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Year 5 - Polar Bear & Sea Lion

Polar Bear & Sea Lion Classes

Welcome to Year 5

The teachers of Year 5 are Mr Brabner (Polar Bears) and Miss Chinnappa (Sea lions). We are supported by  Mr Lungley, Mrs Langford, Mrs Paice and Mr Fuller.


If you have any questions, please contact us via Class Dojo.



Our long term plans can be found here:



Term 5 Spellings

Please find our blended learning page here:

Week beginning 9th May

Some of the things we've been getting up to:

True or false activity about getting older during science.

Class debate during RSE on body image in the media.




Week beginning 2nd of May 

We've had a very exciting week here in Year 5! We have been continuing our work on maps and have even designed our own islands. In maths we have been solving problems involving decimal numbers and in English we have started our work on non-chronological reports.


Week beginning 25th April

What a fun week we have had! On Tuesday we had an exciting science roadshow, on Wednesday we enjoyed a drumming workshop in the hall. We also completed our historical narratives- which were outstanding examples of how our writing has progressed this year.

Week beginning 19th April 2022

We've had a busy first week back! The children have started creating their own games on 2DIY3D using Purple Mash. In science we have been studying the life cycles of humans from being a neonate, all the way to old age and in geography we have been learning all about Asia!


Week beginning 28th March

We had a fantastic final week of term. We took our time painting our Maya masks, learned all about Jane Goodall and her conservation of chimpanzees and we watched some amazing live music during our Rocksteady concert!


Week beginning 21st March


Making Maya clay masks

Running on the field during an athletics lesson

Learning about the lifecycle of birds in science.

Week beginning 14th March 2022

The children have worked really hard this week on their mid-year tests.

A big well done to all! We have also taken some time to practise making our Maya clay masks and to study metamorphosis (with the help of our class caterpillars - soon to be butterflies).


Week beginning 7th March 2022

We've had a great week of learning! The students have been writing their own recounts, working hard during fractions lessons and designed their own Maya masks. Please find below, other fun things we've been up to this past week.


Week beginning 28th February

This week we were continuing to add fractions and mixed numbers in maths. In English we took a close look at identifying cohesive devices as well as beginning to plan our own recount! We had a great time learning about the Maya and we all enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day 2022.


Week beginning 22nd February 


What a fantastic start to term 4! The children have started their learning about the Maya and we're very excited to see how this civilisation lived in the jungles of South America. In maths this week we have been adding fractions (remember the denominator must be the same to add successfully!) and in English we have started our new topic of formal reports.

Week beginning 7th of February

We've had a wonderful last week of term. The children expertly performed their poetry, engaged amazingly with our reversible and irreversible reactions topic in science and showed fantastic understanding within the topic of fractions.

Week beginning 31st of January

The children worked really hard this week. We had great fun during our belated dinner and party afternoon and the children very much enjoyed the magic show.


We had great fun separating mixtures in science and starting to sew our designs during art! We also want to congratulate the children on all their hard work on the topic of fractions.


Week beginning 24th January

The children have been successful in learning all about fractions. We are impressed with how well both classes can convert improper fractions to mixed numbers! In computing we have been learning about how to create tables and graphs in Excel and within science we have been learning all about dissolving substances to form a solution.

Week beginning 17th January 2022


It's been a great week in Year 5. We have completed our maths topic of multiplication and division and the children have really worked hard to concrete these methods. In English, we have worked on perfecting our speech punctuation to use in our mystery stories and in science we explored which materials made good electrical conductors.


Week beginning 10th January 2022


We have had a busy week here in Year 5. The children have worked so hard on their long multiplication, using colours to help us. In computing we have explored how to use a spreadsheet to convert measurements. In RSE, we looked at our dreams and goals for the future and things that can help or hinder us along the way.

Week beginning 5th January 2022


Happy New Year! We've had a very busy first few days back. The children have been working really hard on their multiplication. We have been multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits using the column method. Any practise at home is much appreciated.


Other activities include: starting our topics on mystery writing, sustainability and material science (pictures below).



Week beginning 6th December

We had a great time creating our Viking longboats!

Week beginning 29th November

We've had a great week. From being Anglo-Saxon and Viking traders in history to conducting experiments with toy cars and friction in science.


Here are some photos:

Week beginning 22nd November


The children have all worked really hard this week. They completed a substantial amount of in class assessments in the first half of the week whereas in the second half of the week, all of the learning was very hands on.


We built parachutes in science (to demonstrate air resistance) and finalised our plans for our model Viking long ships. Next session: building them!



Week beginning 15th November

Here are some exciting photos from our week:

Week beginning 8th November


This week the children were incredibly respectful during our Remembrance Day activities. Sidd won a guitar in our Maths Week England competition and the children worked very hard multiplying by 10 and 100 and converting between mass and weight during Physics.



Week beginning 1st November

We've had a fantastic first week back!

Within maths we have started our topic of multiplication and division. We have been very impressed with the multiplication table knowledge of several children. We have also been identifying prime numbers (numbers with only two factors like 17).


In English we have been punctuating direct speech correctly and starting our topic of science fiction.


We have started our science lessons this term looking at forces (gravity, friction and all those sorts of exciting things).


Below: To scale imaginary Viking longboat (23 meters long).

Week beginning 18th October


This week in Maths, we completed our topic of statistics by reading and interpreting tables, two-way tables and timetables. In English, children have been planning and writing their second radio broadcast- these have been brilliant pieces of persuasive writing so far! In History we have been continuing to explore the discoveries at Sutton Hoo and wrote an informative text about our findings.

We all had a fantastic time during the Harvest Festival and the children did a great job.


Week beginning 11th October

This week in Maths, we began our new topic of statistics where we began reading and interpreting line graphs. In English, we were planning and writing our class text using persuasive features. In Science, we have been learning about the phases of the Moon and creating a Moon fact file and in history we used drama to act out the discovery at Sutton Hoo.


Week beginning 4th October

This week in Maths, we have been using the inverse operations with addition and subtraction and applying these to multi-step problems to solve. In English, we have been starting our new genre of a persuasive/ radio broadcast text. Children have learned a new model text and listened to examples of existing radio adverts. In Science, we have continued to develop our understanding of night and day and even began to create 3d models of the Earth noting where all the different timezones are.


We had a blast on Anglo-Saxon/Viking day too!

Week beginning 27th of September

This week has been great!

In maths we have started our new topic of addition and subtraction. We have been using the column method for both.

In English, children used their feedback and advice from their previous story to create their second legend, using all the skills and techniques we have been developing together. We wrote this up on pink paper! 

In Science, we have been learning about night and day and time zones around the world. This would be a great opportunity to discuss this with them.


During P.E. we have been creating our own routines including all the balances we have covered so far and we have begun to ramp up work on our Harvest Festival Performance.


We have also spent some time in the hall in our RSE lessons discussing and completing activities on the subject of responsibility and respect.

Week beginning 20th of September


We've had an exciting week. This week we've continue been working with place value and exploring negative numbers and Roman numerals. In English we have been writing our own legend about a hero and a monster. In Science we have been studying how our solar system functions and even how our beliefs about this have changed over time (with developments in science).


During P.E. we have been continuing with our balancing in gymnastics and within computing lessons we have begun coding our own catching game.


We have also spent some time in the hall in our RSE lessons discussing and completing activities on the subject of kindness and friendship.

Week beginning 13th of September


We've had a lovely second full week back in Year 5! The children have worked hard in all subjects and have demonstrated the school values wonderfully. Within mathematics we have continued our work on place value and ever increasing number values (all the way up to one million!), whilst in English we have begun writing our own stories based on the legend of Beowulf.


In history we had our first lesson of Year 5, where we examined historical artifacts and discussed if they were primary or secondary sources of information. The children did an excellent job. In Netball the children have been practising their passing and shooting and in French we have all been recalling ways to greet each other. Rebonjour!


Week beginning 6th September 2021

We all had a really exciting week. Year 5 visited Maidstone for the Kent Police Schools Open Day.


Displays and activities included:

  • Police dog displays (including the puppies)
  • Crime prevention stalls (staying safe out and about and online including road safety)
  • Lots of blue light vehicles (which children can sit on or go inside) including police, fire and search and rescue vehicles.
  • A visit to a cell in our custody suite.

In maths this week we were rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We had lots of fun playing Rocket Rounding.

Within English, we continued our work on Beowulf and created picture maps for the tale, as well as coming up with our actions for the story.


We also had lots of fun creating our own landscapes in art as well as learning all about Earth and space in science.

Week beginning 2nd September 2021

In Maths this week, we have started to explore place value. We have used manipulatives to assist us in our learning.

In preparation of our new English topic of legends, we have been learning our new star words. The children were brilliant and were able to come up with lots of example sentences in which to use our new vocabulary.