Welcome to Year 5 (2021/2022)

Welcome to the Year 5 area!

Here, you will find plenty of information about Year 5, including our curriculum; details of trips and visits, assemblies and performances; write-ups following visitors to our classes; examples of children's learning and lots of photographs and other useful and interesting links!

We are really looking forward to the year ahead, and know your child is going to have experiences in Year 5!

Mr Nedeljkovic and Mr Scott (Year 5 Team)


People Who Help Us

Keeping children safe in school is the most important role we play. If you have any serious concerns about any child, please speak to Mrs Walpole or Mrs Stoddern.



We had the best time in year 5 recreating the game show ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ when Chartwells came in this week to teach us about healthy eating and cooking. Green and red team were pitched against each other to produce the tastiest, healthy meal within 15 minutes. The children loved both meals, including the vegan pasta dish.

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In our science lesson this week, Year 5 have been learning about gravity and air resistance. The children worked in teams to design a parachute with a large surface area to bring an egg safely to the ground. We had some egg-cellent designs!

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5S had a fantastic time at Delaware camp. The children loved having the opportunity to challenge themselves with new adventurous activities. It’s 5N’s turn next week and they are very excited!

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As part of our study of mountains, year 5 have been learning about the coolest type of mountains- volcanoes! We’ve loved learning about how they form from magma spilling through cracks in the Earth’s crust and drew fantastic diagrams to show our understanding.

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Our most recent narratives in year 5 have been inspired by The Lost Happy Endings, a book in which the main character Jub sees the happy endings to children's bedtime stories stolen by a witch, leaving children across the world distraught when their stories don't have quite the same endings. Scan the QR code with your device to listen to Macey's retelling of her stunning story.

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As geographers, Year 5 have been discovering how different types of mountains are formed. The class carried out great research and presented their learning using diagrams.

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In Year 5, we are looking at sound in Science. This week we have been investigating the best materials to muffle sounds. We worked in groups to make the most effective ear defenders. We tested cotton wool, newspaper and tin foil. We had a lots of fun making them and testing them out!

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Year 5 have been performing play scripts this week. In groups of 6, we each took on the role of a character and used our voices and actions to express their feelings. We were so good that we took to the stage outside and performed for the whole of year 5. We can’t wait to learn the next scene...

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We’ve been studying reversible and irreversible changes in science this term in year 5. As an experiment, to find out whether adding salt to water is a reversible change, we set up a solution of salt and water and waited for the liquid to evaporate. We found that the salt remained and then studied it under a microscope.

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Year 5 absolutely loved reading to Year 1 for World Book Day! It was a great opportunity for the children to see each other’s costumes and get to know our friends at the other side of the school.

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In Year 5, the children have been learning how to separate materials. This week, the class were challenged to separate a bucket that had been scooped from the sea. The children used filtering, sieving and evaporation to separate sand, stones and extract salt from saltwater.

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We were very disappointed to be finishing our writing unit on Shaun Tan’s ‘The Lost Thing’ this week in year 5. However, we published these fabulous lost thing stories that will remind us all of stray creatures whenever we come across something that just doesn’t quite ‘fit’.

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As part of our term’s Christianity learning in RE, year 5 have been creating comic strips to show how the Incarnation of Jesus fits into the ‘big story’ of the bible. We also examined Old Testament prophecies to discover what the Israelites were expecting the Messiah to be like.

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Our science topic in year 5 this term is materials. We had a full morning honing our skills of working scientifically when discovering the changes that occur when mixing different materials, and grouped materials according to two different properties.

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In Year 5, the children have been creating 'lost things' inspired by our class story. We had some wonderfully creative ideas ranging from built-in computers to vice-like contraptions to enable the creation to pick up items.

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Year 5 have been studying the style and brushstrokes of Vincent Van Gogh and decided to recreate a section of the North Cliffs by painting using techniques inspired by him. The results were so good we put them on display in our classroom.

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In year 5 this week, we have written letters to Anne Frank. We've loved learning about the young girl's tragic story but still had so many questions left unanswered, even fitting in time for a virtual tour of the secret annex.


Year 5 have been learning about the Titanic through the story ‘Kaspar Prince of Cats’. The children created authentic looking newspapers that break the tragic news that the Titanic has sunk.

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The amazing authors of year 3 have published yet another book this week! They have innovated the story of The Heart in the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers. We have been so impressed with their creativity and skill. Well done year 3!

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Year 5 have been investigating cube numbers using multi link. They’ve been so keen, that they have spent a lunchtime determined to make a cube to represent 5 and 6 cubed.

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Year 5 have begun their jazz journey, starting with learning to play and improvise over a bossa nova track using the notes D, E, G, A and B.

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We’ve been learning different shading techniques and how to draw two-point perspective in year 5. Inspired by the stuntman Philippe Petit, we created realistic perspective drawings of the Twin Towers, which he famously tightrope walked between.

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This week, Year 5 have been working with statistics and have created some excellent line graphs and bar charts that present data.

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In Year 5, the children have been learning about life-cycles. This week, children created QR codes to record what they had been learning. Use the camera on your phone or tablet to scan the QR code and hear Will talk about what he has discovered this half-term!

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To help us learn about vertebrates, invertebrates and the different types of skeletons, classes were visited by a spider crab! Thank you to Jasmine’s parents for supplying the crabs. The children (if they wanted to) got to touch the shell and even got to see it walk on the tables!

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As part of our lifecycles learning in science, year 5 have been hatching chicks. We incubated these eggs from day one, candled them to check on their progress during that stage, watched as they pipped and have LOVED caring for them since hatching.

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Year 5 have been really enjoying our non-fiction this term! They’ve helped us think about habitats, life-cycles and physical geography.

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Whilst 5S have been busy doing the school proud practising for The One Show, 5N have been getting musical ourselves! We have taken the opportunity to form a rock choir; thoroughly enjoying rehearsing some classic rock tunes and perfecting our rock salutes.

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Year 5 have been learning about Philippe Petit, the French high-wire artist who gained fame for his daring high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. To appreciate how skilled Philippe was, the class had a go at walking our very own tight-rope!

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