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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

During this period of school closure, class e-mails have been created for questions regarding home learning:

Welcome to year 5. Year 5 staff include:

Mrs Kemp

Mrs Giffen

Miss Shortland 

Mrs Kitchen


Days to remember:

PE- Wednesdays and Fridays

Outdoor learning- Alternate Tuesdays


In English, we have really enjoyed reading Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is a humourous book about a boy who ends up in space! This book is linked to our project, Scream Machine and alot of it is based on a theme parrk. We have then used this information to write exciting persuasive leaflets to encourage thrill seekers to visit our theme parks. We have then published these leaflets on Purple Mash.


This term, we have begun by consolidating our long multiplication and short division methods which we practised in the autumn term. We are currently working on data analysis at the moment, thinking about how we can create and analyse graphs and charts which visualise what the numbers are saying. In February, we are embarking on an in depth study of fractions. This is often a tricky concept and we are aiming to look into some concrete examples of parts of shapes or proportions of circles. After that, we ill be equipping the children to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages.

Most recently we have delved in to multiplication and division. We began investigations into square and cube numbers, factors and multiples, using our unifix blocks as a resource to make mathematical concepts come alive in our hands. We then moved on to using the long multiplication column method to solve two- three- and four-digit calculations. We are now rounding off this unit by using the short 'bus-stop' method to divide three- and four-digit numbers by a single digit.

Unifix are great for all types of mathematical concepts!

To help consolidate their knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division, it is essential that our children know their times tables up to 12 x 12, and can recall them fluently with speed and accuracy. Any practise that you can do at home to reinforce this skill would support their learning immensely.
We have started the Spring Term off by looking at fractions. We have been using Shanghai Maths so that the children can get a visual understanding of fractions. Children have been learning to simplify, subtract, add and multiply fractions. The children have recognised that they are also practicing and applying their times tables skills, subtraction, addition, multiplication and division skills. We will also be incorporating 'real world' word problems into the mix, these will be based on fractions. Any practice with times tables and division at home will be welcomed. A good activity to use is 'Hit The Button.' 


We have started the Spring term with our new exciting topic 'Scream Machine'. To engage the children, we had a fun and exciting afternoon of rollercoaster simulation rides, hoopla and knock over tins! As well as this, the session was finished off nicely with ice cream in a cone.

The main focus of this topic is Science and DT and investigating the mechanisms and forces involved with fairground rides. We have also been looking at the properties of materials and their suitability for rides. The children have been learning the importance of planning a fair test and have carried out many investigations such as 'creating their own log flumes', 'measuring how fast cars travel down a ramp with different surfaces' and 'what affects the speed of a pendulum'. 

On Monday, we had Science Oxford visit where the children had the opportunity to get really creative with the k'nex and motors to create their own moving fairground ride.

We have also produced some lovely art work based on fairground art and are creating our own logos too.

We have been really impressed with the creative homework that has been sent in so far this term; it would be lovely to see some more!



Science investigations- log flumes, car ramps

Fun at the fair!

Our project this half term is Peasants, Princes and Pestilence. So far we have been making buboes from  jam and custard doughnuts, sketching herbs and looking at their medicinal properties, discussing why the Black Death spread so quickly and looking at the Feudal System. The children have also had the opportunity to research the Kings of the 14th century and look at the causes of the Peasant's Revolt in 1381. We have also been very lucky to have Ruth Levitt, a microbiologist from Aylesbury Grammar School, coming in to talk to the children about mirco-organisms. The children were able to take swabs from around the classroom and use agar jelly to grow the bacteria, with very surprising results. Well done to the children who have produced such lovely homeworks. We have seen Powerpoints to giant rats!


Our work this term is all about how to keep healthy. We will be looking at what constitutes a healthy diet; the consequences of alcohol, tobacco and drug use; and how to look after our mental health.


This half term, we are learning about the springtime festival of Holi. We have produced colour wheels and have started to learn why some colours are significant to Hindus. We will try Hindu dancing and will have opportunities to discuss our own thoughts and beliefs.


This half term, we are studying the work of JMW Turner, particularly on his use of light. We will be using various painting techniques to try to recreate some of his works.




In music our children will explore different compositions that have been inspired by space, the sun and our solar system. There will be plenty of creative opportunities for children to learn and perform a solar system rap, while learning about structure, rhythm, dynamics, texture and timbre.

Some Growth Mindset concepts.


Spring term has seen the exciting introduction of Fencing to our PE lessons. Mr Hearne has been delighted with how seriously and carefully the children conducted themselves in the first lesson, and how enthusiastically they responded to the coaches.


We do PE on Mondays, Wednesdays, and we either swim or have PE on Friday too. Please ensure children have a clean PE kit in on Monday each week, this should stay in school all week and then may return home with them on Friday. Our PE uniform includes a house colour t-shirt, white PE shorts, trainers and a change of socks for outdoor PE. In winter months, dark coloured joggers and a warm sweatshirt are also required. 


For safety reasons long hair should be tied back and earrings should not be worn.