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Year 5 – Forest and Sage

Welcome to Year 5.

Our Teachers are Mr Bushell and Miss Aitenmoussa and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Kirk, Mrs Smith, Mrs Parikh and Mrs Cheruvathur.

  • Lights, Camera, Action

    A huge congratulations to Year 5 for their amazing performance this week. All the children performed exceptionally well. The team would also like to thank all of the parents, friends and family who came to support the children.


    In literacy, we have began our rap unit. Over the next week and a half, the children will begin to edit lyrics of a rap and perform their editions to the class.


    In maths, we have been learning about percentages. The children are beginning to make links between fractions and decimals to help them understand that percentages are created from 100 parts.


    Next Thursday, Year 5 are visiting The British Museum in order to see the Parthenon/ Elgin marbles that we have been learning about in art and history.

  • International Week

    International Week has been fantastic and it’s been great to see the children learn about different countries and activities. All the children have engaged really well and our final flag looked absolutely brilliant. The children enjoyed all the activities, especially Capoeira, Ceilidh Dancing and learning all about sports in Canada. We would like to say a big thank-you to all adults who have come in to help.

    Our play is getting ever closer and we have finally had the chance to make some outstanding props as well as some final last rehearsals. The children are looking forward to the dress rehearsal on Monday and can’t wait to see you there on Wednesday. We’re sure you’ll be amazed by our Oscar worthy performances.


  • Boy Missing: Boy Found

    This week, we have written newspaper articles about Tristan (from The Viewer). We looked at reported and direct speech as well trying to use formal and informal language.

    In science, we planned, prepared and tested our parachutes to help understand the role of gravity and friction (air resistance).

    We have now moved our concert practise to the hall where we have been practising our singing and acting.

    Next week, our learning will be based around North America for international week.

  • Share a Story

    World Book Day was a great success in Year 5! The outfits (both children and adults) were amazing. Year 5 completed art, reading and poetry tasks across the day. We cannot wait for next year!

    In literacy, we’ve finished reading The Viewer by Gary Crew and in usual style, he left us unanswered and wanting more. The children have been writing their openings to The Viewer concentrating on vocabulary and teaching (not telling) the reader. Next week we will turn our attention to report writing about Tristan (the boy whose gone missing).

    We have been linking our knowledge of squared numbers and area in maths. The children also applied their skills to find the area of compound shapes, some of which had missing dimensions.

    Did Thomas Bruce steal the Parthenon marbles? This week in art and topic, we have been researching, discussing and forming our own opinions about whether the Earl of Elgin did infact have permission to take the marble sculptures from the Parthenon.

    Next week, we will be completing the next arithmetic test.

  • Welcome Back

    We have had a very busy first week back!

    In Literacy we have been looking at a fantastic book called The Viewer by the one and only Gary Crew (who also wrote The Watertower). Both Sage and Forest have loved reading it, deciphering the wild illustrations and unpicking the high-quality vocabulary used by the author. Just like The Watertower, this book left both classes mesmerised and wanting to read more.

    Area has been our focus in Maths this week. We have been finding the area of squares, rectangles and compound shapes using different units of measure. We really focused on unpicking why the area becomes a squared number and realised it was because we had to do cm x cm or m x m to find the area.

    We have been very busy this week learning our songs for the upcoming performance of Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Next week we will be working on our lines and stage directions.

    TTRockstars has now been launched! The children are loving choosing their Avatars, earning coins, battling each other and at the same time learning their times tables. Currently the highest score in Year 5 is answering approximately 54 questions in just 60 seconds. That is the score to beat!

    Reminder: World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. Our school theme is Roald Dahl books and we can’t wait to see all of the wild and wacky costumes.

  • Fun for some but not all

    This week has been extremely busy!

    Congratulations to Forest Class and their sharing assembly today. The dances were great.

    Earlier in the week, 4 of our children represented Alban City with  year 5 maths challenge at Garden Fields JMI School. The boys were credit to the school. The questions were extremely difficult and needed not only fantastic mathematical skills but also communication, memory and team work.

    This week, we started making models of the solar system.

    Emily and Lily in Forest Class also wrote fantastic persuasive texts with lovely handwriting.

    All of the children completed a reading comprehension and are showing good progress with their reading. Next week, we will complete another arithmetic test. Since the previous arithmetic test, we have been practising adding fractions with different denominators as well as long multiplication.

    Homework was sent today.

  • Should we have homework everyday?

    The children had very strong views to the question “Should we have homework everyday?” which introduced our persuasion unit in English. After looking at an example text, the children have been planning their own persuasive essays based on something they feel strongly about.

    In maths, we have been looking at how to multiply fractions by whole numbers. Using bar models helped us visualise what this looks like.

    In arithmetic we have been re-visiting long multiplication (e.g. 2,473 x 24) and adding/subtracting fractions with different denominators (e.g. 2/3 x 1/4).

    Due to the snow, Forest Class’ sharing assembly will be re-scheduled.

  • Why now?

    Following the excitement of ‘The Water Tower’ in literacy, we spent last week thinking about what might happen in Gary Crew’s sequel: ‘Beneath the Surface’. We read reviews, the blurb and watched a trailer to help us gather clues before writing the beginning. We continued to concentrate on using our suspense techniques. Set in the future, we gathered that Spike (now named Spiro) had returned to Preston. But like the ending of The Water Tower, we were full of questions: why had he changed his name; why was he returning now; what happened to Bubba; were aliens involved? Thankfully, the wait is over and next week, we will read Beneath the Surface.

    In maths, we have been practising different techniques to help us solve problems, such as working backwards; interpreting information; drawing bar models.

    Next Friday (1st February) is Forest Class’ sharing assembly.

  • 3..2..1..BlastOff

    This week we enjoyed a visit from the Astronomy Roadshow. We were treated to a show of lights, stars and some space history.

    In maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions as well as using out knowledge of calculating equivalent fractions.

    We finally read the end of The Water Tower by Gary Crew. Typically, the ending left us asking more questions than were answered. Luckily, however, we are looking at the sequel Beneath the Surface next week.

  • Welcome back

    Year 5 have been working super hard this week and have come back with their batteries fully charged.

    Suspense is our focus on Literacy this week and we have been looking at a fantastic suspense story called The Watertower. We have spent time predicting, looking at different writing techniques used in suspense stories, discussing characterisation and started to read the story. As this is a suspense story, we thought we would only read half of the book…leaving the year group thinking ‘what’s next’ over the weekend.

    Our new topic this term is Ancient Greece. This week we have focused on Greece as a country ; the children have located Greece on the map and even plotted on the lines of longitude, latitude and the Prime meridian. Next week we will be looking at Ancient Greece and its place in History.

    Maths this week has all been about fractions. We have been working especially hard to compare fractions with different denominators. We started off using manipulatives (cuisenaire) and then moved to drawing visual representations. Finally, we used a more formal method to convert the chosen fraction so they have the same denominator.


    Please remember to complete your homework, including your spellings.

    We have the visiting planetarium on Wednesday.