November in Year 5

It’s been another busy month in Year 5!


In literacy this month, the children have been investigating what life was like for a working Victorian child where they produced a non-chronological report, detailing the jobs they may have done. In addition, the children were introduced to our quality text ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty with links to our Victorian Shropshire theme and those of working Victorian children. Year 5 have explored some of the literary techniques such as expanded noun phrases to describe characters and settings, as well as similes and personification figurative language to provide imagery and engage the reader.

In Science, the children began their new topic of Materials where they compared and grouped materials based on their properties, whilst exploring the school grounds to investigate what materials were present and why that material had been specifically chosen to carry out its job.

In maths the children have doing lots of work on decimals, specifically adding and subtracting decimal numbers using mental strategies as well as standard written methods. Towards the end of the month, the children began some fraction work by representing fractions using practical resources.

April – Year 5

Since returning from the Easter break, the children have been deepening their understanding of Ancient Greece. Investigating the history of the civilisation, where it would be placed on a timeline of events that they’ve studied previously, its location in the world and the legacy that the Ancient Greeks left.

In numeracy, year 5 have been identifying and classifying different types of angles, learning how to use a protractor to measure acute and obtuse angles and also learning how to find missing angles when they are not drawn to scale.

This month the children were also involved in a Cricket taster session by Shropshire Cricket. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and can’t wait to improve their cricket skills!

November in Year 5

Another very busy month for Year 5 in November!

In literacy this month we continued our work on Victorian Shropshire, this time taking a more in depth look into Queen Victoria and producing sections of a biography on her life, which then built up towards our independent writing challenge, creating our own biography on our recently departed monarch Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to this, we also investigated a variety of different, life changing inventions that were created during the Victorian period (such as the telephone, camera and the flushing toilet!)

As well as continuing our work on the Victorian period, Year 5 were also very lucky to be joined by two authors this month. Firstly, by Jeffrey Boakye, promoting his new book Musical Truth: A musical journey through modern black Britain’ and joined in school by Sarah Griffiths who shared her new book ‘The Lost Voices’.

In numeracy we have concentrated on standard written methods of calculation for addition and subtraction, as well as working on multiplying and dividing by powers of 10, 100 & 1000.


It’s been a very busy, practical month for us budding new scientists in Year 5. Continuing with our materials unit of work, this month we have investigated factors that can speed up the rate of dissolving and looked at reversible and irreversible changes, which we did so by attempting to make plastic out of milk (YES MILK!).

Alongside all this fantastic learning this month, Year 5 have also taken part in fundraising events for Children In Need and attended a knife crime workshop led by a local police officer.


October in Year 5

Well, October has been another busy month for Y5.


In Literacy, we have furthered our work on Victorian Shropshire, writing a class newspaper on the Nine Men of Madeley. Following on from this, and to enable us to write our own independent newspapers, we found out about jobs that children did during the Victorian times. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the video clip below and highly recommend you watch it too:


A twelve-year old boy, called George Brewster, caught our attention as he was the last ever chimney sweep to die in England.

For Black History Month, the month of October, we researched Sarah Forbes Bonetta: a young girl who caught the attention of Queen Victoria and forged a long-lasting relationship with her. We drew a timeline of key events in Sarah’s life and considered how she may have felt during each of these times. We also considered what questions we would pose to her during these key events, if we could.


In Numeracy, we have recapped our knowledge and understanding on multiplication and division, using both mental and written methods.


In Science, we have continued to explore materials with a focus on thermal conductors and insulators. We were tasked with creating a lunchbox that would keep someone’s dinner cool for several hours. In order to determine which material would be best for the lunchbox, we carried out an experiment…


We determined that plastic would be the best material for the lunchbox. This is not surprising as plastic is a good insulator.


Alongside all of this fantastic learning, we have also participating in an opera workshop, World Mental Health day and a RE Day. We look forward to sharing our November learning with you!



September in Year 5

Wow, what a busy return school it has been this month!

All the children have settled brilliantly to their new classrooms, teaching staff and have been working really hard.

In Literacy this month we have introduced our topic for this term, Victorian Shropshire, investigating some of the historical events and issues that affected our local area. In particular we have been looking at the ‘Nine Men of Madeley’ mining disaster which happened just opposite the school in September 1864. Year 5 then had the chance to walk to some of the sites surrounding this event in our local area. In addition to this educational walk, Year 5 we’re honoured to welcome the Chairman of the Madeley history group, Alan Jones, who detailed further, the events of that fateful day and the aftermath. We thoroughly enjoyed having him here!

Then, using our extended knowledge on the ‘Nine Men of Madeley’, Year 5 have been investigating the features of newspaper reports with the target being writing our own on the mining disaster.


In maths we have had a focus on place value and written methods for addition and subtraction. We have ordered and compared numbers by partitioning numbers of up to 6 digits with then moving on to standard written methods for addition and subtraction, with a focus on exchanging. 

In science we have begun to investigate the properties of materials and their suitable uses, arranging materials into groups according to the properties they possess.

In computing this month, the children have been introduced to ‘Vector drawing’ – creating and layering shapes in a computer program to create images. We have learnt how to rotate and resize shapes and to incorporate colour / texture to our finished designs.


May in Year 5

It’s been another busy month and we’d love to share with you everything we have been doing in Year 5.

In science this term we have been learning about living things and their habitats. Firstly, Year 5 went on a walk around the school environment, observing and investigating the different plant and animal life in our local environment. We noticed an abundance of different plant and insect species that are found around our school. We then very carefully dissected a flower to investigate its different parts, how they work and look into greater detail how plants pollinate and reproduce.

We were very lucky this month to be visited by PC Fenn, who came to speak to us about Wildlife crime. He discussed the illegal poaching of animals and the environmental damage that humans cause, destroying their habitats.

On Friday 13th May we had a Mental Health Awareness day, looking specifically at loneliness. We looked at the different ways that people can feel or become lonely and how we can help, offering advice and ways we can make others feel included.

With the country celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee early next month, we have created portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the style of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Sometimes known as the ‘princess of polka dots’, we’ve used her unique style to inspire our creations, thinking carefully about the size, medium and colour used to produce a piece of artwork that honours our long-serving monarch.