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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


Darwin Class: Mr Belt

Einstein Class: Mr Scott 

Rowling Class: Mrs Skipworth

D&T Week!


To build on our existing and ever-growing knowledge of Rainforests. We created a pop-out poster during D&T week to display facts and information about Rainforests. Our D&T topic was Levers and Linkages, throughout the week we learnt these step-by-step in order to create our pop-out posters.

Our ideas varied from falling trees, to pop-out Jaguars, through to rocking boats and cheeky monkeys!


The week finalized with a walking gallery from parents and friends to see the hard work we'd put in, what a great way to end Summer Term 1!






This term we have been learning all about rainforests.  We have been focusing mainly on the Amazon Rainforest. We have learnt many amazing facts about the plants, animals and people of the Amazon. We have found out that rainforests have different layers where specific plants and animals live. We designed our own impressive plant that would survive well in the rainforest because of its adaptations. We have also researched and written about deforestation and its impact on the land, climate and people.

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In Science we have been learning all about different types of change. We have learnt that reactions can be reversible or irreversible and that substances can be soluble or insoluble. We have worked as scientists on our own investigations. We used our prediction skills to try and work out what would happen. After we completed our experiments we wrote our findings and conclusions using scientific words. We have learnt lots of new scientific terms and vocabulary.

Rowling class worked outside and watched the cola bottle and mentos sweet experiment, which exploded into a fizzy fountain. It was very messy!  One of our favourite experiments involved us mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda together to inflate a balloon. It really works! We also thought it really funny when Mrs Skipworth opened the fizzy bottle rocket and it went off with a big bang! It made us all jump. We have all enjoyed being scientists and have learnt lots of exciting new things. 



What a fantastic day! We all celebrated our love of reading on World Book Day and got to share our favourite books and authors. Also, we decorated our doors to look like the book cover of one of our preferred books. We tweeted a picture to the author of Stitch Head, Guy Bass, and he tweeted back saying he loved it!


We arrived at school in our most comfortable jammies and slippers and burrowed into our chosen books. We shared these with our teachers and friends and even got loads of new reading ideas!


Finally, we were able to write our very own book reviews so that we could celebrate the books we have recently read with our peers. All in all, it was a brilliant day and our school certainly looked inviting with all the colourful doors, PJ clad children and love of reading.



English - Writing a newspaper report.


During this term we have been studying Berlie Doherty's 'The Street Child' novel. We have developed biographies, letters to characters in the book, even written our own Victorian song to the tune of Madonna's Material Girl!


As the story was inspired by the events of Thomas Barnardo, Jim Jarvis and the lives of destitute children. Our year 5 students have been writing newspaper reports, based on a fictional event from that period. It just happens that it was fire, destitute boys were saved and Thomas Barnado was the hero!


We've progressed from exploring the features of reports, through to planning and then carefully editing and improving our work! Many pieces even made it to our school's Pobble page!



Science - Materials


During this term we have been learning about and investigating different materials and their properties.   As part of our work we were finding out which materials had the best insulating properties.    For this investigation we wrapped ice cubes in different materials: wool, tin foil, bubble wrap and combinations of these.     Once the ice started to melt we unwrapped them to see which had melted the least.   For most of us it was the wool.    This investigation then helped us to design an outfit which would keep someone warm who was outside at night.   



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Stop Motion Animation


During ICT week, we learnt how to make short films. We had a great time planning our scenes, making our props and finally, getting to the filming! We used an app on the iPads and worked in groups to make an animation with an intro, a balloon moving through several scenes and an ending. Have a look and tell us what you think! We think they ended up looking fantastic!

Katelyn, Lauren, Thomson and Josh D stop motion animation

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Art Week


This term we have been studying the wordless picture book 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan.  He is an incredible illustrator who creates imagined worlds, cities and animals.  In The Arrival he uses pencil drawings to tell the story.  In art week we have created our own animals, developed our shading techniques and designed our own front covers.  

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Supporting Syrian Refugees


This week we have be learning about Syrian refugees, inspired by our wordless picture book, The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. We looked at the difficult situations that could cause someone to leave their home and become a refugee, and the journey they might take. Discovering that many people leave most of their belongings behind and travel across entire countries in order to seek the safety that we often take for granted, lead us to empathise with the refugees, and what we could do ourselves, to help these people; planning to raise money in the very near future in order to send aid to these refugees.

What do Hindus believe?


We learnt a lot about the Hindu religion in R.E. week, which was based on the idea that Brahman is everywhere. We studied the different representations of Brahman and discussed how we would feel if we believed that we were always being watched by someone who wanted to protect us and keep us safe. We enjoyed being able to share our different beliefs with the rest of the class and even ended the week by having a few minutes to meditate.


LIVES workshops


LIVES is the Lincolnshire charity that supports 700+ highly trained and dedicated volunteers who get to their neighbours fast to deliver vital care in those first critical moments of a medical emergency before handling over to the ambulance service.  LIVES delivered training to the whole school.   We all really enjoyed the experience of learning some key life-saving skills.

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We have hit the ground running in Year 5, using TAGTIV8 to support our learning in Maths whilst increasing our levels of Physical Activity. 

Number generation occurs through various retrieval/tag games before we are given tasks revolving around ordering numbers, fractions and calculations!


It's a fantastic new scheme and the students are loving it!

Our Friction Experiment 


In science, we have been learning about forces and this week our focus was friction. We planned out our

friction experiment and discussed which surface would cause the most friction out of: table top, grass, concrete, whiteboard and carpet. We then carried out our experiment by dragging a shoe across each surface with a Newton meter. We found that a lot of our results differed and we contemplated on why this might be.

We had a lot of fun and we learnt a lot about working scientifically. We planned a fair test and discussed

our variables. We made our predictions and recorded our results and then wrote out our conclusions. We also pondered on why our results were different from our predictions. Some of us thought that the muddier parts of the field may have caused more friction and others considered whether the painted areas of the concrete may have caused less friction. It was a lesson full of discussions!

Learning about the Ancient Greeks


Year 5 children have been enjoying learning about Ancient Greece. We looked into what Greece is like today and made some fantastic brochures. This week we have been finding out about some of the key events during this historical period. We sorted out the events in chronological order and then discussed which events we thought were the most significant for the Ancient Greeks.

We've learn a lot about how the Olympic games started and who Alexander the Great was but we still had

so many questions! We wrote all of these questions down on post it notes and stuck them to our Greek display to be answered throughout this term.

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Pobble Launch Day


On Wednesday 20th September, we had our Pobble launch in school. Mrs Robinson, the Pobble representative, came in and led an exciting assembly where we found a mysterious box containing a pocket watch and a letter from Professor H. The professor informed us that the stop watch would allow us to time travel to any time of our choice and that today we would be exploring that possibility through our writing. We were very eager to get started!

We returned to our classrooms and got straight to work! After deciding when we would want to visit, we

collected vocabulary on our word walls and wrote some fantastic sentences. We then thought of a title for our story just in time for break. Some of us wanted to stay in and continue with our writing!

Once the bell went, we explored some different ways to hook our readers in. We were then finally able to

begin our stories. Some of us visited the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks or Romans. Others explored the Stone Age, the Victorian times, saved the Titanic from sinking, went to Lincoln Football Club's first game or experienced the 1920s. A few of us even decided to wander through the future and see what the world might be like in a few decades time. 

All in all, it was a wonderful day and we all got to be writers of our own stories. Some of us even got

published and you can find our work on!