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Year 5 - Polar Bear & Sea Lion

  Welcome to Polar Bear & Sea Lion Class

Mrs Prince and Mrs Hanes                                  Mr Watson                       Miss Chinnappa and Mrs Green
Week commencing 29th March 2021

In Science this week, we have consolidated our learning about life cycles by creating some interactive revision resources using the outside classroom. We have also watched carefully as our caterpillars became larger and have now cocooned themselves

This week in PE, we have continued our learning in Hockey. The children have all worked tremendously hard to improve their dribbling skills and use their push passes in competition situations.

In English, we have looked at a new model text to support our writing of a diary entry and added actions to help us remember the structure of the writing. We then explored the text as a read and a writer to identify key features to help us when we are writing our own diary entries.

Week commencing 22nd March 2021

Today we expressed ourselves creatively in connection with Shakespeare's quote: 'To thine own self be true’

This week, we have continued our learning of E-Safety. Each week, we will be talking together about the importance of keeping safe in a virtual world - considering the information we share, the people we speak to and how we communicate together. We will be referring to Google's Internet Legends each week and use their 5 key rules: Be Internet Sharp. Be Internet Alert. Be Internet Secure. Be Internet Kind. Be Internet Brave.

The children took part in an outdoor dance lesson - working together to create short dance sequences. It was so much fun many of them continued to practise during the playtime!

Week commencing 15th March 2021

This week, we have been learning about decimals. We have explored place value of digits lower than a whole and used our understanding of fractions to recognise tenths, hundredths and thousandths. We could choose to use resources to help us and the place value grid was a really helpful tool to start us off.

In Science, we learnt about the role of metamorphosis within the life cycle of some living things. We looked closely at our class caterpillars and explored their life cycle and the changes they will undergo. We then took time to consider the similarities and differences in the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly before further comparing these to the life cycle of humans.

We have written some great A.P.E (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it) paragraphs to give explanation our reading comprehension answers.

Week commencing 8th March 2021

To start the week dressed as their favourite Disney character, the children developed their orienteering skills. In small teams, the children began by using a map of our school playground to mark on different objects. Following this, they created their own short orienteering course for a friend by marking points on their map and sticking stickers in the locations. Finally, they were given another map which located clues to spell a mystery word.

We have continued to explore the mystery genre in English and each child has had the opportunity to write their own mystery story following the model text we have been using. Here are a couple of wonderful examples:

In Geography this week, we have considered Fair Trade and how much from the sale of an item is given to different people within the supply chain.

Week commencing 1st March 2021

For World Book Day the children in school and learning at home made a fantastic effort with their costumes! Here are a selection of some of the costumes.

We have continued learning about the mystery genre in English and have annotated our model text to pick out the techniques used in order to create our mystery toolkits.

In Science this week we have learnt about the advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction in pants.

Week commencing 22nd February 2021

English- This week we have started learning a mystery text. We have explored the story through a picture map and have taken part in short burst writing to produce sentences with varied openings and using interesting techniques to describe settings and a character's feelings.

Maths- we have been exploring adding and subtracting fractions using all of our mathematical terminology and even applying this to perimeter! The children have been brilliant in using their times table knowledge to help them find equivalent fractions.

In Science this week we have been learning about the reproduction of plants. Children have identified and labelled the different parts of plants.

Term 3

While we have really missed the children who have been learning from home in Term 3, the children in school have been attending Forest School on a weekly basis. Forest School provides the children with time to develop their skills away from the usual classroom setting - solving problems and working together. The children enjoy their time at Forest School building dens, using the equipment available to create rope swings and creating mud baths! This term, the children have worked alongside Tania (our Forest School Leader) to develop their understanding of fire safety using the fire pit.


In Maths, we have been exploring methods to multiply and divide and have used equipment to help us fully understand the process. By manipulating place value discs, we have deepened our knowledge of exchanging when multiplying and dividing which has helped us secure our understanding of long and short multiplication and short division.
In Science we have looked at ways of grouping living things. We learnt about different types of living things, how to identify them (using a classification key) and about environmental changes which impact upon them.
Our Geography topic of Trade liked in really well with our previous learning about the Vikings. We have explored the meanings of import and export and discovered which items are frequently imported and exported as part of UK trade.

We have dived into Talk for Writing in English this term, both online and in school and the children have created some fabulous written work. Our first genre this term was Sci-Fi where children have written a Science fiction story. We then moved on to looking at persuasive adverts and the children have used their imaginations really well to come up with imaginary theme parks and use persuasive devices to advertise them.


When reading a text, the children have continued to develop their analysis skills by responding to questions about the text in the APE format.

Welcome to Term 3!


So this term will be quite different as most of the children are learning online. However, we are back into our learning and are so proud of how the children are adapting to change and focusing and engaging, both in school and online. 


In English, we are using Talk 4 Writing and have begun our new topic on Sci-Fi fiction. 


In Maths we will be continuing looking at multiplication and division methods.


At the beginning of the week, the children were introduced to our new star words for English and wrote some lovely descriptions using these new words.

Term 3 Spellings
In English this week we have used drama to help with our understanding of formal and informal language. The children really enjoyed themselves and we have some comical acting and voices! We used the outside classroom space for the 'Queen' to make a speech!

Scientific investigations!


Within our topic of forces, the children have been investigating the effects of gravity and air resistance.

In Geek Club, we have been having a wonderful time. Children have been playing both classic and modern board games and have shared, taken turns and had fun. Each week a group has been exploring role-playing scenarios and using teamwork to accomplish a mission! The children have been delightful and have thoroughly enjoyed themselves (as have we!)

Year 5 Victrix visit- Anglo-Saxon and Viking workshop

Term 2:


English: We are looking at Myths and Legends, which connects with our History topic of the Vikings. Children are exploring the differences between a myth and a legend and will be creating their own! We will then move on to look at magazine articles and how they compare with reports. Children will be able to work in pairs to research a topic of interest before creating their own magazine article.


Maths: This term we focus on Multiplication and Division. Starting with multiples and factors, exploring square and prime numbers and then multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000. Times table facts are important in order to help then children multiply and divide at speed.


Science: This term we are exploring Forces. We will explore how gravity, friction and then using Newton metres and levers and pulleys to experiment. Children will make predictions and then evaluate their findings.


History: We will have the exciting visit from Victrix to aid our learning as we go from the Anglo-Saxon times into the Viking invasions. Children will explore great Anglo-Saxon and Viking leaders this term, how religion in Britain changed and the beliefs of the Viking people.

Welcome to Year 5

It is so nice to have the children back in school again! 



This term we are looking at place value, using the colum method for addition and subtraction, applying the inverse method to check calculations, using rounding to estimate answers and interpreting and presenting data in graphs.



The children will be using Star Words to develop their vocabulary and applying these to informative writing and historical narratives. We will be using elements of the Talk for Writing framework to bring texts to life. Children will also be exploring ways to infer and deduce information from a text using a range or reading strategies.



This term's Science topic is 'Earth and Space'! Children will be exploring how scientist's beliefs about the universe and galaxy have developed over time and understanding the geocentric and heliocentric models. Children will have the opportunity to work in groups and act as the key scientists explaining their beliefs and how they differ from one another.



 This term we are looking at the Anglo-Saxons. Children will explore who they are, where they came from and how they lived. This includes comparing their daily life to now, considering their belief systems and reasons for choosing areas to settle. Children will have the exciting opportunity to design and create their own Anglo-Saxon brooch!


Our long term plans can be found here:


Watch this space for photos of our learning opportunities!