Year 5 Blog

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

Year 5 Join the Circle

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We had a visit from the Playhouse in Brimingham, who took us on a drama and role-play journey into the fictional city of Brodingham. 

We were part of a group called the ‘Circle’. The other members of the community didn’t like our group and caused lots of trouble for us. 

Some of the ‘Circle’ members had set up another group called the ‘ARC’, who decided the best way to deal with the situation was to fight against the rest of the community.

We participated in the story to explore why this wasn’t the best way to deal with the situation and how it is important to have understanding and respect for other people’s beliefs.

We also explored how we know whether we should trust someone we don’t really know, and that some people can manipulate others into doing something that isn’t the right thing to do.



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Microorganism surprises!

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Year 5 have been lucky enough to have visitng Science Teachers from Arthur Terry who brought along some microscopes for us to explore microorganisms with. In the first session, we looked at different plates containing things like tea bags, hair, intestine and kidneys. We then took swabs of our hands and transferred them onto special jelly in petri dishes, which we left for a week.

Once the week was up, we looked back at what had grown on our petri dishes - it was very interesting! We observed differnt types of growth and did some research to find out why they had certain similarities and differences.




It was very interesting, and we can certainly say that we have remembered the importance of washing our hands regularly!


Baking Bread!

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As part of our DT project this half term, we have been baking bread. We began by researching and evaluating current bread products (which involved a lot of tasting of different yummy breads!) then had a go at baking a basic bread recipe.

After this came the exciting part - designing our own bread product! We added a range of ingredients, including both sweet and savoury, and made them into fancy shapes. We then baked our designs and evaluated them - we were all very impressed with our work! 

The whole of year 5 definitely agree that the best part of the project was the tasting! (Certainly not the clearing up!)


5MM chance to shine!

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This week, 5MM showed off our talents, skills and interests to the rest of our school through our 'Chance to Shine' assembly.

We had children show off their achievements in swimming, dance, guitar, piano, rugby, scootering and hockey.

It was a great opportunity for the school to see what other children get up to and 5MM hope to have inspired some of their Whitehouse Common friends.


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To understand a little bit more about Red Nose Day, Year 5 watched a video about how Comic Relief has changed the life of a boy in Africa. We were inspired to write emotive diary entries, empathising with him and making a point about how all donations to Comic Relief can make a huge difference to many people's lives (both in the UK and Africa).

5MM would like to share our work with you, in the hope that it helps to raise awareness and may inspire you to go and do something funny for money! Remember - make your laugh matter!




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Year 5 enjoyed celebrating WBD this year and all got into the spirit by dressing up! We had a jam-packed day doing lots of activities around reading and focussing on our author, Liz Pichon (who writes the Tom Gates series of books).

We kicked off the day by joining Year 1 for some shared reading of their favourite books, followed by researching Liz Pichon and creating a fact file all about her. We then took inspiration from the Tom Gates covers to complete some symmetry work in Maths and our own 'doodles' for a book cover all about ourselves!

We also had some DREAD - Drop Everything And Read, which is always good to do!

Super Science!

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We have had an exciting week in Science, participating in the BBC Live Science Lesson all about taste!

We started our learning with a preparation investigation into how many 'taste buds' we have on our tongues, which then enabled us to find out if we were 'Non-tasters', 'Tasters' or 'Super Tasters'. It was great fun but we didn't think much of the blue food colouring - yuk!

On Tuesday, we watched the Interactive Live Science lesson and discovered lots about our investigation question, 'What happens when we eat?'. It was a really fun way to learn and we felt like part of a big community with all the other schools taking part.

The next Live Science lessons are all about Water, so watch this space for more!

Keeping ourselves safe in Year 5

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We have had a great first week back in Year 5, covering lots of things to do with SMSC and PSHE.

Two of our highlights were a visit from the NSPCC and creating some role plays about keeping safe on social media. We were also given cards from the NSPCC that allow us to go into an o2 store with any smartphones, tablets, etc that we have and they will show us how to make ourselves safe when using the internet on them. We recapped our SMART rules and how to use 'Report' features online, too.

Space Camp Number Two

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5MM has their Space Camp on Thursday 1st December!

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Children arrived, excited for the evening ahead! They then split into three teams -Team Peake, Team Aldrin and Team Armstrong. Each team then rotated around three different activities.

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Does the surface of a planet affect the size of the crater produced? Children enjoyed investigating this using flour, rice and sugar.

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The second activity was art based. Children enjoyed creating their own nebulae pictures using pastels and chalks.

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The third activity was with with an astronomer from Warwick University. Unfortunately these was lots of cloud cover so, instead of using our telescope to look at the stars, we created the solar system to scale.

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Finally we all got an iPad and went outside stargazing using the Star Walk app.

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We then all came back inside and warmed up with hot chocolate while watching Space Chimps.

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The best part of the evening was seeing that Tim Peake himself had liked on of our tweets!

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Space Camp

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The very first Space Camp was a resounding success! 5SG all had an absolutely amazing night stargazing and learning about space.

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Children arrived back at school, after going home at the end of the school day, and upacked their things into their own Space tents.

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They were then put into two groups, Team Peake and Team Armstrong.

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One team began the night with a Science investigation. Does the surface of a planet affect the size of the crater produced?

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While the other team created their own nebulae pictures. The two teams then swapped over activities.

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We then got ready to go outside with Astronomer Greg Brown from the Warwick University Outreach Team for some star gazing. Greg talked to everyone about the different stars in the sky and we learnt all about the solar system. The children were able to look through school’s very own telescope at the night sky as well as using a specail app on our iPads.

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We warmed up back inside with some hot chocolate and settled down to watch Space Chimps.

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The children slept well after the film and enjoyed a filling breakfast in the morning.

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Everyone had an absolutely amazing evening. A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising. 5MM –your turn soon!

Order! Order!

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This week we have launched in to our Crime and Punishment topic.

We were all horrified to hear from Mr Horne that the large, priceless trophy had been stolen! Clues had been left for us to investigate.

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We returned to class and learned about what happens when a crime is comitted. We explored a courtroom and role played what would happen if this case went to court.


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Hearing the evidence before making a judgement!

Mad Science Assembly

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Today Key Stage Two were lucky enough to have an exciting Mad Science assembly with Atomic Abbie. She showed us how science and magic are very closely linked by performing some amazing experiments. One of the experiments made it seem like a cup of water had disappeared. Our favourite was when Atomic Abbie used a leaf blower and toilet paper to make someone into a mummy!

There will be a Mad Science Club for Year 3 starting next Monday.

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