Year 5 Blog

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

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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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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