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Archive | 2018

Year 5 Update

Last week was an incredibly busy week. We have been exploring and planning our own explanation texts in Literacy based around the life cycles we have been learning about in Science. Some of us even had the opportunity to design our own weird and wonderful creatures.

In Maths we have been learning about the relationship between factors and multiples. We drew our own factor bugs and some of the numbers had lots and lots of different factors.

We were fortunate enough to have a visit from a Rabbi this week. The children came up with some fantastic questions and learnt lots when listening to the responses.

Year 5 so far…

We have had a fantastic start to the term!

In Literacy, we have been looking at biographies. We have had great fun researching David Attenborough’s life and finding some fun facts about him and his work. We have even found out that a parent in Sage class has met the man in person!

In Maths,  we have been looking at place value, decimals and negative numbers.

During Topic, we have spent time researching Scandinavia and their links to the Vikings. What were the Viking homelands? Where did they settle? What type of Viking settlement is Derby (think about the ending)?

 That’s all for now but we’ll keep you posted.


My Summer Holiday Bucket List Challenge

How many can you complete over the summer holidays?

Please bring in a photo of you completing one of these activities on the first day back. This will be placed on display in the classroom. Be prepared to talk about your photo and the activities you completed.


  1. Build a sandcastle.
  2. Read a book in a unique and interesting place.
  3. Have a picnic.
  4. Have a water fight.
  5. Make lunch for someone else.
  6. Make your own ice lolly.
  7. Visit a museum.
  8. Complete the Summer Reading Challenge.
  9. Build something as tall as you.
  10. Make your own ice-cream sundae.

Sports Day

We would like to thank all the staff who helped  set up and run the events so smoothly. The children were amazing with their participation and achievements. Thank you to all the parents and families who came to support the children also.


This year, Phase Three were earning points for their colour team through participation and achievement in each event.


Year 4 earned:

Blue 386 points; Red 425 points and Yellow 451 points.


Year 5 earned:

Blue 427 points; Red 458 points and Yellow 371 points.


Phase Three champions are the RED TEAM.

(1st Red 883 points; 2nd Yellow 822 points; 3rd Blue 813 points)

Sports day!

Year 4 had a fantastic sports day yesterday! Great sportsmanship was shown all round and the children had a thoroughly enjoyable morning.

We are making good progress with our Ancient Egyptian lamps and will finish them this week! In pairs, the children made factual, entertaining and technically amazing information movies about an Ancient Egyptian topic of their choice! We really enjoyed watching them.

St Albans Museum

Yesterday,  Year 4 enjoyed a trip to the recently refurbished City Museum. Each class took part in a workshop where they were able to explore Ancient Egyptian artefacts and have some fun. Then we looked around the rest of the museum with a quiz to help us discover more! Many thanks to all of the parent helpers.


Drop Everything and Read! We had a wonderful time last Thursday celebrating book day. Our text as a year group was ‘The Great Kapok Tree’  by Lynne Cherry. It really made us think about the effects of deforestation and we each produced a descriptive mini-book retelling the story/ writing our own version. We also painted stones as animals from the story or representing our favourite author/book.

Some of the children have started sawing wood for the base of their Ancient Egyptian lamp, which we hope to complete in the next few weeks.

In Maths, we have interpreted and presented data in a number of ways, including bar charts, line graphs and distance-time graphs. Today, the children wrote fabulous descriptive stories about a woolly mammoth emerging from a melting glacier!

Sound, fractions and origami

Year 4 made a wonderful sound on Friday as they experimented with pitch and volume using different instruments. We had fun drawing some sound waves. In Maths we have been linking fractions to decimals and finding fractions of amounts. The children have shown great determination. In Faith and Belief this week we are looking at stories from Sikhism and how they link to our theme of ‘right, wrong, just and fair’.

Please remember that tomorrow is Book day. Please bring in chapter book and large, smooth pebble if you can.

Dynamic decimals

In Science, we have started to learn about sound and how it travels from the source to our ears. We made telephones using cups and strings and had fun experimenting.

We finished our Literacy explanation texts, which explained how different machines, processes and inventions work.

In Maths we have been adding, subtracting and partitioning decimals to solve different problems, using maths apparatus to help us.

Multiplication explanation

In maths we have been revisiting multiplication and division and looking at some new methods in preparation for year 5. We have almost completed our explanation texts to describe how different inventions and contraptions work and are becoming experts in using subordinating conjunctions! Did you know that the Nile is the longest river in the world? On Tuesday, we explored atlas’ found out the importance of the river Nile.