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Homework was given today.

It is due back on Wednesday 14th.


*NEW* Task 1: This week your child completed a spelling diagnostic. This helped us identify gaps in their spelling knowledge.

Each week, your child will receive a spelling list and activity to complete and practise at home. The following week, they will be tested at school. If this test identifies they need more practise, they will continue with the same words for another week. However if this gap has now been addressed, they will move on to the next rule.

This is in addition to Year 5 spelling lessons at school throughout the week. We hope you agree that this more personalised approach will help improve your child’s spelling by targeting their gaps.


Task 2: To help us create inspiring biscuit companies, we need you to look at some biscuit designs. You can use the internet, look in shops or even find ones at home. Draw them. Photograph them. Record why you would buy them.


Task 3: Research an animal and how it has adapted to living in its habitat.

For example: camels in the desert; sloths in the rainforest; or sharks in the ocean.



Where did Vikings Live? What did they wear?

This week we have been looking at how the Vikings built their homes and what they would have been like inside.

We’ve also discussed which jobs Viking males and females would have had and how roles have changed over time.


In maths, we’ve been exploring different problems and how to find a starting point.


Linked to Remembrance Sunday, we have discovered the patterns within a Cinquain (san-cane) and are developing our own poems linked to WW1.


Next week, we will begin the process of creating our own biscuit companies!

October Half Term Homework

Sent Home: Friday 26th October

Due Back: Wednesday 7th November


Task 1: Family Time

Please take a photo or draw a picture of something you did over the half term. Write a paragraph about what happened and use brackets, dashes and commas to help create relative clauses.

e.g. After I had my tea, I went out knocking on stranger’s doors with a tap, tap, tap. One door (which was covered in cob-webs) opened with a creak.


Task 2: Reading

Continue to read everyday. Create a book review about what you’ve read.


Task 3: Art

Before our art unit next half term, we would like you to research about Norse art. How you present this, is up to you (for example: a mood board, a piece of art or a poster).

How to…

This week we have been learning about 4 and 6-digit grid references. In geography, we used maps to write grid references for places and found places using grid references given to us. We used this knowledge to create instructions about how to read them. Our writing included time and prepositional phrases, adverbs and some of us even included relative clauses and semi-colons in a list.


In maths, we’ve been developing our knowledge about prime and composite numbers. We also learnt about how to tell if a large number was a multiple of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.


Three homework tasks were sent today and is due back on Wednesday 7th November.



After half term, we will be sending home spellings weekly. Spellings (which are based on rules), will be matched to your child’s spelling ability. Each week, a set will be sent home then tested a week later. When they are ready, your child will move on to the next stage. Year 5 spelling rules will continue to be taught in class across the week. If you have any worries or questions, please speak to your child’s class teacher.


Have a great half-term break.

Pollination Success

This week in Science we have been learning about the pollination process. Did you know 84% of flowers are pollinated by insects in the UK? The children created fantastic information posters explaining the different stages, and even included a labelled diagram of the inside of a plant.

In Literacy the children have been writing up their explanation texts with some great success. This linked nicely into Science as they explained different life cycle processes. There has also been some great improvements in presentation across the week.

In Maths we used our knowledge of factors and multiples from last week to support us when learning about prime factors and composite numbers. It’s fair to say it’s been a little tricky but the children have really persevered and done themselves proud.

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.