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

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!


What a crazy few months this has been!

In Literacy, the children retold the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ using their revised knowledge of expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and direct speech, to make their versions more interesting. Mr Watkins and I really enjoyed reading them.

Then, they carried on their work around ‘Earth’s Extreme’ with a focus on earthquakes, due to the recent, and ongoing, disaster in Turkey and Syria.

Again, they recapped their geographical knowledge of: the world’s continents; the equator; the northern & southern hemispheres and lines of longitude & latitude.

Next, they researched some of the most significant, and therefore famous, earthquakes in history, including the devastating one in Indonesia on Boxing Day in 2004.

The children then found out about what causes an earthquake and how they are measured. They wrote informative paragraphs, about these two things, with a specific focus on using co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions in their writing.

Finally, following on from their homework over February half-term, the children wrote persuasive letters to families at Woodlands to convince them to support people in Turkey and Syria who have been impacted by recent events there. The children can be very persuasive!

After Easter, the children’s Literacy work will be based around the ‘Glorious and Gruesome Greeks’ of Ancient Greece. We know lots of them are looking forward to it!


In Numeracy, the children have learnt a new formal written method: long multiplication.

They have also revised square & cube numbers and decimals, including turning decimals into fractions when the denominator is /10, /100 or /1000.


In Science, the children have concluded their learning about forces and have moved on to finding out about Space! We thoroughly enjoyed recreating the solar system on the playground.


Finally, in Music, the children have been working really hard at mastering the note E on the recorder, alongside G, A and B. We are amazed at their skills and the progress they have made. After half-term, we will be moving on to note D.


January in Y5 has flown by!

In Literacy, the children have been undertaking work around our new topic ‘Earth’s Extreme’ – with a focus this half term on volcanoes. They began by recapping their geographical knowledge of: the world’s continents; the equator; the northern & southern hemispheres and lines of longitude & latitude. We also talked about the central line of latitude, the Greenwich Meridian, which runs right through our capital city, London!

Next, they practically explored the layers of Earth with a focus on the crust and the mantle as this is what is involved when a volcano is formed. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty to create their own playdough model of Earth.

The children then found out about key volcanoes, including the ring of fire, and the three main types of volcano: composite, shield and cinder cone. They were most intrigued by the shield volcanoes as, apparently, when you look at them from above, they look like a warrior’s shield. Finally, the children explored what the land is used for around volcanoes; they were very surprised at the number of people living near to active, and potentially deadly, volcanoes.

We have relished the opportunity to interact with the website below which details active volcanoes and earthquakes around the world:

At the moment, the children are recapping their knowledge on narrative writing based on the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit.

In the next few weeks, they will be retelling the story using the revision they have done, on expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and direct speech, to make their writing more interesting. Mr Watkins and I are very excited to read their versions!


In Numeracy, the children have revised rounding and 2D & 3D shapes. They have also learnt how to turn improper fractions into mixed numbers and vice versa. This is a Y5 target and the children have done phenomenally well using the instructions below:

In Science, the children have concluded their learning about materials and their properties and have now moved on to finding out about forces. Right now, the children are investigating gravity and having a lot of fun doing so!


Finally, in Music, the children have been working really hard at mastering the note G on the recorder, alongside A and B. This is really tricky but they have almost cracked it. Next week, we will be moving on to the note E which is very exciting.

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.




On Friday 4th November, the children in years five and six enjoyed a virtual author event with author Jeffrey Boakye to promote his new book Musical Truth: A musical journey through modern black Britain’.

Structured around a playlist of 28 songs, each song tracks key moments in black history and the emotional impact of both the songs and the artists who performed them. This is a history book you can dance to!

Some of our thoughts after the event:

  • Bouake thought it was good and loved that Jeffrey referenced dinosaurs.
  • Theo loved that his book is about Music because Theo really likes listening to music and learning about it. Shyloh too!
  • Leon loved that Jeffrey played small parts of the song as a preview. Leon felt like a VIP.
  • Daisy enjoyed that he spoke about his own experiences which influenced his book, mainly ‘borrowing’ a DVD from his sister. This made Daisy chuckle!
  • Frankie-Jay loved that Jeffrey referenced football and Scratch – two things that Frankie-Jay loves.
  • Tyla-Jai found it interesting when he answered questions from the audience. She thought he was quite funny especially when he chose not to answer a question about his favourite book.
  • Max liked that Jeffrey talked about his children and that they like his books.