Class 5

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Term 5

In the afternoons we have been looking at space and the space race. We have been studying famous astronauts.

Last week (beginning 4/5) in our English,  we looked at writing relative and relative embedded clause sentences. We looked at this alongside writing about superheroes. We read about some ordinary superheroes and then started to design our own. We drew them, planned writing about them and then wrote our own superhero reports. Have a read about the heroes we created.




We have been practising lots of life skills in Year 5! Have a look at the different things we have been doing as part of afternoon work. Using our afternoon work activities we have seen some really creative work.

We have been cooking three course meals.
We have baked cakes.
We have planted plants.
We have sewn cushions, pompoms and soft toys.
Have a look at the buttons we have sewn on.
We have even had a toy car being built!
We have been creating computer games using scratch.
Millie scratch work click to view
We have been looking at the art of Peter Thorpe and using it to inspire our own space art.
We have researched the space race and created our own factfiles.
Have a look at the posters we have been making to encourage others at the moment.
Once we finished writing our poems we moved onto famous speeches.


We looked at famous speeches including Martin Luther King’s  ‘I have a dream’, JFK’s speech about why we should go to the moon and Malala’s speech to the UN about the importance of education for all children.  This speech has inspired some incredibly thoughtful and mature letters to Malala talking about her speech and its impact.
Year 5 have been looking at expanded noun phrase and how we can use them to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. We then read several poems which talked about different people’s favourite places. We used those ideas to think about where our  favourite places are. Have a read of our poems. I think being in lockdown has really made us think about the places we love to visit. These poems are full of joy and excitement and the love of our favourite places.
We have been trying out performance poetry this week. We have been listening to the advice of Joseph Coelho, a poet, about how to perform poetry. Here is his advice on performing poetry.
Watch our performances:
Poetry Performance


Term 4

We have been looking at the Battle of Hastings and in particular how this was represented on the Bayeux tapestry.

We have carried on with our European geography. We have been looking at recognising the shapes and positions of different countries in Europe. We practised map reading skills finding capital cities. We have also been exploring the flags of Europe.


We have continued our art work tying in with our history topic of the Anglo-Saxons. Here are a few more finished longboats.  We also looked at the jewellery produced by the Anglo-Saxons. We focused on their brooches the most. Here are some of our ‘Anglo Saxon’ brooches.  I think they would have gone down well with the Anglo Saxon nobility.


In our home-learning English, we have been writing NCR (Non-chronological reports) about dragons. We started off identifying the features of an NCR, then we picked out good language sentences. We used those magpied sentences to write our own versions for the dragons we designed. Have a look at all the work we have done!



Year 5 have been working hard at home while school has been shut. We have continued writing our newspapers based around the short film we watched in class called ‘Tuesday’ which tells the story of some flying frogs!

Have a look at our newspapers:
We have also been doing longboat art work. We looked at the Lindisfarne raids in history and how they impacted the monks who lived on Lindisfarne. The boats the Vikings used to raid Lindisfarne were longboats. Have a look at our images:
In geography we have been continuing to look at Scandinavia as well as identifying where in the world countries are situated.
In English we have started to look at NCR- non-chronological reports- and how they are structured. We are going to be writing non-chronological reports about mythical creatures like the ones in Beowulf!
Today in Year 5 (9/3/20), we were learning about the Viking raid carried out on Lindisfarne in 793AD. We explored the Lindisfarne gospel and talked about the work the monks did on Lindisfarne and why this made it an attractive target for Viking raiders.
Have a look at us re-enacting the attack on Lindisfarne.
Here the monks are peacefully praying but some strange noises and movements outside have started to grab their attention.

The Vikings entered the monastery and began attacking the monks and stealing the precious objects.  

In Year 5 we have been looking at engineering and famous engineers. Using the Dyson engineering boxes, we learnt to take apart a tangle free turbine.

As part of Fair Trade week this year,  Class 5 played a game called the Christian Aid Paper Bag game which is based on the lives of paper bag makers in  Kolkota. In the game you had to work with your group pretending to be a family making paper bags out of newspaper. Unfortunately, this game was not designed to be fair; in fact it was designed to be unfair. You then had to sell your paper bags to a bag distributer. The distributer could change the number of bags you had to make, the size of bags and their shape to suit their needs. This meant that it was very hard for the families to make enough money to live on even though they worked very hard. The whole class really enjoyed the game and it helped everybody to understand how people can become stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty. Have a look at some of our views on the game.

We then looked at a Fair Trade lesson where we had to sort belongings and supplies into needs and wants for people. We were surprised by what things we classified as want items. We discussed how the world’s poorest people often do not earn enough to buy the things needed for all their basic needs e.g. nutritious food, clean  water, medication and education. This made us think about how we would want the world to be. We ended up writing our own list of Human Rights – things we felt everybody in the world should have access too. I think we did a pretty good job with this!
Finally, we looked at the difference Fair Trade is making to the lives of Cocoa growers in Sierra Leone. We discovered how they are helping people to farm  sustainably, protecting the rainforest while still improving the lives of the people in their families and communities. We designed a Fair Trade chocolate bar reflecting the work of these Cocoa growers and Fair Trade.
This term we have been looking at all things related to fractions. We started off with our fraction museum. What fractions can you spot?
In English we have been reading the story of Beowulf and Grendel and we have loved it! It is a tale of daring adventure with a vicious beast who will stop at nothing in his quest for humans! Will Beowulf be able to defeat Grendel and his mother? You will have to read the tale to find out.
Reading this story has inspired us to write our own myths. We looked at the structure of myths and then used this to create our own. We spent a lot of time reading, researching and playing with powerful language. We wanted to paint a picture in the reader’s head.


Having read about lots of mythical creatures we started to design our own for our myths and if you have a deadly mythical creature you need a hero or heroine! To help us plan our myths we created our own fantasy lands and drew maps of them.
Here is the finished product. We wrote our myths out in best, made them into books and created blurbs and front covers.



We learnt to draw a dragon based on a grid to help us. We were so inspired by drawing the dragon that several people made dragons at home to bring in to show the rest of the class.


Term 3

Class 5 Term 3 & 4 Homework Brochure

Term 2

Year 5 have really enjoyed reading Floodlands – a novel set in a dystopic future, flooded Britain- and imagining that they are some of the characters in the story. We’ve been writing letters as if we are Zoe – the main character- as she tried to plot her escape from Eel Island (Ely). We drew maps and wrote informal letters between Zoe and Munchkin discussing the details and items needed to safely escape to the mainland Britain.


After that we have started to look at writing formal letters and have written to Coca Cola as part of the Tearfund Plastic Campaign to ask them to reduce the amount of plastic they are using in their packaging both here and abroad.


This term we have also enjoyed making clay pots learning a range of different construction techniques ranging from coil construction to slab construction. We have beed inspired by the work of many different artists including Clarice Cliff.


Term 1

Class 5 Term 1 Homework Brochure

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Term 5

Class 5 Term 5 Homework Brochure

Den building in Forest School

It rained.  It hailed but Year 5 did not give up! We persevered and built these fab shelters.

On Wednesday (3rd April),  the Skinny Jeans Gardener came to visit our school to help us prepare our school display for the Malvern Show in May.

We started by weeding some beds so that we could plant plants which will be used to decorate our display.

On 26th March, Year 5 visited the Shri Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Swindon as part of our RE topic. In RE we are looking at how Sikhs show their commitment to their faith. Going to the Gurdwara, enabled us to see how Sikhs put their beliefs into action.

When we got to the Gurdwara, we took off our shoes and washed our hands. Everybody who goes into a Sikh temple covers their heads.

We visited the prayer hall and listened to a talk about what Sikhs believe. In the prayer hall we could see the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book) which is kept on a on a raised platform under a canopy.

Afterwards, we all went downstairs to the Langer hall. In the Langer hall Sikhs serve food to each other after a service. Anyone is welcome to come and eat the food for free. We had freshly made pakoras- yummy! We really enjoyed our visit!

Here are some quotes..

Abi “We really enjoyed the food. They were really kind and made us fresh pakoras. It was delicious.”

Rebecca “It was really enjoyable and I learnt a lot!”

William “I learnt a lot and I loved the food.”

Estella “I learnt about how they do things differently to Christians for examples funerals and weddings.

Aimee “I learnt how young Sikhism is and the number of Sikhs in the world”

Zara “I learnt that Sikhs believe that all religions are equal.”

Rosie “I learnt about the Gurus who are really important to Sikhs.”

Matt “I learnt that the Golden Temple in Amritsar has more than one name and is quite small on the inside.”

Lottie “ I found out about how Sikhs served in the British forces in WW1 and WW2.”

William “ I learnt that the Golden temple is surrounded by a walled courtyard that has entrances on  four sides to show that people from all over the world were welcome there”

Term 4

Class 5 Term 4 Homework Brochure

In science week (week of 11th March), Class 5 looked at the density of different liquids. Density is how much matter or stuff something contains.  The denser liquids sink to the bottom with the lighter liquids floating on top.

We did an experiment called ‘raining blood’ We mixed oil in water in a jar. We then added in food colouring. The food colouring fell to the bottom of the jar and then started to float back up again.

We loved it!

As part of our Sikhism topic, we have been learning about the langer. Gurdwaras have a room known as a langer where food is served to people after services. The food is free and anyone is welcome to come and eat. We had a go at replicating a langer meal in the classroom. Afterwards we discussed how this meal showed Sikh beliefs in action.

Term 3

Term 3 Class 5 ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ Homework Brochure

In Year 5 we have been looking at what engineering is. We’ve been very lucky to have two Dyson Foundation boxes this term to use. We explored the engineering and designing process by looking at how James Dyson redesigned his wheelbarrow. Engineers identify a problem and then work to find a solution.

In the boxes were parts of a vacuum cleaner that we could take part and then reassemble. We learned to use different tools to take the carbon fibre brush heads apart. It let us look at how the machines functioned on the inside. Afterwards, we put them back together and we didn’t have a single screw out of place!

Let’s go fly at kite!

Year 5 made kites using tissue paper and canes in Forest School. Some people even had a go at making box kites! Have a look:

Term 2

Class 5 Term 2 Homework Brochure

In Year 5 we have been reading a book called ‘Journey to the River Sea’ which is set in the Amazon rainforest. It has inspired all our learning. We have learnt all about Brazil and its environment. We were absolutely fascinated to learn about pink river dolphins and the carnivals. We have painted pictures in the style of Henri Rousseau’s jungle scenes.

This has led us onto looking at issues in the Amazon. We have been shocked at the impact deforestation is having on the Amazon and the animals that live there. We have looked at the impact of palm oil in particular.

We started the year looking at water and biblical metaphors linked to it. This inspired us to look at global issues towards dirty water. We created tippy taps in Forest School which are a hygienic way of washing your hands if you don’t have access to running water. As well as raising money for Water Aid, as a class, we are going to raise money to twin toilets with communities in other parts of the world.

We really enjoyed looking at the artwork of Hannah Dunnett and used her as inspiration for art in our RE lessons.


Term 1

Class 5 Term 1 Homework Brochure

Today in Year 5 (11.10.18) we had a special Maths workshop where we had to complete a challenge to make the alphabet for the cheapest cost. Each ‘bar’ of a letter made on squared paper cost £1. We had to see what was the cheapest way of making the entire alphabet.

It was tricky but we LOVED it!

What is a tippy tap?

A tippy tap works by using the foot to tap a lever to tip water out from a container. It means hands can be washed without touching the stand – therefore stopping the spread of dirt and bacteria.

In many of the countries that WaterAid works in, people use a tippy-tap to wash their hands. In forest school we had a go at making one. It was not as easy as it looked!

Have a look at our tippy taps. It was challenging but we REALLY enjoyed it!

Year 5 has had an exciting start back to school. We are loving our Watery/River metaphor. We have been learning about the water cycle in Science, the journey of a river in geography and the symbolism of water in the Bible.

We looked at the story of Noah’s Ark and the idea that the rainbow is a symbol for a promise. We made class promises on rainbows.

In English we have been exploring metaphors in poems and are starting to write our own river metaphors. Have a look at us acting out some of our favourite lines from ‘The sea is a hungry dog’

In Forest school we made water filters using natural items such as moss and leaves.