Year 5 – September

What a fabulous start to the new school year!

This month, the children in year 5 have been learning about Queen Victoria and Victorian Shropshire in Literacy and History. They have investigated the chronology of the era, found out more about British monarch and identified the grammatical features of a biography, in preparation for writing their own biography on Queen Victoria.

During History this month, the children have organised a selection of British monarchs in chronological order on a timeline as well as historical events from around the world to get an idea of the perspective of when these events happened in comparison to the present day.

In Science the children have been investigating forces. At first, they discussed what they believed forces were and what their experience of forces around us are. Then they raised questions that they’d like to investigate during the topic. To then conducting experiments on gravity to support or refute Galileo and Archimedes’ theories and carrying out investigations on air resistance.


Attached is the children’s Spanish topics for this term, there are different games and activities to complete using the QR code on the sheet.

Spanish home games


We have also been lucky enough to have a Cricket coach come into school to teach the children skills on how to play cricket.


The children spelling focus for this term are the units 1 – 4. Each unit focuses on a different spelling pattern and rule.

Unit 1_4

Mr Watkins & Mrs Ellis

Spring homework

In Numeracy the children will be learning to recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, ¼, 2/4, 3/4 of a shape, set of objects or quantity.

Here are a few websites with activities to support the children’s learning at home.

During Literacy the children are learning about The Great Plague and The Great Fire of London.

Here are some websites to look at and research the topics.

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January update

Wow what a busy January!

This month has been jam packed. The children have been working so very hard.

We began with an amazing Free visit to Chester Zoo. Whilst there the children were asking questions non stop and recalling information they had learnt during their previous Science lessons.

During Literacy, the children started their History topic on The Great Plague. The children have researched and produced a timeline of events relating to the Great Plague. The children have learned about when the plague happened. What caused it. How it ended and what life was like during the Stuart times.  They also had the opportunity to use some artefacts form the Stuart era to support their learning.


In our Numeracy lessons we started with fractions, then moved on to shape.

During these lessons we investigated fractions of shapes and amounts using 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3.  As well as recognising non unit fractions. We then identified the properties of a range of 2D and 3D shapes. We began with our Stay and learn session, where some of our parents came to see and share our learning with us.

October update

Another busy month in Year 2 and despite having the half term break we’ve managed to cram lots of learning into October.

In maths we continued to learn addition and subtraction strategies. We learnt how to deal with unfriendly numbers and rename if necessary when subtracting to get the correct answer supported by our jottings. We’ve also had a lot of fun beginning some work looking at gathering, handing and presenting statistics.

Here’s a link to a  fabulous online tool which really clearly shows tallies, pictograms and block charts in action.


In literacy we have continued the ‘Super Shropshire’ theme

Our focus has been looking at the physical and human features of Ironbridge.  We will be writing a setting description, once we have been on our learning walk to use our field work and observational skills.


This terms planned spelling units are units 3 and 4.

Unit 3_4 spellings for October update

In science we have completed our learning for this year on ‘Living things and their habitats’ Examining how and why animals are adapted to where they live and food chains within these habitats and microhabitats.

In computing we have learnt how to use all parts of the ‘chrome music lab’ and we are now experts in creating digital music.

If you want to have a go yourself here’s a link to the music lab;

In music we have been thinking back to our year one learning, what do we know and remember about how to play the recorder. It’s only taken a short while to refresh our memories and we have been playing along to a backing track to show off our skills playing the notes B, A and C.


In PE we have moved onto a unit of ‘sending and receiving’ in outdoor PE working on refining our ball skills. Inside on a Tuesday we have started a new dance unit using our gestures and expression to communicate our ideas through movement.

In personal development we’ve completed our work on keeping safe, thinking about who keeps us safe in school, who to go to if we feel unsafe, online safety and safety in the community.

September’s learning in Year 2

Welcome to our first monthly update.

This month in Year 2 we have settled into our new routines and enjoyed the new challenges Year 2 brings.

In Literacy we have been reading a text called the Ironbridge Ogre, the children have focused on SPAG work (conjunctions and expanded nouns) and written a retell of the story.

In Maths we’ve been sequencing and ordering numbers which is part of our Place value understanding.

Have a look at these links for more practise at home.

During our Science lessons we have been exploring Animals and their Habitats. We began with deciding and investigating what is Living, dead and never been alive, to then looking at our local areas habitats moving on to the different world habitats.

Here are some photos our our Habitat hunt.

At the end of the day we like to share a different book each week. This is called our Favourite 5. We have focused on Julia Donaldson excellent stories.

For you to share at home here are the links of the books we have read in class so far.