Year 5 2015/16

Welcome to Year 5

Our teachers are Mrs Dempsey and Mrs Sugden

Our Teaching Assistants are Ms Brown, Miss Whitaker and Mrs Moffitt



Spring Term 2016


Over the term the children have focused their learning on debeloping informal and formal methods for multiplying and dividing using known number facts.  We have also investigated place value up to six digit numbers, decimal notation (money) and solving number problems relating to these concepts.The more practical activities have involved Measuring; identifying and converting units of measurement. (weight, length and capacity). 






Grammar for writing including punctuation, spelling and vocabulary have been a main focus; to improve our standard in English in order to write more interesting non-fiction texts such as reports and longer.  



As part of our narrative unit we focused on Beowulf and produced our own captivating pieces of writing in a similar style and then redrafted after having edited them in the form of a book.





Why did The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings invade Britain?  Where did they invade or settle?  AS part of out Geography unit we Identified places and placed names on a local map fcosuing on where the Saxons/Vikings settled.   Furthermore we looked at facilities and features of a place; described map symbols and discussed where the children would like to live and why?





Why did the Anglo-Saxons invade Britain?  Where did the come from?  What did they bring with them? What did we learn from them? The children studied how we find out about our past; using primary and secondary sources of information.  From this we focused on the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Burial.  To link in with the computing curriculum the children researched how the Saxons and Vikings lived, the religion they followed, language, entertainment, food and skills.





Pablo Picasso- Cubism was our area of focus.  The children worked extremely hard to illustrate cubic faces with supporting 3D sculpture sample; using paper and mud-rock and highlighting the concepts behind his paintings and ideas.  Have a look at some of the work we produced.




We have further developed our word processing skils and database skills.  One of our tasks linked to Englsih was  learning how to enter competitions online, using BBC2 Chris Evans Story Competition. The children were shown how to access sites and navigate through the databse.  Following on from this they typed their stories into the site, edited them using various effects such as font usage, underline,  copy and paste, cut and spell check. As part of the unit the children were also able to learn how to copy and paste images and text from one application to another.


World Book Day

Thursday 3rd March 2016



“Kick it out!” Day

Thursday 18th March 2016

Burnley Football Club day – ‘kick it Out’ campaign – to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.  The children learnt about racism, prejudice and homophobic behaviour.  As part of this the children identified what these behaviours look like and the negative impact that these behaviours have on people’s lives and well-being.  

At the start of the session the children completed a multi-choice questionnaire. This was so that this could be compared with one that they completed at the end of the day.  Following this the children got the opportunity to take part in a workshop that encouraged them to think about why they would choose to live next door to one type of family as opposed to another.   At the end of the day, the children completed another multi-choice questionnaire regarding their attitudes and opinions on everything they discussed earlier. 

The day ended with a real treat- the children were fotunate enough to meet some Burnley Football Club players.  A number of children were chosen as the best participants of the day. Luke in our class was awarded a prize for asking the most interesting question.

Science Day

Friday 18th March 2016

For Science day we decided to focus on rockets.  In the morning session the children decided to test if a simple rocket made with a balloon could be propelled down a length of string.  This directly links to Newton’s laws of motion.  The children predicted that thrust generated by pressure inside the balloon would allow the rocket to move.

As a starting point we ask a lot of scientific questions and planned the investigation as a class using the post it method; discussing the variables we needed to measure and the variables we needed to change.  As soon as the experimental testing got underway the children realise that  variables, that they hadn’t even considered such as: the type of string and the way you fasten the tape onto the straws, could affect the distance the balloon rocket travelled.

By the end of the day all the children could categorically state that a force is the amount of push or pull on an object.  Some even realised that the motion inside the balloon (gas and air colliding) made the drag force (pulling back to get ready to go forward) and the thrust force came from the pressure that is exerted from inside the balloon.  Furthermore the children understood that the pressure inside the balloon served as the fuel in a rocket. 



Summer Term 2016


In Maths, we enjoy solving challenges and investigations.  These are done both independently and collaboratively.  We have also looked at the perimeter and area of shapes, fractions and decimals and learned to read timetables and extract information from them. 



In English, we thoroughly enjoyed reading the text ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ by Beverley Naidoo.  Through the text we did lots of reading comprehension, drama and narrative writing.  We also planned and wrote a newspaper article about an event in the story. 




In History, our topic has been Ancient Egypt.  We looked at the Ancient Egyptian form of writing (hieroglyphics) and wrote our names on papyrus (Ancient Egyptian paper).  We researched the pyramids and planned and wrote a report about them. It was fascinating learning about how they were made and their purpose.   Did you know that rich Ancient Egyptians were buried in pyramids with their belongings ready for the afterlife? We also looked at the process of mummification.  In groups, we wrote a set of instructions of how to embalm a body in Ancient Egyptian times and presented it to the rest of the class.





We used atlases to look at the location of Egypt and its neighbouring countries.  We also learned about the importance of the River Nile in Ancient Egyptian times.  We found out the source of the river and how it provided Ancient Egyptians with water, food and appropriate soil for growing their food.  Did you know that the River Nile flooded every year between June and September in Ancient Egyptian times?  We also researched the importance of farming.  There were three main seasons:

  1. Akhet (June-September): The Flooding Season.No farming was done at this time as all the fields were flooded. During this time many farmers worked for the pharaoh building pyramids or temples. Some of the time was spent mending their tools and looking after animals.
  2. Peret (October-February): The Growing Season. In October the floodwaters receded, leaving behind a layer of rich, black soil. This fertile soil was then ploughed and seeded.
  3. Shemu (March-May): The Harvesting Season. The fully grown crops had to be harvested and removed before the Nile flooded again. It was also the time to repair the canals ready for the next flood.

Linked to our topic of Ancient Egypt, we painted pictures of the gods and even designed and created our own sarcophagus.



In Computing, we have been HTML editors.  We have looked at the history of the internet and the language in which web pages are written.  We have also further developed our PowerPoint skills, learning how to use special effects.