reading and arithmetic assessments. In French, we carried on with Au Cafe and revised the phrases for ordering food and drink. Our science lesson this week consisted of questioning why day and night occur and the common misconception that the sun moves across the sky. We debated this and then spent time outside working in small groups re-enacting the movement of the sun, moon and earth and using the accurate vocabulary of spherical, axis, rotate and orbit. Some of the children acted as experts and moved around the groups advising and giving feedback.


Year 5 had an amazing day out at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on Wednesday and we were lucky with the weather all day too. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the meadows and learning more about rivers by investigating the River Onny. They looked at erosion and deposition as well as learning how to look at the depth and flow of the river. They worked well in small groups to calculate the speed of the river by timing how long it took for a stick to travel 10 metres. They repeated this 5 times then took the average. The guides were very knowledgeable about the local area and gave the children lots of tips about how to identify how the river has changed its course over many years. After lunch, they had the opportunity to look around the exhibition and learn more about the history of the local area. This also included a skeleton replica of a mammoth found close by in Ludlow, which the children found fascinating. They also spent time finding facts for a quiz and dressing up. I know that the children were, as always, excited to spend every last penny in the gift shop too. The children were impeccably behaved all day and we were very proud of how well they represented Hugo Meynell!


Back in class, the children have written a Trip Advisor review of their school trip which were informative and well detailed.


To carry on our rivers topic, the children have looked at the human impact on rivers. They read about the Three Gorges Dam and then in teams created a conscience alley where they had to persuade Mrs Hobson for or against the use of the dam.


A little message from Mrs Hobson:

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the children who have welcomed me back into the classroom this week. It has been lovely to see so many smiling faces and I have enjoyed starting to get to know them all. 


Photos of the fun this week to follow...



Friday 25th March 2022I

In a week when we have started to enjoy some lovely, sunny Spring weather; Y5 have been working hard at both regular lessons and the start of their latest assessments.

In English, the children have written and performed their own poems, as well as exploring how to use parenthesis, to add extra information (or an explanation) to a sentence.

In Maths, the children have been practising their times tables and revising written calculation methods ahead of their Maths assessments, as well as continuing with fractions work, this week focussing on comparing and ordering fractions with different denominators.

Our Science focus this week was, ‘Smashing Stereotypes in Science’. The children considered themselves as Scientists and Inventors, exploring the diversity of skills required (and opportunities available) in this field. We have also continued to water and observe the growth progress of our Sunflower seeds, with a couple of pots taking an early lead!

 Ahead of next week’s Y5 Class Trip to The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, the children have researched the features and stages of Rivers. They are all excited to expand their knowledge further on their field trip.

 In PSHE, Y5 continued to learn about Me and My Safety. The children were given scenarios in small groups and asked to create a short role play showing how the characters should behave and respond. We then discussed what motivates us to behave in an appropriate way and the consequences of not making safe decisions.

Our Music lesson this week saw us continuing to explore Classroom Jazz, comparing various jazz pieces and further honing our glockenspiel improvisation skills.

The Y5 Dance routine continues to improve, the children have impressed both BeeActive and Hugo staff with their developing skills. I hope to be sent a video of their final performance, as this is my last day with Y5 and sadly I won’t see it in person. I will miss the children very much and wish them - and all of you- the very best for the future.

Kind Regards

Mrs. Jackson J

Friday 18th March 2022

Well, what a jam packed week we have had in Year 5! We have spent time celebrating British Science Week, Poetry Week and finished off with Comic Relief celebrations. We also enjoyed a visit from the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, who told us all about his role and the history behind it.  For Science Week, we spent time discussing the best conditions to grow seedlings and have planted up some sunflowers, which we will be nurturing until they are big enough to take home. The children are all keen to see who can grow the tallest one! The children also spent time designing their own new planet, naming it, describing its properties and where they would place it in our Solar System. In English, we have also spent time reading, planning and writing poetry, focussing on the beauty of the world around us. In Maths the children have shown resilience in improving their skills in subtracting mixed numbers.

The Year 5 Dance routine is progressing well. To use up some more energy, the class also tried some, 'Pose with a Nose' Yoga positions, based on the various characters from this year's range of Red Noses. We created our very own Yoga studio in the classroom!

We were delighted to see so many of our class purchasing a Red Nose as well as donating to our 'Comic Relief Own Clothes Day' fund. Many thanks to you all for helping us to raise much needed funds for this amazing event.

In today's PSHE, we discussed a video showing just one of the many ways in which Comic Relief helps people. We had a very interesting and mature class discussion about the resilience shown by many of the recipients of Comic relief assistance and how we can help people with a range of disabilities on a day to day basis. Well done Y5!:)

Friday 11th March 2022

This week in Year 5, we have written and edited our own Norse Myths based on our English text of Arthur and the Golden Rope. The children’s imaginations have been in overdrive and we can’t wait to share our finished pieces. We have continued to add fractions in Maths and progressed to adding fractions greater than 1 and converting the improper fractions to a mixed number in our answer. The children then applied their learning to subtracting fractions. We began our new Science topic of Earth and Space this week and our first lesson looked at exploring the planets and what we already know about the solar system. The Y5 Dance routine is progressing well, with another very energetic BeeActive lesson. The children also burnt off some energy in the classroom by doing some fast paced, guided aerobic routines, finishing with some relaxing cool down moves and stretches. Our latest Music unit looks at Jazz Music, specifically the Bossa Nova. Our first set piece is the Three Note Bossa, which, being an instrumental, has given the children the opportunity to focus on their glockenspiel improvisation skills whilst listening carefully to the beat. Well done Y5! :)


Friday 4th March 2022

We have really enjoyed having everybody back together in Year 5 this week as we’ve had a full class for the first time in a good while! The children returned from their half term break reenergised and keen to develop their learning. We have continued with fractions in Maths - looking at comparing and ordering as well as adding and subtracting fractions. In English, we are at the point of planning our own Norse myth with the children creating their own heroes, villains, quests and magical objects to include in the plot. We began our Rivers element of our curriculum topic this week and focussed on what a river is and locating some of the world’s longest rivers using an atlas. Wallace and Gromit was the source of inspiration for the children this week in Science, as they created their own marvellous machines including levers, gears and pulleys. Year 5 amazed us with their clever costumes for the 25th World Book Day yesterday. We enjoyed a catwalk parade around the classroom giving us time to work out which 'word' each of us had dressed as. The children took part in a number of word related activities, including crosswords, book bingo and choosing their own A to Z of favourite words. The day was based on a lovely book by Peter H. Reynolds called 'The Word Collector', in which a boy called Jerome spreads happiness through sharing his words. We agreed that some of the simplest words are the most powerful and applied this to creating our own display of powerful words, so we remember to use them regularly. The new BeeActive focus for this half term brought great excitement as the children had their first Dance lesson and started working towards creating a routine which they are already looking forward to performing!  

Friday 18th February 2022

So Y5 have made it to the end of the half term, after some very unusual and challenging circumstances. We are proud of them for how well they have coped. In this final week, we continued with fractions in Maths and focussed on fractions greater than 1, converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers, fraction sequences and comparing and ordering fractions less than 1. We used pictorial prompts, knowledge of multiples and mental arithmetic to help us. In English, we read more of 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' and wrote our own description of Arthur's character using expanded noun phrases and a variety of sentence openers and adverbials to link paragraphs. This week our SPAG work has been based around figurative language and the children came up with some excellent similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration and onomatopoeia. A new activity we called 'Spell Swap' was a great success, with children testing each other on various words on whiteboards.Y5 carried out an investigation into friction in Science this week, comparing the distance travelled by a pull back vehicle on a number of different surfaces. We discussed which variables needed to be kept the same to ensure a fair test and the importance of this. We spent our final Mountains lesson finding out more about life in The Himalayas. The children were particularly interested in the species of animals who call this mountain range home and the struggles they face to survive. In Music, Y5 sang their hearts out in an excellent final performance of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air', complete with glockenspiel instrumental sections! BeeActive took place indoors (thanks to Eunice) and a final game of Cricket ended an excellent half term's work in PE. We hope the children have a well deserved rest and that you all enjoy a great half term :)

Friday 11th February 2022

In a week where our class continued to be split between in class and remote learners, we are very proud of how Y5 have considered the very important issues of Children's Mental Health and Internet Safety. On Monday, we launched Children's Mental Health Week with the theme of 'Growing Together'. We began by creating our very own 'Y5 Wellbeing Jar' full of suggestions of how to feel better if something is worrying you. We also created images of ourselves filled with our own skills and achievements to display in our new classroom 'Wellbeing Area'. On Tuesday,  we designed our own 'Support Balloons' to show who we have to lift us up when we feel down. We also told the story of how we might have gained a particular skill, through a comic strip, ending with predicting where that skill might take us one day. Tuesday was Safer Internet Day and this year's focus was respectful relationships when gaming online. The children had some fantastic discusssions around this and showed such a mature approach to staying safe online. They created their very own mascot to monitor online gaming chat and to enforce any rules they felt were important. Amongst all our CMHW and SID activities, we have also managed to fit in some Geography, which this week involved finding out more about the climate of mountain areas and using an Atlas to locate the highest peaks in each country within the UK. In Science this week, the children worked in small groups to design and make parachutes of various sizes so we could test them out and see which one was the most effective whilst exploring air resistance. Throughout the week, we have spent time watching and discussing a variety of 'Growth Stories',  during which a range of famous names have shared their experiences of times in their lives when they have been faced by challenges and how they overcame them. Towards the end of the week, we created some 'Reach for the Stars' emotional goals and thought of the steps we could take to achieve them. We wrote some Acrostic Poems on the theme of Growing Together, enjoyed some Music for Wellbeing activities, Mindful Colouring and Laughter Yoga. Fortunately, the weather was good enough to have an energetic game of Rounders outside with BeeActive. Y5 also made a wonderful contribution to an ongoing, whole school Art project, learning about the artist Henri Matisse and having a go at 'Scissor Art', creating vibrantly coloured and interesting shapes following Matisse's techniques. Well done everyone, a very productive week all round!:)



Friday 4th February 2022

Well, it’s been an interesting week in Y5. Despite being depleted in numbers, the children have enjoyed lots of valuable learning. We had a fantastic visit from #keepstokesmiling on Monday, when the children learned the importance of good, regular tooth brushing and were amazed by some of the discoveries they made about the sugar content of different foods and drinks!  We began a new topic of fractions in Maths, looking at both equivalent and fractions greater than 1. In English, we have focused on grammatical features which help to provide cohesion when linking paragraphs together in our writing. During this week’s RE lesson, Y5 looked at the Muslim ritual of ‘Wudu’(washing before prayer). In Music, we have continued to compare different Hip Hop songs and are making great progress learning to sing our set song, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’. Our week has been rounded off with today’s NSPCC Number Day, ‘Dress Up for Digits’. There was quite an array of number based outfits on show! We enjoyed a whole day of Number (Maths) based activities, including keeping score in our BeeActive Cricket match! We have realised that Maths is all around us, all the time and how useful it is in life. I hope you enjoy the photos which support our busy week. Well done to Y5, both in the classroom and learning from  home (we miss you and hope you are feeling OK)! J

Friday 28th January 2022

Another very busy week began with a visit from the Air Ambulance Helipod and crew, who explained their services and fundraising to us.

The children then did some basic CPR Training in the hall (see photos). In Maths, Y5 have been doing short division using the bus stop method, up to 4-digits, both with and without remainders. The children created a story map of our text hero Arthur's Quest to Valhalla and then wrote it up as a third person recount. In RE, we looked at the Third Pillar of Islam and considered the importance of charity to Muslims. PSHE involved lively discussion of how laws are made in the UK. The children learned to read different types of weather and points of the compass in French from a map of France. In Geography, Y5 continued to look at the features of mountains and how they are formed. In Music, we continued to learn to sing and improvise instrumental accompaniments to 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' and compared it to another Hip Hop track. PE involved extending their skills in BeeActive, really starting to make progress. Well done Y5!

( Attached are a couple of photos from last week's Art workshop where the children were taught by visiting Artists how to paint entries for this year's Calendar Competition. We were painting scenes to represent the month of January). 

Friday 21st January 2022

It’s been an especially busy week this week at Hugo with lots of visitors and exciting goings on. On Monday, Year 5 took part in a hula hoop session. The children absolutely loved spending time practising new skills and showing off their impressive tricks with the hoops. On Tuesday, they spent the morning creating their entries to the annual calendar competition. Our month was January and they all produced a fantastic piece of art that they should be very proud of. The judges have a tough job on their hands! We have continued to focus on multiplication in Maths and getting to grips with multiplying 3 and 4 digits by 2 digits. Gravity was the focus of Science this week and the children found out lots about Isaac Newton and the impact that the discovery of gravity had. They then worked in pairs using Newton meters to explore the link between weight and mass. In English, the children  performed their own Free Verse Poems in class and rewrote a scene from our Norse story, as if we were in the story ourselves, using dialogue to convey character. Year 5 have learnt more verses of our current song (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) also  comparing it to other 'Hip Hop' music and appraising what we heard. Year 5 had another great BeeActive Lacrosse session, honing their pitching skills. 

Friday 14th January 2022

Week 2 began with an energetic Bee Active Enrichment Day. Year 5 really enjoyed a 'Circuits' style PE session, including a variety of activities, some of which you can see in the photos. In English, we have created our own glossaries, used inference to predict what will happen next in our Norse tale and used expanded noun phrases to create mythical descriptions, which we included in our own Free Verse Poems. In Maths, Y5 have worked extremely hard using the grid and then the column method to work out 2-digit by 2-digit multiplications and related problems. We have been very impressed by their perseverance and mature approach. In Science, the children have identified different forces.  In this week's Curriculum lesson, Y5  learnt how to locate mountain ranges on a map and how to describe what a mountain is , using geographical vocabulary. In Music, we started listening to, appraising and learning to sing 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air',  as this half term's musical style is 'Old School Hip Hop'. The week ended as it began, with another fabulous BeeActive session, where the children enjoyed trying Lacrosse (see photos).

Friday 7th January 2022

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to everybody! It was great to have the children back in the classroom and they were all raring to go! We have started our new Maths topic this week: Multiplication and Division. So far, we have looked at multiplying 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers by 1 digit. We have a brand new text in English called Arthur and the Golden Rope. This is linked to Norse Gods and beliefs and will build up to us writing our own myth. In French, we began our weather topic and learnt how to ask and respond to questions about the weather. This half term, with BeeActive, Y5 have started working on Striking and Fielding skills. The children also did some Jump Start Jonny Guided Workouts to get rid of even more excess energy! We also did some calming Mindful Colouring, based on the Mandala circular symbol which represents the universe. Well done to all the children for their artistic efforts, especially the six prize winners.  


Friday 17the December 2021

Well… what a jam packed Christmas week we have had in Year 5! With our focus on DT, the children have created moving Christmas cards, designed their own Christmas jumpers, constructed Christingle oranges, weaved festive wreaths and baked and decorated gingerbread biscuits. They sang carols beautifully, met some reindeer and Santa even popped in with an early Christmas present each! The children enjoyed a cinema afternoon with popcorn and treats. They ended this half term's Bee Active sessions with an energetic game of Den Dodgeball. We all had fun playing games and dancing at our Y5 Christmas party (we even had a dance off!) Take a look at the photos below to see just how busy we’ve been.

We would like to wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in 2022!  

Friday 10th December

We’ve had another very busy week in Year 5! In Maths, the children have spent time calculating the area of a range of shapes, including compound shapes. They have also created their own traditional tale in English based around ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. They all had fantastic ideas of settings, characters and plots and enjoyed putting pen to paper and sharing these with the class. We explored reversible and irreversible changes in Science and the difference between these. The children worked in pairs to decide if a range of changes could be reversed or is a new product had been created. As usual, the children thoroughly enjoyed their music lesson with Miss Wright in which they used glockenspiels to play ‘Livin’ On  A Prayer’!  In RE, Y5 were comparing sacred texts from the Quran and the Bible and found many similarities as well as differences. Bee Active are very pleased with the progress the children have made over a few weeks in Handball and they have a fun range of ball sport activities planned for the last session next Friday. Our tasty Christmas lunch on Wednesday went down a treat and everyone looked super festive in their Christmas jumpers today, see the photos below. We are all excited for a week of Christmas fun next week!


Friday 3rd December 2021


While completing our assessments has been important to the children this week in Year 5, we have also made sure to make time for lots of other enjoyable activities! We have continued to read and base our writing around our English text of 'The Lost Happy Endings' and this week has seen us recapping speech and the accurate use of inverted commas. The children came up with some imaginative dialogue for the characters and worked collaboratively with a partner to ensure it contained all the necessary elements. In Science, we explored dissolving and the children worked in pairs to investigate which solids were soluble. We talked about ensuring it was a fair test and why this is important. Wednesday marked the first day of Advent and along with that came a tasty chocolate calendar for us to open each day in the lead up to Christmas. We also created a festive stocking each to display in the classroom. In RE we retold the story of the life of the Islamic prophet, Mohammed and explored the origins of the Quaran and its significance to Muslims today. The highlight of the week was today's hugely enjoyable trip to see the Panto, Dick Whittington. The children were a credit to our school and great fun was had by all.

"Oh no it wasn't!"

" OH YES IT WAS!" :)

Friday 26th November 2021


Well, another busy week in Year 5!


Within maths, we have moved onto focusing on perimeter and area. So far, this has included a recap of measuring perimeter, finding the perimeter of a shape using a grid and then moving onto calculating the perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes. Accurate measuring has been paramount and there has been a lot of discussion around the conversion between millimetres and centimetres, which has linked nicely with our multiplying and dividing by 10 focus from last week!


The children are still enjoying The Lost Hapy Endings in English and this week, we reached a climax which resulted in Jub rewriting her own frightening tale and included the demise of the wicked witch. The children worked hard using figurative language within a letter and also took part in a debate to discuss if Jub was in fact actually the criminal of this tale....


We have spent some time during PSHE this week discussing emotional health and things that can negatively impact it and perhaps make us feel unsettled and sad. The children had lots of great suggestions about what people could do to look after and improve their mental health and created some great posters to demonstrate this.


This week, we have also worked on completing our art work linked to Anti-Bullying Week. As a class, we looked at Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse and explored the characters and kindness quotes within it. Using this as their inspiration, the children recreated some of their very own pieces using pencil sketching, colours and fine liners. The results were very impressive and will make a fantastic display outside of our classroom! See for yourselves what budding artists we have in Y5 (photos attached).


The children have also worked hard on our new Coding Unit in Computing, have expanded their vocabulary when talking about members of the family in French and there have been some lovely sounds coming from our classroom during Music (watch this space!) Their enthusiasm and competitiveness during their BeeActive Handball session is obvious and their understanding of the skills, techniques and rules is developing well.


Have a well earned rest this weekend everyone! :)


Friday 19th November 2021


We began  Anti-Bullying Week with 'Odd Socks Day'. As a class, we discussed everybody’s differences and why it’s okay to be unique. Using the official Anti-Bullying Week song as inspiration, the children created some kindness pledges and designed their very own pair of odd socks.

  In Maths this week, Year 5 have been using place value strips to explore the way in which the digits move when multiplying and dividing by 10,100,1000. In English, the children created their own similes and personification phrases based upon a forest setting and then used these to compile a winter poem. They also enjoyed a lively drama session, role playing and freeze framing the scene in our text when the horrid old woman scares Jub. Some of the children's body language and facial expressions were terrifying,  see the photos below if you dare!

Yesterday, the children watched an NSPCC  'Speak Out, Stay Safe' Assembly and made some valuable contributions to the interactive Q&A sections. Today was our Children in Need Own Clothes Day. Many thanks for the £1 donations. We  had a lot of Pudsey and Blush ears plus  other Children in Need merchandise  in our class today! We rounded the day off  with some Pudsey themed Mindful Colouring and designing our own Pudsey bandanas, whilst listening to Children in Need songs from over the years. There might also have been a bit of funky dancing!:)  

Friday 12th November 2021


In science this week, Year 5 investigated how a range of everyday objects responded to magnets to allow them to decide which were magnetic and which weren't. We soon realised that all magnetic materials are metal, but not all metals are magnetic! During our history lesson, we carried out some research into King Alfred and, as a class, shared our findings to explore whether or not he really was as perfect as some historians describe. We discussed healthy lifestyles in PSHE and sorted a range of foods and activities depending on whether we viewed them as healthy, unhealthy or if it would depend on the situation. The children then came up with some fantastic suggestions about what we could all do to keep ourselves physically healthy. We also took some time out to share our Viking and Anglo-Saxon half-term project creations.


In maths, we looked at prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers as well as multiplying by 10 and 100. In English we created some expanded noun phrases about Jub (the main character from our book) and her home and wrote our own 100-word short tales. We integrated dialogue into a rewrite of the scene where Jub first meets the horrible old lady, then included similes in a character description of her.


Another great session of Handball was had with BeeActive and the class performed the poem, 'The Christening' (by A.A. Milne) in our Celebration Assembly today. Good work, Y5! :)


 Friday 5 November 2021


Y5 have had a very busy, if slightly shorter week back at school. We have moved on to the next Maths unit of Multiplication & Division, working specifically on multiples, factors and common factors. In English, we have begun a new text (The Lost Happy Endings) and have started predicting the story, characters and settings therein. After bringing in an array of amazing Viking half term homework, our History topic has developed to look at Danelaw and how the Viking influence made Britain more unified. In French, we have started learning to talk about our family members. The highlight of the week was definitely our first session this year with BeeActive, where the children were able to put last half term's throwing and catching skills into practice during an energetic Handball lesson. They had so much fun!

Friday 22nd October 2021


I can't quite believe we are already at the end of our first half term!


This week in Year 5, the children have spent time looking at thermal insulators in science. They were faced with a conundrum: Would putting a coat on a snowman make it last longer, melt more quickly or make no difference at all? As we have no snow, we had to improvise and the children devised their own investigations to test their theories using ice cubes and bubble wrap. We discussed how to ensure our results were fair and valid and presented our findings on a line graph. This gave us the opportunity to apply the skills we had focussed on in maths last week. I was really impressed with the children's reasoning and confident use of scientific vocabulary!


In maths, we continued our statistics focus and looked at tables, two-way tables and timetables. The children had great fun organising Furbles based on their colour and amount of eyes and creating a two-way table to present their findings. In art this week, we focussed on perspective and drew some fantastic autumnal pumpkins. The children spent a long time adding texture with shading and colour and were rightly proud of their finished pieces. 


Have a wonderful half term break smiley

Friday 15th October 2021

This week, Y5 have started a Statistics unit in Maths, specifically looking at reading, interpreting and drawing line graphs, which they will apply to recording results in Science next week. They have continued to plan and write for different audiences, based on our Queen of the Falls text. After researching Viking Ships , the children had a go at drawing and authentically decorating their own Viking Ship, using both pencils and pastels. We have been keeping fit with bursts of Jump Start Jonny dance workouts throughout the week, as well as a great Cross Country and Ball Skills PE session. Their accuracy and speed in throwing and catching is much improved. Well done Y5! :)

Friday 8th October 2021


Another week in Year 5 has flown by!


We have continued with addition and subtraction in maths and the children have spent time using the inverse to check their calculations. They have also worked on some multi-step word problems and using rounding to estimate answers. In science, we looked at why some everyday objects are made from certain materials due to their properties and came up with our own silly inventions! We have learnt even more about The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and wrote our own newspaper report from the point of view of the Anglo-Saxons during the first Viking raid in Britain. We continued our Queen of the Falls text in English and the children worked in small groups to role play some of the scenes and create a word bank of emotions and rhetorical questions to support them in writing a first person recount (photos below). Thursday was National Poetry Day and the class chose to learn 'The Christening' by AA Milne ahead of a performance to the rest of the school in the upcoming weeks. They also enjoyed some Michael Rosen videos - particularly 'Chocolate Cake'! For Friday's Mental Health Day, the children looked at some Beano inspired comic strips linked to recognising and controlling emotions.

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 enjoyed a Viking and Anglo-Saxon workshop. A real life Viking joined us in the classroom to teach us more about life in these times ahead of starting our new topic. As you can see, the children entered into the spirit of things and learnt so many new things.

Welcome to Year 5


Key information for parents:

  • Year 5 children are collected from the playground at 8.50am and enter school through the cloakroom door at the back of school.
  • Year 5 leave school at 3.15 pm. If your child is allowed to walk home alone please ensure that you complete a consent form.
  • PE takes place on Wednesday and Friday. Children should come to school in their PE kit on those days.
  • Children change their reading books on Wednesday each week.



Mrs Blood, Mrs Jackson and Miss Wright are looking forward to seeing you in Year 5.

(Mrs Hobson is currently on maternity leave)

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