Year 5

Year 5


Class Teacher: Miss Thomas

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Causebrook, Mr Rickard and Mrs Thomas


Click to download the Year 5 curriculum: Year 5 Curriculum Letter – Autumn 2018

Have a look below to see what we have been up to!


2018 – Autumn Term




At the end of October, we once again welcomed Isabella and Rosemary from CAFOD. The assembly was called ‘Brighten Up’ and it was focusing on all of the people that CAFOD have helped over the years and how they’ve been able to help. They also mentioned Pope Francis’ letter, Laudato Si, which as a class we looked at in RE.

During the workshop, we had to imagine that we were part of the team in the main CAFOD office and we needed to help the people who had been caught up in the typhoon in the Philippines a couple of months ago. We had to think about the help that would be needed immediately, in the medium term and long term. These were some of our ideas:


Clean water and food


Doctors and nurses and medicines



Medium term:


Materials to make things such as shelter



Long term:


School and education for children

Community homes

Farms – people can grow their own food

Thank you again to Isabella and Rosemary. We really enjoyed your visit again and it made us think very carefully about how lucky we all are.


Enterprise Day


On Thursday 18th October, Year 5 were very fortunate to have Sam, Ricky, Joe, Debbie and Gail from the charity SAMEE lead an enterprise day for them. Throughout the day, Year 5 were designing their own animal park.

To begin, they had to design their park, thinking about the name, where it was and what was going to be in their park. They also had to draw a map of their park. After this, they designed a catchy logo for their park, which they would be using later in the day on their brochure design. Year 5 had to think about how much they would charge for people to visit their park, as well as working out what extra things they would have in their parks to make money.

Next, Year 5 all made an animal mask of their favourite animals – we had lions, leopards, peacocks, penguins, unicorns and many more. Using one of their masks, each group had to create their own adopt an animal scheme; they had to make the animal from a flannel, a certificate of adoption and a fact sheet about the animal. Next, they made their own commercial for the animal.

After lunch, the children thought about the different jobs that would be offered in their animal park and even had a chance to write their own interview question and interview two potential employees. There was more fun to come when they designed their own café menus and created their own special mocktails, which they made and tried. They were all very pleased with their drink choices!

Finally, each group made their own brochure to advertise their animal park, before presenting it to the rest of the class, trying to persuade them all that they would like to visit. Year 5 had a fantastic day and would like to say a huge thank you to SAMEE and Sovereign Housing for allowing them to experience an enterprise day.


RE- Shabbat



In RE, we were learning about Judaism. We invited Year 2 to join us. Miss Thomas had set up a special place in the middle of the room and we were all sat around it; it looked like we were having a meal with all of us there. On the table were two candles, some special bread and grape juice. We were told we were learning about Shabbat – the special meal Jews have on a Friday to celebrate the Sabbath.

Like the Jews would do, we said a blessing, which was very similar to the prayers that we say as Christians. Miss Thomas then cut the special bread, which is called Challah bread, and shared it with us. We also had a cup of grape juice – Miss Thomas told us that she was not giving us wine! We all waited for everyone to have their bread and juice and we had ours together, having conversations as we ate and drank.

We learnt what Shabbat is, what happens and why Jews celebrate Shabbat. We then thought about why the Sabbath is similar to Jews and Christians. There are so many similarities, which we didn’t know about.


Active Maths



Our favourite maths lessons this half-term have been Active Maths outside. We have been working very hard with our times tables and division. In one lesson, we were given multiplication sums, such as 452 x 7. In groups, we had to work out the answer and run to the end of the playground to collect digits to make the answer. We were also asked questions such as: make a 3 digit number that is a multiple of 3 and another 3 digit number that is a multiple of 6. As well, we had to find factors of numbers.


Fire Safety


Fire Safety Year 5-min


We were very lucky to welcome John Sweet into our class. He is a firefighter. He talked to us about fire safety. John showed us how quickly a fire can spread in the house and how dangerous fire is. We thought about creating our own escape routes at home. We looked at big posters and had to spot all of the hazards and we talked about why they are hazards and how they could be prevented. We heard about some children who make hoax calls and how serious it is – we definitely won’t be doing that. John then finished by doing our daily run with us.


Science – forces


We are very lucky to have Mrs Walls for Science. Each week, we learn lots of new and exciting things. We do a lot of experiments, which we really enjoy. We have to make sure that we our experiments are a fair test, we also have to make predictions and write down our results. At the end of each experiment, we have to write a conclusion about what we have found and why we think we got our results.

Our experiments have included:  if the height of a drop affects the height of the bounce; which surface has the most friction; which materials dissolve in liquid to form a solution and which don’t dissolve, as well as investigating irreversible changes.



Working in teams


We have worked a lot in different groups, thinking about skills needed to work together. On our first day in Year 5, we worked as teams to build a tower. We were given cocktail sticks and midget gems and had to build the tallest tower we could. It was really fun doing this, even though some of our towers did fall down! We all worked well in our groups.





Learning about Tsunamis in Year 5

Since we started in Year 5, we have been reading the book, ‘Running Wild’, by Michael Morpurgo. The first part of the book is based on the Indian Ocean tsunami that happened in 2004. We have been fascinated learning about tsunamis. We wrote non-chronological reports about them. Here are some of the things that we learnt:

  • Tsunami is the Japanese for great harbour wave.
  • Tsunamis can be caused by underwater landslides, a meteorite, an underwater volcanic eruption or the most common reason, an earthquake. This displaces the water quickly in different directions across the water.
  • In the deep ocean, tsunamis are barely noticeable, but still travel up to speeds of 600 mph.
  • When the water becomes shallower, the waves begin to grow. The waves can rise to 100 feet high, which is approximately the same as 10 classroom stacked on top of one another.
  • Sometimes before a tsunami hits, there is a vacuum effect, which sucks all of the water from harbours and beaches. It looks like the tide has gone really far out.
  • We are very lucky living in the UK as we are not affected by tsunamis. There have only been two on record, one 2000 years before Jesus was born and the other was nearly 400 years ago. They weren’t very big waves at all.
  • Japan is one of the countries that gets the most tsunamis, because it lays above where 4 tectonic plates join.
  • The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 was the deadliest tsunami on record. It killed just under a quarter of a million people.
  • This tsunami produced the same energy as 23,000 atomic bombs.
  • The advice in a tsunami is to get away as quickly as possible, get to higher ground and be prepared for the damage you will come back to.

We also wrote as though we were caught up in the tsunami. Sadly, whilst we have been learning about tsunamis, we heard about another tsunami that happened in Indonesia just last week, which was caused by an earthquake. So far it is known to have killed over 1,000 people. We have all been watching the news for any updates. We held a special class worship for all those that lost their lives and the survivors who are struggling to come to terms with what happened.



Titanic Work Year 5-1

Titanic Work Year 5-2

This half-term in Literacy, Year 5 have been learning about Titanic. They have produced some amazing writing: an informal letter to a friend after boarding Titanic, a first person narrative after getting into a lifeboat, a formal letter of complaint to White Star Line, a biography of one of the survivors of Titanic and a fictional story about Titanic.

Year 5 have loved learning about Titanic a lot, so for their last few weeks of homework, they had to do a project based on Titanic. The whole school was amazed at the projects, which were displayed in the hall for review morning. We had Titanic cakes, some amazing models of Titanic, menus from the different classes, food from some of the different classes and Titanic even made out of fruit!

Year 5 are looking forward to being detectives, to try and work out who was to blame for the tragedy. Please see some of the children’s work and browse through our photos above.


Year 5 Olympics


Year 5 Olympics

For PE lessons during the summer term, we had our own Olympics. Each week, we competed in a different Olympic sport, collecting as many points for ourselves as we could. Some of the sports were: handball, baseball (rounders), marathon, 100m sprint, football, rugby and even synchronised swimming (just on the field rather than in a swimming pool!)

Miss Thomas was very impressed with our sportsmanship, not just to people in our team, but to others as well. This was especially apparent in the individual events.

After all the events, the scores were calculated and a medal ceremony took place for the gold, silver and bronze medalists for the girls and boys. We all cheered when they received their medals and we all stood to listen to the national anthem.



Curriculum Enrichment Week – ‘Wow’ Week



What a fun week we had. It started off with a bang, with an assembly led by Mr G. We then had our own class workshop with him, where we: created static electricity, saw the world through a baby’s eyes (using a homemade device made from a dustbin!), looked at a spiral optical illusion, made a human circuit, made different sounds and saw the world through different light glasses. It was so much fun!

In maths, we were given fraction and percentage clues to work out the combinations on locks to find the treasure inside a bag! The winners, who unlocked the treasure, got a green card and some sweets, as well as some sweets for the rest of us.

In English, we planned and wrote autobiographies, including any wow moments in our lives. It’s amazing how much we’ve already achieved at the age of 10! We also said what our hopes and dreams are for the future, including being an author, architect and Olympic swimming champion.

Wednesday was brilliant! We worked with Year 4 to build bridges. Our challenge was to build a bridge that stretched 1 metre between two tables. We only had newspaper and cellotape to build our bridges. We had to build the bridges as strong as possible to see how much weight they could hold. A few of them held a lot of weight!

In the afternoon, we were given a challenge to design and make a safe container for an egg, so that when it was dropped three metres, it wouldn’t break! We were given lots of different resources to use, but there was a catch to that – each resource was worth a certain amount and we were not allowed to spend more than £10! We thought carefully about our designs before making. Once we’d made our egg holder, we went outside and the eggs were dropped from three metres. Two of the six eggs survived!

Thursday was world record day! We thought we’d try the same record as Year 3 and 6 – to hop on one leg for as long as possible! It was really hard. Shane was the champion, who kept going for 7 minutes!!

Next, a record to see which group could build the tallest tower using cocktail sticks and midget gems! This was a real test of group work. Lots of the towers were tall, but as soon as we moved away, they collapsed! Our champions were Erin, Felix and Lloyd.


Year 5 Concert at The Priory



For the last two terms, we have been very lucky, as we have had singing lessons with Mrs Hinchliffe, to prepare us for our concert at The Priory. We learnt four songs, three which we were singing with other schools and one by ourselves (Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran).

On Monday 25th June, we walked to The Priory Church for our rehearsal in the afternoon, ready for the concert in the evening. It was amazing singing with 300 other children and the church was absolutely packed. We really enjoyed the concert and experience. Miss Thomas and Miss Buxton were very proud of us.


Geography – using Ordnance Survey maps


In Geography, we had great fun looking at an ordnance survey map of Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole and the Isle of Purbeck. We really enjoyed finding lots of different places that we recognised, including places that we walked to when we were at Leeson House.

As well as answering questions about the maps, we were fascinated by the different symbols and what they meant. We were able to compare Christchurch to Langton Matravers (the village Leeson House is in) using the different features on the map.


Courtroom – RE

At the end of our work on Holy Week, we thought about different people who wanted Jesus to be killed and the different reasons why. We also thought about people who thought Jesus should not be crucified. After thinking carefully about the different reasons, we turned our classroom into a courtroom. We had a jury and Miss Thomas was the judge. One at a time, we had to give reasons for and against Jesus being crucified, pretending we were those people. The jury decided Jesus was not guilty.


Art – Printing


In art, we looked at lots of different pictures of repeating patterns. We were each given two polystyrene tiles and had to create two designs – the simpler the better! Once we had created our designs, we worked together to help each other roll the paint onto our tiles and then press down hard, before lifting our tiles to see the design that we had created. Some of our patterns worked better than others! We really enjoyed doing this.


History – Ancient Greece


Our History topic was Ancient Greeks. We learnt a lot about the Greeks, especially how much they have shaped our world today. We learnt about democracy and how that started. At the start of our lesson on democracy, we pretended to be the Athenian assembly, and each had different roles, acting as a spokesperson. We had to vote on crucial decisions which the actual Athenian assembly voted on during the war.

Vote 1: The Spartan army demanded to disband the league or declare war. War: 2 Not war: 28

Vote 2: The Spartans are threatening to invade Athenian land. Do we fight them? Yes: 18  No: 10

Vote 3: The Spartans have destroyed Athenian farms and many people have died in the plague. Should they fight at sea? Fight: 20 Not fight: 8

Vote 4: The Athenian navy have had many victories. The Spartans want to negotiate a peace deal. Fight: 8 Not Fight: 20

We also loved learning about the story of the Trojan Horse. We acted out what had happened and then wrote a diary entry as though we were either a Greek or Trojan soldier.

Please see below some work from one of our Year 5 pupils:

Ancient Greece


Leeson House



Our Year 5 residential trip to Leeson House was a great success. Please take a look at our photographs and read about our trip.

Leeson House Diary 2018


Building a snowman


Year 5 building a snowman-min

Year 5 working together in 15 minutes of break to build a snowman!


Superhero Week



Our week got off to a very shocking start, when we were sent a ransom note and a video in assembly showing us that Mrs Dayantis’ dog had been stolen. We were then really surprised when 7 superheroes (who looked very much like the teachers) came running into assembly! We created our own superheroes, thinking about their superpowers, weaknesses, appearances, true identity and origin story as to how they became a superhero. We then planned and wrote our own stories using these superheroes.

We enjoyed going to the Year 1 classroom and reading to the children. We read them stories and asked them questions about the story. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that again.

During our maths lessons, we worked out which superhero had the most expensive name and how much our superhero names were worth – Lyla’s was worth the most, Lieutenant Levitation. In another maths lesson, we were given a special mission to work out which superhero would be best to save the world, and a budget to do this, which we were not allowed to exceed.

During a very loud music lesson, we watched a short clip of The Incredibles, without any sound, and thought about the sound effects that would go with the clip. Using the musical instruments, in groups, we created the sound effects that would go with the clip and performed this to the rest of the class.

We found it very funny when we were given ourselves as a superhero! We had to design our own costume – some of us chose to use the costume for the character we had created. To end the superhero fun, we all came in dressed as a superhero. Some of us chose real life superheroes – including a farmer (after their horrible week during the extreme cold weather and snow), RAF pilot, a mum and a guide dog. Others of us chose the superheroes we had created earlier on in the week and some of us came as Superman and Batgirl! It has been a very fun week.


Cooking with Mary Reader



Year 5 had a lovely afternoon on the 20th February with Mary Reader and her team, cooking some delicious food. They listened to where different foods come from and why it is important to eat certain foods. The children were then split into three groups to chop, prepare and cook three different meals before being able to try what they had made. They made: a sugar free breakfast bar, fishcakes, chicken chow mein and an omelette with bacon and mushroom. All of the children tried all of the different foods, some even surprised that they liked what they tasted. The favourite was chicken chow mein. Lots of Year 5 said that they wanted to make and eat these dishes at home. I look forward to hearing from parents that the children have done this!

Thank you once again to Mary Reader and her team of chefs, plus our parent helpers for a fantastic afternoon.