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Friday 14th January 

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 5, filled with lots of learning and its fair share of practical activities.


In English, we have been immersing ourselves in the story of Beowulf.  The children have been engrossed in Michael Morpurgo’s version. On Thursday, the children wrote their own openings to the story based on their choice of three key scenes.  We have also focussed on recognising and understanding modal verbs, fronted adverbials and relative clauses.


We have been developing our knowledge and practice with multiplication. At the start of the week, we were multiplying by single digits and have progressed to multiplying by 2-digit numbers. The children have been taught a range of methods to solve these problems. Most recently, we moved on to learning about the formal method of long multiplication.  We will be continuing to practice this tricky method next week and have prepared this video to help illustrate the technique.




We continued learning about the properties of different materials. The children enjoyed devising fair tests to compare a range of different materials and learn about their properties including their hardness, transparency, magnetism and conductivity. 



The focus on practical learning continued in Art. We introduced the work of Japanese artist, Hokusai. Over the next few weeks, we will be producing our own versions of “The Great Wave”. This week, the children enjoyed investigating complimentary colours by mixing primary colour paints.


It has been busy across the school this week as we have taken part in our Bible Week.  We have focussed on learning about a different element of the Big Bible Story each day.  This fits well with our work in RE lessons, in which we are considering the life and teachings of Jesus - beginning with looking at his authority.


We hope the children all have a good rest over the weekend and look forward to joining us for Term 3 Week 3 where we’ll be starting to learn about division in maths, dissolving materials in Science, reading legends in English and much more!

Friday 7th January


Happy New Year to you all. We hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas break.

What a start to the term, with our church service on the second day back! We are so proud of all the children, especially those who stepped up and covered for children who were away. They all did really well. 



This week, we introduced the children to Beowulf. We discussed the background of this epic poem which originated from the Anglo-Saxons. Next week, we will be looking at Michael Morpurgo's version of Beowulf. 



We have been recapping on the short written method for multiplication this week. Below is a tutorial from Oak Academy. It would be really useful if the children continue to practice this method at home. 


This week, we introduced the children to our new topic - The Anglo-Saxons. We discussed what happened when the Romans left Great Britain. Without the protection from the Romans, this left the Britons open to attack. We used an atlas to see where these new invaders came from. We then looked at the different kingdoms where these tribes settled. Many of these kingdoms are why our counties have the names they do. For example, the South Saxons settled in Sussex. 


Our new topic is Materials and their Properties. The children discussed a range of materials, their properties and what these materials are used for and why. 


Our new topic is "Understanding the Gospel".  We began our work this week by discovering what the gospels are and who they were written by.  We also considered different perspectives and approaches to a variety of scenarios, which led us to consider why Christians may approach circumstances with the question in their mind: "What Would Jesus Do?"

Friday 17th December 2021


All of a sudden, week 7 is complete and we’ve reached the Christmas holidays!


A huge well done to everyone for their hard work over this term. This week has been no exception, even with some Christmas-focussed activities, there has been lots of learning going on in Year 5.  There’s no doubt you all deserve a really good rest now.


  • In English, we began our week with an “elf focussed” reading task.
  • Our maths also continued with the elf theme as we spent a lesson unravelling the “mystery of the mince pie thief” where we solved various mathematical clues to work out which naughty elf (from a list of 30) had stolen the last of Father Christmas’ mince pies!
  • During our Design and Technology work, we completed our cam toys to great effect – we hope you enjoyed seeing these first-hand when they were brought home earlier in the week.
  • We’ve been busy completing work in History (making Maya calendars) and Geography (annotating maps of the rivers of South America) so that we’re ready to embark work on our new topics in Term 3.


Of course, one of our main highlights of this week was the Key Stage 2 Carol Service.  It was wonderful to be able to hold this event in All Saints Church and for several children from Year 5 to join us for the evening.  The children who took part in the service were a real credit to the school and they sang our year group song, Child in a Manger Born, with great feeling and expression. A big well done as well to Lily and Jasper for their confidence and clear voices in delivering the Year 5 Reading and Prayer.


The term ended with an enjoyable last day – there’s nothing quite like watching a classic Christmas film and enjoying a hot chocolate with marshmallows! 

Thank you so much for your generous and thoughtful gifts, we really appreciate them. It has been a pleasure to work with your children this term – we look forward to continuing our learning journey together in 2022!


So, as 2021 draws to a close, we wish you all a peaceful and merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We hope you all keep safe and well and we look forward to seeing you again in January.


Please note - there will be no Early Bird Groups in the first week of term. We will be in touch early in the term with details of the Early Bird groups for Term 3.

Friday 10th December 2021


Time is continuing to fly past as we inch closer to Christmas and a well-earned rest for the children who’ve carried on working hard this week.

As we get closer to the end of term we inevitably spend some of our time finishing things off and assessing progress, as well as continuing learning new things, so everyone’s been kept very busy. Here is a quick summary of some of the learning we’ve been doing this week.


  • In English, we started the week by working on a Reading Comprehension based on our Mayan topic.  We then switched focus to space and carried out a creative writing exercise in which the children wrote powerful descriptions of what it might be like to set foot on a new, fictional planet called Pandora.
  • In Maths, we continued our work on areas of shapes by investigating counting squares in irregular shapes. We also completed an arithmetic paper with a focus on the 4 operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Our science work this week has focused on finding out about our solar system and the planets within it. The children enjoyed considering the relative sizes of the different planets when they were represented as various different fruits (just imagine the football is really a watermelon).



  • The children have also enjoyed finishing their rainforest art collages.  Their imaginative use of colour and different media including oil pastels and collage materials has resulted in a great range of pictures. They’ll be coming home soon so you can see for yourselves!




Today, we look forward to seeing Father Christmas in the Forest and then next week the festivities will continue!


Alongside some festive Maths and English activities we look forward to rounding off our work on our Hot Chocolate topic by learning more about the Mayan Calendar and considering the importance of the stars for them. We also hope that many of the children are able to join us for the Key Stage Two Christmas Carol Service on Tuesday evening and of course, we’ll round off the term with a Christmas Service in church on Thursday morning.


Early Bird Groups will resume again next week – Thank you very much for your understanding whilst they had to pause recently.

Friday 3rd December 2021


Just like that, Term 2 week 5 is over!

As we get ever closer to the Christmas holidays I wonder if anyone else feels like the weeks are flying by?

This week has certainly been a busy one with a few extra challenges as we’ve had a number of staff off, but the children have coped amazingly and have achieved so much! We were disappointed to have to postpone our church service but we look forward to sharing it with you in the New Year.

Monday started with a visit from our local STEM Ambassador, Kerry, who shared her amazing photos and stories of visiting Mayan ruins including Chichen Itza.  The children listened intently and asked some very thoughtful questions showing their real interest in this History topic.


In Maths, we finished our work on Perimeter and moved to considering what we mean by the area of a shape and how we can calculate it.

In English, we’ve continued working on our space theme whilst investigating the features of newspaper reports and writing our own news articles about the story of Laika the dog. The children have been fascinated to learn about the story of the stray Russian dog who was sent up to space in the 1950s. They particularly enjoyed exploring different opinions about this mission.

Of course there’s also been some Christmas craft and we’ve enjoyed working on our practical project to build Cam toys in our Design and Technology lessons.

Next week is set to be similarly busy.  In History and English we will be shifting our focus to consider Mayan daily life, whilst in Maths we will continue our work on Area and then begin to recap our learning from this term.  We will do more work on our Cam toys and of course we are looking forward to the festivities of Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas Lunch and Father Christmas in the Forest (don’t forget to book your ticket)!

Friday 26th November

It is hard to believe that we are heading into December next week. Thank you for your patience whilst we figure out what is the best way to share our church service with you. We will be in touch on Monday when a final decision will be made. 


Entering the Astrodome, the children experienced a star filled sky. They learned about the different constellations and plants in our universe. We were really impressed with the fascinating questions that the children asked.  

In English, the children enjoyed sharing the information about the astronaut that they had researched at home. They used this information to create a biography. As a class, we also researched Stephen Hawking. During shared reading, the children enjoyed reading a book written by Stephen Hawking which was written by him to help children learn about space. 

In maths, the children have been finding the perimeter of rectangles and compound shapes. They investigated how to find missing lengths on compound shapes. 

Next week:

First thing on Monday morning, we have a lady visiting us to talk about her experience when she visited Central America and saw the temples that the Maya built.


In maths, we will be finding the area of rectangles and compound shapes.


During our English lessons, we are going to be writing a newspaper report about Laika, who was the first dog to go into space.


In science, we will be learning about the different planets and our solar system. 


After the children created some imaginative designs for their cam toys this week, they will be using their plan to make their com toy. We are really looking forward to seeing these. 


We hope that you all have a lovely weekend. 


Friday 19th November

Another busy week has flown by. Well done to all the children who have been committed to the gala training.

This week, the children have enjoyed looking at the Hero Twins myth in more detail. During guided reading, they read the comic strip version together.  They have worked incredibly hard to write part of the Hero Twins myth. We were incredibly impressed by the imaginative ideas the children had for 'The House of the Beast'. 



In Maths this week, the children used a place value chart to help them multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. 

In science, the children learned about solar and lunar eclipses.



In Geography, the children have started to create an informative poster about the Amazon River. Did you know that there is a section of the Amazon River that is 10 miles wide and it floods a forest the size of England each year!


Next week:

We will spend time practising our church service next week. This will be on the Wednesday 1st December.


In maths, we will be measuring and calculating perimeters.


In English, we will be looking at biographies. In order to support your child's learning, please could they research an astronaut of their choice so that they can write a biography about them.


We are really looking forward to our marvellous middle next week with a visit from the Astrodome on Tuesday afternoon. This will support lots of our learning in science.


Dates for the diary:

Tuesday 23rd November: the photographer is in, swimming gala, Astrodome visit.

Wednesday 1st December: Year 5 church service.

Saturday 4th December: Christmas Fayre

Friday 12th November

Well that week seems to have disappeared in a flash, but has been jammed packed.

We all really enjoyed the Year 6 church service on Wednesday on gentleness and self-control.

We were all so proud of Jasper who played the drums during the service. He did a fantastic job.

It will be Year 5’s church service next! This will take place on Wednesday 1st December and will be based on our class values of goodness and faithfulness.

The children demonstrated respect and empathy during our thought-provoking Remembrance Service on Thursday.


This week: 

The children enjoyed investigating square and cube numbers.


In English, the children have continued to look at the myth of the Hero Twins which links to our history topic of the Maya. During History, we looked at another Maya story about the creation of the world.

In science, the children learned about the rotation of the Earth and the Earth orbiting the sun which causes seasons

Next week:

Maths: We will be dividing and multiplying by multiples of 10 (10/100 and 1000).

English: The children will be writing a section of an adventure story based on The Hero Twins.

Science: Next week, we will be making sun dials to investigate how the position of the sun changes over the course of the day.

Geography – the children will be investigating the Amazon River.


Shoe box contributions

Thank you so much for all of those who have offered or brought in shoe box contributions. We will be putting the shoeboxes together on Monday. Any additional contributions would be greatly appreciated.


Kindness Week

Next week is kindness week, we will be taking opportunities throughout this week to discuss the importance of kindness. On Monday, children are invited to wear their own choice of odd socks to promote individuality.


School council stationary shop

The school council stationery shop will be running again on Tuesday.  There will be a range of stationery items available. If children wish to buy anything, it would help with change if they could bring 50 pence pieces – thank you.


Dates for the diary:

November 23rd – Astrodome – if you have not already, please could you pay for this via parent pay.

November 23rd – Swimming Gala

November 23rd – Individual photographs

December 1st – Year 5 church service

December 4th  - Christmas Fair




Friday 5th November

We hope that you enjoyed a lovely half-term break and the autumnal sunshine.


This week, the children did an excellent job of performing their poems which they wrote about a storm in a rainforest.


In maths, we have been looking at multiples and how we can identify multiples of different numbers.


It has been excellent to hear some of the fascinating questions that the children came up with whilst discussing our new science topic – Earth and Space.


In Geography, the children learned about the different layers of the rainforest: the forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer.


The children found out about some of the Maya Gods and worked in groups to create information cards about each of these. 


Next week:



We will be investigating square and cube number.



During guided reading this week, the children have read one example of ‘The Hero Twins’ myth which is one of the most famous Mayan myths. Next week, we will be reading other examples of this myth.



Next week, we will be making sun dials to investigate the movement of the earth. For homework, the children will have a moon diary. Each evening, they will need to observe the shape of the moon and sketch this on their template. This will support the children’s learning about the phases of the moon.



We will be researching different climate zones in South America and why the climate is changing.


Date for the diary:

Wednesday 10th November - church

Tuesday 23rd November am - photographs

Tuesday 23rd November pm - Planetarium visit – excitingly, we have the Astronomy Roadshow coming to visit us. A letter will come out about this next week.



Friday 22nd October

It was lovely to meet many of you this week and discuss how well the children have settled into Year 5. 


It is hard to believe that Term 1 is already over. Thank you for the hard work that the children have put in this term. We have been impressed with the progress that the children have made. 


It was very exciting this week to see all of our butterflies hatching. The children have really enjoyed watching the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. They are all wondering what our next class pet is going to be!



Next Term:

This term in Geography, we have focused on the human geography of South America; looking at mega-cities and favelas. Next term, we will focus on the physical geography, looking at the rainforest, mountains and natural hazards that occur there.


In history, our Mayan topic will continue, we will continue to learn about how the Mayans have shaped our society today.


In science, we will start our exciting new topic of 'Space and beyond'. We are very much looking forward to the Astrodome visiting our school on Tuesday 23rd November (a letter will come out about this at the beginning of the term). 


Have a fabulous half-term and enjoy a well-deserved rest. 

Friday 15th October

Well done to all of the children who competed in the cross country competition at Beacon School this week. You did really well in representing our school.

In Maths, the children used a range of tables, charts and graphs to answer a variety of questions.

We learned about poetic language this week including: similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification and alliteration. The children came up with some fantastic examples of each of these.

In Geography, the children continued to learn about the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. They compared this to life in the more affluent areas of this mega-city.

In History, the children started to learn about some of the Gods that the Maya worshiped.

The children have also been working on some Rainforest Artwork. They have been finishing off their backgrounds with oil pastels and are now beginning to create their collage animals. It is exciting to see their creations coming to life!



Next week…


The children will be drawing their own line graph to plot data on.


We will be using the poetic language that we came up with this week to write our own poems based on the rainforest. Later in the week, the children will perform their poems.


After learning about a range of life cycles of different animal types, we will move onto considering how animals are adapted to live in particular environments by investigating the work of some important scientists.


The children will learn about the temples that the Maya built and why these were so important.


Dates to remember:

October 19th – Parents’ evening

October 21st – Parents’ evening

October 22nd – Break up for half-term

November 1st – INSET day





Friday 8th October

Another week seems to have flown by.

The children have worked really hard using their storyboard to create a narrative based on the ‘Ride of passage’ animation.



In maths, the children have been using a formal written method to solve addition and subtraction problems.


In History, we have been discussing why farming was so important to the Maya. We described the different types of farming used; raised fields, terrace and slash and burn.


In Geography, we watched a video with children explaining what it is like to live in the favelas in the mega-cities of Brazil.



What we will be doing next week:


We will be moving onto statistics. This learning will be linked to our Geography learning – migration in South America.


Next week, we will investigate the features of a poem and write a poem about rainforests.


We will be comparing the range of life-cycles that we have been looking at this term.


The children will learn about the Maya Gods and their religious beliefs.


After learning about some of the problems faced in favelas this week, next week we will be challenging the stereotypes of favelas.

Friday 1st October

We have had lots of excitement this week as our caterpillars have transformed into chrysalises. The children have really enjoyed observing them to keep track of their progress.

During our science lesson, the children learned about the process of metamorphosis by hunting for clues around the classroom.

In English, the children watched a short film about a young tribal boy called Toki. The children will be able to tell you all about his mission. They were able to order the key points of the animation and created a storyboard.

Using the designs by Henri Rousseau and Oenone Hammersley, the children used oil based pastels to create a background for their rainforest picture.

Our learning next week: 


We will be using a formal written method to solve subtraction problems and using the inverse to check our answers.


Using their storyboards from this week, the children will write a narrative based on the short animation ‘Ride of Passage’.


We will continue to track the progress of our caterpillars/butterflies during their metamorphosis. In addition, we will learn about the life-cycle of birds.


The children will learn about the Maya Gods and their religious beliefs.


After learning about Mega-cities in Brazil, we will look more closely at the impact the constantly increasing population has on these cities. We will be learning about favelas and what living conditions are like in these areas.


Following on from our celebrations in the church next week, the children will be learning about Harvest Festival and why this is an important time for Christians.

Friday 24th September

On Tuesday, we took to the skies! With their tickets in hand, the children listened intently to the safety instructions. Miss Fuller expertly wheeled her hostess trolley down the aisle, serving out biscuits and squash. Once we arrived in South America, the children enjoyed learning about the twelve countries.



The children worked really hard researching their South American country. Working collaboratively, they created an informative and colourful poster. They then used their research to individually create a persuasive brochure about their country.


In maths this week, we looked at six-digit numbers, reading and writing numbers up to 1 million. We then moved onto negative numbers and using a number line to help us count across the zero. Next week, we are going to be using a written method for addition.


Excitingly, we have five new additions to each year 5 class! Our new classmates are growing extremely quickly. Next week, we are going to be learning about metamorphosis and the lifecycle of a butterfly.




We looked at the hierarchy of Mayan society from the slaves to the Priest in a city-state. The children used descriptions to identify each role and then placed them in order on a line that reached from those seen as being the least important to those being the most important.

Well-being workshop

On Wednesday, the children attended a well-being workshop run by OpenView Education. We discussed the steps to well-being. The children really enjoyed acting out scenarios which involved supporting friends and talking when something is upsetting them.

Friday 17th September

This week seems to have flown by. Speaking of flying, next week, as part of our ‘stunning start’ we will be ‘flying to South America’. The children will be provided with a flight ticket, but they may like to bring their sunhat and sunglasses!


Your child should now have received their user name and password for Timestables Rockstars. This programme is a great way for the children to practise their times tables (press the icon below for the website). If you have any problems accessing it, please get in touch.

This week, we continued to look at place value, rounding and ordering numbers in both ascending and descending order. Next week, we will be looking at negative numbers and Roman Numerals.   


This week, we read the texts ‘The Vanishing Rainforest’ and ‘The Great Kapok Tree’. The children used the information from these texts to write a non-chronological text about deforestation and why the rainforest is so important.

Next week, the children will be researching a particular country in South America. This country should be written in their contact books. If they can complete research at home, this will support them with their learning next week. They could find out about the food, the flag, tourist attractions and land marks.


This week, the children learnt about the different ways that plants reproduce. They enjoyed taking cuttings from geraniums. We are hoping that the geranium cuttings will start to sprout roots and we will have lots of new plants to brighten up our classroom. Next week, we will learn about the life cycle of mammals.


This week, we met Flavius Cerialis and his family.

Here is the vocabulary that we learnt:   

quis es? – Who are you?                               

sum – I am

mater – mother

pater – father

filia – daughter

filius – son

infans – little child

mus - mouse


Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 22nd September – Mental health and well-being workshop

Friday 1st October – tie ceremony for Year 6. After this date, the children may wear their winter uniform if they would like. The children can continue to wear their summer uniform until October half-term if they would prefer.

Tuesday 19th October – Parents’ Evening

Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening

Please find below, the presentation used for "Meet the Teachers" on Monday 13th September 2021:

Friday 10th September

It has been fantastic to see all of the children back in the classroom. They have settled into Year 5 with their new classes really quickly and have done incredibly well in this hot weather.


This week, we were focusing on place value. The children were learning to read 7-digit numbers. They then partitioned 4-digit numbers and identified the value of different digits in a number. On Wednesday, the children completed an assessment. We have used this to identify the areas that the children need additional support in. This will help us to plan appropriate lessons. In order to help your child at home, please encourage and support them in learning their times tables. Having a quick recall of their times tables will help them in many aspects of their maths.


The children used their senses and similes and metaphors to describe a rainforest scene. With the support of extracts from ‘The Explorer’ (our class reader) and Journey to River Sea, the children came up with powerful descriptive phrases. In order to support your child at home, please make sure that they are reading every day. If your child is a reluctant reader, you could choose an exciting book to read to them. If you are struggling to find appropriate books, there are suggested reading lists on our website that you can look at.


The children really enjoyed dissecting flowers this week and investigating the different parts. We discussed the scientific names for these. This term, we will be looking at life cycles. Next week, the children will look at the life cycles of a flowering and non-flowing plant.


This week, we travelled back over 2000 years in a time machine (with a few stops along the way) to the time when the Maya Civilization were thriving. The children labelled a map of Mesoamerica (or Central America) where the Maya civilization lived.


Our topic this term is North and South America. On Wednesday, we discussed the country and continent that we live in. We then recalled the seven continents using the continent song (which the children remembered from last year). With the help of atlases, the children worked hard to label all of the countries in North and South America.



We braved the scorching weather and ventured out to play netball. We practiced the chest-pass and the children took it in turns to defend and mark. P.E. in Year 5 will be on a Monday and Wednesday.


Dates for the diary:

Monday 13th September – Meet the teacher session