Year 5 Blog

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

A light bulb moment!!

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We’ve now started our new topic in science, this half term it is electricity. We have had lots of fun making a range of circuits for example, ones that include two blubs, two batteries, buzzers and switches. We’ve also begun to explore the differences between parallel circuits and simple circuits; looking at how to turn one blub off whilst leaving the other one on. We’re all so excited about the investigations we will be planning and carrying out during this topic. 


Can you remember what each symbol represents?



Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back!

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and that you are ready to work really hard in the spring term. This week has been so exciting; we have begun to read The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes. We have already written descriptions of the characters and will be re-enacting parts of the poem as well as analysing the language used and explaining the impact on the reader.

Also this term we will be investigating electricity in science, looking at The Mayans in topic and continuing to visit Birmingham Metropolitan College for P.E.



Netball Skills

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This Half Term, Year Five have been enjoying some excellent PE provision offered from Birmingham Metropolitan College to increase their netball skills. 



Each Monday we have put our wellies on and marched ourselves across the Bishop Vesey Fields and up to the college (this is a workout on its own!). We have then benefitted from using the expertise of numerous college sports leaders to increase our passing accuracy, shooting skills and team play .


At the end of the unit we are having an inter-house tournament. The points of which will go towards the sport's day result. As well as this we have been benefitting from the expertise of the Bishop Vesey teachers and coaches each Friday, where we have been developing our hockey skills. 


Keep Calm - It's not Christmas yet!

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The past few weeks have been as eventful as ever. Within Literacy we have been analysing the features and language of stories from other cultures. We wrote our own epic adventure last Friday. During maths we have continued to build upon our skills for shape, space and measures.

We have got stuck right into our new ICT topic where we are using 3D designing software to create our own schools. We can access the software at home to keep practising our skills. Follow this link to download it:  Sketch Up

Practice is well underway for our carol concert at St. Chad Church on the 16th December. Be prepared to be amazed by our choral angelic voices that will truly start your Christmas holidays in style. 



We are Bloggers!

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Last half term we had great fun in our computing sessions learning how to create our very own blogs. We were able to create titles, add text and pictures, and even embed a video.

After this we read each other's blogs and commented in the feedback boxes. We have really enjoyed the topic and are continuing to populate our blog pages with weekly topics such as book reviews, weekend news and what we're getting up to in school.

Why not take a look. Click on the pictures below to access each Year Five Class blog. 

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We are continuing to build our blogs at home and in school. It is a skill we have developed that we can continue to use throughout life.

Over here and over there

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For the past few weeks, Year Five have been learning Birmingham as part of a local area study. We have looked into the famous buildings that Birmingham has, including the changes made to the city over the last century. Birmingham has many influential people that have left a big impression on the world whom we have researched and presented information on. Within Art, we have sketched the Birmingham City skyline.

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We have now moved into learning all about South America, specifically focusing upon Brazil. Currently we have been distinguishing between physical and political maps for the area and we will soon produce tourist board brochures for the Brazilian Government.

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Rugby Treat

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Year Five had a bit of a treat today, with a visit from Mr Davies from Bishop Vesey's Grammar School. Bishop Vesey's are now always in on a Friday working with a different year group for a term to develop sports skills. Year Six have been enjoying some specialist rugby training. But as they're away, we pinched their session!

We had great fun learning how to pass and receive the ball properly. We played interception games and finished off with a good session of Tag Rugby. We developed many skills (especially how to form up properly as a team) and are looking forward to further rugby sessions in the future.  


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Sponsored Events Next

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Next week Year Five will be taking part in school-wide sponsored events to raise money for the school to purchase more Literacy materials. In Year Five, we will be holding a sporting/fitness afternoon on Friday 26th September. We are going to challenge ourselves to see how many football and basketball goals we can score in 5 mins. We will seehow many jumps we can manage in 5 minutes using a skipping rope and to finish off how many Aerobic excercies we can perform (burpees, star jumps, push ups, squat jumps, etc...) - again all in 5 minutes. 

The children have all taken home sponsorship forms. We look forward to seeing how we get on next week. Stay tuned to the Year 5 blog to find out. 

Second week in - back to business

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We've got stuck back into to all of our subjects this week - ready to make super progress this year. In maths we have been consolidating and extending our knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction. Literacy lessons, we've been planning and writing an alternative sequel to the Harry Potter novel. Whilst in Science we are exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon.

This Friday we will be performing our expressive dances that wecreated whilst in Year 4, all about the Rainforest. If you're coming to watch see if you can see what the movements and actions we have designed represent. 

Steaming back into the Autumn Term

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Welcome back to Whitehouse Common. We hope you have had a fantastic Summer holiday and that you are looking forward to your time in Year 5.

This week we have been easing bank into the swing of things within our Art themed week. We have studied pictures of a local artist called Philip D. Hawkins who is famous for his painting and photogtaphs of railway scenes and trains. 

So far we have been gathering lots of research, preparing interview questions and writing a biography of his life. We have used this information to design and create 'mood boards' that illustrate the artists work and provide information to others.


Health Week & Sports Day

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This week we have thoroughly enjoyed a range of keeping healthy activities!

Food Roadshow

On Monday we learnt all about how to create healthy meals using basic foods and thought about what foods we enjoy! We have considered how we can make some of these snacks and meals at home with our families!

Cardio Tennis

On Tuesday we attended Cardio Tennis class. The coaches gave us lots of opportunities to try different techniques to improve our tennis skills. We played many games, but fortunately didn’t lose many balls!

Smoothie Anyone?

As part of thinking about our healthy eating, we have taken part in a cookery afternoon. We have made our own smoothies and enjoyed tasting them together! We thought about how we could advertise our product and what key persuasive points we could use to entice the viewer!

On Thursday we visited  the Life Education Caravan – we have thought about making healthy choices and how we can make the right choice for use and not follow the crowd. Being healthy isn’t just about exercise and healthy eating; it is really important that we have healthy minds.

Sports Day

Last week we enjoyed a splendid sports day; beautiful weather and a real team spirit shown by all of the children! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and loved taking part in our house team events.

Dissolving and more dissolving

This term we have been learning all about dissolving and how different substances react differently in different liquids. We have also thought about the rate at which materials dissolve and how different factors can affect this.  At home, speak to an adult when they are next cooking and see if you can explain some of the scientific processes.

Art Skills

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Shading is a really improtant skill to use in art as it  helps make our work look 3-D. We have produced some still life pictures of fruit and flowers and used shading effects to bring our pictures to life! We have thought carefully about where light hits the objects and how we can show this using shading effects and cross hatching in our work. 

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