Year 5

This week in Year 5 we are learning about...

Week commencing 15th January 2018

This week year 5 have found the area and perimeter of simple and compound shapes.  They are also becoming confident at finding the  missing sides using other measurements that have been given.  
They have had an introduction to their topic with a visitor who told them lots about the Mayan civilisation and enhanced their drama.  They ordered a timeline of events  that occurred during the Mayan times.
In English they have unpicked the poem about Flannan Isle and found that it was a true and in Kagan groups were able to create their own ending for it.  They have created an amazing poem map of the events in the poem.

Week commencing 8th January 2018

This week Y5 have read a variety of poems and identified several different features within them. Some had rhyming patterns set in verses, while others were free verse. The children also commented on the preferred poem and why they liked it so much. 

In Maths the children have defined the meaning of perimeter by physically identifying it in different areas around the school. They were also taught to use formula to calculate perimeter in a variety of shapes. Some realised that their times table knowledge was very helpful!

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In Science Y5 have been introduced to the work of David Attenborough. They researched about an animal and compiled a documentary.  These were read in class in the style of David Attenborough.

Week commencing 11th December 2017

This week has been a short one due to snow.  However our trip to the Snow Dome was amazingly fun.  We were really excited to go and play in the snow.  We also saw Santa's theatre where Rudolph was cancelling Christmas.  There were lots of animals like reindeer, lamas and rabbits.  The best bit was when we went down the slide on the sleigh - "I felt like i was flying." 

Friday we had a Christmas Fayre where we made stained glass window biscuits, decorated them and sold them as a year group.  They tasted delicious.      

Week commencing 4th December 2017

In English we used I-Pads and went around the school to take videos of all the amazing areas in key stage 1 and key stage 2.  Then we collected all the information and wrote down  bullet points on each item.  Finally we wrote a script for a tour of Ryders Green Primary School. We  had to use some prepositional phrases and a variety of sentence starters in our script.

In Maths we have revised how to divide and multiply by 10, 100 and 1,000.  We also learnt about how to square and cube numbers.
We looked at map symbols and what they mean.  We then had to find our school and add some information to our map using symbols we learnt about.  Our Science was writing a fact file about all the planets in our solar system.  We had to use the laptops to help us.

Week commencing 27th November 2017

This week Y5 have planned and written persuasive letters to Miss Blackmore, after finding the key features of a letter.

They have also identified and  calculated prime and squared numbers, this involved them accessing their times table knowledge. Some were reminded that they need to be more confident in them!

In topic we found out the the world has invisible lines that are called the Equator, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.  There is also the  Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle which lie in the north and south of the world.  

Week Commencing 20th November 2017

This week we have been writing letters to persuade Miss Blackmore to let next year's year 5 go to The National Space Centre.  We looked at persuasive language that we could use.  We also looked at other SPaG such as modal verbs and rhetorical questions.  In Maths we have learnt about multiples and finding factor pairs of numbers.  
Our new topic is 'Marvellous Maps' and we have found how continents were created and where they are now located using atlases.  We also found different countries in the 7 continents, the oceans and seas surrounding them.  Some of us thought that it was a little confusing using a map if we did not have the compass points to help us.  

Week Commencing 13th November 2017

Year 5 have had an amazing time this week during cultural week.  We have played the African Drums and learnt about where they come from and what they are made from.  

In Maths we have looked at line graphs and have even drawn our own line graphs.  We have also read information on two way tables and answered questions.
During English we have looked at our trip to the National Space Centre and looked at the reasons for us going to it.

Week Commencing 6th November 2017

Year five this week, the children have made a Viking Long Boat as part of the topic and Literacy learning. They videoed themselves making the boats, this then has helped remind the children on what they did and feed into an instruction writing task.

On Friday (as part of the Cultural focus) the children learnt Aboriginal dance, they look forward to taking part in more cultural activities next week.

Week Commencing 30th October 2017

On Friday year 5 went on a trip to the The National Space Centre in Leicester.  It was an amazing day where they all had a chance to go into the UK's largest planetarium and go into the 42m high Rocket Tower.  In the planetarium the show was a 360º fulldome.  They took a tour of what you can see in the sky above our city in the past, present and future. they learnt about the constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.  It was "the best trip we have been on."

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Week Commencing 9th October 2017

Y5 have focused on improving their writing this week with the use of acting out a variety of actions. This made them think carefully about the quality of language that they could use, when writing a description paragraph of an action scene, between a pair of super heroes.

In topic the children have created a double page insert of the daily life of a Viking. They were allowed to create the insert using information video clips, their own found information, images and thought bubbles.

We look forward to seeing their finished home projects.

Week Commencing 25th September 2017

This week Year 5 have been gathering information about Beowulf to enable them to describe him within a character profile using intense vocabulary.

In Topic we found out about a Saxon longship buried in Sutton Hoo and presented key  information about it.

In Maths we have been accessing several different mental strategies, such as rounding&adjusting, partitioning and bonds to add and subtract.

Week Commencing 18th September 2017

In Year 5 this week we have researched all about Sir Isaac Newton and what he discovered in Science.  We have carried out an experiment to find out which surface causes the most friction and makes it the most difficult to move an object.  In Maths we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,0000.  Partitioning numbers and ordering them.

English we have read the book Beowulf and created a wanted poster for the beast Grendel.  Topic this week week we looked at the variety of jobs that the Anglo-Saxons did., the tools they used and who carried out the jobs.

Week Commencing 11th September 2017

This week in year 5 we have started our topic work and found out where the Anglo-Saxons, Scots and Vikings originated from.

In Maths we have read and written numbers up to 1,000,000 and ordered numbers them.  
In English we have written a reply to an invitation from King Hrothgar to attend the opening ceremony of the great Mead Hall.
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Week Commencing 4th September 2017

A warm welcome back to all our children. Hope they all have had a refreshing break over the summer.

This week all the children have been busy getting to know their new class teachers. They have settled very quickly in their year groups and back into routine. All ready for a busy and fun term!

Week Commencing 12th June 2017

On June 15th children from our school who had instrumental lessons performed in concert to celebrate their learning this year. The audience had an enjoyable evening listening to music from the Batman theme, Om Pah Pah from the musical Oliver, Titanic theme and Harry Potter theme.

The audience also enjoyed popcorn or nacho treats to enhance their evening.


Week Commencing 12.06.17

This week in year 5 we have written our own myth which includes magical and mystical creatures from the Greek times.  In Maths we have learnt about how to reflect and translate shapes using co-ordinates.  During our Curriculum we have looked at the difference between weather and climate and the climate in an Amazon Rain forest compared to Sandwell.    


Week Commencing 24.04.17

This week Y5 were involved a workshop about the Amazing Greeks. Some children were dressed in traditional Greek costume. The year group learnt about Greek Gods such as Zeus and Poseidon by listening to, acting out and freeze framing some Myths and Legends.

The practical activities were enjoyed by all the children and will form the basis of some Greek myths and legends narrative written work, for the rest of the term.

Here are some quotes from the children about the workshop:

…I found out more about the legends and myths and also what they wore….

…the acting helped me learn the stories…


Week Commencing 03.04.17

This week has been fun filled and exciting.  We have learnt how to find fractions and percentages of amounts in Maths.  Written our own sci-fi stories in English and made our own Quiz Quiz Trade cards with the help of our parents on Thursday morning.  In VIB we planted herbs in the year 5 garden that we will watch grow in the future.  Have a great Easter Year 5 team.

Week Commencing 27.03.17

During Well Being week year 5 have watched Inside my Head – BBC Newsround. An article about a child who suffered with mental health issues. Using this as a basis of discussion we felt that we should be able to freely expressive our worries, to a chosen adult. We have identified what things make us happy and planted the area outside 5BK to improve our learning environment.

In year 5 we have been looking at the Maya civilisation, their beliefs and gods that they pray to.

In English we have started to create characters, settings and dilemmas in readiness for writing for our sci-fi stories.  Maths has been all about fraction and percentages of amounts.
In science we investigated what material we could use for a lunchbox that would keep our food cool.  We carried out an experiment using ice and a number of materials.  Looking at what we should keep the same and the variable that will change.

January 2017

In Geography this half term in curriculum year 5 our topic was, 'Where should we go on holiday?'At first we used maps to find countries, there key features and mountain ranges. Delving into mountains we discovered how they were formed and looked at the different types.

 In science we have looked at the size of the Earth, Sun and Moon and why we have different seasons. 


During English we have written a letter of complaint and at present we are writing non-chronological reports on the Solar System. 


Time has been one of the topics that we have learnt about on Maths.  Telling the time using digital and analogue clocks.  We have done a lot of work on multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000.


Week commencing 26.09.16

In Year 5 this week we have conducted a survey to find out our favourite biscuit. This involved recording the results onto a tally chart and representing the data as a bar graph. 

We hope to taste a variety of biscuits next week, identify what the ingredients are for each one, recognise what makes them different and why they are out favourites. 

Week commencing 17/10/16


This week we watched Charlotte’s Web. It was performed by a theatre company in our school hall.

Here are some feelings about the performance:

‘It was brilliant!’   ‘Fern was funny!’    ‘It was exciting!’ ‘I feel that I could retell the story after watching the play.’

‘I would like to read the book now.’


On Thursday morning we led the Harvest Service in St. Andrew’s Church.

At first we felt nervous about speaking in front of the whole school and all the parents, but it wasn’t so bad after all. We were pleased with the amount of food donated to our two charities.

Week commencing 12.10.16

This week in year 5 we have been learning about Black History Month.  In our English lesson we looked at how people were segregated in some countries during the apartheid.  We looked at different ways that we could be segregated and decided that it was wrong to punish people and treat them differently because of the way they look or act.  We spoke about how we felt and how it was not how we behave today. We also had the chance to learn how people like Martin Luther King made a stand against it and now we all have the same rights.  Our British Values teach us to respect all faiths and religions and treat everyone the same.

Week commencing 03.10.16

In Year 5, we have the responsibility of leading the school in our Harvest celebrations when we go to St. Andrew's church. This week, we have started thinking about harvest, what it means and preparing our assembly to share with the school.

Week commencing 26.09.16

We had such a fantastic day on Friday, everyone really helped to support Macmillan Cancer Support. We had so many cakes in the hall it was making everyone hungry. We loved the winning 'wow'stopper design and even enjoyed eating some cake ourselves.

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Telephone - 0121 553 0658


HeadTeacher - Lucy Blackmore



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