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Year 5 – Forest and Sage

Welcome to Year 5.

Our Teachers are Mr Clements and Mrs Bland and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Felgueiras and Miss Rayside.

  • 14th May 2021

    Another week has flown by in Year 5. In literacy, the children have been writing discussion texts as to whether Queen Victoria was the greatest UK monarch ever, with stiff competition from Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Henry VIII and William the Conqueror. They have used their research about each monarch to create a debate as to who was the best monarch.

    Starting this week, we have moved onto labelling, drawing and measuring angles using protractors; this is a skill we found a challenge but will continue to develop throughout the remainder of Year 5.

    In computing this week, Year 5 began to block code the Micro:bits to use them as light sensors that can detect the level of light and display LEDs to illuminate, before starting to discuss the uses for heat sensors and how they would be useful in daily life.

    This week saw us continue to develop our already broad knowledge of the Victorians onto the jobs that children could have at the time before education was mandatory. We made job adverts in partners to persuade a child to join our workforce.


    P.E we started to develop our explosiveness in the standing long jump, using power to propel ourselves forward. We also compared our techniques to the world record holder and tried to jump the same distance in as few jumps possible.

    Finally, in Science, Year 5 continued to compare life cycles and discuss the key similarities and differences between an insect and amphibian’s life cycle.



  • The Learning Continues

    Despite the bank holiday, we have been learning so much this week.

    This week in Literacy we have introduced our new unit which is a discussion text. The children were provided with the following statement: Queen Victoria is the most successful British Monarch. Discuss. We explored an example text, picking out the key features and identifying how the text must remain balanced. In groups, the children then completed research of five British monarchs, collecting ideas to use in their written work next week. We have begun to select the most important facts and organise them, thinking about how to create overall cohesion.

    In Maths, we have been focusing on translation and reflection. The classes have translated shapes up, down, left and right and reflected images using a mirror line. We have discussed the importance of plotting each point carefully before using a ruler to accurately join the points. Next week, we will be revisiting area and perimeter before moving on to angles.

    In Science, the children were tasked with drawing two life cycles: one for a frog and one for a butterfly. They were able to identify each stage in these life cycles, adding appropriate notes to explain what happens at each part. As part of our class discussion, we reflected on how frogs can lay up to 4000 eggs at one time and the advantages of this. Next week, we will be comparing the life cycles, identifying both similarities and differences. As our unit continues, the children will be given the opportunity to research the life cycle of a mammal of their choice.

    In P.E. we focussed on exchanging a baton during a relay race. The children practised both the underhand and overhand pass, with a focus on speed of exchange. Some photos have been included for you to see.

    Our Victorian topic continued with an exploration of living conditions for the rich and poor. First, we discussed the validity of different historical sources, identifying the source type, when it was produced and by whom. The class discussions were absolutely brilliant and demonstrated a deeper understanding as the lesson progressed. Following some online independent research, the children then identified key points before reflecting on the effect for those living there. Some examples can be seen below:

    We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

  • Mystery arises

    Another incredible week in Year 5, started with the completion of our suspense stories, applying our knowledge of suspense story features, techniques and planning to create amazingly detailed and chill inducing stories, that knocked both Mr Clements and Mrs Bland off their feet.

    We have had a very practical week this week in Maths, with the children discussing properties of 3D shapes before investigating the nets used to create cubes comparing which nets could potentially work and which wouldn’t. The children applied this knowledge to solve some cube and net based problems.

    In Art we continued our learning of the artist L.S. Lowry and discovered that he used 5 main colours in his artwork which we then experimented at creating using a lighter and darker tone. This term permits Year 5 to use the Micro:bits which are a sensor based technology. They can be programmed to sense many different variables. This week saw the children create thermometers using the Micro:bits, discovering where in the school was the coolest and warmest.

    And finally, a massive congratulations to a team of 4 children who competed in an interschool Maths competition this week, which saw them have to solve multiple problems using their skill and knowledge. All the children worked incredibly hard practising for the tasks set.

    We hope you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend and look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

    Mrs Bland and Mr Clements


  • An action-packed week

    In Literacy, we have been continuing our work on story writing. We consolidated our use of the punctuation associated with speech before planning our own stories which draw on the events of Beneath the Surface but with our own individual twists. The suggestions for different suspense techniques were outstanding and have shown a real improvement in vocabulary. Next week, we will be writing our stories and putting together all we have learnt over the last three weeks.
    During our Maths lessons, we have introduced the bubble method when calculating percentages. The method involves calculating key percentages: 50%, 25%, 10%, 5% and 1%. These can then be used to find any other percentages through the use of addition or subtraction. When moving left, you divide by 10 and when moving down, divide by 2. An example has been provided.
    We have also continued our work on adding fractions that have different denominators using the butterfly method. After the butterfly is drawn, pairs of numbers enclosed together are multiplied before carrying out the mathematical operation in the middle. The children have shown a great understanding of this method and have been able to answer questions involving both addition and subtraction. An example has been provided.
    This week we were fortunate enough to have a visit from an astrophysicist. The children learnt all about the different planets and asked very detailed questions throughout the session. The children had an opportunity to learn more about gravity and understand key terms, for example supernova and nebula. There were also practical parts to the session including: looking through a telescope, splitting white light using a torch, feeling the vapour created from dry ice and seeing a small canister launch following a reaction. Some photographs of the event can be seen below.
    Last week during our Faith and Belief lesson, the children generated their own questions linked to Judaism. This week, they were tasked with carrying out research to find the answer to these questions in a small group. As you can see, the results are very impressive.
    From next week, we will begin exploring the values and ideas behind Humanism.
    In History, we were identifying connections between past and present royals. In the lesson, the children analysed a family tree, identifying key points such as who were the children of Queen Victoria and how is she connected to Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, we explored her ruling and how it was different from previous monarchs. The fact pages produced by the children for homework are absolutely brilliant and will be placed on display in the classroom.
  • Busy first week back

    Year 5 have had an incredibly busy first week with all pupils settling back in with their respective classes, which has seen the introduction of new topics in most subjects.

    In English we have now read the much anticipated sequel to ‘The Water Tower’ , ‘Beneath the Surface’, which takes place many years after the first mystery behind the tower. The children have identified and used suspense techniques leading to writing their own incredibly imaginative settings.

    We have explored capacity and volume of shapes, discussing the key differences, before calculating volumes of different 3-D shapes. This week has seen the recapping of percentages, before using scaling to find percentages from fractions and showing fractions in multiple forms.

    This week has seen Year 5 start new topics in most subjects including science, where both classes have donned their white gowns and taken a dive into dissection. We have explored the different parts of a flower and their functions, before deciding which parts are used for reproduction.

    In RE, the children have created questions that they would like to know about Judaism ready to research the answers next week.

    This week has seen Year 5 begin to look in more detail at this half term’s featured artist – L.S. Lowry. We have discussed the influences behind his artwork and the general mood of his work as an artist. The children have compared two of his portraits and discussed the similarities and differences.

  • Working Hard All Week

    We have had such a busy week in Year 5 with lots of learning across the curriculum.

    This week in Literacy we have been continuing our work on The Watertower. The children were asked to produce a newspaper, reporting on the events which had happened in Preston. We discussed various conspiracy theories and how different perspectives could be presented. There were some brilliant quotes from the children from some interesting townsfolk e.g. A. Lien and C.Lone. When we return in the Summer Term, we will be reading the follow-up book Beneath the Surface and writing a suspense story.

    ICT was very popular this week as the children put together their learning from the half-term to produce a short stop motion animation. All the children engaged really well with the task and enjoyed sharing their final productions with each other.

    In Maths we have been working on area. We began by counting the number of squares covered before moving onto learning the formula length x width. The children were able to confidently work out the area of rectangular and square shapes and find different combinations to satisfy a given area. As we have moved on through the week, we have explored compound shapes, working hard to identify the missing lengths based on other information provided. Home Challenge: Try to work out the exact area of a room at home. This will require a tape measure and possibly a calculator.

    In Geography, the children undertook an independent research project based on how London changed as a result of the 2012 Olympics. The children were provided a brief of what to include and worked really hard, first completing the research before moving onto presenting it using Google Slides. There were a fantastic selection of images and the children were able to edit their presentation at the end. Some example pages have been included for you to see.

    In Science, we brought together our learning on forces to carry out our very own investigation linked to friction. In Forest Class, pupils were challenged to create an investigation from start to finish looking at different materials and the levels of friction they exerted on a moving force.

    This week all of the children were able to complete some cooking. All pupils were tasked with making a savoury muffin in small groups, following a recipe and preparing any ingredients needed. Each of the children were able to pick what to put inside from cheese to herbs to ham to tomatoes. Linking on from our previous lesson on reading food labels and being aware of allergens, the children also listed what the muffins were made from to ensure they were safe to eat for all. It was a great success and everyone had a brilliant time. Hopefully over the Easter break, you may be able to have a go at making them at home. The recipe has been included for your use.

    Homework has been added onto Google Classroom for the children to complete. This includes: a Maths task which will require a trial and error approach; an Art/D.T. project based on the solar system; and reading at least three times a week.

    We hope you all have a wonderful Easter and look forward to seeing you in the Summer Term.


  • ‘Picking’ our noses

    With the excitement of the first week over, the children in Year 5 have settled back into school life like ducks to water, this week’s final day being dedicated to Red Nose day where we dressed up as superheroes to raise money for charity.

    This week saw the start to the new literacy topic of newspaper report writing looking at the mysteries surrounding two boys, Bubba and Spike, and an ancient water tower. We discussed the features of newspaper articles and planned our very own to begin writing next week.

    Starting this week in Maths, we are now calculating the area of regular and irregular shapes and starting to calculate the areas of squares and rectangles. This has furthered our knowledge of square numbers to calculate and predict the area of squares.

    Forest investigated how the length of shadows change throughout the day and how the Earth actually moves to change the shadow throughout the different times. In P.E. we have worked on backhand grip utilising the backhand serve and movement around the court efficiently.

    To finish off the week both classes completed different red nose day tasks, quizzes and activities – designing their own red nose, red nose day quiz and lollipop superheroes.

    This week signifies the return to regular homework being set on a Friday on your child’s Google Classroom, this week’s being to create a fact page on a planet in the solar system and a Maths task.

  • It’s good to be back!

    This week it was great to see all of the children back in school.

    We spent the first day completing a range of activities in order to get back into the swing of things. In Sage, the class created a llama inspired by their interests and personality using oil pastels. In Forest, the class created different structures using marshmallows and wooden sticks. Photos of the creations have been uploaded for you to see.

    In Literacy, we have been continuing our work on the Highwayman. The children were challenged to create a wanted poster explaining his crimes and his appearance. The language used by pupils throughout was excellent and very fitting for the time period. We also wrote a diary entry from the perspective of the Highwayman and quickly found out that we have a talent for writing romance. There may well be some budding authors in Year 5. Phrases such as bonny sweetheart, how foolish I was and  weak knees were common amongst the class.

    In Maths, we have refreshed our knowledge of fractions and multiplication. These skills will be helpful in other areas of the curriculum. We have also resumed our CLIC tests this week and there have been some impressive scores. We will be continuing these each week to consolidate our calculation skills.

    During our Geography lesson, we discussed the different uses for land and how areas have changed over time. There were some excellent discussion points as the children reflected on both the benefits and drawbacks of land being developed. We considered the impact of HS2 and how the site of the London Olympics changed forever. There were also some interesting points linked to artificial islands and what the world may look like 100 years from now.

    In Citizenship, we discussed different ways to save money and thought about the reasons people budget. We also completed a budget sheet reviewing how people spend their money and the changes they can make to save more money. In addition, we discussed the importance of online safety and created mini posters to show how to keep ourselves safe.

    In D.T., Forest class have been making compotes using seasonal berries. They first created a caramel using butter and sugar before using heat to control the consistency of the compote. They looked absolutely delicious and Sage class will have a chance to complete the activity next week.

    We hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.



  • Last (week before) Christmas

    A final busy week in Year 5, in the final week before the Christmas holidays.

    During this term we have explored the artist Henri Rousseau and the different techniques that he used. After much planning and preparation, it was time to complete our final art pieces. The children spent hours working together to create the masterpieces below. The layering technique is evident to see as are the use of darkness and highlights.

    In Citizenship this week, we have been discussing random acts of kindness and how they make people feel, the children were able to identify a range of acts they could carry out at school, home and in the community to bring a smile to somebody’s day. They have made their own checklist to try and complete over the Christmas break.

    In Sage, the children applied their green screen knowledge in science to create an informative mini episode all about dissolving. The children were able to learn from their previous experience using the green screen and the new recordings are superb. They will have an opportunity to watch he final results after Christmas.


    Thank you for all the lovely gifts that we have received, they are very generous and much appreciated. We hope you have an amazing Christmas and New Year from all of the Year 5 team.


    Please enjoy the Christmas concerts from Forest and Sage class.



  • Decimals and fractions remaining till the end

    This week has been another busy week in Year 5. In Topic work, we compared the old Globe Theatre and the new one to see which changes were beneficial. However, this left quite a few questions which have been set as research tasks for this week’s homework, along with some division work.


    The children built on the opening to their creative writing pieces, based on a magic trick, to create suspense along with dialogue and description to produce some wonderful suspenseful stories which left us wanting more!


    In Science this week, both classes researched irreversible changes following on from the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, including: burning, concrete and rusting. To discover what the chemical changes were, the product of the reaction and what the change is useful for.


    The children in Maths this week, have been learning to write remainders, using the bus stop division method as both fractions and decimals. Both classes have worked using their times table knowledge and creating jottings to help them with their division steps.


    In P.E. this week both classes have had a chance to combine the skills learnt throughout their hockey lessons in small game situation and in gymnastics created and performed a routine on the apparatus within a group. During I.C.T both classes have had a chance to edit their Tudor performances with some success using the green screen app to edit and add backgrounds to their film to then show the whole class next week.