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Year 5


Spring 2021:

Today year 5 celebrated Mardi Gras with the school.  Children in school and at home created masks, hats, musical instruments, learned a dance and celebrated Mardi Gras.  They learned about the traditions and held their own festival at registration.  Children even shared their own traditions to celebrate this time before Lent.  It was also a day to have fun and recognise their effort and work, as Friday 12th February marks the end of the first half-term of Spring.

Children in both classes should feel quite proud of their accomplishments and all that they have learned.  

In English, the children finished reading their very exciting class text, Stormbreaker.  They loved the fast pace action in the book and completed their write, trying their best to copy Anthony Horowitz’s style, including lots of figurative language, imagery and varying sentence lengths to change the speed of the action.  The classes also wrote diaries and convincing persuasive letters earlier in the term.

The children built on their knowledge of what a number is by looking closely at equivalences, scaling, and taking fractions or percentages of an amount.  They can convert between decimals, fractions and percentages as well as changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and back again.  They continue to strengthen their calculating skills too.

The topic of Mission dominated most of the half term in RE.  It saw the children explore their mission within the Catholic faith.  They learned how Jesus’ mission began and how truly amazing it is that thousands of years later, people still follow His teachings.  Children also learned the names of some outstanding individuals who are role models and peacemakers for us all. 

Science was an exciting topic too, exploring the changes of properties in materials and what you can do with them.  Filters were designed and even made to clean water using natural materials.  Children tested whether some materials could be changed and investigated the changes – were they reversible or irreversible. 

This linked quite well with the DT project this half term too – making pizza.  The children enjoyed learning about nutrition, designing a pizza, making pizzas and evaluating their efforts.  Miss Spicer and Mrs Young thought they all looked delicious!  Fine chefs in the making!

All in all, the children had a positive attitude and approach to their learning during the past six weeks, and Miss Spicer, Mrs Young and the rest of the team Year 5 wish the children and their families a happy break.  Keep safe and well.


January 2021:

Year 5 welcomed 2021 in with a great start!  The children have done well to cope with the challenges of the new year and all it has to bring.  Learning new topics has begun whether in school or at home and in all subjects, with both teachers being incredibly pleased with the effort their classes are putting in.  Well done!


December Update:

As Autumn term comes to an end, the children have been busy sharpening their skills in all subjects and celebrating their ability to do so!

Children in both classes have finished reading an exciting adaptation of The War of the Worlds by HG Wells and are in the midst of writing their own ending to this sensational Sci Fi story.  This linked with our Science focus of What's Out There? and What is Gravity?  Mesmorising Science projects were made about the Solar System and theories tested in fun investigations involving forces.  In Maths, children have conquered mental calculations in all four operations and have worked hard to improve their times tables!  For our RE topic of Hope, children have learned more about the prophecies told from long ago and how we still wait in hope for Jesus to come.  Songs have been sung and an OLOV version of volleyball has been played.  Both classes have really worked hard and should be proud of their accomplishments!

During our time of Advent, children have been preparing, reflecting and waiting.  Excitement continues to build with both classes enjoying planned Christmas fun.

Miss Spicer and Mrs Young wish all the families and friends of 5S and 5Y a Happy Christmas and a 2021 filled with good health and good cheer for all.


October Update:

Don't forget to check out the Year 5 Gallery to see what 5S and 5Y have been up to!  The children have been busy being creative during the Autumn 1:  acting, writing and painting.   There is a selection of David Hockney like paintings, some freeze frames of Holy people and examples of poetry.  Take a look!


Welcome to Year 5!

It has been a lovely start to a new school year.  Year 5 have returned to school with smiles, positive attitudes and enthusiasm – ready to learn!  The children have already settled in well to the new routines and procedures asked of them and we could not be more pleased.  Well done!

During this term, there will be lots of interesting topics to cover:

     In RE, the children will look at ‘Ourselves’ and how we are made in the image of God.

     In English, the children will read an adaptation of Macbeth and focus on writing good quality sentences using expanded nouns and relative clauses.

     In Maths, the children will examine numbers – their value and importance in our daily lives.

     In History and Geography, the children will take a close look at Henry VIII, his impact on religion and where these changes took place (not too far from Greenford). 

     In Art, the children are well on their way to creating their own version of a David Hockney landscape – we can’t wait to see their final pieces!

     Finally, in Music, the children will begin to learn how to play a djembe during African drumming. 

Miss Spicer and Mrs Young would encourage the children to continue their wonderful start by continuing to listen well, read as much as they can and always do their best!  It should be a fabulous year!