Year 5 Blog

Welcome to the Year 5 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Year 5 Inspired

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This week and next sees parents of year 5 children being invited into school to join us in our Inspire Workshops.

The verb "inspire" means - "Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something." (Oxford English dictionary definition)

We hope that we have managed to achieve this... Our children really enjoyed working with their parents.

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Year 5 Mental Health Awareness Week

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Last week, we spent some time focusing on Mental Health awareness and participated in some activities to help us develop our mindfulness, use strategies to help us when we feel worried or stressed, and identify what mental health means. We did activities such as yoga, reading, mindful colouring, 'worry buckets', group discussions, talking strategies, guided meditation and laughter therapy (a favourite in 5MM!). We hope that in times of worry, stress or uncertainty, we can remember some of these activities to help us a coping strategy.


Class Assemblies

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This week and last, Year 5 have been celebrating their Creative Curriculum by performing class assemblies.

Wow! They have been amazing and all of the children have enjoyed sharing their knowledge about the ancient civilization of Maya. We think that everyone in the audience will have learned a lot too!

Many thanks to parents for supporting their children in the learning of lines and providing fantastic costumes.

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The Lock Up

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On Thursday 18th January all of Year 5 headed into Birmingham for an exciting trip to the Lock Up and Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum.

The Lock Up is the old Steelhouse Lane Police Station that was operational until a couple of years ago but is now a museum...

It was so interesting to look around the Victorian building and consider how law and order has changed over the years...


handcuffsWe also looked at safety and who needs a booster seat in the car.


Our visit to Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum enabled us to see some artefacts dating back as far as the Mayans.


We had a great day out and combined work from last term's topic - Law and Order and this term's topic - The Mayans.

Thanks to all our fantastic helpers.

Space Camp 7.12.17

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Our second Space Camp of 2017 was a resounding success!

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Children arrived and excitedly unpacked their things into their tent.

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Once unpacked, Miss Greenwood took the register and told the children which team they were in. Children were split into four teams, Team Aldrin, Team Peake, Team Ride and Team Armstrong, and then rotated around four activities.

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 Children created nebulae pictures using chalks and pastels.

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Does the size of the meteorite affect the size/shape of the crater it makes?

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Looking at the stars with a telescope from Warwick University.

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Moon Rock cakes were very popular!

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After completing all the activities, children went outside to look at the stars using the 'Sky Walk' app on our school iPads.

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Mrs Clark and Mrs Cowdery were on hot chocolate duty! We enjoyed a hot chocolate and cookie while watching 'Space Chimps' before bed.

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Chhildren slept well and enjoyed breakfast together in the morning.

Space Camp 30.11.17

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Our first Space Camp for this academic year was a resounding success!

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Childen arrived (with enough luggage for two weeks) and unpacked their things into their tents.

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Miss Greenwood talked to the children about the plan for the night and told them which group they would be in for the different activities. Team Peake, Team Armstrong, Team Aldrin and Team Ride each rotated around four different activities.

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We enjoyed making 'moonrock' cakes with Mrs Slassor and Miss Hughes.

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Astronomers from Warwick University helped us to look at the night sky outside with their telescopes.

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We created nebulae pictures.

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The fourth activity was investigating the size of craters made by meterorites.

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After we had completed all the activities, we all wrapped up warm and went outside to look at the stars using the Star Walk app on our iPads.

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Some of us were very tired in the morning. We all enjoyed a selection of breakfast items.

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We had a fabulous time and even recieved a tweet from Tim Peake himself!


Year 5 supporting Children In Need

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Year 5 celebrated Children In Need by completing a range of activities to raise awareness and empathise with the children who are helped by Children In Need. Take a look at some of 5MM's work below:


Year 5 - Crime and Punishment

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To learn more about our Crime and Punishment theme in Topic, we were very lucky to have Mr Wheeler visit the school in a police van. We looked into finger printing, learnt about the history of crime and punishment and the role of a police officer. Each class had an amazing opportunity to look around the police van - even sit inside the cage and in the driver's seat!

A big thank you to Mr Wheeler for a fantastic day.


Year 5 Hockey Tournament

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On the 8th November, Year 5 competed in a Hockey tournament at Bishop Vesey. Competing in their house teams, each class had a chance to show off their skills from the past half term.

Well done to all, who showed great persevere, collaboration and interdependence throughout the morning. 


Ullswater Residential 24th September 2018

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Thank you to those who attended the parents meeting about the residential for the current year 5 pupils next September. This will take place the week beginning Monday 24th September 8am departure for 4 nights, returning on Friday 28th September at 4.30p.m.

A copy of the slides shown was sent home this week, along with a letter about dates and payments.

Please ensure you have ticked the consent box online at

Deposits due on 2nd November please so we can secure the booking. Any concerns over payment then please speak to the office.

If you have any concerns or queries then please do speak to Mrs McIntosh.

Year 5's LTE Democracy Day

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Today, Year 5 split between the 3 classes to learn about Democracy. We researched and debated different topics in 'The Whitehouse Commons.'

We learnt that our democracy is a system of government. We have seen how it allows people a way of choosing and replacing their representatives through free and fair elections.

It also ….

•Protects the human rights of all citizens.
•Depends on laws, which apply equally to all citizens.
•Encourages citizens to participate in politics and community life. 

We also looked at how we can take part in Democracy outside of school.

•Campaign for causes you care about

Stand as a candidate and vote in your school council election.

•Lobby your councillor and/or MP about local and national issues.

•Find out about your rights and responsibilities.

•Learn to see the difference between choices that affect you personally and those that affect others.

•Improve your skills: for example public speaking.

•Keep informed. Watch and read the news regularly.








The value of numbers

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This week in maths this week, we have been looking at large integers and identifying the value of their digits.

We used the counters and place value grids to represent the digits in numbers. We then wrote these numbers in words and numbers.


Once we were more confident with working with larger integers we then learned strategies to round the numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.



You can use the game below to practise this more!

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