Year 5

1.12.22 – Week 5

It has been another very busy week in Year 5. On Tuesday, we had a visitor from the Laing Art Gallery, to do some activities around the Lindesfarne Gospels, following on from last week’s visit.


On Wednesday we had a Healthy Active Lifestyle Team Games session, led by a representative from the Newcastle PE and School Sport Service. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves!


We have finished our NFER test papers this week and have also been comparing and ordering fractions in maths. In English we have started learning about the features of Biographies.


In DT, we began the construction of the bridges the children have carefully designed and budgeted for. In geography, we were learning about cold environments, focusing upon Polar and Tundra climates. In science, we made electrical circuits and used them to test which metals were the best conductors.


In RE this week, the children produced some beautiful advent-themed spiritual art. They each created a Jesse Tree, the idea for which is inspired from Isaiah 11 ‘’A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit,” (Jesse was the father of King David).

24.11.22 – Week 4

Year 5 have been busy with assessments this week but have still found time for lots of other fun activities! In maths, we have been ordering fractions and in English, we have planned our legends, ready to write them on Monday.


In DT, we completed budget sheets, in preparation for beginning the construction of our bridges next week. As well as their cost, the children’s bridges will be judged on other factors, such as their aesthetics and the weight they can hold.


In Geography, we learned about temperate climates and how plants and animals have adapted to them.


We went on a fantastic trip to the Laing Art Gallery, Central Library and the Cathedral of St Nicholas on Wednesday. Three separate members of the public complimented the children on their impeccable behaviour. The children saw the incredible Lindisfarne Gospels and learned about how stories and messages can be passed on across centuries and even millennia, but that their details can often change slightly over time. At the cathedral, the children had fun exploring and drawing objects and producing a piece of art in groups.


We have crammed a lot into a slightly shorter week. Enjoy your three-day weekend and come back refreshed Year 5!

17.11.22 – Week 3

We have had a busy Anti-Bullying Week. We wore odd socks on Monday and on Thursday the children had an assembly from the NSPCC about staying safe. We also made an anti-bullying pledge video, outlining the importance of Anti-Bullying Week and how we can pledge to be kind to others.

In English this week, we have been working on writing a Legend, using The Tale of the Three Brothers from Harry Potter for inspiration. The children have used pathetic fallacy and have produced some outstanding character and setting descriptions. I look forward to reading their final pieces next week!

In maths we have been learning about converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, as well as comparing fractions less than one. The children are getting very good at using manipulatives to support them in their maths work.

In geography this week, we learned about hot deserts, including the plants and animals which live in them. In DT, we started the planning process for the construction of bridges and the children considered which structural methods might best meet their needs.

Well done for another great week Year 5!

10.11.22 - Week 2

Year 5 have had a great week. Commando Joe’s on Tuesday was definitely a highlight! We found out all about the British astronaut Tim Peake and wrote a biography about him. We then used our maths skills to plan how much food we could bring on a space mission and how much space it would take up in our space craft. In the afternoon, the children completed a number of missions and showed incredible teamwork skills, until some incredibly heavy rain came and soaked them all!


In English this week the children have written a non-chronological report on the topic of Lego. This is a subject which has really enthused them and they have produced some excellent writing.


In maths, we have started a new topic – fractions. We have been learning about equivalent unit and non-unit fractions and the children have shown a great understanding of the work we have covered in lessons, using movable fraction strips effectively to assist their learning.


In RE this week we were looking at the Sacrament of Marriage and the numerous promises and symbols involved, as well as watching excerpts from a wedding ceremony. In PE we learned how to hit a backhand, though the extremely windy conditions made this extra challenging! In DT we used art straws to look at different methods of reinforcing structures. We analysed which type of triangulation was the most effective at coping with different types of force.

Well done Year 5!

3.11.22 - Week 1

It has been a very busy week in Year 5!


In English we have been learning about the history of Lego in preparation for writing a non-chronological report on the subject next week. The children have been very interested in learning about this and have been very engaged in gathering the required information and practising the use of phrases to show the passing of time.


In Maths we have been learning about square and cube numbers, as well as multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The children have worked very hard at mastering these skills.


We began our new Geography topic on Monday, looking at climate and the equator. We learned about the difference between weather and climate and talked about the link between rainfall and the equator.


The children also enjoyed beginning their new DT topic (Structures, learning about how forces affect bridges) and their new PE sports (tennis and rugby).


Keep up the good work Year 5!

20.10.22 – Week 7

I was thrilled with the final outcomes of our Take One Picture work at the end of last week and we have had another exciting week to round off the first half of the autumn term!


On Wednesday, we had our Team Challenge Day. The children approached each task with no fear and I was so impressed by their positive attitudes and their teamwork skills. They were great at encouraging one another and they were quick to develop new skills!


In English this week, we have been learning the features of a recount and we wrote a diary entry, based around a short film that we had watched, called The Alchemist’s letter. The children produced some excellent work!


In maths, we have been looking at factors, multiples and rounding. The children have used manipulatives in the lessons to help them to visualise what they are doing and they have grasped these concepts very well.


In History, we explored how the Anglo Saxons came to switch from Paganism to following Christianity, focusing upon four saints who were influential in this.


It has been a really fun seven weeks and I am very proud of the class for the great work they have produced this half term. I hope you all have a great holiday and come back refreshed!


13.10.22 - Week 6

Year 5 have worked very hard this week and have been very considerate, as I was reduced to whispering at them due to a nasty cold taking away my voice!

In English we have written our ‘Eye of the Storm’ narrative and the children did a fantastic job of utilising all of the literary devices we have been learning about, as well as using plenty of ambitious vocabulary.

In maths we have looked at inverse operations, multi-step problems and comparing calculations.

In music this week, after responding to musical phrases by clapping back a rhythm, then improvising responses, the children were given the chance to hone their skills on the xylophones, performing the song ‘Words Can Hurt’.

In history we looked at the essential features of Anglo Saxon settlements. We used sources to analyse these features, then produced Estate Agent adverts to market their dream Anglo Saxon homes! They did a brilliant job!

The week is culminating in our Take One Picture art project, which the children are thoroughly enjoying and I'm sure the final products - boats that they are constructing from clay, inspired by the paintings of Claude-Joseph Vernet - will look fantastic!

Keep up the good work Year 5!

06.10.22 - Week 5

This week Year 5 have been busy completing their Bikeability course. The teachers were very impressed by the behaviour of the children and how well they focused upon learning about road safety. The class even got to meet Olympic Gold medal winner, Chris Boardman, who popped in to meet them!

In English this week we have been learning about the use of colons and semi colons to augment our sentences, as well as using techniques such as ‘Show not tell’. The children have produced some outstanding fantasy story writing based around a short film called, ‘The Eye of the Storm’.

In maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction, including mental methods and rounding to check answers.

In computing we began making flyers for an imaginary Halloween Party, using a seasonal event flyer template and then editing the features. The children showed a flair for design and their texts made the parties sound like a lot of fun!

It has been another enjoyable and productive week in Year 5!

29.9.22 - Week 4
This week, Year 5 have been rounding numbers up to 1,000,000 - quite a tricky skill, but they have shown good determination!
In English, we have begun looking at fictional narratives and the children have come up with a very impressive array of adjectives! We have also looked at how we can augment our work through the use of colons and semi colons.
In PE we have been learning to pass and shoot accurately in hockey. The children are looking more and more confident controlling the ball and aiming their passes and shots.
In RE, the children worked together to create a litany to give thanks for the qualities that we possess. We also analysed the qualities that a parent should possess and drew parallels with God's role as a loving parent.
Well done for another great week Year 5!
Mr Smart
22.9.22 - Week 3
It has been a short week, but a busy one in Year 5! In English we have been using a variety of persuasive devices to put together strong counter arguments in preparation for writing to Liz Truss and convincing her not to ban children from owning mobile phones!
In science we have been learning all about the life cycles of amphibians. We initially focused upon frogs, then researched a variety of other amphibians, learning lots of very interesting facts about them! We look forward to moving on to mammals next!
The school was lucky enough to have an exciting visitor on Thursday, when former Team GB Olympic swimmer, Adam Whitehead came to speak to us in assembly. The children learned a lot about the importance of showing commitment and practising skills. One of our pupils was lucky enough to get to wear his Team GB jacket (it was a bit big for her!) and his Commonwealth gold medal in front of the school!
Well done for another great week Year 5!
8.9.22 - Week 1
We have had a great first week in Year 5! The children have been very patient with me as I learn how things are done in a new school and they have really impressed me with their enthusiasm towards all of the subjects we have covered.
We have started our topic 'Ourselves' in RE. In the lesson, we discussed what special talents and unique qualities we possess. The children painted a picture to represent the following passage from the bible:
I Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light.

 In English we have looked at some Michael Rosen poems and have created our own one together. Next week the children will be writing and performing their own short poems. We have also been looking at Roman Numerals and Place Value in maths.

 It has been a pleasure getting to know my new class this week and I am very excited about the year ahead!

 Mr Smart

We join with Bishop Robert and the whole of BBCET, to mourn the loss of our beloved Queen. We pray for the repose of her soul and for her family. We are very grateful for her years of service. We give thanks to God for everything she has done. May she rest in peace.

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